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Charles Schwab unveils new 50-acre Austin campus as it plans more hiring

Walking trails, on-site yoga classes and showers with changing areas to foster wellness activities. A gourmet cafeteria, an outside amphitheater, and an artist program that showcases the artwork and photography of employees and local artists. Those...

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Talking about Amazon’s facial-recognition technology with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed the sudden publicity Amazon has on its hands with “Rekognition,” a facial-recognition software that the company has apparently been selling to law-enforcement agencies. You can hear the segment...

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Really cool and a bit of drool: Wearing a VR headset while soaring in an iFly wind tunnel 

If you are someone who has dreamed all your life of having the gift of flight — of soaring up in the air in unlawful defiance of gravity — here’s the thing you don’t want to think about the moment your wish is granted: drool. That was what was at...

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Talking about Google’s creepy Duplex voice technology on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed Google’s recent artificial intelligence voice technology, “Duplex,” which has some in the tech industry freaked out by its natural-sounding speech for booking appointments. Does Google...

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Welcome to the startup farm: Why three startups are sharing one Austin house

When Sam Lillie found out that his Washington-based startup Vinder was accepted into a new Austin accelerator program, his plan was to live in his van during the four-month program. He and co-founder Mark DeJarnatt spent three days driving from Port...

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Austin’s Care2Rock looks to pair instructors with music students, foster kids online

Lawyer Karyn Scott was a juvenile prosecutor in Travis County and a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Texas when she decided her side gig as a manager for bands such as Alpha Rev might somehow be a help to kids in the court...

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Why I’m not buying a Tesla Model 3 (at least for now)

There it was, finally real and sitting in the North Austin Tesla showroom, and all I could think was, “Wow, that’s shiny.” Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the Tesla for the rest of us who haven’t been able to afford the pricier offerings to date from...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Twitter’s password panic, ‘Fortnite’ esports halo effect, Amazon’s spat with Seattle over taxes and ‘Star Wars’ + ‘Arrested Development’

Happy May the Fourth, “Star Wars” fans! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following this morning. Change your Twitter password Twitter users are getting bad news from the company: an internal bug exposed everybody’s passwords. And while there’s...

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15 moments that have defined Austin’s Rooster Teeth 

It all started with a funny web video posted on April Fool’s Day in 2003. A group of friends put together their own scripted dialogue with the video game “Halo: Combat Evolved” to animate a snarky meta commentary on basic Marines-in-space gaming tropes...

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