SXSW

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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Talking Trump tweets, Wikileaks and surveillance

Two panels on data security and online privacy during South by Southwest Interactive’s government track were particularly salient Friday after a newsy week that included Wikileaks’ release Tuesday of documents on how the government hacks your tech...

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Van Jones says being a liberal pundit was easy until he got to know the other side

It was easy for Van Jones to be a Trump-bashing liberal pundit before he took time to meet the other side. But once he did, Jones said, he learned “The Messy Truth” -- which is the title of his CNN town hall program. "Trump is worse than I feared...

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Author Dan Lyons tackles ‘bro culture’ and why it’s damaging to tech companies

The irony of a white male in his late 50s delivering a talk about diversity and bro culture on the opening day of South by Southwest wasn’t lost on Dan Lyons.  “I never expected at my age to become some sort of diversity advocate,” Lyons joked  when...

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What’s it like to cover Trump as a journalist? Hard. Really hard. Really really hard, say Jake Tapper, Ana Marie Cox at SXSW. Really, really, really really...

“Unreality” is not a word journalists like to throw around to describe the national state of affairs, but that’s how we’re living, said CNN’s Jake Tapper and MTV News / New York Times / Crooked Media political columnist Ana Marie Cox. In a Friday...

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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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What we learned about Austin’s ride-hailing options by testing six of Austin’s ride-hailing apps

Usually an out-of-town guest wants to know where to go for the best tacos or barbecue in Austin.  But lately the No. 1 question is from tourists is “Which ride-hailing app should I use?” We understand their confusion. After ride-hailing juggernauts...

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