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Cashback app Dosh lands in $44 million from investors including PayPal

Austin startup Dosh has raised an additional $44 million to expand its app for finding cash and deals. Founded in 2016, the company offers a free app that gives consumers cash back on debit and credit card purchases when they shop, eat and travel...

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Strong processor sales help AMD’s revenue surge in first quarter

After an upbeat 2017, Advanced Micro Devices also is off to a strong start in 2018. The chipmaker on Wednesday reported revenue of $1.65 billion for its first quarter, a 40 percent jump from the same quarter a year ago. The company’s quarterly profit...

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The reason for all those privacy policy and terms of service update emails

Glancing over my email inbox the last month or so, one thing is clear: a lot of tech companies are updating their Terms of Service and/or their Privacy Policy and letting us, the users, know about it. It’s not just social-media companies such as Facebook...

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Austin’s Silicon Labs continues pivot to Internet of Things, posts record quarterly revenues

Silicon Labs continues to transform itself from a company once known by its broadcast and Internet access devices to one known for its growing Internet of Things offerings. The Austin-based chipmaker on Wednesday reported record revenue of $205.38...

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BigCommerce scores $64M to take on larger rivals in e-commerce space

In a move that will help it challenge much larger rivals, e-commerce software maker BigCommerce has raised $64 million for a new wave of expansion. The lead investor in the deal was Goldman Sachs, with participation from existing investors General...

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PIMCO picks Austin for third U.S. office, plans to grow to 200 workers by 2019

PIMCO, one of the world’s biggest asset managers, said Tuesday it has chosen Austin for its third U.S. office and plans to hire dozens of employees. The Austin office “will have a significant technology presence” and is expected to open in the summer...

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Austin-based software company Mitratech makes another acquisition

Austin-based legal software maker Mitratech, which has grown through acquisitions, has done another deal. The company said it has purchased San Francisco-based ThinkSmart, which sells workflow automation software for handling legal work. ThinkSmart’s...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Amazon working on home robots, and the man behind electric scooters in downtown Austin 

Amazon has a secret robot project According to Bloomberg News, the online retail giant is working toward bringing robots into people’s homes. The project, nicknamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, is being run by Amazon’s...

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Dell-controlled Pivotal Software completes IPO, sets price at $15 per share 

California-based cloud computing company Pivotal Software, whose majority owner is Dell Technologies, completed its initial public offering of stock on Friday, starting trading at $15 per share.  The IPO is expected to raise $555 million. Pivotal...

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Three questions to ask yourself before you buy wireless headphones

As the race to take away headphone ports on smart phones continues, you may still be thinking about switching from wired to wireless headphones, especially if there’s a phone upgrade in your future. Before you commit to a set of cans or earbuds, especially...

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