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‘Lego Worlds’ and ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ out this week

New video games out this week: “Lego Worlds.” Lego’s delayed, late-to-the-game take on “Minecraft” is an open-world building game made up entirely of digital bricks. Helicopters, dragons and gorillas are part of the mix, but don’t expect a pop-culture...

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Political talk and top speakers: Will Trump dominate SXSW 2017 without even showing up?

It would be difficult for South by Southwest Interactive to top last year’s opening keynote speaker: President Barack Obama, who was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith.  (Though Joe Biden, announced on Monday as a March 12 speaker, is a pretty...

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Get your memes ready: Joe Biden will speak at SXSW

For the second year in a row, South by Southwest has landed a major political speaker and announced it shortly before the conference. Last year, it was then-President Barack Obama as a SXSW Interactive keynote. This year, Former Vice President Joe...

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And here our SXSW Interactive journey begins: What’s new and different for 2017

When your downtown wine bar transforms into a multimedia live-streaming news depot… When the flight you’re on to Austin is packed with geeks wearing T-shirts bearing startup logos, names missing key vowels… When the sound of flapping badges and lanyards...

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Talking about where SXSW and TV meet with Texas Standard

This week’s “Texas Standard” radio segment is about how South by Southwest Interactive (and the whole conference, really) has embraced television and how that jibes with SXSW’s themes of convergence and the rise of on-demand and streaming TV. Lots...

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What it’s like riding in an Audi that drives itself (at least on the highway)

There’s something about that moment when a driver takes their hands off a car’s steering wheel that sets off the “DANGER!” signal in the brain of a passenger. It’s not dissimilar to hearing the word “shark” near a beach or being told “Let me show...

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Google Jigsaw’s Yasmin Green an SXSW Interactive keynote; new featured speakers include Alexis Ohanian, Kara Swisher, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

In one of its last big pushes before South by Southwest starts next Friday (March 10!), the conference has announced its last set of keynote speakers and another cluster of featured speakers across tech, film, music and the increasingly popular area...

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Tech Crawl: YouTube joins streaming TV fray, even MORE Uber trouble and the great Amazon S3 outage

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here are some of the top tech stories we’re talking about today. YouTube’s TV deal Following in the footsteps of Sling TV, DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, YouTube will offer a $35-a-month “Skinny bundle” of channels...

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Ride-hail company InstaRyde will miss SXSW, is offline in Austin (Updated)

(Updated, see below) One of the Austin ride-hailing companies that swooped in to fill the void left by Uber and Lyft last year is no longer operating in Austin, at least for the time being. InstaRyde, which is based in Canada and began servicing Austin...

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