EXCLUSIVE: Amazon has quietly more than doubled its Austin presence in past year

Amazon has more than doubled its Austin workforce in the past year, and indications are that more local growth could be in the works, separate from the e-commerce giant’s splashy purchase of Austin-based Whole Foods Market and its high-profile search...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Facebook to share 3,000 Russian political ads with U.S. government today, and Uber’s board sees infighting 

Facebook is giving U.S. Congress a large load of ad data today Facebook on Monday plans to hand over about 3,000 political ads to the U.S. government believed to have been purchased by Russian sources during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Weeks...

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Austin and Amazon’s HQ2: Could it — and should it — happen here?

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. Area economic experts say Austin...

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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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