3:55 p.m. today

IBM confirms new layoffs as part of a talent 'remix'

IBM layoffs     A Facebook page set up to give voice to IBM workers lit up Thursday with employees reporting another round of layoffs. An IBM spokesperson confirms that some jobs are being cut but affected workers "are being offered jobs" elsewhere within the company.

3:37 p.m. today

NC House gives final approval to HB2 repeal + How bills differ

House Bill 2 After more than an hour of impassioned, sometimes angry, debate over legislation that would repeal a controversial state law that limits LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access, the House approved the compromise measure Thursday by a 70-48 vote. Plus: How the bills differ.

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3:27 p.m. today

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies + How changes work

Twitter says says that when you reply to someone -- or to a group -- usernames will no longer count toward those 140 characters. This will be especially helpful with group conversations, where replying to two, three or more users at a time could be especially difficult with the character constraints. Here's how it works.

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3:15 p.m. today

Premium Lock RTI to support $48M antibiotic accelerator effort (+ video)

RTI International will provide technical and regulatory support services for a new biotech accelerator program aiming to boost development of treatments that target antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Updated 1:15 p.m. today

AT&T wins multi-billion-dollar contract to build first responder network (+ video)

AT&T wins a multi-year contract to build a nation-wide high-speed network for first responders and says it will invest $40 billion in building it. The communications giant will receive up to $6.5 billion in funding from an independent arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce as well as access to wireless spectrum. Plus: Deatils about the network and video.

Updated 8:02 a.m. today

Elon University remains at forefront of Internet research in new disturbing Pew survey

Researchers at North Carolina's own Elon University remain deeply involved in some of the world's best Internet research as a partner with the Pew Research Center. And the collaboration of the two has produced a disturbing view about the future of free speech on the net.

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7:13 a.m. today

Balloting is tight in WRAL TechWire Awards - so vote!

WRAL TechWire Awards 2017 Don't miss your chance to vote for your choice in the WRAL TechWire Awards. The balloting is very tight across most of the 12 categories as we count down to the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday. Plus, register for free tickets. They are going fast.

Updated 1:12 p.m. today

Premium Lock Merrette Moore's new Wilmington fund raises $6.4M

Merrette Moore, who launched Lookout Capital in Raleigh seven years ago, has raised $6.4 million for a new investment fund in Wilmington. Plus: A look at the fund and its lengthy list of advisers, including Rich Lee and attorney Jimmy Yates.

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Updated 1:37 p.m. today

Biomerieux plant in Durham only one that produces sepsis blood culture bottle (+ video)

The BioMerieux campus in Durham is the only location in the world producing a particular blood culture product to supply the growing global demand due to the rise in sepsis and antibiotic-resistant infections.

1:48 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Charlotte's SmartSky Networks wraps up $170M in funding

SmartSky Networks, the Charlotte startup rolling out an air-to-ground 4G wireless network it says will enable airline passengers to use their own devices for network access, has closed a second round of financing totaling $170 million. Plus: Watch a video overview and see what SmartSky technology offers.

1:27 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Metabolon adds new exec, team to apply its tech to large population studies

DNA        Metabolon is adding a new executive and a supporting team with the goal of incorporating its metabolomics technology in large population studies to identify risk factors and targets for preventive health care.

Updated 9:30 a.m. yesterday

Johnston Community College takes STEM 'out of the box' with countywide robotics team

Students in the JOCO ROBOS make executive, technical, financial, strategic and operational decisions that mirror those of successful engineering companies, priming them for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

12:45 p.m. yesterday

Putting the Triangle on the map for women in STEM

STEM education news  Triangle Women in STEM and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina are hosting a conversation with APCO Worldwide's Lisa Ross to explore the current challenges and opportunities in attracting, promoting and retaining local female professionals in STEM fields. Jo Abernathy, Chief Information Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, previews the event and talks about Triangle Women in STEM's efforts.

Updated 1:31 p.m. yesterday

Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle + video

Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.

12:28 p.m. yesterday

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation + What bill means

Broadband Internet Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.. Plus: What the death of broadband privacy rules means

7:22 a.m. yesterday

Report: NC life science sector employs 63,000, has $86B economic impact

The numbers continue to climb for North Carolina's life science sector, bringing new companies, high-paying jobs and opportunity statewide, according to a new report.

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7:07 a.m. yesterday

'OK Google, talk to WRAL' - Connect with WRAL on your Google Home device

Google Home device WRAL News is now available on Google Home, making it the first local news station in the country to provide a service on the Google Assistant platform.

6:36 a.m. yesterday

Elon Musk's latest target: Brain-computer interfaces

Elon Musk Tech billionaire Elon Musk is announcing a new venture called Neuralink focused on linking brains to computers.

2:22 p.m. Tuesday

Vivek Wadhwa: How regulators can make smart devices more secure against hackers

Vivek Wadhwa Whether it be our TV sets, cars, bathroom scales, children's toys or medical devices, we are already surrounded by everyday objects equipped with sensors and computers. And the companies that make them can get away with being careless with consumer security -- and with stealing customer data. So, what can be done? Here are some thoughts.

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