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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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UT adds to tech resume with debut of Stampede 2, world’s 12th-fastest supercomputer  

At the University of Texas, supercomputing technology is expanding in ways few competitors can match. This was evident on Friday, when UT officials, including President Greg Fenves, dedicated a new supercomputer at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus...

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Fasten rolls out rewards program for ride-hailing customers in Austin, elsewhere

Ride-hailing company Fasten on Friday launched what it says is the industry’s first rewards program, an initiative that comes as the company and others try to stay relevant after competitors Uber and Lyft’s return to the Capitol two months ago.  Beginning...

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Ahead of Amazon deal, Austin’s Whole Foods sees dip in profit, same-store sales 

In what could have been its final quarterly earnings report as a public company as it awaits approval of the $13.7 billion merger with Amazon, Whole Foods Market on Wednesday reported earnings in line with Wall Street’s expectations, though it saw...

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Austin-based Silicon Labs posts record revenue, beats Wall Street expectations 

Growth continues for Austin-based chipmaker Silicon Labs. The company on Wednesday beat Wall Street expectations by reporting a record $190.1 million in revenue for its fiscal second quarter, which ended July 1, though the company did report a slowdown...

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Uber rolls out 24/7 driver hotline, other new features in Austin

Since its inception, ride-hailing giant Uber has faced complaints from its drivers on a number of issues.  The company says it is taking steps to mend those problems -- and that the impact of those changes can be seen in Austin, a city Uber has only...

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Austin startup Embark - dog DNA tester - relocates to Boston

Embark Veterinary, the Austin startup that about a year ago began offering DNA tests for dogs to analyze traits and diseases, has relocated to Boston, the company said.  The announcement came after Embark raised $4.5 million led by Cambridge-based...

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Monday Tech Crawl: A key Uber rival lands $2 billion, and EU fine will impact Alphabet’s earnings

Happy Monday, everyone. It’s the beginning of a new week, which means plenty of tech news to get into.  Uber rival Grab just landed its largest-ever venture funding in Southeast Asia  Beijing ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing and Softbank Group Corp...

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A third Whole Foods shareholder files suit to block sale to Amazon

A third Whole Foods Market shareholder has filed a lawsuit this week in an attempt to block the Austin-based grocer’s $13.7 billion sale to Amazon.com, claiming that Whole Foods’ arrangement with the e-commerce giant has lacked transparency. Shareholder...

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Whole Foods execs could make millions on Amazon deal

If Amazon.com completes its planned $13.7 billion purchase of Austin-based Whole Foods Market, some of the organic grocer’s executives will walk away with millions of dollars. For a look at where the money will go, read the full story at...

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