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Google told employees this week that the company will hold off on reopening its offices until Sept. 7, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

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Tankee founder and CEO Gerald Youngblood posing with his son at Graffiti Park.

This summer doesn't look much like last summer for a lot of kids.

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The tech company GoDaddy announced Wednesday it would be laying off more than 300 workers, including many in Austin, and closing both of its offices there as well.

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In 2010, shortly after the Great Recession ended, entrepreneur Paul O'Brien and his family—wife and three kids—packed up their home in the Silicon Valley town of Los Gatos and headed to the Silicon Hills hub of Austin. The O'Briens were eager for a better quality of life.

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Two weeks ago, as Texas continued its pandemic reopening plan but before mass protests against police violence erupted in downtown Austin, a $275 million deal fell through.

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Should Tesla move its HQ to Austin? Take our poll.

Elon Musk threatened to pull Tesla all operations out of California and move them them to Texas and Nevada in a tweet today. Musk is currently in conflict with officials in California over whether his Alameda factory should be allowed to reopen.

The Austin-based education platform Aceable has brought in the former CEO of Austin-based RetailMeNot, Marissa Tarleton, as its new president.

According to the news release:

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"We really went from concept to implementation in less than three weeks," said Chris Merdon, NTT Data's senior vice president of public sector. (Bobboz/Adobe Stock)

Returning Austin from pandemic lockdown to some measure of normalcy will require improved contact tracing, the practice of identifying and isolating anyone infected with COVID-19.

But with an insufficient supply of testing kits and a limited amount of manpower, this is easier said than done. Tech giants like Apple and Google have announced their own solutions—all of which seem weeks or months away from availability—that come with concerns about security and the use of personal data.

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