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Thursday Tech Crawl: Amazon Prime perks at Whole Foods create problems for Walmart, 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: Amazon Prime perks at Whole Foods are creating problems for Walmart Walmart's disappointing fourth-quarter earnings...

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Austin’s Phunware to break into public markets via merger with Greece-based company

Fast-growing mobile software company Phunware plans to break into public markets by merging with an Athens, Greece-based company. Phunware said it has agreed to merge with Stellar Acquisition III Inc. Following the closing, the common stock of the...

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Does the idea of electric cars give you ‘Range anxiety?’

Tesla’s Model 3, which despite its slow production issues is creating lots of conversation around less expensive and higher-end electric cars, is bringing up another issue that’s kept some potential buyers leery: “Range anxiety.” When you drive an...

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Austin startup ZenBusiness lands $4.5M for expansion

ZenBusiness, which helps small companies incorporate and manage business records, has raised $4.5 million for expansion. The Austin-based startup’s founders include Ross Buhrdorf, former chief technology officer at HomeAway.  The seed funding round...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Samsung launches Galaxy S9, and Broadcom gets closer to buying Qualcomm  

Samsung unveiled its newest Galaxy S phone this weekend The phone’s improvements focus on new visual features that include enhanced cameras, an artificial intelligence tool and features for social media such as an option to turn selfies into emojis...

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Talking with Texas Standard about the implications of Amazon HQ2 for Austin and Dallas

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we revisited a trio of recent 512tech stories about how Austinites and the state of Texas might be impacted if Amazon chooses Austin or Dallas as its second headquarters, bringing 50,000 new jobs and...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown secret, more Amazon Go stores and Kylie Jenner’s costly Snapchat diss

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning:  Did Intel wait too long providing security intel? Reuters and others are reporting on a series of letters sent by tech companies to the government detailing what...

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Have esports reached the tipping point? 

Are esports, events where spectators watch professional video-game players compete, finally going mainstream in Texas and the rest of the United States? Given the popularity of the recently launched Overwatch League, TV networks such as TBS, NBC and ESPN...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: SailPoint, Austin’s newest public company, beats the Street in Q4. Plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here are the latest headlines: SailPoint, Austin’s newest public company, beats the street in Q4 SailPoint Technologies, Austin’s newest public company...

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AT&T to operate 5G testing lab in Austin

Telecommunications giant AT&T says it is building a testing facility in Austin to simulate real-world customer experiences with its evolving 5G network. The broadband provider is calling the testing facility a 5G lab. AT&T said the facility...

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