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Tech Crawl: Facebook tool will censor for China, new SXSW digs and gene editing as cancer treatment

Facebook builds censorship tool to gain China market Facebook's desire to get into a China, a market where it's been blocked, has led to the company building a censorship tool that could filter news feeds by geographic region, The New York Times...

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Austin post-death planning site Memorialize Me wants people to think about the unthinkable

When it comes to planning for death, "We found a lot of people just don't want to talk about it because you think you don't have to rush," says Jaan Leemet, founder of Austin-based Memorialize Me. "You think you have time until you don't.  The startup...

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Micro: How do you digitally transcribe a meeting?

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 2, 2013. A reader, Tricia, writes in: “I take meeting minutes for a small nonprofit organization twice a year. I was wondering if you know of anything that makes this chore easier...

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'We Sing' and 'Darksiders: Warmastered Edition' lead a slim week of game releases

New video games out this week: “We Sing.” This karaoke-style sing-along game includes songs and their HD music videos from five decades with selections from Sia, Bruno Mars, ABBA, David Bowie, PHarrell Williams, Cyndi Lauper and more. It can be used...

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Think about repeat use for the best tech gifts

Here's the thing I tell people all the time when they're shopping for tech gifts for loved ones: know your audience. That's why I don't advise people buy a high-end Android smart phone for someone who primarily uses their cell phone to make actual...

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Tech Crawl: Apple out of router business, how Trump victory may affect SXSW and Facebook's handling of flagged posts

Happy Monday of a short holiday week, folks! Here's some of the tech news that's happening while people jam the stores looking for boxes of stuffing: Apple disbanding AirPort After releasing its last update to its wireless router products in 2013...

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Talking job obsolescence in the age of robots and self-driving cars with Texas Standard

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we discussed what the future may bring in terms of jobs that won't be around (or will be greatly reduced in numbers) as we barrel forward into the automation age. What's the future for bank tellers, truck...

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Tech Crawl: Obama on fake news, Alexa can text via AT&T, iPhone 6 Plus repair program and pizza by drone! 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the top tech stories we're checking out today. President on fake news: it's not great Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg may think fake news is not the company's biggest challenge, but the president may beg to differ...

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Austin bot-translator company Message.io draws $2.5 million seed funding, partners on Microsoft Teams

As Austin company is benefiting from a wave of interest in so-called "Chatbots" with a seed round of investment and with a partnership on Microsoft's recently announced Teams project. Message.io, which has 11 employees, announced Thursday that it...

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Need a social media break? Maybe it's time to deactivate

If your social-media homesteads on places like Twitter and Facebook have become toxic the last few weeks, you may need to take a breather. There are several ways to do that, from simply not posting or checking in (though you may still get notifications...

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