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This day in tech history: Travis County tries electronic voting machines for the first time.

On this day 46 years ago, Travis County tried electronic balloting for the first time -- sort of.  As this Austin American-Statesman article from Oct. 11, 1970 notes, Travis County Commissioners only wanted to dip their toes into this then-new concept...

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Tech Crawl: Samsung stops making Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

Good morning, Austin! Here's your top tech news from the weekend: Samsung stops making new Galaxy Note 7s After discovering that even its replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were prone to overheating and catching fire, Samsung has completely stopped...

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Dell Technologies confirms layoffs

Dell Technologies confirmed Friday that it is conducting layoffs. This is what the company said in a statement given to the American-Statesman: The number is not material to Dell Technologies’ headcount of approximately 140,000. As is common with...

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A month after buying EMC, Dell Technologies confirms layoffs

Dell Technologies confirmed on Friday that it is conducting layoffs, a predictable move after the company completed its $58 billion acquisition of EMC Corp. last month. The Round Rock-based company said the layoffs are “not material” to their global...

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Take a peek at the free food offered at tech companies

Technology companies are known for their amenity-filled campuses and perks, especially the free food.  In Austin, tech companies typically offer free or heavily discounted food to their employees, ranging from cereal boxes and snacks to expensive...

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Does anyone in tech want to work for the city of Austin? 

In May, the city of Austin announced it was launching a  tech fellowship program. The idea was to tap  into the vast reservoir of tech talent in the region and recruit some of those tech workers for city projects, such as building a better online...

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Could Texas Instruments be interested in buying NXP?

Behold the power of a well-timed research note. On Tuesday Romit Shah, an analyst with the firm Nomura said in a research note that he thought Texas Instruments could be a buyer for Dutch chip company NXP Semiconductors. This followed reports last...

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Silicon Labs acquires a Florida-based software company

Austin’s Silicon Labs said on Monday it had acquired Micrium, a leading supplier of “real-time operating system” software for Internet of Things devices.  This is the fifth Internet of Things-related acquisition Silicon Labs has made since mid-2012...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook launches Craigslist competitor

Happy Monday everyone! Here's the buzziest tech news from over the weekend to start your week: Facebook launches Craigslist competitor On Monday Facebook announced  that it is launching a Craiglist competitor called Marketplace that allows people...

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WSJ report: Qualcomm is considering deal to buy NXP

Qualcomm is reportedly in talks to acquire NXP Semiconductors, which has substantial operations in Austin. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the deal would "likely cost more than $30 billion and accelerate a consolidation rush in the...

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