Tech Tuesday: The Zebra, high-speed internet and the FB 'sympathize' button



Posted on December 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 11:27 PM

AUSTIN -- In this Tech Tuesday, buying auto insurance is moving in the direction of buying a plane ticket, thanks to an Austin start-up.

The Zebra wants to become the Kayak of auto insurance as a place where you compare rates and types of coverage without having to disclose who you are.

According to website Tech Crunch, the local company just closed its $4.5 million seed funding round with investors, including Mark Cuban.

The service started in September in Texas and California, but it just went nationwide.

Go here for more information on The Zebra.

The Austin city council may be wading into a fight over high speed internet in Austin. Both Google Fiber and AT&T Gigabit are set to start offering the super fast service next year.

AT&T may be able to make it happen more quickly because of its existing agreement with Austin Energy to use utility poles owned by the city.

On Thursday, Austin's city council will discuss a proposed rule change that could clear the way for Google to use the same poles. AT&T vows to fight the plan.

And finally, turn that thumbs up upside down. Facebook may finally answer some complaints about the like button and add a sympathize button. It's not quite the dislike button that many have wished for. Right now, it’s just an idea, but one that Facebook has put some serious thought into.

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