WRAL TechWire Publisher and Editor Rick Smith dishes out tidbits from the local technology sector.
California-based NetSuite is planning to add jobs - a lot of them - in Durham once its $200 million acquisition of Bronto Software, says Andy Lloyd, the firm;s general manager for commerce and products. In addition to growing Bronto's work force, NetSuite will base other people in the Bull City, he says.
Lenovo, the world's No. 1 PC manufacturer, has expanded a recall of battery packs for ThinkPad Notebooks due to a fire hazard. It's the second recall for these batteries in the past 14 months - but this one is 10 times larger. In December, Lenovo had to recall 500,000 power cords.
Rising and established stars in technology from the Triangle to Wilmington will be recognized at the third "Full Steam Ahead Awards" from WRAL TechWire next Tuesday. We've got the finalists - and, believe it, the competition is tight with more people voting than ever before. Plus, watch out for the surprises of four "Editor's Choice" special honors.
So who is to blame for the closing of The Oakwood Inn, the last conventional "bed and breakfast" in Raleigh? Is it startup Airbnb and the entrepreneurial homeowners seeking to rent rooms more cheaply? Or is it regulators who have failed to act quickly against startups such as Airbnb and Uber that, quite frankly, flout regulations?
If you were struck by the image of bologna frying on a conventional light bulb but not sizzling when draped over a Cree LED bulb, you weren't alone. After two years of major investing in marketing, Cree's top executive says his company's brand is becoming well known.
When it comes to services that clients can use for management of promotional campaigns across multiple channels, IBM and SAS lead the way, according to a new study from research firm Gartner. These services are a big ($400M) revenue producer for SAS. Why do IBM and SAS ranking highly? Our Insiders can get the details.
In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory from Robert Greenberg, IBM's senior executive in North Carolina, the tech giant spells out "strong opposition" to North Carolina's proposed N.C. Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Startups and emerging companies raised nearly $115 million in venture capital financing the first three months of this year. That's the best first quarter since before the 2008 recession and is better by far than in the past four years, according to data from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. In fact, the data could have been even better.
A surge in life science deals the first three months of this year led to a jump in venture capital funding for North Carolina-based companies. But while overall deal flow remained consistent, the number of tech-related deals did plunge, says Dow Jones Venture Source.
A new study finds that the Raleigh metro area ranks just behind Austin in technology job growth over the past decade. But North Carolina's capital area is No. 1 in job growth related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. The news comes as GSK donates $1M to kickstart a N.C. STEM initiative.
AT&T, the CTIA wireless trade association as well as the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the American Cable Association launched lawsuits Tuesday against the FCC's recently passed "net neutrality" rules. But in a speech the FCC chair defends the rules and the FCC says it expects to prevail.
The "religious freedom law" debate is far from over despite recent changes made in Indiana and Arkansas religious freedom legislation, and another prominent voice in the high-tech industry has joined a growing list of executives speaking out against these laws: Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst.
No Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Hurricanes this year, but there will be a playoff atmosphere at PNC Arena today courtesy of Lenovo. General Manager and Coach Yang Yuanqing will be leading the cheers as the growing tech giant launches efforts to further boost sales around the globe. Already No. 1 in PCs, Y.Y. is aiming to be the champ in smartphones, servers and Internet devices, too. Expect to hear a lot of cheering from the Lenovo faithful. They may not all be Caniancs but they do know how to celebrate.
As events clearly demonstrated around the Southeast Venture Conference in Charlotte earlier this month, entrepreneurship is blossoming in the Queen City. And several groups are banding together to quantify just what is going on with a new report.
Jim Whitehurst, CEO of global open source leader Red Hat, takes another road a lot of executives don't - for whatever reasons, from time to lack of ability to not making enough money at it - with a forthcoming stint as an author. "The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance" will soon hit the presses as a hardback and ebook.
Citrix has said its recent restructuring led to just a few layoffs at its big ShareFile operation in that spiffy new Raleigh headquarters. But across the company, a host of changes set in motion by the need to cut costs also cost the company in sales - big time - says its CEO.
Competition is driving up choice and Internet speeds across the Triangle with AT&T launching the latest round of faster access on Thursday. Customers can now get much faster net access even if they can't get AT&T's fiber network or don't want it. Time Warner Cable also recently began upping its Internet speeds.
If you never thought "T2" technology would come to life .... well, not yet, anyway. But thanks to incredible progress being made by the 3D printing technology company founded by UNC/NCSU professor, inventor and tech wizard Dr. Joe DeSimone the days of 3D manufacturing based on liquids is coming. Fast.
In his first interview as president of Lenovo North America, Aymar de Lencquesaing says he is coming to the U.S. seeking ideas from managers and employees about how to grow market share. "You also get better thinking from multiple brains," he says.
WRAL TechWire's third "Full Steam Ahead Awards" is generating remarkable strong interest with hundreds of people already having voted. And registrations for WTW's party to celebrate the winners are filling up fast. Have you voted for your favorites? Have you signed up to attend? Today is the last day to vote.