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Thousands Want SXSW Canceled Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Petition: Cancel SXSW

Petition: Cancel SXSW

Coronavirus outbreak sparks concern as Texas conference looms

(Newser) - If smack dab in the middle of a potential historic pandemic doesn't seem to you like the best time to hold a conference that attracts hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, you're not alone. More than 18,000 have so far signed an online petition...

Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan's Funeral for SXSW

Michele Bachmann says it's a 'classless' move

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is blasting President Obama as "self-centered" and "classless" after the White House announced he would not attend Nancy Reagan's funeral on Friday. Instead, he'll attend the technology and music festival South by Southwest as a headliner and discuss civic engagement with The Texas Tribune'...

Texas Trooper to Get Counseling After Snoop Dogg Pic

Not because Billy Spears is traumatized—because his bosses are making him

(Newser) - A photo op at a Texas music festival has landed a state Department of Public Safety trooper in counseling. DPS officer Billy Spears was moonlighting at the SXSW event in Austin two weeks ago, in uniform, when the keynote speaker asked for a picture with him, the Dallas Morning News ...

Car Plows Into SXSW Crowd, Killing 2

23 injured; driver to be charged with capital murder

(Newser) - At least two people were killed and 23 injured—five of them critically—when a car sped into a crowd in downtown Austin just after midnight, plowing through barricades set up for the South by Southwest music festival. The incident left victims scattered along a city block where several clubs...

4Chan's Moot: We're Not All 'Young Rambunctious Males'

'Moot' also says Zuckerberg 'totally wrong' about anonymity

(Newser) - 4Chan founder Christopher Poole says his creation isn't just "the dark heart of the internet," but a place that fosters creativity. "4Chan is misunderstood," Poole, aka "Moot," said in a speech at SXSW, according to the Guardian . "People want to think everyone on...

SXSW's Top New Sites
 SXSW's Top New Sites 

SXSW's Top New Sites

Interactive fest finds more fodder for your surfing pleasure

(Newser) - If updates from the South by Southwest music/film/Internet/etc. extravaganza aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ll find some amusement among its top-Web-site honorees. A sampling:
  • Waterlife : Activism winner keeps tabs on pollution in the Great Lakes.
  • odosketch : Create animated sketches with drawing app.
  • The Vile Plutocrat : “Keep track of

Audience Disses Zuckerberg SXSWi Interview

Reporter draws heckles, as CEO talks about changing world

(Newser) - Facebook is changing the world. At least, that was a dominant theme during Mark Zuckerberg’s Sunday keynote at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, during which interviewer Sarah Lacy of BusinessWeek drew heckles from an increasingly impatient audience. Zuckerberg talked about Colombian activists and Lebanese youth using Facebook to...

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