The Skinny

The Skinny

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

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Frontier CEO coming to Durham for fiber news; Capitol is first customer

Frontier is rolling out its top gun - chairman CEO Maggie Wilderotter - on Thursday for its big network expansion and upgrade in Durham on Thursday. Look for Frontier to announce its own fiber network plans as it prepares to take on AT&T. And the American Tobacco Campus is the first "ground zero" battlefield.

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October 17

Premium Lock Why Terri Lomax is leaving NCSU for RTI - in her own words

In an exclusive Q&A with WRAL TechWire, Dr. Terri Lomax of N.C. State, explains why she is joining the management team at RTI International. But she will remain involved with "InnovateRaleigh." Our Insider subscribers get access to every word.

How will you help innovate? How will you help innovate?

Updated October 16

Premium Lock Lenovo forming new company in China targeting smart devices

Lenovo              Lenovo is putting a new spin on its "protect and attack" strategy by doing a lot of both in its largest market: China. A new company led by the top executive for China and other Asian markets is being formed for launch next April.

Updated October 14

Frontier vs. AT&T in Durham: Let the fiber fight begin

Frontier Communications plans to announce on Oct. 23 details about its own gigabit Internet service in Durham County. The announcement sets the stage for head-to-head competition with AT&T, which is bringing its U-verse with GigaPower to the Triangle.

October 13

AT&T ramps up to gigabit speed, doubling Wi-Fi speeds in Austin

AT&T GigaPower  In a precursor to what the Triangle can expect from the North Carolina Next Generation Network, AT&T on Monday says it is ramping up its "Gigapower" network in Austin, Texas, to gigabit speeds. Plus, Wi-Fi speed will be doubled.

Updated October 13

Gigabit Internet is going to change our world - Are you ready?

If you are following the power and money in this growing Internet of Everything world as described by Cisco's John Chambers, then you know that fiber is the highway on which it will run. Gigabit Internet is going to change the way we live. And that's why a lot of powerful people, including investors, will be at WRAL TechWire's "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" conference. Gigabit Internet, in the words of wiz angel investor Dave Gardner, "a game-changer." We are getting gigabit Internet in RTP with or without Google Fiber because of the N.C. Next Generation Network and AT&T. Get ready for a fast ride.

Just how fast is gigabit Internet? Just how fast is gigabit Internet?

October 10

September surprise: NC high-tech job openings tumble 6%

In what is described as a surprise, the number of information technology jobs publicly advertised on a daily basis across North Carolina fell 6.1 percent last month. So reports the North Carolina Technology Association. But perhaps saddest of all is this: Job openings remain below those posted in September of 2013 and 2012. However, job demand spikes in a few categories.

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October 10

Blair Levin, a new Brookings fellow, to talk 'broadband nexus' at Fiber Transforms Triangle event

Don't miss your opportunity to hear about the future of broadband when Blair Levin keynotes the "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" conference at SAS on Monday. Levin led fast-Internet strategy at the FCC, headed up the Gig. U university gigabit Internet consortium and this week was named a fellow at the prestigious Brookings Institute.

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Updated October 8

Premium Lock Nagoya University's RTP exec: Nobel Prize a 'huge' boost

If you weren't aware that Japan's Nagoya University has a technology transfer and business development office in the Triangle, you should be now. After all, on Tuesday two Nagoya professors shared the Nobel Prize for Physics. The award "surely will increase our reputation" as Nagoya seeks more deals, says its RTP executive.

A blue LED as invented by Nagoya U. professors A blue LED as invented by Nagoya U. professors

October 3

Survey: Google Fiber not closing 'digital divide' in Kansas City

Just as Google Fiber posted a blog about its efforts to address "digital divide" issues, The Wall Street Journal publishes a story headlined: "Google Fiber Leaves a Digital Divide" with this subhead: "Survey Finds Few Low-Income Residents in Kansas City Subscribe to Superfast Service." But is this Google's fault? And what are the implications for the North Carolina Next Generation Network?

Hanging Google Fiber in Austin Hanging Google Fiber in Austin

Updated October 3

Premium Lock Google Fiber visits Triangle again, is looking for 2 'Community Impact Managers'

Google Fiber isn't expected to announce until year's end whether the Triangle will be one of its next markets,. But the Internet giant's representatives were in the Triangle again recently, examining what it calls "Digital Inclusion" programs designed to bring Internet benefits to everyone. Meanwhile, Google Fiber also continues to look for two "Community Impact Managers," one for Durham, the other for Raleigh. WRAL TechWire Insiders get the details.

Google Fiber's list of existing, proposed networks Google Fiber's list of existing, proposed networks

Updated September 30

10 reasons why you should attend 'Fiber Transforms Triangle' event

Fiber Transforms the Triangle event Gigabit Internet to the desktop and to the home is about to hit the Triangle. Are you ready to cash in for your business -and for your own entertainment? Have questions? Need answers? Then you need to attend WRAL TechWire's "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" conference at SAS on Oct. 13.

September 26

Premium Lock Will your startup 'VAPORIZE'? Marc Andreessen's warning to entrepreneurs, VCs

When venture capitalists and investors such as Marc Andreessen warn that Silicon Valley and other tech firms are at implosion risk - again - then everyone in the startup crwod had better listen. A rant from Andreessen on Twitter caps VAPORIZE three times and warns the easy money raising of today "WILL NOT LAST."

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Updated September 26

Exclusive: IBM affirms RTP's importance with new data center

Over the past several years, IBM has dramatically cut the size of its work force in North Carolina - some 60 percent - through sales of business units and job cuts. But its RTP campus remains the company's largest physically and IBM still employs an estimated 7,500 people in the state. Big Blue also remains committed to its RTP operation as shown by Monday's announcement opening a new data "resiliency" center. In an exclusive Q&A, a senior IBM executive explains the RTP location decision and reiterates Big Blue's support for the site.

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Updated September 26

Premium Lock Sageworks hopes to incubate new businesses, ideas with I-Lab

Incubators, accelerators, oh my! Raleigh gets another with I-Labs at Sageworks. And the financial data analytics firm is hoping its investment will lead to new companies as well as more products. WRAL TechWire Insiders get the full story.

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Updated September 25

Red Hat reports bug that could devastate 'Internet of Things'

Writing code   Remember the "Heartbleed" security scare earlier this year? Well, just in time for Halloween, an even bigger nightmare has surfaced - and it threatens the "Internet of Things" from cameras to networks, a security expert warns. Red Hat disclosed the "bash bug" on Wednesday.

Updated September 24

Novartis dedicates $1B vaccine plant with VIP flu shots as NC exec who recruited the firm will watch

It's probably a safe bet that Gov. Pat McCrory has already received his flu shot for the 2014-5 season, but he and other VIPs can line up for vaccinations today as Novartis formally dedicates production at its mammoth $1 billion plant in Holly Springs. But there's also an interesting back story to the event: The N.C. Biotechnology Center exec who helped recruit Novartis to N.C. way back in 2006.

Novartis plant in Holly Springs Novartis plant in Holly Springs

September 24

Premium Lock No Google Fiber news soon for RTP, but digging is furious in Austin

While Google Fiber mulls where to deploy its gigabit Internet network in coming months, its project in Austin, Texas, is well underway with machines burying cable and technicians stringing more fiber from utility poles. But what has WRAL TechWire been told about Google Fiber in the triangle? Our Insiders find out.

Drilling for fiber in Austin Drilling for fiber in Austin

September 19

Premium Lock Is Charlotte really the Silicon Valley of the South?

Leaders from across the Queen City are gathering today for the Charlotte Chamber's "Technology Summit" at which it is sharing new jobs data that shows the region is "no doubt ... quickly making a name for itself."

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Updated September 19

Premium Lock Do Apple, Google changes ensure privacy? National Law Journal says no

Before rushing out to buy your new iPhone 6 today, thinking changes in Apple's privacy policy will protect you from government snooping, you'd better think again. Same for Google changes. The government still has tools, warns The National Law Journal.

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