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Car insurance site The Zebra raises $40M and announces a new CEO

The Zebra, an Austin company that lets consumers compare car insurance rates online, has raised $40 million and named a new CEO. Silicon Valley-based Accel Partners was the lead investor in the Series B deal, which brings the total amount raised by...

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Austin biotech firm gets $4M in drug development grants

Austin-based Pain Therapeutics has received two grants totaling $4 million to continue its development of two drugs. The news sent shares of the company up more than 8 percent. The drug development company, which was founded in 1998, was awarded a...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Austin becomes more like Silicon Valley, and imagining a future where retail is completely autonomous   

Our tech hub is being compared to Silicon Valley (again)  This past weekend, we wrote about how tech positions are faring in Austin’s most recent job figures. The current dynamic is interesting. While the latest data shows Austin still has one of...

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Management shakeup at Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies said on Friday that the head of its IT infrastructure division, David Goulden, has resigned. Jeff Clarke, who heads up the company’s PC division, is going to assume responsibility for both divisions. “Having one leader over both...

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Talking with Texas Standard about what the Apple Event means for customers

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about Apple’s Tuesday announcements, which included new iPhones, a 4K version of its Apple TV and a new cellular-enabled Apple Watch. What does wireless charging (and higher prices) bring to...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook enabled anti-Semitic ads, Alphabet may invest $1 billion in Lyft and what social-media influencers get paid

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching this morning: Facebook shifts course after anti-Semitic ads go through After the news site ProPublica investigated how easy it is to get ads targeting users with anti-Semitic...

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Kahoot, education company with Austin ties, rolls out new quiz app

Just two months after Kahoot, a company with Austin ties, landed a $10 million round of funding and an acceptance into the Disney Accelerator program, it has unveiled a revamped quiz app for iOS and Android. The Oslo, Norway-based company, which launched...

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SXSW Gaming sets dates, announces esports-focused round of speakers for 2018

South by Southwest has announced the dates and some of the initial speakers for its 2018 Gaming conference. In keeping with changes it made last year, the event will take place at the tail end of SXSW, Thursday to Saturday, March 15-17, 2018 at the...

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Lyft to give UT students free late-night rides 

Ride-hailing company Lyft has partnered with the University of Texas to begin offering free late-night rides to students from the campus to several residential areas.  Named Sure Ride, the one-year pilot program operates daily from 11 p.m. to 4 a...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Secretive AR company Magic Leap is raising more money

Magic Leap seeks $500 million investment Bloomberg is reporting that Florida-based augmented reality company Magic Leap is trying to raise more money as it gets ready to finally ship its device, which will cost between $1,500 and $2,000. Temasek Holdings...

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