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Talking tech, politics and South by Southwest with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed tech and politics, specifically all the change and disruption happening due to a Donald J. Trump presidency. We also touched on a story published earlier this week on 512tech about the...

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SXSW gets more transparent about its politics in 2017

On Jan. 29, a Sunday night, South by Southwest issued a statement about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, specifically a controversial executive order limiting travel put into effect two days earlier. “SXSW is alarmed by the Trump administration’s...

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SXSW names Jessica Shortall of Texas Competes as keynote, adds Buzz Aldrin, Chris Sacca, Bob Odenkirk, many more to speaker list

South by Southwest made another significant programming announcement on Tuesday, including a new keynote speaker for the March festival and conference. Jessica Shortall, managing director of Texas Competes, will speak on as part of SXSW’s Social...

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Tech Crawl: Vizio pays settlement on TV data collection, more companies join fight against Trump immigration ban 

Happy Tuesday, campers! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning: When your TV watches you The electronics company Vizio, known for its budget-priced HDTVs, was dinged by the Federal Trade Commission for data it says the company was...

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Here’s what Austin tech companies had to say about the Donald Trump temporary travel ban

We’ve read plenty about how high-profile Silicon Valley-based companies, such as Google and Facebook, are responding to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban. But what about Austin-area tech companies? We reached out to nearly a dozen tech...

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Trump travel and visa policies prompt concern, reassuring memos from Austin tech executives

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban issued last week, thousands of employees at Austin-based National Instruments received an internal memo Monday afternoon. It said the company was working with employees impacted by the...

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Tech Crawl: Tech companies push back against Trump travel ban

Good morning, Austin! Decisions made by President Donald Trump’s administration are starting to have major impact on tech companies. Today’s Tech Crawl is focused on all the news over the weekend related to Trump’s travel ban, which banned entry...

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FBI director James Comey to speak at SXSW

South by Southwest, which already has two days of programming devoted to technology under President Donald Trump, has landed another large figure in government as a speaker: FBI director James Comey. The FBI director will be interviewed as part of SXSW’s...

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‘Trump and Dump’ bot, from Austin’s T3, shorts stocks based on Trump Tweets, gives profits to charity

For all the criticism of President Donald J. Trump’s ongoing Twitter habit, one unexpected beneficiary has emerged: dogs, cats and other animals being helped by the ASPCA. An Austin marketing and innovation agency, T3, has created a piece of automated...

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Austin’s thirteen23 created a digital campaign for Hillary Clinton that voters never got to see

In October 2014, a small Austin design firm called thirteen23 was approached to do work on a major political campaign. At the time, the candidate had not yet announced her bid to become president. That wouldn’t happen until April 12, 2015, when Hillary...

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