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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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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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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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