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Thursday Tech Crawl: Do Facebook ads exclude older Americans from jobs? Plus, Romanian hackers and more tech news

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Facebook, Amazon and others are accused of using Facebook ads to exclude older Americans from jobs Three workers and a large union...

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Austin’s Magnitude Software puts its $100 million war chest to work with another acquisition

Austin-based Magnitude Software is closing out the year with another acquisition. Magnitude said it is purchasing Innowera, an Irving-based business software startup. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Magnitude was founded in 2014 through...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Coinbase’s Bitcoin Cash problem, Europe rules against Uber, funding issues for ‘HQ Trivia’ and an audio-animatronic Trump

Happy Wednesday, Austin! You only have to make it a few more days before holiday break. You can do it! Here are a few tech stories we’re following this morning: Trouble at Coinbase over Bitcoin volatility TechCrunch reports this morning that problems...

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Austin’s Crossroads Systems acquires provider of affordable housing, mortgage financing

Austin-based technology company Crossroads Systems says it has acquired Capital Plus Financial, a provider of affordable housing and mortgage financing to underserved communities. As part of the deal, Erik Donnelly, CEO of Capital Plus Financial,...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Survey shows Snapchat still most popular among teens, and Facebook demotes posts asking for likes or shares  

Snapchat still rules among teens Despite Snapchat’s recent struggles, which include stagnant finances and a dwindling stock, investment firm RBC Capital Markets found in one of its regular surveys that Snapchat remains more popular among teens than...

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Friday Tech Crawl: F.C.C. repeals net neutrality rules, and AIM has officially shut down   

The Federal Communications Commission tossed out Obama-era rules that governed the internet  Known as net neutrality, the regulations, approved in 2015, were meant to provide oversight to America’s broadband providers. The commission’s decision on...

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Austin health tech startup Keet acquired by Portland company

Austin-based Keet Health, a communication platform for medical providers, has been acquired by Clinicient, a Portland-based outpatient rehabilitation software maker. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Clinicient, founded in 2004, helps...

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Report: Austin to be among top cities for tech hiring in first half of 2018

Austin ranks fourth on a new list of U.S. cities where technology hiring is expected to grow the most in the first half of 2018. Twenty-five percent of chief information officers surveyed in Austin said they plan to add full-time tech professionals...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: What experts got wrong about Bitcoin, Apple’s new Texas investment and threading added to Twitter 

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning: We were wrong, Bitcoin It takes a strong columnist to admit they were completely wrong, but that’s what business writer Kevin Roose is doing over at the...

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‘PUBG’ finally arrives on a game console, ‘Fallout 4’ goes VR

New video games out this week: “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Game Preview Edition.” The incredibly popular PC game, a “Hunger Games”-like battle royal that has sold 20 million copies, finally arrives on a game console. The game contains graphical...

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