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‘Veep’ panel at SXSW avoids Trump talk, says Season 6 will examine post-presidential life

If anybody was expecting the cast and showrunner of the most acidly cynical show on television to unload on the current presidential administration, Monday’s South by Southwest talk might have been a disappointment. Not only does the upcoming sixth...

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Are changes to seating policies causing friction and frustration at SXSW 2017? 

It’s certainly not a new problem at South by Southwest: for as long as there have been lots of people attending the conference, particularly the Interactive portion, there have been full panels and grumbling people waiting outside with hopes of getting...

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Streaming tech fail mars Jennifer Doudna genetics keynote at SXSW

Saturday’s South by Southwest keynote, a talk from geneticist Jennifer Doudna, had all the makings of a standout SXSW presentation. It’s about future-looking technology that could affect the lives of literally billions and that is so in its infancy...

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Get tidy, get the life you want: Marie ‘KonMari’ Kondo shows you how at SXSW

Seeing Marie Kondo fold clothes live in person -- sending love through her palms and making items stand upright -- might be what the world needs right now. She was a gentle and calm presence in the midst of the South by Southwest storm Saturday in...

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker preaches love and ‘courageous empathy’ in opening SXSW 2017 talk

If political junkies were looking for fighting words and calls to arms from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, they instead got the oral equivalent of a big, firm hug. In a South by Southwest Interactive opening presentation that followed a conference...

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SXSW begins: Say farewell to Interactive, Film, Music

RIP SXSW Interactive? In an opening presentation on Friday, South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest intimated that 2017 might be the last year that we see clear distinctions between the long-running SXSW Interactive, Film and Music...

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Dear SXSW speaker: No, you’re not a keynote

This may come across as petty, and that’s all right. I will take the petty bullet on this one. Apparently, there are people speaking at South by Southwest this year who are under the mistaken impression that they are giving a keynote talk. I know...

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Do you see yourself in this SXSW infographic?

Who actually goes to South by Southwest and how is the makeup of those attendees changing? That’s something we observers ask ourselves every year with imprecise measurements: Do torn jeans and leather jackets signify an incoming flock of SXSW Music...

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Where to go with no badge or cash at South by Southwest 2017

For those who remain badgeless for SXSW, the conference does offer some free events via a guest pass you can order online at guestpass.sxsw.com. The pass allows access to SXSW Create from March 10-12, an event geared toward DIY enthusiasts and artists...

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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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