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Despite backlash, CEO of Austin-based Bumble has no regrets about company’s stance on guns

When female-friendly dating app Bumble banned pictures of guns in profile pictures this week, the backlash was immediate, founder Whitney Wolfe Herd told a SXSW crowd on Saturday. But the Austin-based company has no regrets, she said. “This is not...

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SXSW 2018: refreshing sense of non-punditry in Ta-Nehisi Coates convergence keynote

Some South by Southwest speakers, when interviewed, will talk about any topic, at length, whether they know what they’re talking about or not.  Atlantic national correspondent, award-winning author and “Black Panther” comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates...

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SXSW 2018: ‘Love & Sex Around the World’ giving Christiane Amanpour career change of pace

The perfect pairing of interview subject and interviewer made for a dynamic South by Southwest 2018 talk on gender issues, global politics and even Silicon Valley tech culture as brash Recode executive editor Kara Swisher interviewed longtime CNN...

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Smarter Sorting, which turns consumer chemical waste into products, lands $5 million in seed funding

An Austin startup that turns consumer chemical waste into products has raised $5 million for expansion. Smarter Sorting said it will use the seed funding to invest in machine learning technology that has allowed it to create a smart chemical database...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: AMD stock spikes on renewed takeover chatter. Plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are today’s top stories: AMD stock spikes on renewed takeover chatter Advanced Micro Devices stock rallied Wednesday on rumors it might once again...

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Is this panel full? 'SXSW Go' app's Red-Yellow-Green tool expanded for 2018

If you ask any longtime attendee of South by Southwest who actually goes to panels what frustrates them the most and they’ll probably tell you it’s not getting into panels when too many people show up, particularly in smaller venue rooms. For 2018...

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Tech Crawl: New details on AMD’s Ryzen CPUs, and reviewing the revamped Dell XPS 13 laptop

Good morning, Austin. Welcome to Wednesday, just ahead of the debut of South by Southwest 2018. Before all the SXSW fun starts, here’s a quick look at some of the tech stories generating headlines and making waves around the Internet this morning...

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You could get judged by McConaughey, DJ’d by Snoop Dogg at SXSW pitch event

Sometimes concentrations of major celebrity gatherings at South by Southwest fly under the radar under the sheer crush of RSVPs and event announcements; that may be the case with Pitch Perfect, a $100,000 startup competition taking place Saturday...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Amazon working on self-branded checking account, and Facebook expands breaking news test

Could Amazon create its own checking account?  The e-commerce giant is working on it. Amazon is in talks with several banks that include JPMorgan Chase to create its own type of checking account for its customers. Amazon is reportedly only in the...

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Talking about Snapchat’s recent changes and resurgence with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program’s technology segment, we discussed recent moves by Snap, the parent company of the social network Snapchat, and whether the backlash to its redesign have actually hurt the business or not. You can hear...

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