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Texas Public Radio broke the story that ​streaming service Hulu will open its Viewer Experience Operations headquarters in San Antonio, pending incentives that city, county and state officials have promised. 

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Mayor Ivy Taylor says when she asked the city to revisit the Google Fiber huts  and their impact on neighborhoods back in January, she didn't want to scare the company off. 

Remember this was just a few months after the company head, Craig Barratt, stepped down, they had stopped nixed expansion into several other cities, and they continued to lose money.

"I'm not on the inside of their business. I don't know what all their concerns are as far as their overall program for rolling it out, so yeah that was a concern."

Now months later, she sees the Haskin Park hut removal and replacement with a smaller infrastructure hub as a positive, because Google Fiber has told her they are going to continue in San Antonio with a smaller tech footprint.

"They continue to look at how they can best roll out the system. It looks like it will be less huts in general, smaller scale huts and shallow trenching techniques," says Taylor.

UPDATED at 6:40 p.m to reflect city of San Antonio incentive package.


Texas Public Radio has learned that Santa Monica video-streaming giant Hulu has picked San Antonio to be the home of a massive new service center.


It will add up to 500 jobs to the city's technology sector. Earlier this month, Texas Public Radio broke the story that San Antonio was one of two finalists for Hulu's Viewer Experience Operations Headquarters.  The other finalist was Albuquerque, New Mexico. 



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The University of Texas San Antonio hosts the 12th National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition this weekend. Ten teams and 80 students representing schools from Alaska to Alabama have advanced through regionals to Thursday's national competition in San Antonio.

"Teams coming in have no idea what exactly they are going to be doing," says Greg White who runs UTSA's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security.

Port San Antonio launched an aggressive push for cyber security Wednesday. The former Kelly Airfield broke ground on "Project Tech," a large-scale office space expansion designed to accommodate and entice cyber security and other high tech firms.