My week as a part of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk army

Mark Zuckerberg was being interviewed about the early days of Facebook, and I — metaphorically speaking — had my ear to the door, listening to every word. I don’t know where this interview took place, when it happened, or how it got into the hands...

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Report: Semiconductor sales growth highest in three years

Sales from the semiconductor revenue reached $101.4 billion in the second quarter, up over 6 percent over the year before, according to IHS Markit research. These figures were first reported by industry publication Digitimes. This is the highest...

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How the city’s innovation fellows program is applying private-sector design thinking to public sector problems

Austin Resource Recovery had a problem. The city department responsible for collecting waste and recycling had set a goal of reaching “zero waste,” which means keeping nearly all materials out of the landfills, by 2040. But it wasn’t going very well...

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Houston real estate market left rattled by Harvey

Before Hurricane Harvey struck, Houston had one of the healthiest real estate markets in the country, according to the National Association of Realtors. Then came the storm, with Harvey and its aftermath wreaking havoc. The Federal Emergency Management...

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Harvey shakes up Houston’s real estate market

Houston area Realtor Shad Bogany had five closings scheduled for the week of Aug. 28. And then Hurricane Harvey happened, drowning Houston with 51 inches of rain and paralyzing the city for nearly a week. All of those closings were put on...

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Dell reports sales of $19.3 billion in company’s 2nd quarter

On the anniversary of its purchase of data storage giant EMC Corp., Dell Technologies on Thursday reported sales of $19.3 billion for its fiscal second quarter.  The company’s revenue grew 8 percent from the previous quarter.  The sales growth was...

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Does Zello work without Wi-Fi? What you need to know about the walkie-talkie app ahead of Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma slams the Caribbean and heads toward Florida, walkie-talkie app Zello has climbed to the top of the iTunes App Store chart, the Washington Post reports. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the app, which provided a crucial...

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An Austin-made app proved crucial to Harvey rescuers

An app that provided a crucial communication link between citizen rescuers and Houston residents stranded by rising floodwaters is made by a little-known Austin company called Zello.  Zello’s smartphone app essentially acts like a walkie talkie, allowing...

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As vinyl’s popularity surges, a record-making plant gets set to open in Austin

It’s the type of business idea that provokes skeptical reactions.  Really? You want to make vinyl records? In 2017? Caren Kelleher says she isn’t too troubled by the skeptics, because the former band manager, who also worked at Google, knows more...

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Displaced by the storm, Harvey evacuees finding refuge in Austin homes

Kimberly Walters grew antsy Sunday in a Dallas hotel room as Harvey began its deadly assault on Texas.  Walters -- a high school assistant principal from suburban Houston -- was anxious about the steep personal expenses her family would be to escape...

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