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Venture investing in Austin stayed strong in second quarter, new report shows

Thanks to five deals of more than $20 million each, venture capital activity in Austin stayed strong in the second quarter. A total of $306.6 million was raised by 37 companies during the quarter, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers and...

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LendingTree acquires Austin startup Student Loan Hero for $60 million

Financial services company LendingTree said Friday that it has acquired Austin-based Student Loan Hero Inc., a personal finance website for managing student debt. LendingTree, headquartered in Charlotte, connects users with lenders. The company will...

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Educational tech startup Pi-Top - which wants to make coding fun for kids - lands millions to expand

Educational tech startup Pi-Top has landed $16 million for expansion, including at its U.S. headquarters in Austin. The lead investors in the deal were Hambro Perks and Committed Capital. The investment brings Pi-Top’s total funding to $22.5 million...

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Talking about Austin’s Cody Wilson and 3-D printed guns on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we’re discussing the news that Austinite and former University of Texas law student Cody Wilson just scored a major legal victory in his quest to liberate 3-D printed gun designs from being banned by...

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Lawsuit: 'If he had been a millennial,' Austin man says IBM wouldn't have let him go

An Austin man has joined a growing chorus of former employees who claim technology giant IBM fired or laid them off because of their age.  Jonathan Langley, a 60-year-old former cloud salesman at IBM’s Austin operations, has filed a federal age discrimination...

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Buying and selling locally by app with ‘Letgo’ and ‘OfferUp’

Newspaper classified ads yielded a great amount of group to the rise of Craigslist. And now I wonder if Craigslist, which has no official mobile app of its own, might not be losing out to a few apps that connect local buyers and sellers. I’ve been...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Why your Twitter followers might take a hit; Qualcom agrees to buy CA Technologies; plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are this morning’s headlines: Your Twitter followers might drop; Obama’s, Trump’s already have Twitter is beginning to pull inactive and locked accounts...

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SXSW clarifies, updates policy on diversity requirements for panels

South by Southwest says older language on its PanelPicker website that was not updated to new guidelines may be to blame for why at least one participant raised concerns about whether the event might be disallowing panels consisting of all women or...

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At $199, GoPro Hero is a great family camera; but will it make you put your phone down?

There’s a great Erykah Badu song that was released a few years ago, “Phone Down,” about the digital-distraction era.  She sings: I can make you put your phone downAs we cruise through the cityI can make you put your phone downYou ain't gonna text...

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Tech Crawl: Tesla opens up Model 3 to all, a 3-D printed gun settlement with Austinite and Magic Leap’s AT&T partnership

Happy Hump Day, everybody! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning. Want a Tesla Model 3? Or Elon’s submarine? Jalopnik yesterday reported that Tesla has opened up orders of its slightly-less-expensive Model 3 electric vehicle...

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Austin firm The Zebra -- the ‘Kayak for car insurance’ -- doubling staff size, moving HQ to East Austin

The Zebra, an Austin company that last year raised $40 million and has been backed by Texas billionaire Mark Cuban, has big plans for 2019. The Zebra says it expects to double its workforce from about 100 employees to 200 by the end of 2019. And next...

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Should you set up family accounts for your apps and gadgets?

If your household is feeling the pinch of paying for multiple accounts on, say, mobile phone lines, Netflix bills and streaming music, it might be worth looking into family pricing options, even if you don’t have a traditional nuclear family. Services...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Netflix to end online reviews, the end of Samsung’s record profits and more

Netflix to end online reviews The streaming service announced it will halt its desktop-only feature that allowed users to read and write reviews on movies and TV shows, CNET reported. "We have notified members who have used the feature recently,"...

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Talking with Texas Standard about finding the best smartphone-upgrade deal 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we revisited a recent 512tech story about smart-phone upgrade strategies.  What are the best deals you can get on new, last-generation or used phones, or should you skip this year’s urge to upgrade entirely...

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Woof: The dogs of uShip share their business acumen

Austin internet company uShip has always prided itself in being a dog-friendly workplace.  Every workday, some 15 to 20 canines accompany their owners to work at uShip’s headquarters on East Riverside Drive. So when International Take Your Dog...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Tinder getting Gif-fy, OLED iPhone rumors, EU’s copyright reforms stalled and Uganda’s social-media tax

Happy weird mid-week 5th of July! Hope you didn’t eat too many hot dogs yesterday and that you’re feeling good enough to be back at work after a Wednesday holiday. Here are some of the tech stories we’re eyeing blearily today during our fireworks...

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Less-invasive prostate cancer treatment receives FDA clearance

Prostate cancer patients around the country will soon have a less-invasive, radiation-free treatment option.  French company EDAP TMS, which made Austin its U.S. headquarters two years ago, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance...

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Talking about Dell going public with Texas Standard

Round-Rock based Dell Technologies made a big announcement on Monday: It is rejoining the public markets.  The move, made just five years after Dell and other investors spent $24.4 billion to privatize the company, means that Dell has opened itself...

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Tuesday Tech Crawl: LeBron to Lakers a win for shopping startup Wish, and more movie subscription plans launching 

Shopping startup Wish is about to get a lot of air time After NBA superstar LeBron James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakes this week, the talk of the league was how good his squad might be next season. For Wish, the California-based e-commerce...

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