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Austin’s patent activity grew 11.2 percent last year

The number of patents issued to Austin inventors grew 11.2 percent in 2016 to over 4,000, according to a report put out by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce this week.  Patents are considered a key indicator of entrepreneurial activity in a region...

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When Intel employees worked 50-hour weeks

In the early 1980s, Austin was a burgeoning hub for technology firms.  One of the handful of tech companies that had an Austin presence was Intel. Its Austin workforce focused on developing database-management software. But on January 12, 1982, Intel...

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Amid stagnating PC sales, Dell grew shipments last year

Even in a year when Dell Technologies was distracted by its $58 billion merger with data storage giant EMC Corp. the Round Rock-based company managed to grow its market share in PC shipments.  According to quarterly reports released Wednesday by two...

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University of Texas professor gained early access to President Obama’s social media archive

Last fall, University of Texas Professor Amelia Acker quietly received early access to an immense trove of data on U.S. President Barack Obama’s activities. And no, she wasn’t colluding with Russian hackers.  Acker was part of a White House project...

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Analysis: Few women spoke at Austin’s tech meetups

Just how male-dominated are Austin’s tech meetup groups?  Very, according to an analysis done by Amalie Barras, a co-organizer of the Open Austin meetup.  According to her study of 15 Austin tech meetups from 2016, she found 255 speaking spots, with...

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Tech Jobs: Who was hired in December

Welcome to our first edition of “Leveled Up,” a monthly tally of who was hired or promoted at the top tiers of Austin’s tech companies and startups.  Hardware National Instruments appointed John Roiko as interim chief financial officer. Roiko will...

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Austin medical device company Luminex announces layoffs

Austin-based medical device company Luminex said Monday it has laid off more than 50 employees as part of a restructuring plan related to its acquisition of Nanosphere last year.  Company spokeswoman Christine Valle said the reorganization is “companywide”...

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That time I complained about a company on Twitter -- and it worked

I’ve been known to launch complaints on Twitter against companies I feel have wronged me.  There was the time I criticized American Airlines for stranding me in Dallas. (I got a customer service response, but nothing was really fixed. I took a Megabus...

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The most-clicked 512tech stories of 2016

The first calendar year of 512tech’s life has been an exciting one. Back in March, the American-Statesman launched our new technology reporting website --  just days before the South by Southwest Interactive Festival kicked off.  The site’s mission...

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Fortune: Dell almost bought EMC way back in 2009

Dell Technologies explored a merger with EMC Corp. as far back as 2009, Fortune magazine reports, but abandoned it because of concerns over the still-unfolding financial downturn.  In the January issue of Fortune, the magazine offers an in-depth article...

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