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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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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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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook closes privacy loophole, Apple invests millions in China clean energy fund and more tech news

Happy Friday, y’all! Here are the tech headlines we’re reading today: Facebook ends privacy loophole in ‘closed’ groups  Facebook closed a privacy loophole that allowed third parties to discover the names of those in closed, “private” Facebook groups...

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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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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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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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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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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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