Technology & Entrepreneurship

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The company installing high-speed internet in San Antonio has a new leader and is losing hundreds of employees. 

Google has confirmed that Gregory McCray will head up Google Access -- the division over Google Fiber, replacing Craig Barratt as CEO who left last October.

Barratt stepped down at the same time Google halted expansion of the network into several cities.

In San Antonio, the construction of a Google fiber network has been delayed at the city's request for a potential redesign.

Paul Flahive

Massive windows using self-tinting glass,  shared working environments and a courtyard are some of the design features that will complete the look of the new CAST Tech High School.

The San Antonio Independent School District and other stakeholders presented new architectural renderings of the technology-focused, in-district charter Tuesday. The images sat in stark contrast within the skeleton of the 85-year-old former shop buildings on the Fox Tech campus.  

SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez says he is excited by what he is seeing.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

The U.S. Department of Energy will give San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute $2.9 million. It's to create new uses for wireless technologies used in connected and driverless cars. SwRI thinks it can reduce energy and gas use by 20 percent.

Experts believe cars in the future are going to communicate with each other, traffic infrastructure, and systems like stop lights. Some of these technologies already exist in some fashion. 

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Filthy water spews from a pipe the diameter of a baseball into what looks like a storage container. CPS Energy is capping this artesian well--the last of four--that used to feed the adjacent gas-fired power plant. The plant is now an empty husk with patches of native grass growing three feet high on the roof and areas with broken glass and animal scat inside. 

Local civic leaders say they want to keep laid off Rackspace employees in San Antonio, but employers aren't sure yet whether the timing and the positions will be a good fit.