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Moody Foundation To Give $50 Million in UT Austin College of Communication

Texas Business: AUSTIN—The Moody Foundation announced a $50 million commitment to establish the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, resulting in the largest endowment for the study of communication of any public university in the nation. 

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Elsevier Acquires Certain Book Assets of Gulf Publishing Company

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, acquired certain book assets of Gulf Publishing Company (GPC). 

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Ohio Firm Acquires Drake Labels of Austin

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Ohio-based Cubbison Company took a step  in the graphic product identification and printed electronics fields with the acquisition of Drake Industries Inc. dba Drake Labels of Austin, Texas. 

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Rentrak Adds Fourth Station In San Antonio With KCWX-TV

Texas Business reports: PORTLAND, Ore.—Rentrak, a provider of multi-screen measurement serving the advertising, television and movie industries, reached a multi-year local TV ratings contract with KCWX-TV, San Antonio. 

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University of Texas at Austin Partners with Video Game Executives to Create Denius-Sams Gaming Academy

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin partnered with video game industry leaders Warren Spector and Paul Sams to create the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy, the first video game program in the United States led and taught by gaming industry executives. 

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Boutique SEO Company Moves Headquarters To Austin From San Antonio

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Geek Powered Studios, an internet marketing firm founded in San Antonio in 2009, opened a new office in Austin.  

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UTSA College of Business receives $1 million for digital forensics research

Texas Business reports: Is someone from your organization stealing trade secrets and selling them to your competitors? Does your organization struggle with detecting and stopping Internet attacks? Researchers in the UTSA College of Business have received two grants totaling $1 million to help companies better detect insider threats and enhance computer security. 

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Rice’s OpenStax College doubles down on free, online textbooks

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College plans to more than double the number of titles in its catalog of free, online textbooks by 2015, supported by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF). 

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Baylor's S3 Program Launches Online Sports Sales and Marketing Publication | S3, sports marketing,
Baylor's S3 Program Launches Online Sports Sales and Marketing Publication

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Baylor University's Sports Sponsorship & Sales (S3) program launched the S3 Report, a monthly online publication featuring the best sales and marketing practices shared by the sports industry. 

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UT Receives $2 Million to Jumpstart Nation’s First 3-D Production Program

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin won  a $2.17 million grant from the Moody Foundation to create "UT3D," the first comprehensive 3-D production curriculum in the country. 

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Community Impact Newspaper to Build $2.5 Million Pflugerville Building

Texas Business reports: PFLUGERVILLE—Community Impact Newspaper plans  to make $2.5 million investment to construct a 16,000-square-foot building in Pflugerville. 

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Marketing: Sports broadcasting’s latest technology shows divided results.

Texas Business reports: Beginning Saturday, December 15, there is a college football bowl game nearly every day or night until the Jan. 7 championship game – 35 of them in all – with broadcast advertising dollars and audience reach attached to them. With so many games and viewing choices, how do the networks keep fans engaged? 

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La Voz de Houston adds Wednesday edition, quadruples circulation

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—La Voz de Houston, the Houston Chronicle Media Group's home-delivered Spanish language publication, added a Wednesday edition to its growing portfolio of news outlets. 

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Baylor, Fox Sports Reach Deal

Texas Business reports:  WACO— Baylor University and FOX Sports announced a new multi-year agreement to televise the school's athletics events and related programming on FOX Sports Networks' platforms, which could include FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Southwest Plus or FOX College Sports. 

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KingsIsle Entertainment Launches Pirate101   | Yo Ho, Ahoy, KingsIsle,
KingsIsle Entertainment Launches Pirate101

Texas Business reports:  PLANO—Yo Ho, Ahoy and Avast! KingsIsle Entertainment today launched its second game Pirate101, the follow-up title to Wizard101. 

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Austin’s GSD&M Wins $41 Million Additional Funds for Military Advertising   | aust_txbz, GSD&M, DOD, military advertising,
Austin’s GSD&M Wins $41 Million Additional Funds for Military Advertising

Texas Business reports: An Austin firm won a $41 million contract change for military advertising, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Big 12 Announces New Media Rights Agreements With ESPN & FOX Sports Media Group

Texas Business reports: The Big 12 Conference announced it has reached agreement with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group that extends and expands its partnerships with both media enterprises. 

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$54.8 Million Belo Center for New Media Opens

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication will begin hosting classes Wednesday in the Belo Center for New Media, its new five-story, 120,000-square-foot facility. 

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Southwest Airlines Previews Live TV Inflight On Five Aircraft

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with Row 44, is taking the next step in wireless inflight entertainment with a preview of live TV on five of the carrier's aircraft, with plans to expand to 20 aircraft by mid-July.

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Freedom Communications Completes Sale of Texas Publishing Assets

Texas Business reports: IRVINE, Calif.—Freedom Communications completed the sale of the print and online publishing assets of its Texas properties, The Brownsville Herald, El Nuevo Heraldo, The Harlingen Valley Morning Star, The Monitor in McAllen, The Odessa American and The Mid Valley Town Crier in Weslaco, to AIM Media Texas LLC.

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VideoFest To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Video Association of Dallas announced the 25th anniversary of its VideoFest will be Sept. 27-30, 2012 at its original home, the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. in downtown Dallas. 

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Dallas-based Comerica Retains Hocking Media Group

Texas Business reports: TROY, Mich.—The Hocking Media Group, a media buying and planning agency, and Comerica Incorporated, one of the top 25 banking companies in the U.S., announced Hocking Media Group will handle broadcast media buys nationally and provide strategic marketing planning services for the financial services company. 

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NBC 5 / KXAS-TV To Build Media Facility to Include Telemundo and NBC Universal Businesses

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—NBC 5 / KXAS-TV finalized plans for construction of a broadcasting and multimedia news facility to be located in The CentrePort Business Park, just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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Waco Tribune-Herald Enters Cloud Computing with Digital Technology International

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Digital Technology International reached an agreement with The Waco Tribune-Herald  to deploy DTI Advertising, DTI Circulation, and DTI’s financial software via DTI Cloud.

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School of Journalism Merges Specialties into New, Digital-based Requirements for Undergraduates

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin has created a new, digital-based undergraduate curriculum as it prepares to move into its new facilities, the Belo Center for New Media.

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Houston Chronicle posts print audience growth; Multi-media expansion efforts continue

 Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—More Houstonians are interacting with Houston Chronicle products, including the printed newspaper, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations' March 31, 2012 FAS-FAX report, released Tuesday, May 1. 

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WACO Radio: The radio station so big, they named the town after it   | wac_txbz, WACO radio, Katie Compton,

WACO radio is one of the few, if not the only radio station in the country with call letters that spell where the station exists.
WACO Radio: The radio station so big, they named the town after it

Texas Business reports: Despite the rapid changes in technology and media, one Waco radio station, which it claims the city of Waco is its namesake, comes up its 90th year of broadcasts this summer.

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Robert Griffin III Gets A Trading Card | football card,Panini America, Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III,
Robert Griffin III Gets A Trading Card

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, reached a trading card agreement with Washington Redskins quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III for the 2012 season. 

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Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association launches RANGE digital magazine

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—The Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) ventured into the public discussion space with a new digital publication called "RANGE," now available in the iTunes App Store for iPad users. 

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Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association launches RANGE digital magazine

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—The Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) ventured into the public discussion space with a new digital publication called "RANGE," now available in the iTunes App Store for iPad users. 

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Rodriguez pregame retirement ceremony seen by record TV audience on FOX Sports Southwest

Texas Business reports:  Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez’s retirement ceremony prior to Monday’s Texas Rangers game with the New York Yankees was seen by a record television audience, according to Nielsen Media Research data. 

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Panini America Reaches Long-Term Agreement With NFL And NFLPA

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company,  reached a long-term agreement with the National Football League and the NFLPA, granting the company domestic and international rights for up to 18 product releases annually. 

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Rice's Connexions to power California colleges' creation of free textbooks

Texas Business reports:  A group of California community colleges and open-education advocates announced a partnership with the Rice University-based open-education platform Connexions and the California-based 20 Million Minds Foundation to enable their new course materials developed with a $20 million federal stimulus grant to be available free online for any educator to use, modify and tailor for their own needs.

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London Broadcasting Company Completes Acquisition of Full Power Dallas-Fort Worth Independent Television Station

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—London Broadcasting Company Inc., the owner and operator of Texas-based media properties, completed the acquisition of KTAQ-TV. 

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Internet Stars: Duo Uses YouTube to Build Music Careers   | lub_txbz, Youtube, marketing, Michael Henry, Justin Robinett,
Internet Stars: Duo Uses YouTube to Build Music Careers

Texas Business reports:  Posting their music videos to YouTube began as a side project for Henry and Robinett, but now it may lead to a viable career option for both.


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Cinsay Acquires Fast Growing LaunchFish Social Media Marketing Firm

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—eCommerce technology company Cinsay Inc. acquired LaunchFish, the Dallas-based social media marketing firm. 

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Books And Books

What used to be clean, white tile floors are now a smooth and deep shade of brown.  The change in color has  occurred gradually over the past 33 years as customers weeve between the high shelves of Golden’s Book Exchange.  Located at the end of a strip mall, Golden’s Book Exchange is one of two used bookstores in Waco, Texas. Started in 1978 by Donna Carroll, Golden’s has managed to survive the intrusion of large retail bookstores and other competitors over the years in a mid-sized market like Waco.


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Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO of The Dwyer Group, to Appear on "Undercover Boss" Jan. 22

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Dina Dwyer-Owens, chairwoman and chief executive of The Dwyer Group, will appear on CBS's hit reality show "Undercover Boss," on January 22.

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HomeAway Selects GSD&M as New Advertising Agency of Record
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—HomeAway Inc., a provider of online vacation rentals, named Austin-based company, GSD&M, as its advertising agency of record. Full Story »
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Odyssey Acquires Rights to "Hank the Cowdog"   | Perryton, Pampa, Texas, Odyssey, Hank The Cowdog, John R. Erickson,
Odyssey Acquires Rights to "Hank the Cowdog"

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Odyssey Pictures Corporation, a publicly traded media and entertainment company, has acquired the screenplay and feature film rights of the children's literary franchise, "Hank the Cowdog," from Rising Star Studios. 


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Recent UNT graduate receives national award for film created for class assignment   | Denton, film, student, Joshua Spires,

Recent UNT graduate Joshua Spires received a first-place award in the 2011 U.S. National Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition for his work of The Whale, a film written and directed by another recent UNT graduate, Jaime Chapin.
Recent UNT graduate receives national award for film created for class assignment

Texas Business reports:  DENTON—When Joshua Spires agreed to be the cinematographer on The Whale, a film created as an assignment for one of his classes at the University of North Texas, he didn't realize that he would be shooting more than 100 miles away from campus at Caddo Lake in East Texas -- and at sunrise and in darkness.


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Removal of restrictions can decrease music piracy

Texas Business reports:  New research from Rice and Duke challenges conventional wisdom that removal of restrictions would increase piracy levels.


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Lumesse Acquires Edvantage Group

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN and LONDON—Lumesse, a provider of integrated talent management solutions, signed a binding agreement to acquire Edvantage Group.


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America Ferrera, Ryan Piers Williams To Co-Chair Ninth Annual Film & Food Gala

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced that actress/producer America Ferrera and writer/director Ryan Piers Williams will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 9th Annual Film & Food Gala, benefitting AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program.


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Buddy Holly Transformed Music, Media Law
Texas Business reports:  If his plane hadn’t crashed in an Iowa cornfield on Feb. 3, 1959, rock ’n’ roll legend Buddy Holly would have turned 75 Wednesday. Full Story »
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Radiant Systems Acquires Texas Digital Systems, Inc.   | colsta_bry_txbz, Texas Digital Systems,
Radiant Systems Acquires Texas Digital Systems, Inc.

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION—Atlanta’s Radiant  Systems  Inc   bought  Texas Digital Systems Inc., a provider of order confirmation displays and digital signage solutions.


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American Airlines Becomes the First North American Airline to Offer Inflight Streaming Video Product   | dal_ftw_txbz, American Airlines, Gogo, online video, streaming video, Rob Friedman,
American Airlines Becomes the First North American Airline to Offer Inflight Streaming Video Product
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—American Airlines,  announced the initial phase of the launch of Entertainment On Demand – an inflight streaming video product – as a brand-new, innovative inflight entertainment option for customers on board its entire fleet of 15 Boeing 767-200 aircraft. Full Story »
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Personalized Media Communications Receives a Patent for Digital Rights Management

Texas Business reports:  SUGAR LAND—Personalized Media Communications LLC, which develops, owns and licenses a portfolio of electronics patents, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office today has granted it a patent for digital rights management (DRM).


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2012 Dallas International Film Festival Opens For Entries | dal_ftw_txbz, Dallas International Film Festival, Embrey Foundation, cinema, film, movie, flick, motion picture, talkie,
2012 Dallas International Film Festival Opens For Entries

 Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—The Dallas Film Society opened submissions for the 6th annual Dallas International Film Festival.


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Houston's Consolidated Graphics To Buy Chicago's RT Associates, Inc
Texas Business reports:  Houston’s  Consolidated Graphics, Inc. entered into a letter of intent to acquire RT Associates Inc., located in Chicago, Illinois.  Full Story »
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CBS Radio Houston and Yea! Network Launch Kidd Kraddick in the Morning on Mix 96-5 | hou_txbz, Kidd Kraddick, Maria Todd, Brian Purdy, Tracy Austin, Mix 96.5, KHMX,
CBS Radio Houston and Yea! Network Launch Kidd Kraddick in the Morning on Mix 96-5

 Texas Business reports:  Houston—CBS Radio Houston and Yea! Network announced that morning show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning will take over the morning drive on KHMX-FM/Mix 96-5 weekday mornings.


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In Development: The tri-lingual China Directory of Manufacturers and Exporters | dal_ftw_txbz, china, hispanic, latino, chinese, english, spanish, Chinese manufacturers, Directory of Chinese Manufacturers,

2012 China Directory of Manufacturers and Exporters
In Development: The tri-lingual China Directory of Manufacturers and Exporters

Texas Business reports:  Dallas—The development of the 2012 China Directory of Manufacturers and Exporters began earlier this month with the official opening of the new office of China USA Business link, in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, according to Marcos Nelson Suarez, chief executive of China USA Business link..
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FUEL TV Expands Amarillo-based Shark Fights Partnership | amar_txbz, Fox, Shark Fights, FUEL TV, Chris Camozzi, Strikeforce, Joey Villasenor,
FUEL TV Expands Amarillo-based Shark Fights Partnership
Texas Business reports: Amarillo—Fuel TV, Fox Sports Media Group’s entertainment and sports network for young males, and Texas-based mixed martial arts promotion company Shark Fights announced an expanded television agreement that adds six upcoming Shark Fights events in 2011, starting with Shark Fights 15 next month. Full Story »
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University of Oklahoma Chooses ViewCast Niagara Pro II Streaming Appliance for Media Delivery Strategy | dal_ftw_txbz, ViewCast, Niagra Pro, Gaylord College, George Lynn Franklin, Gaylord College of Journalism,
University of Oklahoma Chooses ViewCast Niagara Pro II Streaming Appliance for Media Delivery Strategy

Texas Business reports:  Plano—ViewCast Corporation, a developer of industry-leading solutions for the transformation, management and delivery of digital media over enterprise, broadband, and mobile networks, announced that the University of Oklahoma has selected ViewCast's Niagara Pro II streaming media appliance to enhance its media delivery strategy at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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"DFW Nonstop," 24/7 News and Lifestyle Channel, Launches on Digital Channel 5.2 | dal_ftw_txbz, DFW Nonstop, Jane McGarry, digital channel, Nonstop Nightly, DFW, DFW region, news,
"DFW Nonstop," 24/7 News and Lifestyle Channel, Launches on Digital Channel 5.2
Texas Business reports:  “DFW Nonstop,” a new 24/7 local news and lifestyle channel, produced by NBC 5, debuted recently on digital channel 5.2 featuring a lineup of locally produced news and lifestyle programs geared for North Texas viewers. Full Story »
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Circulation Figures Released For The Dallas Morning News | dal_ftw_txbz, dallas morning news, Al Dia, Briefing, Denton Chronicle, A.H. Belo, pulitzer prize, Press-enterprise, Riverside, California, providence, Rhode Island,
Circulation Figures Released For The Dallas Morning News
Texas Business reports:  The Dallas Morning News' recent Publisher's Statement filed with the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the six-month period ended March 31, 2011, reported total average circulation of 404,951 Monday-Friday, 698,667 Weekend and 375,100 Sunday, representing  1.3 percent, 1.5 percent and  .6 percent increases, respectively, compared to the six-month period ended March 31, 2010. Full Story »
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Reality Show Dating, Mandarin Style  | China, aust_txbz, colsta_txbz, chinese, speed dating, If You Are The One, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, hou_txbz, rice university, aggie, TAMU, Texas A&M, University of Texas, popular television,

Approximately 600 people from Rice, Texas A&M, Texas State and the University of Texas at Austin watched a recent Austin version of the popular Chinese dating show “If You Are the One," held at the University of Texas. Photo by Zhongyu Yuan
Reality Show Dating, Mandarin Style

Everything went according to plan until love at first sight turned out to be something else. Chinese students at the University of Texas recently staged an Austin version “If You Are the One,” China’s most popular television program, in which eligible young men and women evaluate each other for dates.

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Zhongyu Yuan For Reporting Texas

TimeGate Studios Hiring | Sugar Land, Houston, TimeGate, TimeGate Studios, Texas Film Commission, engine programmer, environment artist, lead level designer, lead tools programmer, mechanical-character artist, software engineer, tools programmer, video games, digital download, Kohan, Axis & Allies,

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TimeGate Studios Hiring

Texas Business reports:  Sugar Land’s TimeGate Studios is hiring, according to a notice from the Texas Film Commission.


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