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Austin has attracted the likes of Oracle, Palantir, and SpaceX, among others. Here's what it's like inside Texas's growing tech hub.

Katie Canales/Business Insider Austin, Texas, has become one of the hottest relocation hotspots for tech talent during the pandemic. Tesla founder Elon Musk has a Cybertruck factory under construction outside the city, and his Boring Company recently bought an industrial site nearby. Big Tech has noticeably made itself more at home in Texas's capital in the last decade, but the industry has a long history in Austin. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Droves of tech talent...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, California, Washington Post, Drew Houston, US, Samsung, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends


Airbnb cancels all bookings for DC during Inauguration week

Airbnb won’t be hosting anyone in Washington DC during the week of the Presidential Inauguration, the company said in a statement. Brian Chesky took to Twitter to confirm the company’s move on Wednesday even as lawmakers in the nation’s Capitol were moving ahead with a historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. We have canceled all Airbnb reservations in DC for Inauguration week. Guests will be issued a full refund and hosts will still be paid in full for these cance...
Tags: Travel, TC, Congress, Washington, Tech, Law Enforcement, Washington Dc, President, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Dc, Mayor, Donald Trump, HotelTonight, Brian Chesky, Vacation Rental


Amazon joins Airbnb, Marriott, and other US corporate giants in cutting off donations to Republican lawmakers who opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Amazon has become the latest US corporate giant to cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president. It joins Morgan Stanley, Dow, and AT&T in deciding to cut funding to specific Republicans. Separately, JP Morgan, Citibank, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, Boston, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Bloomberg, Joe Biden


Walmart, Amazon and other US corporate giants in cutting off donations to Republican lawmakers who opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Walmart will halt political donations to lawmakers that opposed certifying president-elect Joe Biden's victory. It joins Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and AT&T in deciding to cut funding to specific Republicans. Separately, JP Morgan, Citibank, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans and Democrats...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Walmart, Bloomberg, Joe Biden


Ahead of inauguration, Airbnb pledges bans for anyone involved in Capitol riot

Building on a policy that the company said has been in place since the Charlottesville protests back in 2017, Airbnb said it will take additional steps to beef up community protections for the DC metro area ahead of the presidential inauguration. Airbnb already removes people from the platform who are associated with violent hate groups ahead of specific events, the company said. And ahead of the inauguration, the company said it would use a seven-step plan to ensure that the DC metro-area is...
Tags: Travel, TC, Tech, Airbnb, Dc, Charlottesville, Vacation Rental, Capitol, United States Capitol, Hospitality Industry, US Capitol, D C Metro Police, Airbnb hosts, Capitol Riot, Urgent Safety Line Pro Trump


Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and other US firms are cutting off donations to Republican politicians that opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, Morgan Stanley, and Dow are among companies cutting off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president. Goldman Sachs is reportedly likely to follow suit. Separately, JP Morgan, Citibank, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans and Democrats comple...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc


Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and other US firms are cutting off Republicans that opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, Morgan Stanley, and Dow are among companies cutting off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president. Goldman Sachs is reportedly likely to follow suit. Separately, JP Morgan and Citibank said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans and Democrats completely. Last We...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc, Mary Barra


In the wake of the Capitol siege, Marriott, Morgan Stanley, and other US firms are cutting off Republicans that opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, Morgan Stanley, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Commerce Bank have cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president, and Goldman Sachs is reportedly likely to follow suit. JP Morgan and Citigroup have all said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc, Mary Barra


In the wake of the Capitol siege, Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and other US firms are cutting off Republicans that opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, Morgan Stanley, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Commerce Bank have cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president, and Goldman Sachs is reportedly likely to follow suit. JP Morgan and Citigroup have all said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc, Mary Barra


Marriott and Citi suspend political donations to GOP lawmakers who sided with Trump and objected to Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott and Citi have cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president.  Marriott and Citi are among the largest US companies to announce the will halt PAC donations to the GOP members who took part in the failed attempt to overturn the election. Companies including Microsoft, Google, GM, and Coca-Cola...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Texas, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Missouri


Marriott is pulling donations to Republicans who voted to overturn the election, while JP Morgan and Citigroup are halting political donations altogether

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Commerce Bank have cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president.  JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup have all said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both the Republicans and Democrats completely. Last Wed...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc, Mary Barra


Marriott suspends political donations to GOP lawmakers who sided with Trump and objected to Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott has cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president. The hotel chain said the decision was the result of last week's siege on the US Capitol by pro-Trump supporters. Marriott is one of the largest US companies to announce it was halting PAC donations to the GOP members who took part in the fai...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Texas, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Missouri


Unicorn travel startup Hopper is facing a pandemic-fueled customer service nightmare

Mobile travel app Hopper has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as consumers canceled their trips and airlines dropped their flights. But the complications around getting airline credits and refunds have since turned into a customer service crisis for the airfare prediction and ticket booking startup, which had been valued at $750 million back in 2018 before reaching unicorn status thanks to an undisclosed round it closed amid COVID lockdowns this year. Currently, hundreds of Hopper customer...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Tech, Canada, Stores, Airlines, Montreal, Hopper, Ftc, LALONDE, Business Development Bank of Canada BDC, Frontier Spirit, Inovia, Frederic Lalonde, COVID, Lalonde He


This Week in Apps: Apple scolds adtech, Facebook hit with antitrust suits, Twitter buys Squad

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including third-party Chinese app stores, iOS and Android users 130 billion apps in 2020. Consumer spend also hit a record $112 billion across iOS and Android alone. In 2019, people spent three hours and 40 minutes per day ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Spotify, London, Sweden, Instagram, Australia, California, France, Saudi Arabia, China


TripAdvisor shares drop following China app ban

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced it has banned 105 mobile apps for violating Chinese internet regulations. While almost all of the apps are made by Chinese developers, American travel booking and review site TripAdvisor is also on the list. TripAdvisor shares dipped on Nasdaq after the CAC’s announcement, but began recovering in after-hours trading. While TripAdvisor is based in the United States, like other foreign tech companies, it struck a partnership with a local te...
Tags: Apple, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Government, China, Censorship, Linkedin, Tech, Beijing, United States, Alibaba, Tripadvisor, Bing, Ctrip, Klook


Australia's Great Barrier Reef Status Lowered To 'Critical' and Deteriorating

The health status of Australia's Great Barrier Reef has officially declined from "significant concern" to "critical" for the first time, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced this week. CBS News reports: It said climate change is now the biggest threat to natural World Heritage sites, including the world's largest and most spectacular coral reef. According to the new report, one-third of the 252 natural World Heritage sites are now threatened by climate change. Prev...
Tags: Australia, Cbs News, Tech, Unesco, Great Barrier Reef, Gondwana, CBS News Read, Ningaloo Coast


In first IPO price range, Airbnb’s valuation recovers to pre-pandemic levels

This morning Airbnb released an S-1/A filing that details its initial IPO price range. The home-sharing unicorn intends to price its shares between $44 and $50 per share in its debut. Per the company’s own accounting, it will have 596,399,007 or 601,399,007 shares outstanding, depending on whether its underwriters exercise their option. That gives the company a valuation range of $26.2 billion to $30.1 billion at the extremes. The company’s simple share count does not include a host of other ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Airbnb, Cnbc, Silver Lake, Unicorn, The Exchange, Booking Holdings, Kayak Priceline OpenTable


Cyber Monday scams? Fakespot says it can identify fraudulent reviews and sellers online

The pandemic has made it all but impossible for a retail company without an online presence to survive. Yet while companies heavily dependent on foot traffic like J.Crew and Sur la Table have filed for bankruptcy this year, companies that are expert in e-commerce have thrived, including Target and Walmart. Amazon alone now attracts of all dollars spent online by U.S. shoppers. Unfortunately, as more shopping moves online, fraud is exploding, too. The problem is such that startups working with ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, New York, Ebay, Tech, Tripadvisor, 500 Startups, Bullpen Capital, Walmart Amazon, Fakespot, Khalifah, Saoud Khalifah, SRI Capital Faith Capital, Amazon eBay Best Buy Walmart, Shopify Right now Fakespot


More Silicon Valley tech talent is flocking to Austin, Texas, during the pandemic. Here's what it's like in the growing tech hub of 'Silicon Hills.'

Katie Canales/Business Insider The COVID-19 pandemic has appeared to bolster an exodus from the pricey San Francisco Bay Area to more affordable locales, including Austin, Texas. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston is among those who have announced their move to Austin in the last few months amid a widespread shift to remote work. Big Tech has noticeably made itself more at home in Texas's capital in the last decade, but the industry has a long history in Austin. Visit Business Insider's homepage fo...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Texas, California, Washington Post, Drew Houston, US, Samsung, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends, Tech


The VC and founder winners in Airbnb’s IPO

After a tumultuous year for the travel industry, Airbnb’s long-awaited IPO filing just dropped. One thing is clear: there is still plenty of juice left in the home-sharing platform, and a smattering of VCs and the company’s founders are positioned to receive some serious returns. My colleague Alex Wilhelm has an overview article on Airbnb’s financial picture and overall metrics. It’s a mixed bag, but perhaps stronger than might otherwise be expected, given the global collapse of tourism due t...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, TC, Finance, Tech, Tourism, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Travel Industry, Alex Wilhelm, Chesky, Joe Gebbia, Brian Chesky Nathan Blecharczyk


The cofounder of the new social app Upstream explains why he moved his family from NYC to Miami and may build the company from there

Upstream CEO Alex Taub and his family in their new Miami home. Alex Taub Alex Taub, 33, is cofounder and CEO of Upstream, a new professional social networking app and platform. After he and his wife and daughters contracted COVID-19, they decided to swap their two-bedroom apartment in NYC for the extra space, yard, pool, and sunny weather that Miami offered. With his new lack of commute and added space, Taub is more productive in his work than ever; the hardest part is being away from fami...
Tags: Travel, Business, New York, Adobe, NYC, US, Entrepreneurs, Trends, Tech, Austin, Iowa, Manhattan, Miami, Andreessen Horowitz, Barkbox, Upper West Side


Why I left NYC: Upstream cofounder Alex Taub moved his family to Miami during the pandemic and now wants others to do the same

Upstream CEO Alex Taub and his family in their new Miami home. Alex Taub Alex Taub, 33, is cofounder and CEO of Upstream, a new professional social networking app and platform. After he and his wife and daughters contracted COVID-19, they decided to swap their two-bedroom apartment in NYC for the extra space, yard, pool, and sunny weather that Miami offered. With his new lack of commute and added space, Taub is more productive in his work than ever; the hardest part is being away from fami...
Tags: Travel, Business, New York, Adobe, NYC, US, Entrepreneurs, Trends, Tech, Austin, Iowa, Manhattan, Miami, Andreessen Horowitz, Barkbox, Upper West Side


Reposite streamlines the most tedious tasks for travel agents

Meet Reposite, a software-as-a-service startup that wants to help travel agents of all kinds deal with their daily tasks. While the travel agency industry is huge, most people who work in this industry still don’t have a good system in place to deal with information, orders and communication. Reposite wants to be a one-stop shop for tour operators, event planners and more. The platform lets you centralize all information in one repository. It lets you upload client information and your suppli...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Raine, Liberty City Ventures, Reposite, Salesforce Reposite, Greycroft Pritzker


Atari is opening gaming-inspired hotels around the US, with vintage arcades and pop culture nightclubs. See what they will look like.

Atari. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images An Atari themed hotel is planned in Arizona, with more locations to come. Atari is behind hundreds of iconic games, including Pong and Centipede. New renders show what the gaming inspired hotel could look like. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Atari, the brand forever linked with iconic games like Pong and Centipede, will soon be a theme for a gaming-inspired hotel in Arizona and Las Vegas.In January, strategy organization GSD G...
Tags: Travel, Gaming, Video Games, Entertainment, US, Trends, Tech, Features, Arizona, Pop Culture, Las Vegas, Atari, Pong, Esports, Phoenix, Gensler


Popmenu earns raves from investors for its marketing and delivery software for restaurants

Brendan Sweeney didn’t know anything about the restaurant business before he and his co-founders launched the Atlanta-based startup Popmenu. What Sweeney did know was that it was nuts that while every other business was using incredible graphics, curated text, carefully crafted images and fancy videos to make their pitch to customers restaurants were — posting a text-based menu. “It’s just crazy that restaurants present their inventory, which is their whole story, their whole selling proposition...
Tags: TC, Los Angeles, Tech, Atlanta, Tripadvisor, Felicis Ventures, Sweeney, CareerBuilder, Koch, Brendan Sweeney, Bedrock Capital, Commissions Inc, Popmenu, COVID, Base10 Partners, Milan Koch


Merging Airbnb and the traditional hotel model, Mexico City’s Casai raises $23 million to grow in Latin America

With travel and tourism rising across Latin America, Casai, a startup combining Airbnb single unit rentals with hotel room amenities, has raised $23 million to expand its business across Latin America. The company, which initially was as hit hard by regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic as other businesses in the hospitality industry has recovered to reach nearly 90 percent of total capacity on the 200 units it manages around Mexico City. The company was co-founded by chief executive Nico...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Real Estate, Mexico, Tech, Engineer, Andreessen, Tourism, Mexico City, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, WeWork, Andreessen Horowitz, Financial Services, Laser


Understanding Airbnb’s summer recovery

New numbers concerning Airbnb’s summer performance were reported this week, with The Information adding to the performance figures that Bloomberg previously detailed earlier this year. Airbnb announced that it filed privately to pursue a debut this August. We have yet to see its public IPO filing, but, all the same, the flotation is coming. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. If you’re like ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Bloomberg, Airbnb, Exchange, The Exchange, PROPtech, COVID-19


Delivery startup goPuff raises $380M at a $3.9B valuation

GoPuff is a Philadelphia-headquartered startup that delivers products like over-the-counter medicine, baby food and alcohol (basically, the stuff you’d buy at a convenience store) in 30 minutes or less. Yakir Gola, who serves as co-CEO with his co-founder Rafael Ilishayev, told me that their goal is to create “the go-to platform for over-the-counter medicine or household products or baby food or ice cream or even alcohol — goPuff will deliver all these products in under 30 minutes, 24/7.” While ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, TC, Ecommerce, Uber, Softbank, Funding, America, Tech, CMO, Philadelphia, Tripadvisor, Houston, Accel, Kroger, Lowe


India’s NCRB to test automated facial recognition system on ‘mask-wearing’ faces

You are reading it here first: The National Crime Records Bureau will ask companies looking to bid for the controversial Automated Facial Recognition System to showcase that their facial recognition system can identify mask-wearing faces. This, despite studies showing that face masks severely reduce the accuracy rates of facial recognition systems. The NCRB also said that if a system fails to recognise mask-wearing faces, then the bidder’s system will lose marks during evaluation. The AFRS will ...
Tags: Travel, News, Organization, Privacy, France, China, India, Israel, Tech, NEC, Surveillance, Switzerland, Cctv, Facial Recognition, Tata Consultancy Services, Inter


Jabra’s Elite 45h May Be The Smartest Headphones Under $100

 Jabra’s Elite 45h aren’t the best on the market – there are much more impressive and expensive headphones – but rather than water down premium features, the 45h have come up with their own. At less than $100, Jabra’s 45h are carving out a niche in the mid-tier headphone space for anyone shopping in this price range. You can watch the full review in the video above or read on. On The Surface The Jabra Elite 45h come with a USB charging cable and carry case, neatly fitting inside since the e...
Tags: Travel, Tech, Pictures And Video, Jabra, Jabra Elite, Jabra Elite 45h Copper Black, MySound Buried



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