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Paul Flahive

Speaking to a crowd of two to three hundred Tuesday night at the Burleson Yard Beer Garden, Mayor Ivy Taylor, wearing a "Keep Ride Share SA" tee-shirt, gave fans of Uber and Lyft their marching orders, 

"Send an email, place a phone call to your council member. Make your voices heard," she said.

The Mayor urged action less than two weeks from a vote that could determine the future of the two companies in San Antonio. The vote is on whether to extend a pilot-program that made fingerprint background checks optional, something current ordinances mandate for Taxi drivers. The companies, which conduct their own background check for employment, suspended operation in San Antonio once for a similar regulation and other rules the companies said were burdensome. 

Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology advocacy organization, along with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving sponsored the event and pointed to the drop in alcohol-related crashes and arrests since the Uber and Lyft returned.  They called this the real public-safety threat.

NASA

Saturday's launch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's latest weather satellite, the GOES-R clears the way for a constellation of satellites designed and built here in San Antonio to launch in the middle of next month. 

Paul Flahive

Icontrol's Piper NV Unit

A huge market is developing in the world of Do-It-Yourself security. What was once professionally installed and found mostly in upscale housing has gone mainstream with a series of low cost, app-based home surveillance products. And the growth is exploding across the country with Texas consumers as some of the biggest buyers. 

Courtesy of Trinity University Marketing and Communications

City of San Antonio

A little over a week after their CEO stepped down, they announced layoffs and the suspension of expanding in other cities Google Fiber once again reaffirmed its commitment to offering their high-speed internet to San Antonio at the City Council's B-session Wednesday.

Tyler Wallis, Google Fiber manager for  San Antonio, echoing earlier statements to the press, says San Antonio will still receive the high-speed service and the reported 9 percent layoffs from the company won't impact the roll out here.

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A $600,000 matching grant was awarded by the 80/20 Foundation to the new Tech Bloc-4-Tech Ed Foundation to support the creation of CAST Tech High School. The school is a partnership between the tech industry and the San Antonio Independent School District.

 

Google Fiber

After months of speculation about the future of Google Fiber, the company says it is time to push "pause" on expanding the high speed provider to new cities.

Flickr user: Jerod Tarbell / cc

When was the last time you went to Blockbuster? Or looked something up in an encyclopedia? 

The way we consume entertainment and information has changed dramatically in recent years. Established entertainment companies have been crushed the past 20 years because of these changes. 

 

Fortunes are won and lost over who can best ride the digital wave. Catching the right wave means having the right data. Companies more than ever are using big data to make decisions - Netflix produces shows based on reams of digital data they take off their customers.

 

Rackspace has been pivotal in the development of San Antonio's tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Founded in 1998, it has helped develop the tech labor force, making San Antonio a destination for top-shelf talent.

"That's probably the biggest thing I can point to. The sheer critical mass of talent," says John Dickson who works in the tech industry, running Denim Group, and also is tasked with overseeing tech landscape for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. More than that, Dickson says, they put San Antonio in the mainstream of tech companies. 

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