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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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South by Southwest to take on Trump tech topics with two days of talks

South by Southwest will address the major changes expected in the tech industry with a Donald Trump presidential administration with two days of programming labeled "Tech Under Trump." The conference announced Tuesday morning that the programming...

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Trump invites tech leaders to talk after industry opposition

President-elect Donald Trump has invited technology leaders, many of whom supported his opponent, to a discussion next week in New York as Silicon Valley seeks new relationships with the incoming administration. Oracle Co-Chief Executive Officer Safra...

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Tech Crawl: Obama on fake news, Alexa can text via AT&T, iPhone 6 Plus repair program and pizza by drone! 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the top tech stories we're checking out today. President on fake news: it's not great Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg may think fake news is not the company's biggest challenge, but the president may beg to differ...

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Talking about tech's evolution and influence during Election 2016

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we revisit the ways tech affected our perceptions of the 2016 presidential election and a few more take-aways post-election on some of the surprising ways that social media did and didn't keep up with what...

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Indeed.com saw spike in Canadian job searches last night

Hours before Donald Trump was declared the winner of the presidential race by the news media, Austin-based job search engine Indeed.com saw raised activity in U.S. job searches in Canada.  Yesterday between 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (around the...

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Q&A: The inside story of how a single tweet led to a website that tells you how to avoid long lines on Election Day

During the primary season, I went to Austin's City Hall on my lunch hour to vote. I got in line and waited. And waited some more. The line wasn't just long or moving slowly -- it wasn't moving at all. Rumors spread that a voting machine had malfunctioned...

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What Austin's tech groups accomplished this election season

Two months ago, Austin’s tech industry was gearing up to become more politically involved in local elections, with ambitious plans to launch a political action committee, a get-out-the-vote drive and candidate endorsements. The tech industry — which...

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