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Talking about rescue apps, online donations and the tech of Hurricane Harvey relief with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed ways in which technology − from apps to new websites to social media − have helped supplement rescue efforts and collect donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can find the segment...

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Social media as lifeline, mobilizer during Hurricane Harvey, aftermath

When faced with the loss of their homes and, in some cases, the possibility of death, victims of Hurricane Harvey reached for the tool so many of us use every day: their smart phones.  Whether they were trying to share photos and videos of the devastation...

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Michelle Obama is coming to Austin for a tech conference

Michelle Obama just can’t get enough of Austin. The former first lady is coming back to our city in October for a tech conference hosted by social media software company Spredfast. The company posted the news to its Twitter account on Tuesday morning...

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Why Facebook has hired 700 Austin workers and is getting ready for another wave of expansion

In 2010, Facebook Inc. opened a seven-person office to explore whether the city was a good fit for its young, hard-driving workforce. It turned out it was, and over the past seven years, the social media giant has grown its Austin team to 700 people...

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Declaring independence from our social media obligations

A few weeks ago, my daughter Lilly played guitar in her school’s talent show. She’s only 9. I never performed in any talent show and it wasn’t until long after high school that I ever got the gumption to perform on any stage by myself. I Tweeted, “My...

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10 Tweets About... the president’s ‘Covfefe’

Who among us hasn’t misspelled a word and posted it in an email or public message while typing quickly on a digital device? When you’re the president, though, it can create ripples that reverberate across the Twittersphere. In a late-night Tweet,...

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Tech Crawl: A $100 billion tech fund, Twitter co-founder regrets and Ford’s new CEO

Happy Monday, Austin! Let’s shake off the weekend rain and get back to work. Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today. Softbank’s big fund A partnership between Japanese tech company SoftBank and Saudi Arabia has yielded the world’s largest...

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Austin's Tiny Hands Mail uses tech to send old-school postcards to your elected representatives

Despite a desire to engage politically spurred by the most recent presidential election and protests that followed, the postcards lay on a table, unsent. “We got actual postcards,” said Mercedes Cooper, a former speech pathologist who’s now a part-time...

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Talking about Mark Cuban and Twitter’s possible turnaround with Texas Standard

This week on “Texas Standard” radio, we talked about changes at Twitter and whether they might mean the company’s string of bad luck is finally turning around. That includes an investment from billionaire Mark Cuban, who suggests the company has figured...

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Talking about Facebook’s video violence problem with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed a topic that came up in a Tech Crawl item this week: the increasing amount of horrific crime that’s being broadcast, often live, on Facebook and how the social network is trying to deal with...

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