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Austin-based digital ad agency OwnLocal continues growth with acquisition

Digital advertising agency OwnLocal is growing by making another acquisition. The Austin company said it is buying a Florida-based digital service provider to the newspaper industry for an undisclosed price. Print2Web, founded in 2001 in St. Petersburg...

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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 giants unite with a letter opposing Trump travel ban. Plus, could Facebook’s “Discover People” be the new Tinder?

Good morning, Austin! We scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in tech news. Here’s what’s happening: Tech giants plan united stand against Trump’s immigration ban Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.com are drafting an open letter...

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Austin’s Cirrus Logic beats Wall Street expectations in the third quarter, but shares slide

Cirrus Logic beat Wall Street expectations in its fiscal third quarter, but shares of the chipmaker fell more than 8 percent in after-hours trading. Earnings were announced after markets closed. Shares of the Austin-based company slid 8.69 percent...

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Austin losing tech leader Laura Kilcrease to Canada

Laura Kilcrease, an Austin tech leader and mentor to entrepreneurs over the past three decades, is leaving Texas for a job in Canada. Kilcrease has been named CEO of the Alberta Innovates Corp., which provides government funding for research in sectors...

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Austin’s YouEarnedIt earns its own reward: millions in new funding

YouEarnedIt, which lets companies create programs where employees reward each other with digital points, has earned a reward of its own: its first round of venture capital. The fast-growing Austin company said Tuesday it has raised $6.5 million to...

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Culturati Summit brings together CEOs and company leaders to tackle company culture. Here’s why organizer Eugene Sepulveda says it matters.

During the heyday of the dot-com era, lots of startups built their company culture based on foosball tables, cool office space and Friday afternoon beer parties. In the end, it didn’t work out well for most. When the dot-com bubble burst and the Herman...

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PopUp Play lands $250,000 after ‘Shark Tank’ pitch

Austin startup PopUp Play dove into the “Shark Tank” on Friday night and swam away with $250,000. Husband and wife team Amelia Cosgrove and Bryan Thomas started PopUp Play in 2014 with an iPad app that lets kids design a castle, gingerbread house...

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Why Austin entrepreneur Andrew Busey is giving up his car to try full-time ride hailing

When his car lease ended this month, Austin entrepreneur Andrew Busey decided not to renew it. Instead, he is going to test whether it's feasible to get around Austin using ride-hailing app Ride Austin. Busey has founded several Austin startups,...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook copies Snapchat, and takes steps to combat fake news. Plus, could Trump’s anti-regulation policies be good for startups?

Good morning, Austin! We have scanned the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s going on: Facebook tests Snapchat-like Stories, and combats fake news Facebook is taking another page from Snapchat, its smaller social media...

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