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Canadian software firm chooses Austin for site of first U.S. office

Jasper PIM, a Canadian software firm that helps merchants manage their inventory online, said Tuesday that it has opened its first U.S. office in downtown Austin as part of a global expansion.  A handful of employees are already working out of the...

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Federal age discrimination lawsuit filed against IBM

Another round of former IBM employees are claiming that the technology giant removed older workers  to make room for millennials.  Lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan on Monday filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former IBM employees in federal court in Manhattan...

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Will Austin startup make it possible to test self-driving cars without human drivers?

Austin startup monoDrive  wants to make it possible to test self-driving cars without human drivers has launched its first product. MonoDrive says its product -- the Ultra High Fidelity Simulator -- has been deployed on a pilot basis by some of the...

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Amazon employees are leaking confidential information to vendors 

Welcome to Tech Crawl, where we highlight some of the biggest tech stories of the day. Amazon is investigating its own employees  The company review is happening after Amazon found out that employees are bribing merchants who sell products on its...

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Jeff Bezos says Amazon HQ2 decision will be announced this year

Good morning, Austin! Welcome to your daily Tech Crawl, where we share the headlines we’re following today. Bezos: Amazon HQ2 decision will be announced by the end of the year Amazon is still dragging this thing out. Jeff Bezos, the company’s CEO...

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Las Vegas firm buying six software companies; HQ will be in Austin

Two years ago, GTY Holdings raised $552 million to buy tech companies and roll them up to create larger players. Now the Las Vegas-based firm is putting its money to work with the acquisition of six public sector software companies, which it is combining...

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In race for 5G networks, Austin may be falling behind   

The world’s largest telecommunication companies are racing toward the next generation of wireless communication, dubbed 5G. But in Austin, a metro area usually known for tech innovation, the going is slow.  Although companies such as AT&T have...

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Workplace benefits company to eliminate 81 jobs in Austin

The Boon Group, which creates employee benefits packages for government contractors, is eliminating 81 jobs in Austin, according to documents filed with the state. The Austin-based company said it previously entered into a co-employment agreement...

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Dell, other tech giants team up to improve diversity in training pipeline

Round Rock-based Dell Technologies has joined forces with companies like Intel and Microsoft to increase the number of women of color receiving computing degrees, the company said.  Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company by Melinda...

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California-based Arena Solutions picks Austin for expansion 

California-based Arena Solutions, which makes software aimed at helping customers simplify the manufacturing process, is opening an Austin office to tap into the region’s talent pool. The company, based in Foster City, Calif., provides a platform...

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What magical new tech will Apple unveil today?

Good morning, Austin. Welcome to Tech Crawl, where we take you for a spin through the tech topics that are making news and generating headlines each morning. Apple Inc.’s latest product launch event is scheduled for today. And that means the tech...

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Two Austin marketing firms merge to form MODintelechy

Two Austin marketing groups — The MOD Studio and Intelechy Group — have merged to form MODintelechy, the companies announced Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not released. In a news release, the companies said the partnership will allow them...

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Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, Marti Noxon, Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry lead off first programming announcement for SXSW 2019

South by Southwest has made its first round of programming announcements for the March 2019 event, leading off with a set of keynotes that includes Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom, Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson and Chvrches singer-songwriter Lauren...

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In the U.S and China’s race for 5G, where does Austin fall? 

Welcome to Tech Crawl, where we break down the biggest tech stories of the day. China wants to win the 5G race. Can the United States hold it back? In past years, the U.S. usually battled European companies when it came to creating new waves of mobile...

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Is Austin on track to become a health tech hub?

When the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas opened its door to students in 2016, tech leaders and city officials had high hopes that it would be a boon to the health care sector of Austin’s economy. Now, industry leaders say, they are...

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HBO’s ‘Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age’ gives frank view of online dating in Austin

The new HBO documentary, “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age” opens on a postcard-beautiful shot of Austin, followed by scenes of a house party held in town. It’s the kind of party anyone who’s lived here in their 20s will find familiar; laid-back...

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Twitter permanently suspends Infowars accounts and founder Alex Jones

Good morning, Austin! Check out some of the top headlines we’re following today: Twitter: So long, Alex Jones Twitter permanently banned the accounts of Infowars and its founder, Austin resident Alex Jones, for violating the site’s “abusive behavior”...

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Talking about Drake and high-tech concerts with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about how drones, giant screens and augmented reality are enhancing the concert-going experience for artists such as U2 and Drake. You can check out the segment on the Texas Standard website...

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Dell reports strong sales as return to public markets looms

Dell Technologies Inc. reported strong earnings in its fiscal second quarter — the first earnings report since the Round Rock-based tech giant announced its $21.7 billion deal to return to the public markets.  Dell on Thursday reported 18 percent...

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