Happy new year, Austin! Here’s hoping your holidays were wonderful.
Whether you are still taking some time off or, like us, are already back at work, here’s a look at some of the tech stories generating buzz around the Interwebs today.
Is Target the next big buyout for Amazon?
As Amazon continues to grow into an ever-bigger retail behemoth, there is growing speculation that Jeff Bezos and Company are now setting their sights on Target as a possible takeover, um, target.
Loup Venture co-founder Gene Munster, a well-known industry analyst, wrote in a new report that he expects Amazon will acquire Target in 2018.
“Target is the ideal offline partner for Amazon for two reasons, shared demographic and manageable but comprehensive store count,” Munster wrote. “Getting the timing on this is difficult, but seeing the value of the combination is easy.”
The speculation, of course, comes in the wake of Amazon’s $13.7 billion takeover of Austin- based Whole Foods Market last year.
Some more tech-related predictions for 2018
As the new year gets going, lots of experts are making predictions and projections for what the year in tech might look like.
Among those is Steve Kovach at Business Insider, who predicts, among other things, and China's consumer tech brands will slump with U.S. consumers, that augmented reality will slide and that, yes, Amazon’s continued growth will become a source of concern for competitors and consumers alike.
And it’s not really tech news, but...
In case you missed it, last week Dell family heiress Alexa Dell made news by announcing on social media that she and her boyfriend, millionaire real estate investor Arshia Harrison Refoua, got engaged in Hawai‘i over the holidays. Alexa Dell is, of course, the daughter of Dell Technologies founder and CEO Michael Dell and Susan Dell, the co-founder and chair of the board of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. Alexa Dell, 24, grew up in Austin, went to Columbia University and is now a brand and business development strategist for startups, according to her LinkedIn profile.
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