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Tech Crawl: Avalanche crime group cracked, Twitter buys Yes, plus Austin by drone

Happy Friday, Austin! Here's some of the tech news you should know about before starting your weekend: Twitter makes a talent acquisition with Yes Twitter has purchased Palo Alto-based Yes, Inc., a company that makes two mobile apps called "Frenzy"...

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We've reached a turning point for Facebook -- and its users

At one time in the past, maybe before Nov. 8, Facebook felt pretty familiar and comfortable. It wasn’t always perfect: I’ve complained over the years about its quirks, its tendency toward creating an echo chamber where you only see what you want to...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook tool will censor for China, new SXSW digs and gene editing as cancer treatment

Facebook builds censorship tool to gain China market Facebook's desire to get into a China, a market where it's been blocked, has led to the company building a censorship tool that could filter news feeds by geographic region, The New York Times...

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Tech Crawl: Obama on fake news, Alexa can text via AT&T, iPhone 6 Plus repair program and pizza by drone! 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the top tech stories we're checking out today. President on fake news: it's not great Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg may think fake news is not the company's biggest challenge, but the president may beg to differ...

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Need a social media break? Maybe it's time to deactivate

If your social-media homesteads on places like Twitter and Facebook have become toxic the last few weeks, you may need to take a breather. There are several ways to do that, from simply not posting or checking in (though you may still get notifications...

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Talking about tech's evolution and influence during Election 2016

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we revisit the ways tech affected our perceptions of the 2016 presidential election and a few more take-aways post-election on some of the surprising ways that social media did and didn't keep up with what...

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Cheer up! 10 positive things that came out of Election Year 2016 online

If you can hang on for just a few more days, it will be over, I promise. (Unless it's not!)  Election season 2016 has been going for roughly a thousand years and you have my complete sympathy if you feel as if you've been through an emotional, mental...

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Why are Facebook friends checking in at Standing Rock, North Dakota?

If on Monday you noticed that a lot of your Facebook friends were suddenly visiting North Dakota, it's likely they not only aren't actually at that location, but that they're trying to contribute to a cause. Ongoing protests in the state over the...

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The original emoji now belong to a museum

From the people who brought you an art exhibit dedicated to Icelandic songstress Björk comes the most 2016 art acquisition we can imagine. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired the original emoji. RELATED: Apple is replacing its pistol emoji with...

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Tech Crawl: big Oculus updates, Yahoo sale terms may change and a Snapchat IPO

Happy Friday! Whether you're going to Weekend 2 of ACL Fest or not, you'll want to know what's up in the tech world before you hit the weekend hard. Here's what's news: Oculus reveals It was a busy day at Facebook-owned Oculus VR, which on Thursday showed...

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