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Austin-based dating and networking app Bumble, which was founded in 2014 by Whitney Wolfe Herd, is reportedly considering an IPO.

Bumble, the Austin-based dating and networking app, is reportedly considering a multi-billion-dollar initial public offering that could come early next year, according to a report by Bloomberg.
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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (photo U.S. Senate), Meghan Markle (The 19th*)

Two powerhouse women are set to headline the last day of the star-studded The 19th* Represents virtual summit, which wraps up Friday with recent Democratic VP nominee-to-be U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

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Speakers at The 19th*'s virtual summit include Kamala Harris, Meryl Streep, Meghan Markle, Zoe Saldaña, Hillary Clinton and Sunny Hostin.

A stellar line-up of trailblazing women from all corners of modern life take the virtual stage Monday at The 19th* Represents, the new Austin-based newsroom's inaugural weeklong virtual summit on the women and ideas shaping today's American experience.

The week will include performances by Academy Award actors Meryl Streep and Zoe Saldaña; The Go-Gos; Madame Gandhi; women composers of the New York Philharmonic; and Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, poet, scholar and president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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CEO of The 19th* Emily Ramshaw (left) will be interviewed by the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle (right) next week.

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is taking her turn at being the interviewer, putting Austinite Emily Ramshaw—a longtime local journalism trailblazer and co-founder and CEO of The 19th* news organization—in the hot seat at the organization's virtual summit event next week.

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Both KUT/90.5FM—Austin's NPR affiliate—and sister station KUTX/98.9FM are asking staff to consider early retirement and voluntary furloughs to make up for a projected $1 million shortfall in its budget next fiscal year, KUT Projects Editor Matt Largey tweeted early Thursday.

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The Athletic, a modern, digital-only site that covers sports primarily in the United States, laid off 46 people, including its Austin-based University of Texas beat writer, Kaelen Jones.

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The Statesman layoffs were a part of layoffs across Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper chain, which also owns 260 other newspapers in 46 states. (Michael Barera)

(Editor's Note: Oppel is editorial advisor to Austonia.com. From 1995-2008, he was editor and vice president of the Austin American-Statesman.)

Veteran sportswriter Suzanne Halliburton and culture critic Joe Gross were among seven staffers laid off on Friday by the Austin American-Statesman. The layoffs come at a time when most Statesman employees are on unpaid furloughs one week each month.

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In the daily drumbeat of grim headlines about struggling news organizations that are trying to survive an economic crisis while covering a global pandemic, a bright spot can be found in at least one place, at least right now: local TV news.

"We are healthy," said Eric Lassberg, vice president and general manager at KXAN Austin News/NBC. "There have been no dramatic changes. The word from the top is, 'Let's just work hard and help our local communities. This is a time to pull the bootstraps and do great journalism.'"

In Austin, leaner staffs, increased viewership trends during disasters and an election-fueled infusion of cash in the first quarter have put local TV news in the unique position of being able to survive—at least for now—the financial realities that have forced more devastating moves in the Austin print community.

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