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Check out SpareFoot’s new Austin headquarters, where in-house chefs prepare lunch and employees’ dogs roam the halls

Chuck Gordon got the idea for SpareFoot in 2007 when he was a student at UCLA getting ready to study abroad. He looked for a temporary storage space, but soon realized it would cost thousands of dollars to store his possessions. So he used friends’...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Facebook to use mail for election ad verification, and NBA bets big on virtual reality    

Facebook is making changes to its ad department  The social media giant said it will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail to verify the identities of people who buy election-related advertisements on its website. Facebook said the changes would...

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Friday Tech Crawl: watchdogs target FCC and Sinclair, Google removes ‘View Image’ option and does holding up your phone do anything for reception?

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching early today: Investigation targets FCC and Sinclair Broadcasting The New York Times is reporting that the committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission launched...

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Talking with Texas Standard about high-tech ways to watch the Winter Olympics

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about new ways to watch the Winter Olympics, including viewing broadcasts in 4K quality and getting a virtual-reality view of the sports. Unfortunately, there are lots of hoops to jump through...

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Ads showing up on your phone unexpectedly? Try these tips

A friend of mine using an Android phone recently found that some apps, particularly social media ones, were starting up with full-screen ads attached and displaying more ads when she quit out of them. The problem started when she did a recent update...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Dell sells Mozy subsidiary for $145M, and analysts say Dell reverse merger with VMware is ‘worst case scenario.’ Plus more news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are the today’s headlines: Dell sells subsidiary Mozy for $145 million Dell Technologies Inc. has sold subsidiary Mozy Inc. to competitor Carbonite...

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Cedar Park lures transportation tech startup Hyliion from Pittsburgh

A Pennsylvania-based startup that develops electric hybrid technology for the trucking industry is moving its headquarters to Cedar Park with plans to create more than 200 new jobs. Hyliion is relocating following an economic incentives package of...

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Oracle picks Austin as home for its first U.S. startup accelerator

Software giant Oracle has chosen Austin for its first U.S. startup accelerator program. The Startup Cloud Accelerator announced today follows the recent completion of Oracle’s 560,000-square-foot campus southeast of downtown Austin.  Oracle, the...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Facebook loses millions of young users, and Oracle plans big expansion 

A new report highlights Facebook’s problem with young users  The report by market research firm eMarketer says the use of Facebook by 12-17-year-olds in the U.S. declined by 9.9 percent last year. In total, Facebook lost about 2.8 million U.S. users...

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