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Tech Crawl: AT&T slammed over Austin ‘5G Evolution’  launch, Twitter’s turnaround and more awful crimes shown on Facebook

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories worth checking out this morning: Fake news or fake 5G? Tuesday should have been a great day for AT&T in Austin: the telecom company announced “5G Evolution” enhanced speeds in some parts...

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Facebook Live: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Ever since it became available to the public in early 2016, Facebook Live has transformed the way we interact with one another. The ability to post not just what we think, but see, in real time has changed the landscape for everything from presidential...

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Austin’s Evelyn (Ngugi) From the Internets is now a YouTube Creator for Change

Evelyn Ngugi, an Austin YouTube star better known to some fans as “Evelyn From the Internets” on Thursday was named one of 27 Creators for Change.  The program promotes positive social change by choosing video makers who are “tackling social issues...

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It’s not your imagination: Facebook Messenger is suffering from ‘Feature creep’

Is it just me or is Facebook Messenger feeling a little cluttered lately? (Answer: it’s not just me.) The chat app, which Facebook says is used by 1.2 billion people every month, has gone from a simple piece of software for talking to Facebook friends...

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How ‘World of Warcraft’ made Native Commerce’s Keren Kang a better CEO

Walking into Native Commerce CEO Keren Kang’s office, at a South Austin space the company has occupied since September, is a study in contrasts. The chairs that face her desk are adorned with comfy-looking white feather cushions and the office space...

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Tech Crawl: Instagram Stories a huge success, Apple eyes Toshiba investment and the horror of furless Tickle Me Elmo

Happy Friday, folks! Here are some of the tech stories we’re checking out before the weekend: Instagram Stories already eclipsing Snapchat The 24-hour photos/videos feature that is spreading like a virus through social media appears to be doing wonders...

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000,’ returning Friday, was a web series before the web was a thing

Before there was YouTube, or a “Share” button on every web page, or such a concept as watching a television series anytime you wanted from pretty much any device with a screen you owned, there was this: “KEEP CIRCULATING THE TAPES”. After episodes...

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SXSW 2017: YouTube's 'Holy Trinity' talks sexism, 'Dirty 30' and the power of female friendships

It's a tale as old as time (or a tale as old as the internet age, at least): Online content creators try to bridge the gap between new media and old media, making the leap from online videos to television or film, and they flop miserably. That's not...

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Find 512tech at Social Media Week Austin

Social Media Week, a conference taking place in cities around the world, has begun in Austin and runs through Wednesday. 512tech staffers and some Austin American-Statesman staffers are moderating or participating in panels. Here’s where you can find...

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Instagram reveals slideshow feature with newest update

Instagram doesn’t want you to waste any more time deciding which picture to post. It wants you to post all of them.  Or at least the picture sharing app’s latest update encourages it. Today the company introduced a feature that will allow users to...

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