Here’s how to reach Austin District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen

If you live in most parts of South Austin, here’s how you can reach your City Council member: District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen Who she is: An attorney and former state representative, Ann Kitchen spent much of her career as a health care consultant...

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How a Hollywood celebrity convinced Dell Technologies to use recycled ocean plastics in its computer packaging

This is a story about how a Hollywood celebrity convinced Dell Technologies to start using recycled ocean plastics in its computer packaging.  Really. Two years ago, Dell hired actor Adrien Grenier to be its “social good advocate,” which means he...

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Tech Crawl: Uber hires former US Attorney Eric Holder to investigate allegations of sexism

Happy Tuesday everyone! We’ve scoured the Internet this morning to bring you the most buzzed-about tech news: Uber hires former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to investigate sexism claims Over the weekend, a former engineer for Uber published a story about...

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Austin’s Health Symmetric aims to help health care providers analyze patient data

Danny Chu was looking for something to do.  He had sold his internet video company in 2008 and was scouring around for ideas of what his next venture might be.  Chu’s brother, who ran a large medical group in Southern California, asked Chu to look...

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Samsung turns to local high schools to fill manufacturing jobs at its Austin plant

On Saturday mornings, 19-year-old Anthony Deary sets his alarm for 5 a.m. He’s out the door of his Round Rock house an hour later, headed toward Samsung’s hulking 2.3 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Northeast Austin to work a 12-hour...

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Tech Crawl: Google staffers leave self-driving car project because they were paid too much

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We’ve scoured the Internet to find the latest tech news for you to consume right now: Google’s car project suffering because staffers were paid too much money Bloomberg reports that Google keeps losing senior staffers...

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Study: Tech industry pays older workers less money 

It’s not exactly a secret that the tech industry has a preference for hiring young workers. Bloomberg reports that the median age at tech companies like Google and Facebook hovers around 30, while the average age for a U.S. worker is 42.  Now jobs...

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Here’s what Austin tech companies had to say about the Donald Trump temporary travel ban

We’ve read plenty about how high-profile Silicon Valley-based companies, such as Google and Facebook, are responding to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban. But what about Austin-area tech companies? We reached out to nearly a dozen tech...

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Trump travel and visa policies prompt concern, reassuring memos from Austin tech executives

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban issued last week, thousands of employees at Austin-based National Instruments received an internal memo Monday afternoon. It said the company was working with employees impacted by the...

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Tech Crawl: Snapchat files for an IPO and Uber’s CEO leaves Trump advisory board after travel ban uproar

Good morning, Austin and Happy Friday! Here’s the most talked-about tech news from the last 24 hours: Snapchat files for its IPO This filing marks the first chance the public is able to get detailed financial information about Snapchat and its business...

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