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Premium Lock 16 NC startups pitch for chance at $1M in 1776 Challenge Cup

Sixteen startups from around North Carolina will gather in Durham at the American Underground on Wednesday to make their pitch for an expense-paid trip to New York City for the 1776 fund Challenge Cup. Plus: The Underground's Adam Klein explains why it is participating in the event.

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Patent trolls - fought so long by SAS, Red Hat - lose Supreme Court battle

Supreme Court The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits in a case hailed by North Carolina's attorney general. Red Hat and SAS are among firms that have waged a long legal battle against so-called "patent trolls."

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Premium Lock American Underground's PRSONAS goes for Google Demo Day cash (+ video)

PRSONAS, the Durham- and Wake Forest-based startup developing "interactive holograms that help attract, automate, and analyze customer engagements," will be representing the American Underground at Google Demo Day. Two of the three Demo Day winners came from the AU. And PRSONAS CEO says heading to Silicon Valley is major news as it gains traction will seeking investors.

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The Human Future: A dystopian or utopian one?

From autonomous vehicles to genetics, quantum computing to transhumanism with machine-to-brain interfaces, a great deal of cutting-edge research is taking place in Research Triangle Park. And Moogfest brings many regional thought leaders together to share what they see in our rapidly, constantly evolving world. In a four-part series, WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer reports on what we're calling "The Human Future" series.

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Premium Lock The Human Future: Quantum speculations, scifi vs. science fact

Is science fiction a way to approach examining problems such as quantum mechanics, behavior modifying brain implants, and other topics in physics and science? It certainly generated many audience questions at a Moogfest Transhuman session at the American Underground@Main in Durham, Sunday.

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Premium Lock The Human Future: Why autonomous vehicles aren't an automatic success

Do you know why the companies developing autonomous cars do so much on-the-road testing, testing, testing? It's because their software is not good at dealing with novel situations, so they require enormous amounts of experience with actual roads and driving situations.Duke University's Michael Clamann discussed the "Arrival of the Robot Car," in a Moogfest pub talk at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, Saturday evening.

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Premium Lock The Human Future: Evolution inside the genome revolution

We learned a lot from the first genetics revolution, the sequencing of the entire human genome from 1997-2003. But what's exciting now in the field is the new technology that allows changing the genome in very precise ways, says Charlie Gersbach, a Duke department of biomedical engineering professor.

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Premium Lock The Human Future: Brain machine interfaces let paraplegics walk (+ videos)

Seeing paraplegics who haven't moved their legs in 12 years walk with an exoskeleton and brain-machine interface, or monkeys wired to a mind-interface playing video games is like watching a science fiction film. And much of what's making this possible is happening "right here at Duke," says a principal scientist.

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Premium Lock 100+ scientists, statisticians pitch in to help non-profits at SAS hackathon

Non-profit organizations StepUp Durham, Habitat for Humanity, public health startup Counter Tools, and the Anti-Defamation League can make better use of data today after receiving plenty of expertise from volunteers at a SAS-hosted hackathon.

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Mark Zuckerberg says he's not running for public office

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn't before is about building relationships, not politics.

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Premium Lock Think tank: How robots will save the U.S. economy

What America needs to drive economic growth and improve productivity is more computers, mobile broadband, cloud services, software tools, sensor networks, 3-D printing, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and, yes, robots.

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Joe Procopio: All startups are a scam - at beginning (+ video)

Veteran entrepreneur, author and blogger Joe Procopio continues his "Teaching Startup" series with a provocative declaration: "There's ... a fine line between being an entrepreneur and being a scam artist."

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Premium Lock Inside Cisco: Don't panic - Acquisitions speeding up transformation

Cisco's headquarters      Analysis: Cisco's most recent earnings report last week shows that the tech giant is accelerating its transformation as well as making more layoffs, says Technology Business Research Analyst Michael Soper.

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