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In close taco proximity, Snapchat Spectacles arrive for Austin

Texans who've been waiting for the bright yellow box selling Spectacles glasses from Snap Inc. finally got some good news on Wednesday: it's at Torchy's Tacos at the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery on South First. The devices, which come in...

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Think you've got what it takes to be an influencer? 

So you want to become an influencer. The job has plenty of upside. There’s all the free stuff, for one, and the most successful influencers can earn thousands of dollars from a single tweet or blog post. We asked some of Austin’s top influencers and...

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Austin firms help track, monitor influencers

In 2012, Sarah Ware founded a company called Markerly that built tools to make it easier for bloggers to share their content on social media. Ware said their widgets allowed Markerly to gather data on which bloggers were “truly influential” based...

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How Austin's influencers make a living off social media

It was a Friday, and that meant one thing in Jessi Afshin’s world: playing dress up. Afshin plucked a mustard yellow chunky sweater from her closet, threw on a pair of high-rise skinny jeans and, to complete the outfit, slipped into a pair of never-worn...

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Tech Crawl: Avalanche crime group cracked, Twitter buys Yes, plus Austin by drone

Happy Friday, Austin! Here's some of the tech news you should know about before starting your weekend: Twitter makes a talent acquisition with Yes Twitter has purchased Palo Alto-based Yes, Inc., a company that makes two mobile apps called "Frenzy"...

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We've reached a turning point for Facebook -- and its users

At one time in the past, maybe before Nov. 8, Facebook felt pretty familiar and comfortable. It wasn’t always perfect: I’ve complained over the years about its quirks, its tendency toward creating an echo chamber where you only see what you want to...

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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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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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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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Talking about tech's evolution and influence during Election 2016

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we revisit the ways tech affected our perceptions of the 2016 presidential election and a few more take-aways post-election on some of the surprising ways that social media did and didn't keep up with what...

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