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Will Austin startup make it possible to test self-driving cars without human drivers?

Austin startup monoDrive  wants to make it possible to test self-driving cars without human drivers has launched its first product. MonoDrive says its product -- the Ultra High Fidelity Simulator -- has been deployed on a pilot basis by some of the...

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Meet Verb, an Austin startup that wants to caffeinate you with its energy bars 

Matt Czarnecki, Bennett Byerley and André Monteiro met as undergrads at Yale University. After failing to find a satisfying energy bar, they came up with the idea to make their own.  That turned into a startup, which in June moved to Austin to expand...

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With app and smart-device ecosystem, Austin’s Clairvoyant Networks wants to redefine eldercare

In July, Tammy Barkley got her 87-year-old mother a new watch. But the gift was meant to do more than keep time and look nice on her mother’s wrist; incorporating GPS and two-way communication via AT&T, it’s meant to help keep track of a victim...

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Austin real estate startup Opcity to be acquired for $210 million

Move Inc., operator of realtor.com, has agreed to acquire fast-growing Austin-based real estate startup Opcity. The deal is valued at $210 million, subject to adjustments, according to a news release. Move Inc. is a subsidiary of media and information...

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Cybersecurity firm New Knowledge raises millions to combat fake news

Cybersecurity startup New Knowledge launched in 2015 to take on fake news and protect clients from disinformation campaigns. Now the Austin-based company has raised $11 million to expand its fight against media manipulation. New Knowledge uses machine...

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Army debuts its high-tech Futures Command center in Austin

For a few hours Friday, the University of Texas System building became militarized. Not by automatic rifles or tanks, but by uniformed U.S. Army personnel, who filled a grand 19th floor room to celebrate the military branch’s largest reorganization...

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To rebuild the brand, Austin Technology Incubator focuses on ‘deep tech’

As a biologist, John Higley has spent much of his career as a researcher at biopharmaceutical companies. But when in 2016 he launched his own company — Environmental Quality Operations, which developed a promising zebra mussel monitoring and detection...

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Commander confirmed for Army’s new Futures Command high-tech center in Austin 

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Murray has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the Army’s new Futures Command technology facility in Austin.  Murray’s confirmation as a four-star general marked the official start to his leadership duties for the Futures...

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Tech accelerator MassChallenge shows off its startups, gives away $500K 

It’s a wrap for 84 startups that spent the past four months participating in MassChallenge Texas’ inaugural Austin class. And thanks to $500,000 in cash prizes awarded on Wednesday night, five Austin-based companies are leaving the accelerator program...

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Virtual tourism is a thing! Austin’s FarBridge builds on gaming chops for VR sightseeing and education

Some startups want to make a yacht-load of money. Others want to be a technology gamechanger.  At Austin’s VR/AR startup FarBridge Inc., one of the main goals has been a little more modest, says CEO Patrick Curry. “The litmus test for our projects...

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