Can Austin win Amazon’s HQ2 — and could city handle impact if it did?

Ever since Amazon suddenly announced Sept. 7 that it will build a second company headquarters, just about everyone has weighed in on Austin’s potential of landing the $5 billion project Amazon is calling “HQ2.” It’s been for good reason. Area economic...

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Whole Foods: Customer payment info hacked at stores 

Whole Foods Market said Thursday that customer payment information at some of the grocer’s in-store bars or restaurants was hacked.  The Austin-based company has not yet said how many customers or stores might be affected but said payment information...

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Amazon launches pop-up shopping Treasure Truck in Austin 

Amazon on Friday launched a new shopping experience in Austin where customers can receive surprise items that the online retailer makes available through special delivery trucks. Dubbed the Amazon Treasure Truck, the program notifies customers through...

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Study: Tech workers’ salaries go further in Austin than most tech hubs

The cost of living in Austin might be going up, but local tech workers still see their salaries go further in Central Texas than they would in most of the nation’s other tech hubs, according to a study released Wednesday by job search site Indeed...

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Austin-based startup protects info at U.S. military facilities 

In 2006, Brendan Mullen left the U.S. Army after serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning to his home in Washington, D.C., to begin a new career, he still wanted to help the military in some way. After working at a cybersecurity company...

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Monday Tech Crawl: UberEats sees success, and Obama talked to Zuckerberg about fake news on Facebook 

UberEats has become profitable in some areas  Two years after launching, UberEats, ride-hailing company Uber’s food delivery service, has become profitable in 27 of 108 cities where it operates. The number of trips taken by UberEats drivers grew...

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Under Amazon rule, will Whole Foods still be ‘Austin’s thing’?

In its more than 35 years in existence, Whole Foods Market has forged a legacy as one of Central Texas’ greatest business success stories. With its sale to Amazon, however, Whole Foods has lost its local control, and the result has left consumers...

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Under Amazon rule, will Whole Foods still be ‘Austin’s thing’?

Lisa Lindqvist has shopped at Whole Foods Market for much of her adult life. In that time, the grocer has remained pretty much the same: Organic food. High-end stores. Local feel. Foodie culture. But much has changed lately, and after Amazon’s $13...

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As AI evolves, more companies turning to chatbots 

For modern companies, one of the key challenges is figuring out how to become “omnichannels” -- or operations where all services (online, phone, brick and mortar) are seamlessly integrated together. An important step toward that integration is using...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Austin becomes more like Silicon Valley, and imagining a future where retail is completely autonomous   

Our tech hub is being compared to Silicon Valley (again)  This past weekend, we wrote about how tech positions are faring in Austin’s most recent job figures. The current dynamic is interesting. While the latest data shows Austin still has one of...

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