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Discussing online immigrant-tracking policies from Homeland Security with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the Department of Homeland Security’s mixed messages on whether it will be tracking social media accounts and search results not only for immigrants with green cards, but also naturalized...

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Friday Tech Crawl: more Russia/election drama involving Twitter, IKEA snaps up TaskRabbit and Roku’s IPO day

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories you should be reading today: Twitter and Russia and the 2016 election: trudge continues The investigation into social media and last year’s U.S. presidential election trudges on like a trudging...

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On DACA, tech industry appears unified against Trump decision

Last week, tech companies reiterated their support for the U.S. immigration DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival), saying they would oppose president Donald Trump if he were to rescind the Obama administration-era order. On Tuesday...

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As Uber touts changes after return to Austin, some city leaders remain skeptical

On June 15, 2016, a month after Uber and Lyft left Austin, Uber representatives Adam Goldman and Trevor Theunissen walked into Austin City Hall to meet with Mayor Steve Adler.  Their purpose for being there, Theunissen said, was to mend a broken relationship...

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Critics call on Michael Dell to leave Trump advisory council

Pressure is mounting on Dell Technologies founder and CEO Michael Dell to resign from a manufacturing council that advises President Donald Trump. Over the past two days, four chief executives have resigned Trump advisory panels in protest over his...

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The robots are coming! Pending Austin City Council approval, that is.

When movies like “Blade Runner” depict a dystopian, advanced civilization in which robots threaten the survival of humanity, viewers are usually offered only the briefest glimpses into how humans got themselves in such a mess to begin with.  In the...

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Is it the Trump effect? A new report finds tech companies are showing less interest in hiring foreign workers

Since his inauguration in January, President Donald Trump has wasted no time taking steps toward fulfilling a campaign promise to enact tougher immigration measures.  The tech industry has come out against Trump’s immigration stances, particularly...

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Are tech companies hiring fewer foreign workers because of Trump?

Since his inauguration in January, President Donald Trump has wasted no time taking steps toward fulfilling one of his campaign promises: to enact tougher immigration measures in order to preserve more jobs for Americans. The tech industry has come...

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IBM: We will reconsider our commitment to Texas if a bathroom bill passes

The Texas Legislature is once again gathering in Austin, this time for a special session. One of the most controversial topics is the so-called “bathroom bills,” which regulate which restrooms transgender people can use.  Tech companies have come...

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Austin tech industry gears up to fight the bathroom bill

Austin’s tech industry is preparing to battle the Texas Legislature during its upcoming special session over bills that require transgender people use certain bathrooms, saying such proposals would make it difficult to recruit and retain talent in...

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