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Twitter finally acts on Alex Jones, but takes only half measures 

Happy Wednesday! In Tech Crawl, we’re sharing some of the tech stories we’re eyeing this morning. Twitter rides the fence on controversial Jones After a week of criticism, social-media giant Twitter finally did something about Infowars host and Austin...

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Bans don’t seem to be lessening reach of Alex Jones, Infowars

Some of the nation’s largest technology and social media companies have tried to stop Alex Jones and his conspiracy theories.  But in a digital world, their attempts seem to have barely slowed him down.  After YouTube, Facebook and others this week...

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Talking about Austin’s Cody Wilson and 3-D printed guns on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we’re discussing the news that Austinite and former University of Texas law student Cody Wilson just scored a major legal victory in his quest to liberate 3-D printed gun designs from being banned by...

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When the robots come to Austin, we will probably kick them.

Last year, the Austin City Council approved the use of delivery robots in town. The robot delivery company in question is called Starship Technologies (even though based on their robot design Droid Technoiogies would probably been a better... wait that’s...

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Talking about Trump, China and tech company ZTE with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed in a tech segment the ongoing saga about ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications and electronics maker that could be saved from doom by the president after the U.S. Department of Commerce took action...

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Russian bots and the Austin bombings: Can fact-checking offset division, misinformation?    

As fear of a serial bomber gripped the Austin metro area last week, Russia-affiliated social media accounts began to push false narratives online and cause discord. The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan nonprofit that monitors 600 Twitter...

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Talking about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, our tech topic was the crisis at Facebook over data from millions of Facebook users apparently used by a company to aid the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016.  This week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and CNN’s Jake Tapper cover lots of political ground in SXSW 2018 talk

In a Friday afternoon on the first day of South by Southwest 2018, CNN’s Jake Tapper and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had time to stretch out in front of a live audience. Addressing a over-full Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center...

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SXSW 2018 begins on social-good activism note with Techfugees CEO Joséphine Goube

After a 15-minute opening talk by South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest, SXSW 2018 started in earnest with an on-point talk by French activist Joséphine Goube, the CEO of Techfugees, called “Let’s Tech the Borders Down.” Since...

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From #metoo to racial divide, SXSW 2018 set to take on social issues

When South by Southwest 2018 officially puts its big arms around downtown Austin on Friday morning for the city’s annual bear hug of live music, new films and tech talk, it will provide no shortage of things to talk about. For months the SXSW Conference...

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