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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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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