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Raleigh attorney Jim Verdonik, one of the most experienced and outspoken experts when it comes to the ins-and-outs of startup and emerging company financing, says a crowdfunding bill that could pass at any time in the General Assembly is good news. But don't expect miracles. Plus, he notes, the SEC has yet to implement federal legislation known as the JOBS Act. He calls the delay a "disgrace."
Opinion: The recent influx of thousands of migrant children from Central America has highlighted the failure of reform efforts and gripped the nation's attention. This is a humanitarian crisis that must be resolved. But forgotten in the emotional debates over immigration are the more than one million legal, skilled immigrants who have been held hostage to political wrangling, writes WRAL TechWire contributor and former Triangle technology entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa.
Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak confirms speaking gig at the November digital marketing event known as the Internet Summit - and ExitEvent editor Laura Baverman is excited.
Local tech companies like Cary's SAS Institute pushed for the measure, saying they were often forced to defend themselves against "non-practicing entities," or NPEs, that are shell companies created for the purpose of holding a patent. Those companies then try to enforce the patent against bigger companies, hoping to extract settlements in lieu of costly litigation.
Twitter tests new hastags; Nortel pensioners fight deal; ChannelAdvisor-Yahoo deal; T-Mobile's new bidder
In today's wrapup of technology news: The Wall Street Journal says Twitter is testing new hashtags; Nortel pensioners don't like bankruptcy deal; ChannelAdvisor makes a deal with Yahoo; French firm bids for T-Mobile.
NC JOBS Act calling for crowdfunding is included in a big bill the Senate in the early hours of Friday. Next step is a vote in the House where the bill was hit by a barrage of criticism earlier this week.
IBM has bought an Italy-based software firm that focuses on control of users' access to enterprise networks and in "cloud" computing environment. The deal follows IBM's new partnership with Apple to deploy Apple mobile devices and to work on applications.
A judge has ruled against Microsoft Corp., saying U.S. law enforcement can force the company to turn over emails it stores in Ireland. Cisco, Verizon, Apple and AT&T allied with Microsoft in the dispute.
Tom Pike, CEO of Quintiles, sees a new wave of business coming for life science services companies. And the world's largest contract research organization is ready to capitalize on "risk-based monitoring," he says in a conference call.
Time Warner Cable, which is facing increasing competition in the Raleigh market from AT&T's forthcoming fiber network, says it will offer faster Internet and additional entertainment "enhancements" in 2015.
In a conference call to discuss second-quarter earnings, SciQuest CEO Stephen Wiehe is asked about the "volatility" in its results and what he is telling investors. Wiehe says "elephant hunting" big deals is a major reason earnings are "lumpy," but says more products may smooth out future results.
Shares in blood-plasma manufacturer Grifols, which has large operations in RTP and Johnston County, plunged 15 percent Wednesday after the Spain-based company reported revenues and earnings below analysts' expectations.
The latest program in several geared to helping entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses in the Triangle is Startup Grind. The global group, backed by Google for Entrepreneurs, is launching a Raleigh chapter led by local entrepreneur Dannielle Williams-Prades. And she is bringing a lot of energy to the job, as she explains in an exclusive Q&A with WRAL TechWire.
Quintiles, the world's largest life science company, says new business surged 21 percent in its most recent quarter, driving revenues to $1.035 billion compared to $944 million a year ago. Earnings jumped 30 percent to 65 cents per share. Quintiles also adjusted upward its financial expectations for the year.
Analysis; Although supporting bitcoin will help Dell expand its customer base in the consumer and SMB sectors by providing a wider selection of payment methods, TBR believes the announcement will have a larger impact on the mainstream legitimacy of bitcoin currency.
Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing hails results for Lenovo after research reports in PC, smartphone and table markets show continued sales growth. And Yang expects even more in months still to come as his "PC-Plus" strategy sweeps forward.
AT&T "confirmed" Wednesday that it will build a fiber-optic network for ultrafast Internet and entertainment services in Charlotte. The company already is committed to building fiber in the Triangle and Winston-Salem as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative.