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Kevin Jones is CEO of Rackspace Technology
Rackspace Technology

San Antonio’s Rackspace is in more demand than ever as businesses try to combat the strains of a pandemic. Rackspace CEO Kevin Jones spoke with TPR about the business's place in San Antonio, rumors of the company going public again, and the surge in growth right now.

The company rebranded as Rackspace Technology this week. The move comes as the company focuses on multicloud, or helping companies perform on multiple cloud computing platforms. Many companies do this using public and private clouds across Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and others.

From Texas Standard:

A new component developed by University of Texas researchers could substantially improve battery life and speed for cell phones of the future. 

The electronics that power cell phones are loaded with switches – components that allow the phone to change networks, receive data and keep you connected while on the move. And in current phones, those switches are always on and drawing power. The component developed at UT is a new kind of nonvolatile switch that will be especially beneficial in phones connecting to 5G networks.

Employees at Scaleworks' Savoy building. Nick Honegger, right, will help manage PastureMap.
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Software and soil meet through an unexpected San Antonio company aimed at investing in regenerative farming.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Two San Antonio congressmen have called for the federal government to cancel a $39.1 million contract with a San Antonio wedding planner. CRE8AD8 and its CEO Greg Palomino have been criticized for securing the contract despite having no experience or facilities at the time it was awarded. However, U.S. Senator John Cornyn declined to weigh in.

Dominic Walsh

Updated 5/29 to reflect CRE8AD8's first shiptment to the San Antonio Food Bank.

San Antonio congressmen Joaquin Castro and Lloyd Doggett are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop working with an area business. 

Lanier High School students pick up free internet hotspots Dec. 6, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

A major effort is underway to bridge the digital divide for disconnected students in San Antonio. 

One project funded by USAA could be a foundational first step — leading to other projects at school districts and multi-million dollar investments by the city of San Antonio.  

Nick Youngson | Alpha Stock Photos |

New data out from the Dallas Federal Reserve show a Texas economy in “tailspin.” Words like “plunged” and “decimated” pepper the report that paints a bleak picture of the state’s 2020 prospects.

Last week President Trump congratulated the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration head Jovita Carranza.

“Have you gone to sleep in the last two weeks? I don't think so. Right,” Trump said. “You broke every single lending record: numbers of loans, amount of loans small business, it's actually a very big business when you think about it “

Chris Campbell |

Claudia Garza and her husband Rick own Bright and Early Productions, a photography and videography company targeting the real estate industry. In an effort to keep employees safe from COVID-19 they’re currently only photographing unoccupied homes. They’ve lost business as a result and had to reduce their employees’ hours.

When they found out that $349 million was set aside for the first Paycheck Protection Program, they wanted to apply through the bank where they have their business and personal accounts, Wells Fargo. But they couldn’t.

Some San Antonio businesses sit empty along the St. Mary's Strip during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dominic Anthony Walsh

This story was updated to reflect statements from LULAC.

The first $349 billion of the Paycheck Protection Program was doled out by the federal government in less than two weeks, and millions of it went to big businesses.