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Is this panel full? 'SXSW Go' app's Red-Yellow-Green tool expanded for 2018

If you ask any longtime attendee of South by Southwest who actually goes to panels what frustrates them the most and they’ll probably tell you it’s not getting into panels when too many people show up, particularly in smaller venue rooms. For 2018...

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With Uber and Lyft back, SXSW attendees will have different ride-hailing options this year

Last year at South by Southwest, one of the most talked about issues surrounding the conference was the missing presence of ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft. Uber and Lyft stopped service inside Austin’s city limits in May 2016 because the companies...

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Austin-based dating app Bumble bans photos of guns in user profiles

The Austin-based dating and networking app Bumble is the latest company to speak out against gun violence following the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead and 15 others injured....

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Ride-hailing app Fasten to shut down service in Austin 

Ride-hailing firm Fasten on Friday announced that it is leaving the Austin market after agreeing to be sold to Vezet Group, a Russian-based transportation network.   Fasten said that it will freeze its service nationwide on Monday because of the sale...

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Austin’s Phunware to break into public markets via merger with Greece-based company

Fast-growing mobile software company Phunware plans to break into public markets by merging with an Athens, Greece-based company. Phunware said it has agreed to merge with Stellar Acquisition III Inc. Following the closing, the common stock of the...

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Austin startup ZenBusiness lands $4.5M for expansion

ZenBusiness, which helps small companies incorporate and manage business records, has raised $4.5 million for expansion. The Austin-based startup’s founders include Ross Buhrdorf, former chief technology officer at HomeAway.  The seed funding round...

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Austin AI company SparkCognition closes on a $56.5M round of funding

Austin-based artificial intelligence company SparkCognition has raised an additional $24 million, bringing its Series B round to $56.5 million, company executives said Tuesday. The Austin-based company previously raised $32.5 million in June from...

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Check out SpareFoot’s new Austin headquarters, where in-house chefs prepare lunch and employees’ dogs roam the halls

Chuck Gordon got the idea for SpareFoot in 2007 when he was a student at UCLA getting ready to study abroad. He looked for a temporary storage space, but soon realized it would cost thousands of dollars to store his possessions. So he used friends’...

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Ads showing up on your phone unexpectedly? Try these tips

A friend of mine using an Android phone recently found that some apps, particularly social media ones, were starting up with full-screen ads attached and displaying more ads when she quit out of them. The problem started when she did a recent update...

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