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Former Obama staffers: Not the greatest idea for tech leaders to run for president

There’s a sense among some business and tech leaders now that if real estate developer and Apprentice TV star Donald Trump can become president, anyone has a shot at this nation’s higher office.   But in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher at...

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At SXSW, fashion designer Marc Jacobs explains why he’s embraced Instagram

Whomever booked fashion designer Marc Jacobs to appear at South by Southwest made a provocative choice.  Although he started a popular Instagram account two years ago, Jacobs jokingly admits to being a tech “luddite.”  “Email is about the best I can...

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Texas Competes leader Shortall makes political waves at SXSW

Sometimes, political stars emerge in unlikely places. Jessica Shortall, head of a Texas business group that advocates for LGBT rights, delivered a thoughtful and impassioned speech about the transgender bathroom debate at the South by Southwest...

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Nick Denton talks life after Gawker, whether he has any regrets and what he thinks about Peter Thiel

Thankfully, the interviewer didn’t beat around the bush. Moments after coming on stage to speak at the South by Southwest Conference on Sunday, former Gawker CEO Nick Denton was asked about the video.  Given what happened, was it really a good idea?...

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Author Dan Lyons tackles ‘bro culture’ and why it’s damaging to tech companies

The irony of a white male in his late 50s delivering a talk about diversity and bro culture on the opening day of South by Southwest wasn’t lost on Dan Lyons.  “I never expected at my age to become some sort of diversity advocate,” Lyons joked  when...

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What we learned about Austin’s ride-hailing options by testing six of Austin’s ride-hailing apps

Usually an out-of-town guest wants to know where to go for the best tacos or barbecue in Austin.  But lately the No. 1 question is from tourists is “Which ride-hailing app should I use?” We understand their confusion. After ride-hailing juggernauts...

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FBI Director James Comey cancels SXSW appearance

FBI Director James Comey has canceled his highly-anticipated and controversial interview at the SXSW Conference this year, citing schedule conflicts that will keep him in Washington, D.C. A statement put out by SXSW on Tuesday morning reported that...

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Six amazing things that happened at SXSW Interactive last year

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. Sure, you might be focused on planning for all the panels and parties at this year’s SXSW conference. (Or figuring out how to avoid downtown Austin completely.) But you might find it instructive to look back on...

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Tech Crawl: Everything you need to know about Snap’s IPO

Happy Friday, everyone! On this Snapchat-heavy news day, we’ve collected some of the most intriguing tech news stories from the last 24 hours for you to consume: Everything you need to know about Snapchat’s IPO First, it went well. When the disappearing...

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In direct challenge to Intel, AMD finally launches its Ryzen line of processors

On Thursday, Advanced Micro Devices will officially begin selling its new “Ryzen” desktop processors, which promise to be its most competitive offering in a decade. AMD’s first three Ryzen computer processors will offer substantially the same performance...

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