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‘Trump and Dump’ bot, from Austin’s T3, shorts stocks based on Trump Tweets, gives profits to charity

For all the criticism of President Donald J. Trump’s ongoing Twitter habit, one unexpected beneficiary has emerged: dogs, cats and other animals being helped by the ASPCA. An Austin marketing and innovation agency, T3, has created a piece of automated...

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Austin’s thirteen23 created a digital campaign for Hillary Clinton that voters never got to see

In October 2014, a small Austin design firm called thirteen23 was approached to do work on a major political campaign. At the time, the candidate had not yet announced her bid to become president. That wouldn’t happen until April 12, 2015, when Hillary...

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Meme watch: who is this suave, Turkish #SaltBae meat slicer?

Even for a town obsessed with where to find the best BBQ, the attention might seem a little much. But Austin, like the rest of world, is not immune to the charms of Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish restaurant owner and butcher who has a way with meats. Gökçe...

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University of Texas professor gained early access to President Obama’s social media archive

Last fall, University of Texas Professor Amelia Acker quietly received early access to an immense trove of data on U.S. President Barack Obama’s activities. And no, she wasn’t colluding with Russian hackers.  Acker was part of a White House project...

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That time I complained about a company on Twitter -- and it worked

I’ve been known to launch complaints on Twitter against companies I feel have wronged me.  There was the time I criticized American Airlines for stranding me in Dallas. (I got a customer service response, but nothing was really fixed. I took a Megabus...

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10 Tweets About... the (delayed) debut of Apple’s AirPods

In a surprise some naysayers weren’t expecting, Apple on Monday released its delayed AirPods, a set of  $159 Bluetooth earbuds, to retail stores. That was after the product was pushed back from October and concerns that the company might not even...

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In close taco proximity, Snapchat Spectacles arrive for Austin

Texans who've been waiting for the bright yellow box selling Spectacles glasses from Snap Inc. finally got some good news on Wednesday: it's at Torchy's Tacos at the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery on South First. The devices, which come in...

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Think you've got what it takes to be an influencer? 

So you want to become an influencer. The job has plenty of upside. There’s all the free stuff, for one, and the most successful influencers can earn thousands of dollars from a single tweet or blog post. We asked some of Austin’s top influencers and...

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Austin firms help track, monitor influencers

In 2012, Sarah Ware founded a company called Markerly that built tools to make it easier for bloggers to share their content on social media. Ware said their widgets allowed Markerly to gather data on which bloggers were “truly influential” based...

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How Austin's influencers make a living off social media

It was a Friday, and that meant one thing in Jessi Afshin’s world: playing dress up. Afshin plucked a mustard yellow chunky sweater from her closet, threw on a pair of high-rise skinny jeans and, to complete the outfit, slipped into a pair of never-worn...

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