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Amazon to sell bonds to pay for Whole Foods purchase

Amazon.com said Tuesday that it plans to sell $16 billion in bonds to fund “all or a portion” of its pending $13.7 billion acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods Market.  News of the bond offering comes as Whole Foods shareholders prepared to vote...

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Tuesday Tech Crawl: Netflix co-founder starts $10 a month unlimited movie pass, and GoDaddy and Google ban neo-Nazi site following Charlottesville violence 

Here’s how you can watch all of the movies you want for $10 per month Mitch Lowe, a Netflix co-founder who now runs a startup called MoviePass, said he is dropping the company’s movie ticket subscription on Tuesday to $9.95. This means subscribers...

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Samsung Austin illustrates twists, turns of evolving manufacturing sector

As Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar begins touring manufacturing plants around the state this month to highlight the changing industry, his first stop on Monday brought him, as well as Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, to Samsung Austin Semiconductor’s...

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Can 3D printing technology really create hair prosthetics? An Austin salon is among those offering the service

In Austin, 3D printing technology is nothing new. It’s been seen at the University of Texas, at tech events like South by Southwest and at local health care companies. But recently, it’s also turned up at Shanna Moll’s hair salon. The North Austin...

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Bring on the delivery robots, Austin City Council says

Coming soon to an Austin sidewalk near you: delivery robots.  The Austin City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a pilot program that will allow companies to use delivery robots throughout the city. It’s an initiative that city officials said...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Google employee posts anti-diversity memo, and Apple to release watch with LTE capability

A Google employee wrote an anti-diversity “manifesto” that has gone viral The internal memo, posted by a software engineer at Google and titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” criticizes the company’s diversity efforts and states that woman are...

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Hispanic Chamber’s new CEO focused on education, business development

Luis Rodriguez is trying to adjust. As the newest CEO of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he is beginning to experience the differences here from his native San Antonio, where as the second-in-command he helped lead the Hispanic...

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Austin auto sales up slightly in first half of year

Austin-area auto sales for the first six months saw overall improvement from 2016, though sales have been declining for the past four months. The Freeman Auto Report, a Dallas-based service that tracks auto sales in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet...

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Monday Tech Crawl: How Tesla’s Model 3 is the iPhone of cars, and Charter says no to merger with Sprint  

Tesla’s Model 3 has almost no buttons - just like the iPhone For those looking to buy Tesla’s new Model 3, they might find similarities between it and the iPhone, reports The Verge.  Almost all of the electric car’s features and adjustments can be...

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