Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following this morning that aren’t about Dell Technologies possibly raising money with an IPO (say WHAAAAT?!).
Lyft employees may have used customer data in bad faith
The ride-hailing company Lyft says it’s investigating an anonymous tip from a current or former employee that its workers may have improperly used customer data to track exes and, in one creepy case, to get the personal information of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The Information broke the story on Thursday.
Casey Neistat’s Beme crashes and burns at CNN
A year after YouTube darling Casey Neistat spoke at South by Southwest about his video venture Beme, which had been acquired by CNN for $25 million in 2016, the star is leaving and Beme is being shuttered. CNN says it will find a place for some of the 22 employees involved and will continue developing products from the venture, including one called Wire focused on news. Neistat was a keynote at SXSW in 2014, pre-Beme.
Global Game Jam and Data Day Texas arrive this weekend
Two big tech events, one focused on the video-game industry and the other on big data and machine learning, are happening in Austin this weekend. Global Game Jam starts today through Sunday and takes place at HOFT Institute 2400 Pearl Street, a new organization working to get people into the games industry. It’s a 48-hour game-development session and HOFT will stay open for the entire time if you want to learn more about what they’re doing.
Secondly, Data Data Texas returns Saturday to the AT&T Conference Center. With more than 1,000 attendees expected, this year’s event has about 100 sessions on topics including, “Data Science, Analytics, Spark, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Neural Networks, Data Engineering and Architecture, Stream Processing, Big Data and Scalability, Data Visualization, and lots of case studies,” according to the website.
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