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  • Friday, October 17, 2014

    Tyler Technologies Wins Florida City

    Plano-based government software developer Tyler Technologies said Thursday that it has signed up the city of Altamonte Springs, Florida, for both its EnerGov planning and permitting software, as well as its Munis enterprise resource planning product. Financial impact of the deal was not announced. Tyler said the city moved about a dozen different products to its single, integrated offering. ALtamonte Springs has more than 41,000 residents.Continue →

  • Friday, October 17, 2014

    CyrusOne Flips On Switch At Phoenix Data Center

    Dallas-based CyrusOne has flipped the "on" switch at a new, Phoenix, Arizona data center, saying that it has opened up the new, 120,000 square foot data center in record time. CyrusOne said it only took 107 days to build the data center from the ground up--which it says it believes is the fastest data center construction project built from the ground up in the United States. The company says it plans to ultimately expand its Phoenix II facility to 240,000 square feet....Continue →

  • Friday, October 17, 2014

    RadioShack To Roll Out Apple Pay Next Week

    Fort Worth-based electronics retailer RadioShack said Thursday that it is adopting Apple's newly announced Apple Pay electronic payment service, and will start accepting payments at more than 900 of its locations in five key markets next week. RadioShack said customers in Manhattan, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco will be able to use Apple's new payment system, which lets users hold their iPhone near a contactless reader to transfer payment information to retailers....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    GameStop Expands Layaway Program

    Dallas-based GameStop said Wednesday that it has expanded its holiday layway program, and will let its customers use the program for a wider range of products this year. The company said that the products that can be purchased using layway include consoles like the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox 360, tablets from Samsung and ASUS, Seagate hard drives, and a whole selection of audio headsets from Beats and others....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014

    HID Global Powers Mobile Smartphone Access At Netflix

    Austin-based identification card and access systems provider HID Global--best known for those ubiquitous white access cards given to employees to open doors--reports that its products are being used in a pilot at Netflix. HID Global said, working with RFI Communications & Security Systems, its systems have been used to pilot a way for Netflix employees to open doors using their Samsung and Apple smartphones....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Google Fiber Launch Set For Austin In December

    Austin is due to get Google Fiber, Google's ultra-fast, Internet connectivity in December, according to Google officials at an event here today. According to Google, it plans to open up its high speed Internet service in South and Southeast Austin in December, after working through issues installing the high speed fiber infrastructure. Google had hoped to launch the service in Austin earlier this year.Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Vista Equity Buys NAVEX Global

    Austin-based private equity investor Vista Equity Partners has acquired another software firm. NAVEX Global, which develops corporate ethics and compliance software, said today that Vista Equity Partners will soon acquire the company. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. NAVEX Global was based in Lake Oswego, Oregon.Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Dell Backs Effort To Turn Girl Scouts Into Video Game Developers

    Round Rock-based Dell has backed an effort by the Girl Scouts of the USA, to help spur interest in video game development by girls. According to Dell, it is providing a two-year investment of $788,500 to support the Girl Scouts "Be the Video Game Developer Program", which teaches the principles behind video game development, video game concepts like rules, goals, core mechanics, plus testing and re-testing....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Vista Equity Partners Raises $5.775 Billion Fund

    Austin-based private equity investor Vista Equity Partners said today that it has completed fundraising for its latest fund, Vista Equity Partners Fund V, at $5.775 billion. The firm said that the fund was "substantially" oversubscribed. The new fund brings the total managed by Vista Equity to over $14 billion. The company said it will continue to target the enterprise software space with the new fund, which it is largest to date....Continue →

  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Cratejoy Raises $4.0M To Power Subscription Commerce

    Austin-based Cratejoy, the startup founded by Amir Elaguizy and Alex Morse to help power all kinds of subscription, delivery businesses, said Tuesday that it has raised $4.0M in funding, and launched its public beta. The funding came from Charles River Ventures, and brings its total raised to $6.2M. The company's other investors are SV Angel, Y Combinator, Capital Factory, Andreessen Horowitz, Maverick Capital, Start Fund and ACE Venture Fund....Continue →

  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Former Bazaarvoice Founder Hurt Backs Social Influence Marketer

    Brett Hurt, the former co-founder of Bazaarvoice, is one of the investors in a provider of social influence marketing to brands. Speakr, which offers up its services to such companies as Microsoft, Kia, Corona, and Samsung, said this morning that it raised $2.9M from Allegro Venture Partners, Brett Hurt, Ed Snider (Comcast Spectacor), and Nick Gross (STRZ Enterprises)....Continue →

  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Mood Media Rolls Wi-Fi Social Marketing Tool

    Austin-based Mood Media is expanding into Wi-Fi marketing today, saying that it has launched a new product which provides free Wi-Fi to small and medium sized business customers, called Mood Social WiFi. The company--which currently offers such things as in-store streaming music and interactive advertising--said its new service lets those customers to offer up free, branded Wi-Fi to customers. The new product lets consumers use free Wi-Fi in exchange for sharing information on social networks....Continue →

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