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State of Texas announces penalty for Blue Bell listeria contamination

Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries might have to pay the Texas Department of State Health Services $850,000 for the listeria outbreak that was discovered last year, but that amount likely will be much smaller.
Only $175,000 must be paid within the first 30 days, the department announced July 29. As long as Blue Bell follows the terms of its agreement with the department for 18 months, the company won’t have to pay the remaining $675,000.
"The penalty was issued against the company because…

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RideScout trip-planning app to soon be obsolete

RideScout, the Austin-born trip-planning app, will soon be no more.
The company said it would remove the app from the Apple and Google app stores on Aug. 3.
“The world of transportation has changed a lot since 2011,” reads an email from RideScout. “RideScout will no longer be available for download and all mapping services will be turned off, making the app effectively unusable.”
Patti Kelly, communications manager for the company, said that the company will continue to develop new transportation-centric…

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Austinite named to high-level post at global education giant

Pearson Education has a new president of North American operations based in Austin.
Kevin Capitani replaces Don Kilburn in the top continental post for the global testing company that is owned by Pearson Plc, based in the U.K.
Capitani previously spent more than 20 years with SAP SE, a German enterprise software developer. At SAP (NYSE: SAP), he held roles including general manager and chief operating officer for the western United States and national vice president for utilities.
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HomeAway quarterly revenue jumps after buyout

HomeAway Inc.’s revenue jumped sharply in the second quarter, in turn generating 8 percent of the total revenue for its new parent company, Expedia Inc.
Austin-based HomeAway, which Expedia (Nasdaq: EXPE) acquired for $3.9 billion in December, said Thursday it posted second-quarter revenue of $172 million compared with $125.8 million during the same period last year.
Though HomeAway’s revenue pushed higher, Bellevue, Washington-based Expedia reported lower-than-anticipated quarterly revenue of…

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2 Austin ad agencies honored for creative work

Two Austin advertising firms have received Small Agency of the Year awards from trade publication Ad Age: Proof Advertising and Adlucent.
The honors were announced July 20 at the 2016 Small Agency Conference in Miami. In all, 33 agencies with fewer than 150 employees were honored. Go here to see the complete list.
Proof, which has 125 employees, was named Small Agency of the Year for the Southwestern U.S. and nationwide for companies with 76-150 workers. It’s owned by Bryan Christian and Craig…

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Megabus gears up to open downtown Austin terminal

If all goes according to plan, Megabus aims to open its downtown Austin terminal in a little more than a month.
Megabus operates low-cost, express bus service between the Texas capital and Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. In all, it reaches more than 120 cities nationwide. Since 2012, the company has used a parking lot near the University of Texas to load and unload buses. But a spokesman told Austin Business Journal they hope to shift all of their operations sometime around Labor Day to a former…

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Tired of TNCs? Private shuttle bus service coming to Austin

A Boston-based startup plans to offer on-demand bus service in Austin starting in August — and it’s looking for a partner.
The service, dubbed Bridj, is a subsidiary of GroupZOOM Inc. The company revealed its Austin service in a Friday morning blog post.
Founded in 2014, Bridj describes itself as a "pop-up" urban transportation system where riders can hail a shuttle using a smartphone app to take them to their destination. The system establishes routes in real time based on rider demand. Fares…

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