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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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Jill Biden added to SXSW speakers list

Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, has been added to this year’s South by Southwest speakers list, SXSW organizers said Tuesday. On Monday, the conference had announced that the former vice president will deliver a 3:30 p.m. Sunday...

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FBI Director James Comey cancels SXSW appearance

FBI Director James Comey has canceled his highly-anticipated and controversial interview at the SXSW Conference this year, citing schedule conflicts that will keep him in Washington, D.C. A statement put out by SXSW on Tuesday morning reported that...

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Six amazing things that happened at SXSW Interactive last year

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. Sure, you might be focused on planning for all the panels and parties at this year’s SXSW conference. (Or figuring out how to avoid downtown Austin completely.) But you might find it instructive to look back on...

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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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Get your memes ready: Joe Biden will speak at SXSW

For the second year in a row, South by Southwest has landed a major political speaker and announced it shortly before the conference. Last year, it was then-President Barack Obama as a SXSW Interactive keynote. This year, Former Vice President Joe...

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And here our SXSW Interactive journey begins: What’s new and different for 2017

When your downtown wine bar transforms into a multimedia live-streaming news depot… When the flight you’re on to Austin is packed with geeks wearing T-shirts bearing startup logos, names missing key vowels… When the sound of flapping badges and lanyards...

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Talking about where SXSW and TV meet with Texas Standard

This week’s “Texas Standard” radio segment is about how South by Southwest Interactive (and the whole conference, really) has embraced television and how that jibes with SXSW’s themes of convergence and the rise of on-demand and streaming TV. Lots...

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Google Jigsaw’s Yasmin Green an SXSW Interactive keynote; new featured speakers include Alexis Ohanian, Kara Swisher, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

In one of its last big pushes before South by Southwest starts next Friday (March 10!), the conference has announced its last set of keynote speakers and another cluster of featured speakers across tech, film, music and the increasingly popular area...

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Ride-hail company InstaRyde will miss SXSW, is offline in Austin (Updated)

(Updated, see below) One of the Austin ride-hailing companies that swooped in to fill the void left by Uber and Lyft last year is no longer operating in Austin, at least for the time being. InstaRyde, which is based in Canada and began servicing Austin...

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