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Texas Public Radio is supported by contributors to the Technology and Entrepreneurship News Fund including The 80/20 Foundation, Digital Defense, Rackspace, The Elmendorf Family Fund, UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship, SecureLogix, USAA and Giles Design Bureau.

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Nine companies applied for the three exclusive licenses to operate electric scooter fleets in San Antonio. Lyft, Bird, Lime, Ojo Electric, Razor, Spin, VeoRide, Frog Scooters and Wheels labs will be considered in coming months for the right to operate on San Antonio streets. The licenses allow companies to increase profits by reducing competition in a city that currently hosts six companies and thousands of e-scooters. 

Blue Duck scooters, the only local company, will not be among them.

Courtesy H-E-B

H-E-B plans to build a five story building on its San Antonio campus downtown and fill it with 500 new technology-based employees. The 150,000 square foot facility will also consolidate workers from across the city under one roof. The building could accommodate 1,000 employees.

Paul D Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The sole local scooter company may be banned from San Antonio streets in October. Blue Duck Scooters failed to apply for an exclusive permit by the July 22 deadline, according to individuals familiar with the issue. The city will determine which three companies will continue operating in San Antonio this fall.

How scooters are collected and deployed plays a significant role in their carbon impact. San Antonio forces scooters to be collected each night from specific areas.
Bri Kirkham | Texas Public Radio

Electric scooters cause more pollution than they save, according to a first of its kind study published Friday.

Rentable e-scooters are marketed by companies across the country as the carbon free or Earth-friendly alternatives to transportation. 

The study published in the Journal of Environmental Research Letters tested those claims. 

Courtesy Rackspace

TaskUs will move into Rackspace’s Castle in a first of its kind deal with the San Antonio tech company. The two companies finalized the lease Tuesday.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

A San Antonio woman is suing the city of San Antonio and scooter company Lime for an injury she sustained after a scooter she was riding hit a hole in the street. 

Courtesy Southwest Research Institute

The U.S. is about to make it easier and cheaper for people to send satellites into orbit. The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the industry, votes Thursday on creating a new category for small satellite companies that dramatically reduces fees.

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Rackspace is dividing up part of the Castle and giving away a key. The San Antonio technology company is preparing to take on a tenant at its Windcrest headquarters.

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San Antonio’s technology industry received mediocre marks on a report published this week. 

Data from commercial real estate investor CBRE’s 2019 Scoring Tech Talent report reflects a city where growth in technology workers slowed the past two years, average wages in key tech jobs fell and local universities produced more technology degree earners than local employers could accommodate. 

High paying technology jobs and the firms that go along with them are seen as the key to future prosperity in many communities. 

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The Governor’s office says Hulu’s incentive deal from the state is not in jeopardy, despite the company losing both city and county incentives last month.

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