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How the Internet of Things will change cities

Austin is playing host to the "Smart Cities Innovation Summit" this week, a gathering of primarily city IT specialists and companies such as Intel and AT&T.  We attended a "fireside chat" on Tuesday morning hosted by Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle...

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Austin Technology Council backs Adler's bond proposal

For the first time in its history, the Austin Technology Council has gotten involved in local politics. On Monday the tech group came out in support of Mayor Steve Adler's $720 million bond proposal that includes $500 million for upgrades to specific...

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Morning Tech Crawl: Microsoft set to buy LinkedIn

Good morning, Austin! It's been a busy day already for tech news. Check out some of the leading stories:  Microsoft is buying LinkedIn Microsoft wants to buy LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, for $26.2 billion.  That's equal...

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Should LDR's Austin employees be worried? Zimmer has a history of buying Austin companies and shutting them down

When news broke Tuesday that Zimmer Biomet was spending $1 billion to buy local medical device company LDR Holdings, it's understandable if some employees were wary about holding on to their jobs.  That's because Zimmer Biomet has previously purchased...

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This day in tech history: A freakout about numbers

On this day in 1964, Austin American-Statesman subscribers read what was, I'm sure, intended to be a tongue-in-cheek criticism of our country's obsession with numbers.  Fifty years later, it is an absolutely fascinating window into our country's trepidation...

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Morning Tech Crawl: San Francisco cracks down on illegal short-term rentals

Good morning, Austin! We've scoured the web to bring you the most gossip-worthy tech news of the day. San Francisco cracks down on short-term rentals Turns out Austin isn't the only city cracking down on illegal short-term rentals. San Francisco's...

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Zimmer Biomet offers to buy Austin-based LDR for $1 billion

 Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. has agreed to buy Austin-based LDR Holding Corp. in a deal valued at $1 billion.  LDR Holding develops surgical technologies for patients suffering from spine disorders. They employ 200 people in Austin and over 550 people...

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EMC sets date for shareholders' vote on Dell deal

EMC Corp. will ask shareholders to approve Dell Inc.'s takeover bid on July 19, according to a Monday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The special meeting of shareholders will take place at 10 a.m. at EMC's headquarters in...

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Morning Tech Crawl: Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts were hacked

Good morning, Austin!  We've got the best tech news from across the interwebs to start your Monday off right: Zuckerberg is the victim of a social media hack Apparently being the CEO of Facebook doesn't spare you from the humbling experience of having...

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This day in tech history: Computer 'experts' spoke at UT about this new technology

On this day in 1958, several experts in "computers" gave a speech at the University of Texas about how this new technology will revolutionize our lives.  It's a fascinating glimpse into how we viewed computers before they became a routine part of...

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