The Skinny

The Skinny

WRAL TechWire Publisher and Editor Rick Smith dishes out tidbits from the local technology sector.

3:18 p.m. today

How do you avoid hacking, ransomware? Find out at WRAL TechWire event

Cybersecurity Protecting you and your company from hackers and ransomware will be the focus on WRAL TechWire's Executive Exchange event coming up on Sept. 26. So save the date, plan to attend.

Updated 8:00 a.m. today

Premium Lock Startup Grind keeps shaking up Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem

With a philosophy of "making friends, not contacts," Startup Grind continues to create waves in the Triangle's entrepreneurial community. The next big wave - possibly a tsunami - will come when the "Grinders" put on a big tech conference in October.

Are you a Grinder? Are you a Grinder?

Updated 7:59 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Adwerx, nCino, NetSertive, others disclose financial strength through Inc. list

Looking for cash? Privately held companies, especially startups, are extremely reluctant to disclose financial information to anyone other than investors. But the annual Inc. 5000 list draws some data into the media spotlight, and this year several N.C. firms disclose remarkable revenue growth. No wonder some of them have landed major investment deals.

Updated 12:45 p.m. Wednesday

Raleigh rises to No. 4, Durham tumbles in best cities for tech workers survey

North Carolina's capital city, which didn't even make the top 25 in a 2014 study and was No. 25 just two years ago, is now the nation's No. 4 best city for tech workers, according to a new study. Durham, meanwhile, fell to No. 37 from No. 2.

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Updated 6:10 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Wilmington's nCino plans global expansion with $17.85M in new capital

nCino, the fast-growing Wilmington startup focusing on taking the bank industry to the "cloud," is gearing up for further global expansion and more hiring after raising a new round of venture capital.

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9:06 a.m. Monday

Dystopia or utopia? Jobs, education, the future and you

Help wanted          What is the future for jobs? Is it dystopian or utopian? Seems technology really isn't giving we humans much of a choice. Unless we continue to fight back. Thus a WRAL TechWire package about the challenges facing us in workforce development.

August 9

Premium Lock ReverbNation lands a gig: Curating talent for a new voice competition

Will ReverbNation help pick the next voice star and create a new idol?ReverbNation is making new vibes in the music industry with a deal to act as the curator for emerging talent in a new music artist competition. Helping lead the effort to support UK-based Salute Music Makers is ReverbNation's Simon Perry, a hit writer and producer himself who leads artist and repertoire for the Durham-based company that is adding as many as 50,000 artists a month.

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Updated August 8

SAS, IBM discuss extreme vetting project with Homeland Security

Three technology companies with deep roots in the Triangle sent representatives to a Department of Homeland Security "industry day" to discuss an "overarching vetting" system for use in immigration, according to documents published by The Intercept news site. SAS and IBM acknowledge participating in the "industry day." Red Hat also is reported to have participated.

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Tags: SAS, IBM, Red Hat
August 7

Premium Lock Epic's latest Fortnite battle: Appeasing early-access players after 'we messed up'

Epic Games' rollout of its latest title "Fortnite" continues to generate a lot of headaches for the Cary-based video game developer. While most fans seem to be understanding about an update error that wiped out some player data, others are pretty irate.

Defending a fort in Fortnite  Defending a fort in Fortnite

August 4

Vivek Wadhwa, outspoken voice on immigration: Trump bill makes 'sense'

Immigration debate Former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa, who is an immigrant from India, is no stranger to controversy. He's never been reluctant to speak out in calls for immigration reform, more international entrepreneurs, and more diversity in high tech, especially for women. But he now expects to take heat for speaking out in FAVOR of the President Trump-backed bill calling for changes in immigration policy.

August 3

Premium Lock Tablet, smartphone reports offer few bright spots for Lenovo

A bright spot for Lenovo - its tablet sales - is a great deal dimmer based on sales in the second quarter. Meanwhile, new data on smartphone shipments finds Lenovo remains outside the top five sellers.

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August 3

Startup profile series offers emerging companies chance to make case for investors

Venture Capital     Working in partnership with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, WRAL TechWire will be publishing individual company profiles of many presenting firms selected for the upcoming CED Tech Venture conference.

Updated August 2

Premium Lock 'Meet Mike:' Epic brings 'photorealistic' interaction to VR (+ video)

Virtual reality is getting more human through the "Meet Mike" project. Developers at Epic Games are unveiling technology that brings what they call "photorealistic interaction" to virtual reality.

August 2

Premium Lock New Research Triangle CEO ready to drink from 'fire hose,' take on RTP challenge

Scott Levitan, the new CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation which oversees the RTP, is walking into an extreme challenge: Implementing the strategic plan calling for the utter transformation of the Park. And he's eager to get started. In an exclusive conversation, Levitan talks about the plan, why he took the job, and much more.

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Updated August 2

Premium Lock Lawyer entrepreneur: Ex-Hutchison attorney strikes out on own, focuses on video games, digital media

Brandon Huffman After having worked with entrepreneurs in video game and digital media, Brandon Huffman leaves Hutchinson PLLC to launch his own firm. Huffman explains his reasoning and talks about the potential he sees for growth in the Triangle gaming and entertainment sector in an exclusive interview.

Updated July 31

Red Hat warns CIA-linked hacking tool poses insider threat

Red Hat is taking quite serious a hacking threat reportedly developed by the CIA that targets its Linux software and is warning customers to follow "Incident Response" practices. A hacker news sites describes the latest malware news as "simply astonishing."

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July 31

Reports: IBM layoffs hit Watson Truven Health group, including RTP

IBM layoffs     Watson Health, one of IBM's bests for the future of the tech giant on cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, is laying off workers in its Watson health group. Among those losing their jobs are some workers in RTP, according to reports from employees.

Updated July 28

Red Hat investigating report CIA hacking tool targets its software

The top software product from Raleigh-based Red Hat is the target of a hacking tool developed by the CIA, according to documents published by WikiLeaks. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of the world's most popular software used by global financial firms.

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Updated July 28

Premium Lock If global nutrition firm picks RTP for plant, NCSU helps plant the seeds

Business development is part of the "crops" being developed by researchers at N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, too. Proof? Premex, a global animal and human nutrition firm, just opened a new office in RTP and its top exec says a manufacturing plant could follow. NCSU's team is helping pave the way. Here's how.

Crops mean business development, too Crops mean business development, too

Updated July 27

Study: Raleigh one of top 8 metros for $100,000-plus tech jobs

A new study ranks the Raleigh-Cary metro as one of the eight top metropolitan areas for tech jobs that pay $100,000 or more. The same study ranks North Carolina's capital as No. 5 in tech job postings.

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