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Five Austin-based apps that can make your life easier

Austin might not be the headquarters of app juggernauts like Uber or Instacart, but there are plenty of hometown-developed apps targeted toward consumers.  These apps aiming to solve problems like finding the right babysitter or getting a meal delivered...

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Tech Crawl: Apple slashes App Store affiliate commission, Google’s self-driving cars will finally take passengers, and Atlassian’s HipChat is hacked.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: Apple slashes App Store affiliate commission In an apparent move to retain more profit from apps and in-app purchases, Apple...

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Austin global intelligence firm Stratfor introduces new digital platform

A year ago, software executive Dave Sikora took the helm of Austin-based Stratfor with the goal of expanding the global intelligence company’s digital content offerings. On Tuesday, the company is unveiling the results: A new platform called Worldview...

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Trump’s ‘Hire American’ H-1B visa policies could impact Austin-area tech companies

As word leaked out Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s executive order, which authorizes further study of a government program that allows U.S. companies to hire foreign workers, Austin companies said they were hoping the administration would hear...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook responds to outrage over murder video, Apple will launch three iPhones this fall, and the number of H-1B visa applicants plunges.

Good morning, Austin! We scanned the internet to bring you the latest in tech news. Here’s what’s going on: Facebook responds to murder video backlash: “We know we need to do better” Facebook wanted ‘visceral’ live video, and it got live-streaming...

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Austin’s Next Coast Ventures leads a $4.5 million investment in LeanDNA

Austin’s new venture capital firm Next Coast Ventures is the lead backer in a $4.5 million investment in software startup LeanDNA. LeanDNA, which makes software for manufacturers, will use the money to expand sales and marketing and broaden product...

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Austin’s ClearData lands $12 million to ramp up health care cloud services

ClearData, which moved to Austin from Arizona last year, has raised $12 million to expand its health care cloud services and software business. Founded in 2011, the company provides cloud computing services to health care companies, helping them store...

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Tasktop raises $11.3 million more for growth

When Vancouver-based Tasktop set out to raise funding last year, its leaders criss-crossed Canada and the U.S. meeting with potential investors. But ultimately, the company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Austin, found its lead venture capital...

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Austin’s RetailMeNot sold in $630 million deal

Austin-based online coupon company RetailMeNot, one of Austin’s most high-profile publicly held software companies, said Monday it has agreed to be acquired in a deal valued at $630 million. Harland Clarke Holdings Corp. is buying all the outstanding...

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AMD makes another bet on VR with acquisition of Austin-based chipmaker’s technology

AMD has acquired intellectual property and engineering talent from Austin-based Nitero, a wireless technology pioneer that could provide a big push to the chipmaker’s virtual reality efforts. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded...

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