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Monday Tech Crawl: Facebook to use mail for election ad verification, and NBA bets big on virtual reality    

Facebook is making changes to its ad department  The social media giant said it will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail to verify the identities of people who buy election-related advertisements on its website. Facebook said the changes would...

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Legislature expected to weigh in on Austin sick leave rules

Debate over a requirement that businesses in Austin provide employees with up to eight days of paid sick leave annually might be just getting started, despite the City Council’s approval of the measure early Friday. But the setting for the...

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Weighing the impact Amazon’s HQ2 could have on Austin — and its people

The Austin area is one of 20 finalists for Amazon’s planned second headquarters2, a development expected to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and upend the winning city’s economy during coming years. The mere possibility of such a project has...

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From education to transportation to cost of living, weighing the impact Amazon’s HQ2 could have on Austin -- and its people

By now, it’s common knowledge that Austin is a potential site for Amazon’s planned second headquarters. The Austin area is one of 20 finalists in the U.S. and Canada where the online retailer could build the project known as HQ2, a development expected...

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Does sale of subsidiary Mozy give any clues about Dell’s longer-term plans?

As Dell Technologies continues to examine the potential for major changes in its operational strategy, the Round Rock-based tech giant is also making smaller moves. Dell has agreed to sell one of its subsidiaries, cloud backup firm Mozy Inc., to ...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Facebook loses millions of young users, and Oracle plans big expansion 

A new report highlights Facebook’s problem with young users  The report by market research firm eMarketer says the use of Facebook by 12-17-year-olds in the U.S. declined by 9.9 percent last year. In total, Facebook lost about 2.8 million U.S. users...

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Gas prices heading higher across Texas

Gas prices in Texas have gone up recently as part of a surge in the oil market that has pushed costs higher across the country. The average price of unleaded fuel in Texas was $2.35 per gallon as of Thursday, a 26-cent increase over the same...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Amazon begins grocery delivery at Whole Foods, and former Uber CEO testifies in Waymo-Uber trial

Amazon and Whole Foods Market have announced a new delivery system  Beginning today, Whole Foods said Amazon’s Prime Now customers will be able to receive free, two-hour delivery of products directly from the grocer.  Prime Now is Amazon’s fast delivery...

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Survey gives Austin high marks for tech workers’ cost of living. Could that help its chances at Amazon’s HQ2?

As Amazon ponders its final decision on where to locate its $5 billion second headquarters project, will the retail giant factor in how far its workers’ salaries would go in whatever city it chooses? If so, a new study by online jobs marketplace Hired...

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Whole Foods rolls out first ad campaign since Amazon merger 

After almost six months of being owned by Amazon, Austin-based Whole Foods Market has launched a new TV and digital advertising campaign that appears to be aimed at showing off the variety of products and services that the grocer offers.  Each of...

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