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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Tight labor market, especially in tech, weighs down Austin’s job growth

The Austin high-tech job market keeps soaking up all the talent it can find, but even the largest sponges reach their saturation point. While a recent report shows local demand for programming and other high-tech workers has remained at some...

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Lyft to give UT students free late-night rides 

Ride-hailing company Lyft has partnered with the University of Texas to begin offering free late-night rides to students from the campus to several residential areas.  Named Sure Ride, the one-year pilot program operates daily from 11 p.m. to 4 a...

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Lyft launches black car service in Austin  

As it continues its battle with ride-hailing competitor Uber, Lyft on Tuesday launched its luxury car service in Austin months after beginning the program in larger markets. Named Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV, the program offers black car service in...

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Monday Tech Crawl: The app that’s helping Irma victims stay connected, and Apple’s new phone to be named ‘iPhone X’ 

A walkie talkie app has become a big deal for those in Hurricane Irma’s path As Hurricane Irma barreled its way through several Florida cities on Sunday, a phone app named Zello helped keep people there informed. Zello, which was founded in 2012 and...

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Chamber chief: Austin will go after Amazon’s $5 billion ‘second headquarters’ 

Internet giant Amazon.com is in the market for a location for a second headquarters that it plans to build away from its Seattle hometown, and Austin economic development leaders say they want to lure it to Central Texas. Mike Rollins, president and...

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Meyerland neighbors reeling from unprecedented damage after Harvey

Almost two weeks ago, Michelle Comstock had just finished hanging up the last two picture frames at her new home — two orange, pink and gold abstract art pieces — when Harvey was just a tropical storm passing through the Caribbean Sea before ultimately...

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Beaumont distributing bottled water as city tries to restore services

Beaumont continues its struggle to restart water service for its nearly 120,000 residents in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall earlier this week a few dozen miles east, just over the Louisiana border. The director...

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