Rackspace CEO to employees: Layoffs uncertain in wake of buyout

Rackspace Hosting Inc. leadership has told employees that the company has no plans for a hiring freeze in the short term, but was not immediately clear whether layoffs are in its future in the wake of its pending sale to private equity company Apollo Global Management LLC.
Those details emerged in an open letter sent by Rackspace management to its employees that was recently included in a regulatory filing by the San Antonio-based managed cloud services company, which has major operations in Austin.…

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Texas commits $1M to workforce training programs

The Texas Workforce Commission will launch a new program to help businesses find skilled workers.
The program is called the Texas Industry Partnership program. It is funded with $1 million allocated by the Texas Workforce Commission to match funds provided by private employers and corporate foundations. In collaboration with the commission’s local workforce development boards, the money will be used to develop job training projects and skills development programs.
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Austin Tech Council ramps up policy push

The Austin Technology Council will host a series of town hall meetings to better acquaint its members with key city officials and policy makers.
The events, called the ATC Policy Coalition City Council Series, are the latest in the group’s nascent efforts at policy advocacy that were partly motivated by the May defeat of Proposition 1, a voter referendum on ridesharing regulations that resulted in Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. shutting off their ridesharing services in the city.
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Austin startup acquired by health tech giant

Patient IO, an Austin-based health care technology startup, has been acquired for an undisclosed amount by Athenahealth Inc., a large health-tech company based in Massachusetts that is building a large presence in the Texas capital.
Filament Labs Inc., which operates as Patient IO, employed about 13 people earlier this year. Those employees will join Athenahealth’s Austin office, including Patient IO CEO Jason Bornhorst, who has been named executive director of product strategy, according to an…

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Coming soon: Robots for the everyday company

An Austin engineer is attempting to “democratize” industrial robots.
Chetan Kapoor, Yaskawa Innovation’s director of technology and a former University of Texas researcher, is designing technology intended to make robots available to non-technical users. The plan is to make such robots for mid-market companies instead of the typical large enterprises that use the technology.
What those robots can do at your company is up to the owner, but they’re optimal for executing repetitive tasks. Check…

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Labor board determines certain WeWork rules to be unlawful

The U.S. agency tasked with investigating unfair labor practices has determined that WeWork and TriNet Group Inc., its California-based co-employer, violated the National Labor Relations Act.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had previously just found merit to certain charges filed against WeWork, a co-working space provider. This latest decision, however, could mean that WeWork, which has a fast-growing location on Congress Avenue downtown, and TriNet — which recently opened its first…

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athenahealth Acquires Austin-based Patient IO

athenahealth, the nation’s largest healthcare network, announced Monday its acquisition of Austin-based Filament Labs, doing business as Patient IO. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Patient IO, a mobile and web-based app, is a care coordination platform used by healthcare provides to engage patients and caregivers outside the clinic. Patient IO currently […]

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athenahealth Acquires Austin-based Patient IO

athenahealth, the nation’s largest healthcare network, announced Monday its acquisition of Austin-based Filament Labs, doing business as Patient IO. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Patient IO, a mobile and web-based app, is a care coordination platform used by healthcare provides to engage patients and caregivers outside the clinic. Patient IO currently […]

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Advertising Innovator Ushers in a New Era of Video Advertising Campaigns

Pollfish Provides Tips for Getting Faster, Better Survey ResponsesAhead of the weekend, Jivox rolled out a powerful set of capabilities that will “allow brand marketers to easily build and deliver highly targeted video ad campaigns – customized to the individual – through the ability to dynamically generate hundreds of thousands of potential creative variations.”

That was the formal announcement shared with MMW on Friday.

So how does it work?

Eliminating the need for manual, custom-coded production methods commonly used today, the Jivox IQ platform provides the industry’s most sophisticated set of solutions for conducting personalized video advertising at scale – all delivered seamlessly from a single platform and with a self-service user interface for maximum ease of use.

“Video has long been a favorite format of advertisers. With the emergence of modern technology and greater data availability, however, brand marketers can finally do what TV has never been able to – add a personal touch,” said Diaz Nesamoney, CEO of Jivox. “Instead of delivering the same video ad to each viewer, marketers now have the power to deliver video campaigns every bit as personalized as their display ad counterparts – and with equal ability to exponentially increase user engagement and improve campaign performance.”

To learn more about Jivox and its latest solutions, click here.

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Wal-Mart’s stalled lawsuit to sell booze in Texas gains momentum

The long legal battle by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to sell liquor in Texas appears to have new life.
A liquor store trade group can join a federal lawsuit between the Arkansas-based mega-retailer and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Associated Press reported. The Texas Package Stores Association represents about 2,500 liquor stores in the state. It sides with the TABC, not Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), which has said it would open "package stores" for liquor sales next to its traditional…

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