• Harry Ransom Center acquires McSweeney archives

    UT's Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archives of the McSweeney's publishing company, which contains manuscripts of books, essays, short stories, correspondence from many writers and award-winning design materials.

    The McSweeney's publishing company was formed in 1998 by Dave Eggers, an American writer who most recently published "A Hologram for the King." 

    "We're very happy to have the McSweeney's archive at the Ransom Center," Eggers said in a press release. "McSweeney's is celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, and we've had the honor and pleasure of publishing hundreds of authors, established and upcoming, while navigating the choppy seas of independent publishing."

    The archives include correspondence with writers David Foster Wallace, Michael Chabon, Heidi Julavits and more.

    Correction: This blog has been updated to reflect the correct date that the McSweeney's publishing company was formed.

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  • Starbucks to improve Wi-Fi speed

    Starbucks’ locations around the country will get a Google upgrade beginning in August to improve customer Wi-Fi speed.

    Starbucks spokesperson Lily Gluzberg said customers can expect the new Wi-Fi service to roll out to more than 7,000 company-operated stores in the United States. The new service, partnered with Google, is set to make connection speed 10 times faster.

    Starbucks and Google are working with Level 3 Communications to make the faster speeds available.

    The upgrade will be implemented over the next 18 months. Gluzberg could not provide information on upgrades in the Austin area.

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  • The Morning Texan: Third special session underway

    Today is expected to be mostly cloudy, but still warm. According to the National Weather Service, the high is 101 degrees.

    Here is some morning reading:

    Yesterday's most read story: The City of Austin is currently planning where the Urban Rail may go. While the University wants it to go along San Jacinto Boulevard, students may prefer it in West Campus.

    What you have to read: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced a third special session. While transportation is the only item on the call right now, lawmakers are pushing Perry to add tuition revenue bonds and campus carry to the call. 

    In case you missed it:​ A UT graduate student has discovered water systems underneath glaciers in Antartica, potentially changing the way climate scientists understand how sea levels can rise around the world.