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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.

Scott Beale

Rackspace is laying off 200 employees. This is the third February layoff in three years. The trend began shortly after the company was acquired by Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm.

The company said in a statement that like other technology companies, they are constantly rebalancing their workforce. 

Paul Flahive / Texas Public Radio

After grabbing headlines last August by announcing it would build the country’s largest bitcoin mine in Rockdale, Texas, the Chinese cryptocurrency company, Bitmain, suspended operations six months later and let go of most of its staff.

From Texas Standard:

The total market value of the video-gaming industry reached almost $135 billion in 2018, and with that growth has come an increased demand for game developers. In hopes some of its graduates stand out in that market, the University of Texas at Austin is launching a new degree program in video game design and development.

ESA/ID&Sense/ONiRiXEL

In 2007, China fired a rocket and blew up an aging weather satellite, the Fengyun-1C—just to show it could. The explosion caused 2 million pieces of debris, and about 4,000 fragments were big enough to track.

Courtesy JBSA

In July 2018, the San Antonio-based 24th Air Force, which directs the branch's cyber warfare, was taken out of Space Command and placed under Air Combat Command, or ACC.

The ACC also overseas San Antonio's 25th Air Force, the service’s intelligence gathering arm.

Joyce N. Boghosian

An eagerly awaited national strategy on developing Artificial Intelligence was signed Monday, but lacks key details around funding and implementation.

President Donald Trump signed the executive order launching the “American Artificial Intelligence Initiative,” which is aimed at spurring innovation and maintaining the edge the U.S. currently holds in a field of quickly growing competitors.

Google

Google Fiber is closing its Louisville, Kentucky network after 18 months of offering its high-speed internet service. The company says it won’t impact other cities like San Antonio.

C-SPAN

Parscale Digital, a San Antonio-based digital marketing firm best known for its namesake and former owner Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign chairman, is now being run by a former executive at Cambridge Analytica.

Texas Monthly / Contributed Photo

Dan Goodgame is the new editor of Texas Monthly. Goodgame is a veteran journalist, having worked with the Miami Herald and Time Magazine. Most recently, Goodgame spent the past nine years as director of communications at Rackspace. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Goodgame is a board member of and donor to Texas Public Radio.

Blue Star Jan. 28
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Christine Becksted attempted to check people in at an Airbnb host meeting Monday night at Blue Star Brewing Company.

Becksted said they had 60 RSVPs but expected more.


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