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Asher Price
Jan 27, 2023 - News

Workers at Austin tech company look to unionize

Illustration of a dialogue box that reads "unionize" with a cursor aiming for the ok button

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Workers at an Austin tech company dedicated to connecting those in need with social welfare services are trying to unionize.

Why it matters: The union effort reflects worker unrest amid a wave of layoffs in the tech industry.

Nicole Cobler
Jan 25, 2023 - News

Austin-based Bumble partners with Netflix

Photo Illustration: Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Binge-watching TV shows could soon help you find love on a dating app.

Driving the news: Austin-based dating app Bumble this week announced a partnership with Netflix to create a game centered around the streaming service's most popular shows, including "Emily in Paris," "Squid Game," "Selling Sunset," "Stranger Things" and more.

Convenience store Foxtrot set to open 4 Austin locations

A mural on the wall of the new Foxtrot location by Annie and South First streets. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

A mural on the wall of the new Foxtrot location by Annie and South First streets. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Workers are putting finishing touches on the South First Street location of Foxtrot, a food pick-up and delivery service.

The big picture: The Chicago chain, which sells ice cream, wine, sandwiches and breakfast tacos — announced last year that it's opening at least three spots in Austin.

5 dry questions with Austin's Tori Bertschy

Austin resident Tori Bertschy has launched her own podcast and offers event hosting services as a growing number of people aim to reduce their alcohol intake. Photo: Courtesy of Tori Bertschy

We're halfway through Dry January, and Austin resident Tori Bertschy wants to inspire others to cut back on the booze all year round.

State of play: While Gallup polling shows that the percentage of U.S. adults who drink has held steady around 63% for years, Americans are consuming fewer drinks per week than at any point since 2001.

Asher Price
Jan 18, 2023 - News

Texas universities bar TikTok access on their networks

Illustration of an anvil swaying back and forth above the tiktok app icon

Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

The University of Texas on Tuesday blocked access to TikTok on its Wi-Fi networks.

The big picture: The decision by UT shows how efforts to ban the Chinese-owned app over cybersecurity fears by Republican and Democratic officials is filtering down to everyday use of the short-video colossus.

Madonna heads to Moody Center for Celebration tour

Madonna will perform in Austin for the first time in nearly four decades. Photo: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

Madonna will bring her Celebration tour to Austin this year — the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's first tour stop here since 1985.

Details: The 35-city North American tour will kick off July 15 in Vancouver, with a show at Moody Center on Sept. 21.

Nicole Cobler
Jan 13, 2023 - News

E-bike popularity soars as Austin Energy rolls out pilot program

Data: Austin Energy; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Austin Energy; Chart: Axios Visuals

Austin is aiming to be ahead of the curve as cities race to give residents incentives to switch to electric bikes — experiments intended to reduce car traffic and improve people's health.

Why it matters: E-bikes are environmentally friendly alternatives to cars and trucks, but they're expensive, and a renewed push from Austin officials aims to make them more accessible.

Austin issues to watch as Texas Legislature reconvenes

Lawmakers gather in the Texas Senate chamber on the first day of the 2021 legislative session. Photo: Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images

Lawmakers will head into this year's legislative session with an unprecedented budget surplus, and how they decide to spend it can directly impact Austin's property taxes, schools and more.

The big picture: Expect the time-honored tradition of Austin-bashing bills to draw headlines, but there are plenty more storylines for Central Texas.

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