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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Apple has built a $1 billion war chest for Hollywood programming

Apple sets aside $1 billion for digital content Yet another tech company is trying to crack Hollywood.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year. ...

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Amazon to sell bonds to pay for Whole Foods purchase

Amazon.com said Tuesday that it plans to sell $16 billion in bonds to fund “all or a portion” of its pending $13.7 billion acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods Market.  News of the bond offering comes as Whole Foods shareholders prepared to vote...

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Retro gaming bliss: ‘StarCraft Remastered’ and ‘Sonic Mania’ are new this week

New video games out this week: “StarCraft Remastered.” The remastered edition of one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most enduring franchises includes improved audio and graphics, but adheres to the successful formula that made the real-time-strategy...

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Tuesday Tech Crawl: Netflix co-founder starts $10 a month unlimited movie pass, and GoDaddy and Google ban neo-Nazi site following Charlottesville violence 

Here’s how you can watch all of the movies you want for $10 per month Mitch Lowe, a Netflix co-founder who now runs a startup called MoviePass, said he is dropping the company’s movie ticket subscription on Tuesday to $9.95. This means subscribers...

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Tech Crawl: Google memo mess grows, Benchmark Capital sues Kalanick and Snap’s losses grow 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re keeping an eye on today. Google memo mess is not going away Fallout from a controversial memo about diversity from a now-fired Google employee continued on Thursday when the company’s CEO...

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What does ‘Multithreading’ mean for the processor wars?

As the high-end computer processor wars heat up once again with Intel and AMD’s new, competing offerings, the new chips will be measured on a variety of factors, from speed to efficiency to price. One measure of performance will be how the Intel Core...

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Austin’s Vyze lands $13M to expand its fintech software for retailers

Retailers lose tens of billions of dollars each year when customers’ credit applications are rejected and they can’t complete their purchase. But many of those shoppers are creditworthy, and Austin-based Vyze wants to help stores save those sales...

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Tech Crawl: Austin’s Vermillion and Pain Therapeutics report second quarter losses

Good morning! Earnings season is wrapping up, and we’ve got a couple more Austin companies reporting their results. Here’s a look at how they did: Vermillion reports second quarter loss Austin-based medical diagnostics company Vermillion Inc. reported...

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The robots are coming! Pending Austin City Council approval, that is.

When movies like “Blade Runner” depict a dystopian, advanced civilization in which robots threaten the survival of humanity, viewers are usually offered only the briefest glimpses into how humans got themselves in such a mess to begin with.  In the...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Disney ditches Netflix to launch its own streaming service

Disney is launching a streaming channel, ditching Netflix Walt Disney Co. will stop selling its movies on Netflix and will begin offering ESPN sports programming and family films directly to consumers through two new streaming services, the company...

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