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Riding success of first ‘Ryzen’ processors, AMD launches next generation 

A little more than a year after Advanced Micro Devices released its well-received Ryzen desktop processors, the chipmaker is building on that momentum. AMD on Thursday debuted its second generation of Ryzen processors, a line of products the company...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Online tax increase looms, and Buda looks to attract a corporate tech campus 

The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments for an online sales tax case In South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., the state is is seeking to overturn a longtime rule where states are not allowed to require retail firms to collect sales tax unless they...

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Dell-controlled Pivotal Software could raise up to $592 million in IPO

Cloud computing firm Pivotal Software, which is controlled by Round Rock-based Dell Technologies, said Monday that it expects to raise up to $592 million from its pending initial public offering of stock.  Pivotal Software plans to sell 37 million...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica-linked consultancy, and Amazon explores Echo-enabled payment transfers 

Facebook has suspended another third-party political firm  The social media giant suspended political consultancy AggregateIQ after reports surfaced that data collected from users by the firm was used for political reasons, the National Observer reported...

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Could Amazon use Whole Foods stores as part of distribution network?

Amazon has been under fire lately from President Donald Trump, who has accused the online retail giant of hurting the U.S. Postal Service by paying less for shipping costs than the average customer. But Amazon soon might not need the Postal Service...

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Whole Foods prices still higher than competitors, study finds  

When Amazon first lowered prices at Whole Foods Market after buying the grocer in August, customers wondered if the changes could eventually make Whole Foods as affordable as other stores.  Eight months later, Whole Foods remains more expensive than...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Spotify prepares for first day of trading, and Zuckerberg proposes independent appeal process at Facebook 

Spotify will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday The music streaming phone app is entering the public market in an interesting way. Instead of letting banks serve as an underwriter for pricing and allocating large shares to investors...

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During bombings, robots played key role for Austin police

On the morning of March 21, a white Austin police bomb squad truck pulled out of an obscure city facility near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and rolled north, toward Pflugerville. The truck had been used a handful times in the previous weeks...

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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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Report: Whole Foods stores with Amazon lockers are seeing more quick-trip shoppers 

More shoppers are making short stops at Whole Foods Market stores that have installed Amazon lockers, according to a report by Reuters news service. Whole Foods has seen an 11 percent increase in quick trips at stores with the Amazon lockers since...

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