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Indiana-based mobile fundraiser OneCause acquires Austin’s Great Feats

Indiana-based mobile fundraising company OneCause has acquired Austin-based Great Feats, which provides a social engagement and fundraising platform. Financial terms were not disclosed. OneCause, based in Indianapolis, said Great Feats will allow...

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Friday Tech Crawl: more Facebook fallout, Trump’s Amazon grudge and ‘Legion’ stars on Tinder

Good Friday morning, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning. Facebook keeps stepping in it Facebook has been on the ropes of late over its Cambridge Analytica data snafu, but that hasn’t kept it from making moves that...

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Talking about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, our tech topic was the crisis at Facebook over data from millions of Facebook users apparently used by a company to aid the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016.  This week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks up new context tools amid SXSW 2018 interview grilling 

Maybe it was the body language, with the interviewer leaning forward, consulting a shiny notebook on occasion to draw upon for sharp points, and with the subject of the interview, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, sometimes squinting at the questions as...

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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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Friday Tech Crawl: Apple, Amazon and Alphabet post earnings, HQ Trivia funding and Instagram’s push into... text?

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading about this morning. Earnings, earnings, earnings! Yep, it’s that time when three tech titans reveal how much more money they’re making than the rest of us. On Thursday, Apple, Amazon...

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Austin Answered: What’s the story behind Austin’s ‘Ramp of Mystery’?

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears, a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field.  It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the...

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Facebook’s ‘Engagement bait’ crackdown and 2018 predictions from Omarstradamus on Texas Standard

Even while some of us were busy taking extra-long winter vacation naps and cleaning up several tons of wrapping paper off the floor, 512tech and Texas Standard’s radio program rolled along over Christmas and New Year. Here are two tech-related segments...

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Social Media Week Austin is coming back in February

Social Media Week Austin, a three-day event focused on social media and digital marking, is coming back in 2018, returning to town after its 2017 debut. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, and is put on by Best Practice Media. The event, which...

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The dilemma for Twitter, Snap and Facebook: Go for growth, or give users what they want?

 According to The Emily Post Institute, when somebody gives you a gift you don’t want, the etiquette is pretty clear: “Issue a warm thank-you; after all, someone did buy you a gift, even if they missed the mark.” If the gift is a complete misfire...

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