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Talking to Texas Standard about Uber and Lyft’s return and what it means for Austin

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the recent return of Uber and Lyft to Austin and what lessons Uber in particular may want to keep in mind as it comes back to a different ride-hailing landscape. You can listen to the...

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Austin's Tiny Hands Mail uses tech to send old-school postcards to your elected representatives

Despite a desire to engage politically spurred by the most recent presidential election and protests that followed, the postcards lay on a table, unsent. “We got actual postcards,” said Mercedes Cooper, a former speech pathologist who’s now a part-time...

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Trump’s ‘Hire American’ H-1B visa policies could impact Austin-area tech companies

As word leaked out Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s executive order, which authorizes further study of a government program that allows U.S. companies to hire foreign workers, Austin companies said they were hoping the administration would hear...

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Tech Crawl: As missiles fly, Twitter sues over Trump-related user identity order; Samsung bulletproof in latest earnings

Take a bow, Austin. You made it all the way to Friday and the weekend is only hours away! Here’s what tech news we’re checking out this morning: Twitter sues Trump over @alt_USCIS identity On the same day that the U.S. launched 59 missiles into Syria...

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Talking about fake news and SXSW with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about a keynote panel that shifted into a discussion of fake news during South by Southwest with two major purveyors of it, and about what companies such as Facebook and Google are doing about...

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SXSW: Is Big Data destroying the U.S. political system? NBC’s Chuck Todd says yes

Is big data destroying the U.S. political system? Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of “Meet the Press,” says yes. Todd laid out his case during a panel discussion at South by Southwest alongside Cornell Belcher, a long-time democratic...

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Former Obama staffers: Not the greatest idea for tech leaders to run for president

There’s a sense among some business and tech leaders now that if real estate developer and Apprentice TV star Donald Trump can become president, anyone has a shot at this nation’s higher office.   But in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher at...

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‘Veep’ panel at SXSW avoids Trump talk, says Season 6 will examine post-presidential life

If anybody was expecting the cast and showrunner of the most acidly cynical show on television to unload on the current presidential administration, Monday’s South by Southwest talk might have been a disappointment. Not only does the upcoming sixth...

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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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