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Premium Lock Venessa Harrison: The journey from operator to president AT&T North Carolina

Born in Raleigh to a family that included 10 children, Venessa Harrison rose through the corporate ranks at AT&T to become president of the communication giant's operations in North Carolina. A champion for her native state, she pushed for early deployment of AT&T fiber, helped land the North Carolina Next Generation Network, and now is pushing broadband access for all communities in the firm's service area. For her efforts, Harrison is one of the first five people named to WRAL TechWire's Hall of Fame. Here's an in-depth Q&A about her life, career, memories and challenges.

1:08 p.m. yesterday

Videos: IBM's Rometty talks using AI to improve business, job skills training

In an exclusive interview with Fox Business News, IBM Chair and CEO Ginni Rometty talks about how Big Blue is using artificial intelligence to improve business.

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12:55 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Lenovo N. America chief to channel partners: 'Stay with us'

Lenovo        Emilio Ghilardi, the president of Lenovo North America, tells channel sales partners to "stay with us" as the global tech giant seeks to revitalize its server, PC and wireless phone businesses. He puts special emphasis on data center sales and services, a business group Lenovo bases in the Triangle.

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10:11 a.m. yesterday

UNC-CH broadens reach of postpartum depression app to Android

PPD app One year after launching iOS version of PPD ACTT in the U.S. and Australia, UNC School of Medicine launches Android version and Canada launches iOS app to increase participation

10:45 a.m. yesterday

Poll: Most teens have taken social media break

Social Media The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But nearly 60 percent of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media -- the bulk of them voluntarily, a new survey found .

10:43 a.m. yesterday

Apple cuts off payments, Qualcomm slashes expectations

Semiconductor Qualcomm slashed its profit expectations Friday by as much as a third after saying that Apple is refusing to pay royalties on technology used in the iPhone.

10:30 a.m. yesterday

Mike Walden: What's the real story behind unemployment rates?

Mike Walden In any given month in North Carolina the unemployment rate varies by a wide margin among our 100 counties. For example, in February of this year, the jobless rate ranged from a low of 4.1 percent in Alexander and Orange Counties to a high of 15.3 percent in Hyde County. What's behind this big difference?

Updated 7:32 a.m. yesterday

Score one for RTP: CEO explains why he bolted Silicon Valley for Triangle

Cindy Whitehead, the CEO who sold Sprout Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion, is now an unofficial ambassador for the Triangle. She tells people: "Move here!" citing many reasons (quality of life, talent, cost of living.) The Skinny and Whitehead were discussing why RTP is such a hot spot for tech startups and we happened to discuss "Map My Customers," which recently bolted the Valley for RTP. And guess what - Matthew Sniff has posted at LinkedIn why he came to Carolina, citing many reasons Whitehead stresses in her pitches. Here's more.

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Updated 7:33 a.m. yesterday

PPD raising $550M, hitting $9B in value after attracting two new investors

Life science services provider Pharmaceutical Product Development is raising up to $550 million after attracting two investors in a shift of corporate control that leaves Hellman & Friedman as the majority owner. The moves will "drive continued strong growth," an exec tells WRAL TechWire. Rumors had circulated in 2015 that the company, which has a major presence in the Triangle, might be sold for around $7 billion.

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Updated 7:31 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock MATI Energy lands $2.5M, expands energy beverage reach, plans more hiring (+ video)

MATI Energy is expanding its reach into Texas, adding a national distributor and is planning to hire additional employees with $2.5 million in additional financing. Plus: Watch a video, and what is MATI Energy drink?

Updated 6:47 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Inside Alphabet: Google mobile ad dominance spells growth

Google's New Logo Analysis: Google's dominance in mobile advertising markets fueled Alphabet's revenue and profit growth in 1Q17, says Technology Business Research Analyst Jack Narotta. Plus: A snapshot of Alphabet's earnings report.

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Premium Lock Inside Microsoft: Earnings report proves its playbook for transitioning customers to cloud

Microsoft Corporation    Analysis: Focusing on lifetime customer value helps Microsoft successfully traverse business model shifts, says Technology Business Research Analyst Kelsey Mason. Plus: Wire service details on earnings.

Updated 11:51 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Dr. James Goodnight, part 2: Advice on overcoming adversity, his proudest SAS memories, and the Triangle's bright future

For all the success Dr. James Goodnight has had in building SAS into a global $3B-plus company, he's also had to overcome adversity (Midway Airlines, a video game startup). So how should people deal with their own setbacks? In the second part of our Q&A, he also offers advice to entrepreneurs about startups, his proudest achievements, and his recommendations on how to keep the Triangle great.

10:31 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Opinion: Trump tax plan is silent on boosting productivity, competitiveness

Innovation The Trump administration released [on Wednesday] the outlines of the president's proposal for tax reform. While some of the provisions are critical for boosting U.S. economic growth, like a lower corporate tax rate and a so-called "territorial" system for taxing companies' foreign profits, the plan is silent on many other key measures that are necessary to boost productivity and competitiveness

Updated 6:44 a.m. Thursday

FCC chief lays out strategy on undoing 'net neutrality' rules

Ajit Pai The head of the country's telecommunications regulator says there will be a vote in May on ditching Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that keep telecoms from favoring some sites and apps. Reaction is mixed.

7:04 a.m. Thursday

NCSU's Lulu eGames is turning into a startup generator

LuLu eGames, run by NC State's Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI), began in 2009 with the goal of encouraging entrepreneurship and new business formation on campus and providing early stage capital to the most promising teams and ideas. This year, a record 192 teams applied. Over the years, numerous participants have produced emerging startups. Here's a look at the program.

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6:39 a.m. Thursday

Durham medical device company Physcient hopes to raise $1 million

North Carolina Business News Wire Physcient is hoping to raise $1 million in a private stock offering, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. It has raised $344,862 thus far.

11:05 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Reports: Lenovo to shut down mobile phone division, focus on Moto

Motorola's new logo More changes are coming for Lenovo's struggling mobile phone business. Media reports say the global tech giant is shutting down its Zuk Mobile division, which launched less than two years ago in an attempt to combat lower-priced competitors in China.

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