Social Media

Conversable builds Facebook chatbot for Whole Foods

The newly launched Austin and Dallas-based startup that just gave Wingstop more messaging capabilities has new clients on its roster including Whole Foods and Pizza Hut. Conversable, Inc., on Tuesday is unveiling at the Venturebeat Mobile Beat Conference...

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A rocky evolution of video and social media with week's police shootings 

In a lot of ways, social media was embarrassing, toxic and often simply wrong  in its handling of three high-profile news incidents this week, which culminated in a sniper attack on police officers in Dallas Thursday night. Facts were off, politicians...

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Facebook expands its downtown footprint in Austin

Facebook Inc. is growing its footprint in downtown Austin. The social networking giant is now taking up four floors in the 300 West 6th office building, city building permits show. They previously had occupied one floor of the building, according...

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10 Tweets About... waiting for 'Pokémon Go'

This was supposed to be a glorious day for "Pokémon" fans, the day that they could download and play an mobile version of the long-running game on their iOS and Android devices with the new title "Pokémon Go." But the best-laid plans of cute little...

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Talking about social network ghost towns on Texas Standard

This week on the "Texas Standard" radio show, we revisited last week's Digital Savant column about the dangers of leaving old social media accounts open on sites like MySpace. You can hear the segment on the Texas Standard website or check it out...

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10 Tweets About... National Camera Day

Twitter got to celebrating #NationalCameraDay on Wednesday, honoring imaging technology both recent and historical. Here's some of the best Tweets we found:

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A potential haunting from your past self on MySpace

To be honest, I'd forgotten all about it except as a punchline. in its heyday, MySpace was for online nerds like me what Facebook is to a lot of people today: a nexus for connecting with friends and family, posting photos and even listening to music...

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Austin-based Spiceworks cuts workforce by 12 percent

Austin-based Spiceworks, which runs a social network for IT professionals, is reducing its workforce by about 12 percent. In January, the company said it had about 450 employees, and planned to hire another 100 workers this year. Based on 450 employees...

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Morning Tech Crawl: Mayors working on rulebook for Uber, Airbnb 

Happy Tuesday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories being buzzed about online this morning: Mayors unite to set rules  Bloomberg reports that 10 mayors of cities including New York and Paris are working on a unified rulebook for sharing economy...

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Morning Tech Crawl: Facebook's suicide-prevention tools, Napster's back and more billions for Uber

Happy hump day, Austin! You can make it through the week! Let's check out some of the buzziest items from tech blogs this morning: Napster's back! Rhapsody, which acquired Napster in 2011, is going to rebrand itself with the name of that service...

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