Cybersecurity firm Jask opens an Austin office

A San Francisco-based cybersecurity startup is opening an office in Austin, where it plans to hire as many as 50 people. Jask develops software that helps security analysts do their jobs by using artificial intelligence to monitor the network.  “A...

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Monday Tech Crawl: UberEats sees success, and Obama talked to Zuckerberg about fake news on Facebook 

UberEats has become profitable in some areas  Two years after launching, UberEats, ride-hailing company Uber’s food delivery service, has become profitable in 27 of 108 cities where it operates. The number of trips taken by UberEats drivers grew...

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Under Amazon rule, will Whole Foods still be ‘Austin’s thing’?

Lisa Lindqvist has shopped at Whole Foods Market for much of her adult life. In that time, the grocer has remained pretty much the same: Organic food. High-end stores. Local feel. Foodie culture. But much has changed lately, and after Amazon’s $13...

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Austin's Elsewhere Partners plans to invest in software startups outside traditional VC hubs

Two years ago, venture capitalist Chris Pacitti founded AVX Partners to invest in software companies that have released products and signed customers, but need outside investment to accelerate their growth. Rather than raising a venture fund, AVX...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook to hand over Russian ad info, Apple TV 4K reviews and Uber’s license not renewed in London

Happy Friday, Austinites! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today: Zuck speaks up as Facebook says it’ll hand over Russian-ad info Mark Zuckerberg took to his own social network for a live video message about Facebook’s recent troubles...

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We’ve only scratched the surface with AR, says ‘Pokemon Go’ lead John Hanke

John Hanke, who appears to still be recovering from the success of last year’s hit mobile game “Pokemon Go,” made a strong case for augmented reality as an opening keynote speaker Thursday at the Austin Game Conference. At the two-day convention for...

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Tesla rumors send AMD’s stock on roller coaster ride

After a CNBC report on Wednesday said that AMD might be providing chips for Tesla’s autonomous vehicle technology, AMD’s stock jumped more than 7 percent in after-hours trading.  But in a roller-coaster day for chip investors, the stock was down by...

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Hate doing laundry? Austin’s Press Cleaners developed an app for that

Ryan Harmon has plenty of experience in software sales. After working in sales for Austin-based tech startups Sparefoot and Lawn Starter, Harmon decided it was time to launch his own tech startup focused on laundry delivery. “The concept came about...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Hackers got into SEC database, may have traded on inside information

Hackers got into SEC database, my have traded on inside information A government regulator said Wednesday that hackers accessed its corporate disclosure database and may have illegally profited from insider information, according to Reuters. The U...

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As AI evolves, more companies turning to chatbots 

For modern companies, one of the key challenges is figuring out how to become “omnichannels” -- or operations where all services (online, phone, brick and mortar) are seamlessly integrated together. An important step toward that integration is using...

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The case for and against upgrading to new iOS 11

To update or not to update? For anyone buying one of the new iPhone models this fall or a new iPad, you’ll likely be getting it with Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 installed. But for everyone else with older phones and tablets, is it...

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Austin’s TrustRadius brings in $5.5M for expansion

Austin-based TrustRadius, which runs a review platform for business-to-business technology, has raised $5.5 million to ramp up growth. The TrustRadius site, which launched in 2013, lets IT professionals share information in the same way that consumers...

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Austin Game Conference, geared to video game makers, returns for second stage

When it happened last year, the two-day Austin Game Conference was awakening from a 10-year pause. It had last appeared in Austin in 2006 and, four years after a similar conference, the Game Developers Conference Online headed west, it returned for...

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Check out Google’s new downtown Austin offices 

Three cityview terraces. Gourmet cafeterias that serve complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner. A “speakeasy” secret hangout with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a bar, couches and a piano.  Welcome to Google’s new downtown Austin offices. The 300...

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Car insurance site The Zebra raises $40M and announces a new CEO

The Zebra, an Austin company that lets consumers compare car insurance rates online, has raised $40 million and named a new CEO. Silicon Valley-based Accel Partners was the lead investor in the Series B deal, which brings the total amount raised by...

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Austin biotech firm gets $4M in drug development grants

Austin-based Pain Therapeutics has received two grants totaling $4 million to continue its development of two drugs. The news sent shares of the company up more than 8 percent. The drug development company, which was founded in 1998, was awarded a...

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This Austin software startup has a new name and a fresh infusion of cash 

An Austin startup that wants to help sales professionals do their work has a new name and a fresh infusion of cash. Olono, formerly Nexd, says its enterprise software tool automates the process of pursuing and closing deals, letting sales reps save...

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Apple’s disconnect: $1,000+ phones in a devastating hurricane season

The Apple Event on Tuesday, in which the world’s largest tech company debuted several significant new products, begins with a tribute to late founder Steve Jobs, then pivots about six minutes in to an acknowledgment of the devastation brought by Hurricane...

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Austin’s FloSports races ahead with expansion plans

Austin-based FloSports is racing ahead with expansion plans. The company, which provides digital coverage of sports that don’t typically get network coverage, is launching FloBikes.com, a site dedicated to in-depth coverage of competitive cycling...

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