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Tech Crawl: Alphabet shares are down, Microsoft had a good quarter, and Tesla sues its former director of autopilot programs

Good morning Austin, and Happy Friday! It’s earning season, so we’re going to see a lot of tech companies reporting on their sales and profit numbers in the next few weeks: Alphabet shares are down after a miss in its fourth quarter Google parent...

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National Instruments plans headcount reduction, will lose some positions through attrition

Austin-based National Instruments Corp. says that it plans to lower its number of employees this year in a move the company calls a “headcount reduction.” The announcement comes on the heels of a sales slowdown for the company in its fourth quarter...

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Taking a look at salaries in Austin’s tech sector 

This summer, we asked Austin’s tech industry a difficult question: Tell us how much money you make. Our goal was to gather demographic and salary data on Austin’s tech industry, one of the fastest-growing and most vital pieces of the Central Texas...

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How an Austin dentist is trying to make a better bite-measurement tool

Dentist Shane Matt has been cleaning and fixing teeth in Austin since 1999. But over a dozen years ago, Matt (rhymes with “lot”) had an idea that he couldn’t let go: what if technology could be used to better measure bites? About four years ago that...

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A former Dell executive talks about how an education intervention changed his life -- and led to his career in tech. 

Austinite Nnamdi Orakwue grew up in what he likes to call “Spike Lee’s Brooklyn,” the son of working-class immigrants from Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago. He ended up in Austin after traveling the world with IBM Corp. thanks to a too-good-to-pass-up...

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Dell: A trade war is ‘mutually-assured destruction’

Michael Dell said on Thursday that a trade war with China or any other countries would be “mutually-assured destruction,” in response to a question about president-elect Donald Trump’s tax policies. In a televised interview in Davos, Switzerland on...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook may stop paying publishers for Facebook Live content

Happy Tuesday, Austin! For many of us who had Martin Luther King Jr. Day off work, it’s like a Monday. We’ve brought you the best tech news from around the Web that broke over the three-day weekend. Facebook Live is so 2016 Recode reports that several...

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Austin’s patent activity grew 11.2 percent last year

The number of patents issued to Austin inventors grew 11.2 percent in 2016 to over 4,000, according to a report put out by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce this week.  Patents are considered a key indicator of entrepreneurial activity in a region...

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When Intel employees worked 50-hour weeks

In the early 1980s, Austin was a burgeoning hub for technology firms.  One of the handful of tech companies that had an Austin presence was Intel. Its Austin workforce focused on developing database-management software. But on January 12, 1982, Intel...

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Amid stagnating PC sales, Dell grew shipments last year

Even in a year when Dell Technologies was distracted by its $58 billion merger with data storage giant EMC Corp. the Round Rock-based company managed to grow its market share in PC shipments.  According to quarterly reports released Wednesday by two...

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