Samsung investing another $1 billion in Austin facility

Samsung Austin Semiconductor plans to invest another $1 billion in its Austin chip manufacturing facility, adding as many as 500 engineering and manufacturing jobs in Central Texas, company executives say.  The investment will help Samsung increase...

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Tech Crawl: Peter Thiel to host 'debate' over his support of Donald Trump for president

Good morning, Austin and Happy Halloween! We've got some of the scariest most buzzed-about tech news to start your Monday:  Peter Thiel will defend his support of Trump during Monday "debate." One of Silicon Valley's most high-profile supporters of...

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An Austin tech titan quietly calls it a career

When James Truchard started his tenure as CEO of National Instruments in 1976, many of today's tech industry giants were still in their infancy. Apple Computers was in its first year. Microsoft was a year old. And Michael Dell was 11 years old, eight...

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Tech Crawl: Amazon stock plummets after missing its profit target

Good morning, Austin, and Happy Friday! Here's the most buzzed-about tech news from the last 24 hours: Amazon's stock plummets after missing earnings target Web retailer Amazon watched its stock sink in after-hours trading on Thursday after it reported...

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NXP workers worry over Qualcomm purchase

For the second time in two years, Austin workers at NXP Semiconductors have learned they are getting new ownership. The news came Thursday morning, when San Diego-based smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm announced it would buy NXP for $38 billion in the...

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Austin's Silicon Labs reports record revenue

Austin chipmaker Silicon Labs reported earning record revenue in its third quarter of $178 million, up 14 percent from the same quarter a year ago. These sales gains were fueled by growth in the company's Internet of Things and "infrastructure" division...

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What it's like to pitch your company -- to a bunch of kids 

"I'm still a little confused on how you make money... do you?" "Have you even started your company yet?" "Are you any good?" All of these straightforward questions were posed by inquisitive young judges to Austin entrepreneurs at a Pitch-a-Kid contest...

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How TechVotes is trying to get Austin's tech workers to vote in this election

A new organization called TechVotes launched this year in Austin as a big get-out-the-vote effort. TechVotes is being spearheaded by Erin Defosse, chief product officer for Aceable.  Defosse says TechVotes is nonpartisan and is focused on getting...

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AMD reports big jump in revenue, but investors aren't impressed

By nearly every measure, Advanced Micro Devices had a good third quarter. Its revenue increased 23 percent year-over-year to $1.3 billion, driven by strong demand for AMD chips used in video game consoles and sales of its graphics processors. The...

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PCs? What PCs? Dell Technologies touts its broader IT portfolio after EMC acquisition

About 30 minutes into Michael Dell's keynote speech at his company's big annual conference in downtown Austin on Wednesday, he finally got around to mentioning a word that had been all but banished from his speech: PCs. Standing on a massive stage...

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