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Monday Tech Crawl: Uber drivers are taking longer routes on purpose, plus more tech news

Remember the age-old taxi practice of ‘longhauling’? Some Uber and Lyft drivers are deploying that same strategy, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Drivers, which are taking longer routes on purpose to increase fares, say it’s “the...

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Texas Standard: is it the MoviePassapocalypse and was it always too good to be true?

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discuss the recent sweeping changes happening with MoviePass and whether the brief window of time when you could watch a movie a day for $10 a month is now over. Also: what other online deals once seemed...

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Hey, minimalists: soundbars are totally still a thing

Time was that if you wanted to good surround sound for your home theater, you set up a ton of speakers (five or seven, typically, plus a subwoofer), ran miles of wire and hid your dirty audio deeds with cable wraps and moulding. Wireless rear speakers...

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Austin-based SailPoint’s stock soars after the cybersecurity firm beats the Street

Shares of cybersecurity firm SailPoint Technologies soared on Thursday after the company beat Wall Street expectations in the second quarter. Austin-based SailPoint reported that revenue jumped 39 percent to $54.6 million from the year before. That...

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UT and the Army are going to help Uber build flying taxis 

Uber has set a lofty goal: Build and test electric flying taxis by 2020.   But the task is immense, carrying plenty of obstacles and leaving the ride-hailing company in need of help to realize the project.  One of those hurdles -- limiting the noise...

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TaskUs, growing in Austin and San Antonio, gets $250 million equity investment

A Santa Monica-based business-services company that has been beefing up its presence in Central Texas on Thursday announced a $250 million equity investment from Blackstone. TaskUs  runs its operations out of Austin because its two co-founders, Bryce...

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Army brass: Leader of new Austin tech center could be confirmed next week

If all goes well next week, the U.S. Army could be able to officially name the leader of its new Futures Command tech facility in Austin.  Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who is in Austin visiting with leaders of the tech center, told the American-Statesman...

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This startup wants to make deliveries less stressful for apartment dwellers

When Michael Patton moved to a Dallas apartment complex three years ago, the leasing office was receiving 250 to 300 packages every day. “The e-commerce explosion has flooded apartment buildings with packages,” Patton said. “I saw what a pain it was...

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Fresh off strong earnings report, Austin’s Q2 Holdings snaps up California startup 

Fresh off a strong earnings report, Austin-based Q2 Holdings, which sells online banking software, said it plans to acquire Cloud Lending, a California-based startup that sells a lending and leasing platform. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Magic Leap’s mixed-reality headset is finally here; shrugs at $2,295?

Happy Wednesday! Here are a few of the tech stories we’re taking a look at today. A Leap, but maybe not so Magic?  Mystery mixed-reality company Magic Leap has finally brought it first product out of the shadows. The Magic Leap One, which is selling...

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The perfect, cuddly robot pal? Gadget company Anki tries to crack that code with ‘Vector’ Kickstarter

Might things be a little bit better for all of us if we each had a cute, anthropomorphic little robot buddy around? One that did cute things like beep-boop encouragement when we’re down or that could fetch us the weather report in the most adorable...

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Dell Medical School launches data hub with goal of improving health care

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas announced Tuesday the creation of a “Biomedical Data Science Hub” with the goal of analyzing data to improve health care.  Paul Rathouz, the hub’s founding director, will recruit faculty and staff...

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As it pitches plan to go public, Dell projects a jump in revenue

Dell Technologies Inc. gave investors a deeper look into its financials as it steps up efforts to win support for a plan to take the company public. Dell expects its revenue to increase about 9.5 percent to $87.5 billion in fiscal 2019, according...

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IBM picks Austin as one of 4 sites for global network of anti-hacking labs 

At an IBM lab in North Austin, a team of hackers are breaking into ATMs, cell phone apps and even cars.  The Austin group is working in one of four secure IBM “X-Force Red” labs around the globe. The company on Monday announced the launch of the lab...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Amazon’s HQ2 project shrouded in secrecy, Facebook removes Alex Jones pages and more

How is Amazon determining where its second home will be? It’s hard to know. Amazon’s search for its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, has been a secretive process, even to government officials within cities still remaining in the competition.  As The...

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Austin’s Pain Therapeutics sees share price dive after FDA declines to approve pain management drug

Austin-based drug development company Pain Therapeutics said on Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve Remoxy ER, its opioid drug for the management of severe pain as the benefits of the drug did not outweigh the...

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Don’t want to own a vehicle? You can drive a different car every month with new app

An Austin startup is targeting people who need a car but don’t want to own one.  University of Texas alumnus Chance Richie and his wife, Amanda, co-founded Mobiliti, a subscription-based app that allows customers to pay a monthly fee for a vehicle...

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Austin’s Alchemy Systems sold to UK-based company for $480 million

Austin-based workplace training company Alchemy Systems said Friday it has agreed to be acquired by London-based Intertek Group. The deal is valued at $480 million and is expected to close in the third quarter, Intertek Group said. Alchemy Systems...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Apple CEO Tim Cook’s memo to staff, Google lifting ban on addiction center ads and more

It’s Friday, Austin! Check out some of the tech headlines we’re following this morning: Apple CEO Tim Cook: $1 trillion value isn’t what drives us In a memo to Apple staff, CEO Tim Cook reminded his employees that the news of the computer company’s...

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