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Talking with Texas Standard about portrayals of tech in movies and TV 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talk about how technology and people in the tech industry are portrayed on movies and television, from “Mr. Robot” and “Halt and Catch Fire” to “Silicon Valley” and ‘24.”   You can listen to the segment...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Earningspocalypse Day includes Alphabet, Intel, Amazon and Microsoft; Pixel 2 has bug fixes on the way

Happy Friday, Austin! Ready for some tech stories? Let’s do this. Four huge tech companies, four positive earnings reports Woe be the tech journalist who had to cover four simultaneous earnings drops at the same time (that’s why I write about silly...

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Amazon posts huge growth in sales in first earnings report since Whole Foods acquisition 

Amazon on Thursday soared past Wall Street expectations as it reported 34 percent growth in sales and stable profits in the company’s first quarterly earnings report since purchasing Austin-based Whole Foods Market in August. For its third quarter...

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City leaders: No local incentives dollars included in Austin’s pitch for Amazon HQ2 

Austin officials said Wednesday that no local financial incentives were included in the city’s proposal for Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters project.  More than 230 cities and counties submitted bids for the project, which Amazon is calling...

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TV rating measurements are trying to catch up with U.S. viewing habits

A reader from Loganville, Georgia named Jim asks, “Is there any way they (satellite company, broadcaster, advertiser) can know what TV show I am watching? I believe NOT! How are TV ratings derived?” The short answer is that increasingly, yes, satellite...

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Austin’s Magnitude Software, which raised $100M for acquisitions, does another deal

Magnitude Software, which raised $100 million to buy smaller companies, has made another purchase. Austin-based Magnitude has acquired Agility Multichannel, which sells product information management software.  Agility is based in York, United Kingdom...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Twitter will now label political ads with sponsors. Plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: Twitter will now label political ads with sponsors Twitter is announcing plans to publicly disclose all ads on its platform...

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ brings Mario back in 3-D, ‘Wolfenstein II’ out to defeat Nazis again

New video games out this week: “Super Mario Odyssey.” (Out Friday) It’s-a-him! Mario! Back for perhaps the most-anticipated game of the year, at least if you own a Nintendo Switch. It’s a successor to the classic “Super Mario 64,” a 3-D adventure...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Whole Foods resolves payment hacking incident, and Amazon’s lack of diversity among executives questioned 

Whole Foods Market said it has resolved its customer payment hacking incident  The Austin-based grocer this past weekend said that there was no longer a threat to some of its payment systems. Whole Foods first reported the incident on Sept. 28, saying...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Tech giants forming pro-DACA coalition, Stitch Fix’s IPO and sexual harassment allegations against Robert Scoble

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading about this morning: DACA lobbying group is coming Reuters says it has uncovered documents showing that at least 20 tech companies are forming a pro-Dreamers lobbying group to push...

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