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More Apple for Austin to bite

Company is apparently expanding its Austin presence, with plans to construct an 80,000-square-foot building in the Texas capital.

It looks like Austin is about to get a bit hipper--as if the city needed any help in that department.

Apple is apparently expanding its Austin presence, with plans to construct an 80,000-square-foot building in the Texas capital, according to an article in Wednesday's Austin American-Statesman that cited real estate sources. Groundbreaking is likely to take place this summer.

The company has also renewed its lease on 275,000 square feet that it now has in three buildings in the same area where the new building will rise, the newspaper said.

According to the Statesman, Apple currently leases an additional 40,000 square feet for support service workers in a nearby corporate park. Apple apparently plans to shift those operations to the yet-to-be-constructed building.

Apple wouldn't comment on the real estate venture. But, the Statesman noted, Apple did advertise this year for iPhone technical support jobs in Austin.