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Tech Crawl: It's official - Qualcomm is buying NXP, plus Twitter is cutting 9 percent of its workforce, and Samsung's profit takes a plunge

Good morning, Austin! We have scanned the internet to bring you the latest technology news. Here's what's happening: It's official: Qualcomm is buying NXP NXP Semiconductors, which has a significant Austin workforce, is being acquired by Qualcomm...

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Google's new downtown tower home reaches full height

The downtown tower that some are calling "the Google building" has reached a milestone. The 29-story glass building, which will eventually house hundreds of Google employees, has "topped out." That means it has reached its highest point of construction...

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Austin's Twyla pulls online ad that critics called sexist

Austin startup Twyla, which runs an online marketplace for buying art, wanted to get its name out with a provocative online ad campaign. But one ad, featuring a woman taking off her shirt under the headline "Get some" and the words "Recently Single...

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Amazon opens a new Austin studio for software development

Amazon is opening a new Austin studio that will work on Lumberyard, its software for game developers. The office is in the Domain in North Austin, at 11501 Alterra Parkway. "Our team is still growing, and today we’re excited to announce that Lumberyard...

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Austin startup Hangar lands millions to launch its drone software

An Austin startup wants to use drones to do everything from inspecting thousands of houses after a hail storm to monitoring long-term construction projects. Now, Hangar has raised $6.5 million to ramp up software development and pursue new customers...

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Tech Crawl: New Tesla cars will be fully self-driving, Google signs CBS for its web TV service, and Silicon Valley VC firm Sequoia hires its first woman investing partner

Good morning, Austin! We scrolled the internet to bring you what's happening in technology news. Here's what's going on: All Teslas will now be built to be fully self-driving Elon Musk is ramping up his push for self-driving cars. Every new Tesla...

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Want to text your doctor? Austin startup Medici connects physicians with patients through its new mobile app

Instead of calling your doctor's office and waiting on hold, would you rather send a text instead? Austin-based health care startup Medici is betting that you would. The company is launching a mobile app to connect patients with their physicians by...

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 Who doesn't love cute dog videos? SpareFoot launches a new video campaign to tell its story

Who doesn't love cute dogs? Or cute dog photos or cute dog videos? That's the thinking behind a new video campaign by Austin's SpareFoot, which operates an online marketplace for renting storage units. SpareFoot on Tuesday launched its first "SparePups"...

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Austin startups feel the chill as venture capital investments drop

Venture capital investments in startups took a plunge nationwide in the third quarter, and Austin was no exception. Investments in Austin-area companies fell 43 percent during the quarter, compared with the same period a year ago, according to a new...

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How an Austin cowboy bootmaker plans to use a new $1.8 million investment to grow

Paul Hedrick was working at a private equity firm in New York coaching entrepreneurs when he decided that he wanted to be one, too. As a native of Dallas, he also had a history of wearing cowboy boots. After thinking about what he wanted to do next...

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