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Things to check before you hand-me-down a gadget to your kid

My 8-year-old is a savant at lyrics and beats from current hit music (the clean songs only, I hope). When she began asking if she could have her own iPhone in order to listen to music, my wife and I balked. But then I came with what I thought might...

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Austin’s Asure Software makes two more purchases, secures capital to continue acquisitions 

Asure Software announced two more purchases on Monday and said it has secured additional capital to continue its acquisition strategy. Austin-based Asure said it has acquired Wells Fargo Business Payroll Services’ Evolution HCM customer portfolio...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Spotify prepares for first day of trading, and Zuckerberg proposes independent appeal process at Facebook 

Spotify will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday The music streaming phone app is entering the public market in an interesting way. Instead of letting banks serve as an underwriter for pricing and allocating large shares to investors...

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Friday Tech Crawl: MyFitnessPal breach, Google takes out ‘Kodi’ autocomplete and leaked Facebook memos aren’t a good look

Happy Friday, Good or otherwise, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning: Bad news for MyFitnessPal users On Thursday, Under Armour, which owns the MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness brands (the latter of which started in Austin)...

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Talking about Bitcoin and the basics of blockchain tech with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we go back to basics explaining why Bitcoin is a thing that people care so much about and what blockchain technology actually does. Are we entering a new technological Valhalla of online transactions?...

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Escalating fight, Austin dating app Bumble sues Tinder’s owner for $400 million

Austin-based Bumble, known for its female-friendly dating app, is escalating its battle with Tinder’s parent company. Bumble is seeking $400 million in damages from Match Group, according to a new countersuit. Two weeks ago, Match Group filed a lawsuit...

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The de-register/re-register trick that might help your stalled app downloads

I ran into a problem recently when ebooks purchased or borrowed from Amazon’s Kindle store wouldn’t download to the company’s iPad app. After some frustrating attempts to keep downloading the same digital files over and over, seeing them get to 50...

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Austin’s SpareFoot acquires Raleigh-based software maker SiteLink

Austin-based SpareFoot, which runs an online marketplace for finding storage units, is buying North Carolina-based software maker SiteLink. Based in Raleigh, N.C., SiteLink sells cloud-based software solutions for the self-storage industry. Also as...

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Austin cybersecurity startup SpyCloud raises $5 million to ramp up development 

Austin cybersecurity startup SpyCloud, which prevents account takeovers, has raised $5 million to ramp up product development and expand its team. The company was founded in 2016 and specializes in detecting breaches of employee account information...

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Report: Whole Foods stores with Amazon lockers are seeing more quick-trip shoppers 

More shoppers are making short stops at Whole Foods Market stores that have installed Amazon lockers, according to a report by Reuters news service. Whole Foods has seen an 11 percent increase in quick trips at stores with the Amazon lockers since...

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