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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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Why an Austin tech entrepreneur is getting involved in the debate over transgender bathroom regulations

Joseph Kopser started Austin transportation app RideScout as he was finishing up a 20-year career in the Army.  RideScout tells its users which transportation mode will get them to their destination the quickest, whether it’s walking, biking, ride-hailing...

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AMD shows off its new line of 'Ryzen' computer processors

Inside a dark East Austin warehouse on Tuesday afternoon, several dozen gamers gathered around a small stage, eager for a first glimpse of Advanced Micro Devices' new computer processor.  Called "Ryzen," the processor line is four years in the making...

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Oracle announces Austin layoffs

Software company Oracle Corp. told state officials it is laying off 71 workers in Austin.  In a letter sent to the Texas Workforce Commission, as required by federal law when a company does a mass layoff, Oracle said it is laying off employees who...

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Think you've got what it takes to be an influencer? 

So you want to become an influencer. The job has plenty of upside. There’s all the free stuff, for one, and the most successful influencers can earn thousands of dollars from a single tweet or blog post. We asked some of Austin’s top influencers and...

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Austin firms help track, monitor influencers

In 2012, Sarah Ware founded a company called Markerly that built tools to make it easier for bloggers to share their content on social media. Ware said their widgets allowed Markerly to gather data on which bloggers were “truly influential” based...

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How Austin's influencers make a living off social media

It was a Friday, and that meant one thing in Jessi Afshin’s world: playing dress up. Afshin plucked a mustard yellow chunky sweater from her closet, threw on a pair of high-rise skinny jeans and, to complete the outfit, slipped into a pair of never-worn...

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