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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University of Texas professor gained early access to President Obama’s social media archive

Last fall, University of Texas Professor Amelia Acker quietly received early access to an immense trove of data on U.S. President Barack Obama’s activities. And no, she wasn’t colluding with Russian hackers.  Acker was part of a White House project...

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Analysis: Few women spoke at Austin’s tech meetups

Just how male-dominated are Austin’s tech meetup groups?  Very, according to an analysis done by Amalie Barras, a co-organizer of the Open Austin meetup.  According to her study of 15 Austin tech meetups from 2016, she found 255 speaking spots, with...

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Tech Crawl: Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer will leave Yahoo’s board and its new name is Altaba

Good morning, Austin! We’ve roamed the Web to bring you the top tech news: Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is out and the company’s new name is Altaba In a securities filing on Monday, Yahoo disclosed that current CEO Marissa Mayer will leave the company’s...

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Tech Jobs: Who was hired in December

Welcome to our first edition of “Leveled Up,” a monthly tally of who was hired or promoted at the top tiers of Austin’s tech companies and startups.  Hardware National Instruments appointed John Roiko as interim chief financial officer. Roiko will...

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