The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated February 23

CED Life Science Conference to showcase Triangle's remarkable success story

Biotech  So much of the deserved media hype about the growing success of the Research Triangle focuses on high tech. Nothing wrong with that. But too often overlooked is the continuing growth of the region's life science industry. And the CED Life Science Conference event next week will showcase that story.

Updated February 23

Exits of Plastina, Lipson are good news for Triangle - Here's why

The exits of Frank Plastina from Cree after the failed Wolfspeed spinoff and Jesse Lipson from Citrix which had built upon his SharefFile to build a powerful presence in Raleigh will prove to be good news for the Triangle's economy. How so? Well, look at the case of Scot Wingo and Cindy Whitehead.

Frank Plastina Frank Plastina

February 22

Study: 'Tasty' cannabis edibles need better labels for safety

Read before you eat, marijuana snack lovers. Makers, be careful with labels. RTI International researchers warn in a new study that "tasty" cannabis/marijuana edibles need better labels in order to ensure safety.

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Updated February 21

Report spells out strategy for how NC can cash in on 'data economy'

Big data  As billions of devices become linked to the Internet of Things and people as well as governments and companies generate terabytes of data daily, the "data economy" is flourishing. But how can North Carolina best capitalize on this tech opportunity? A new report outlines several recommendations.

Updated February 17

Report: NC equity funding drops $400M in '16 yet reach grows

money image North Carolina entrepreneurial companies raised far less money in equity funding last year than in 2015, according to a new report from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. However, the state is drawing more investor interest from Silicon Valley and other locations.

Updated February 16

Despite big changes, Google Fiber says it's 'here to stay in Triangle'

Google Fiber is reaching out to assure Triangle customers - and potential ones - that the company is "here to stay in the Triangle." GF issued the statement Wednesday afternoon following a report of major changes within the company.

Google Fiber's customer/service center in Raleigh Google Fiber's customer/service center in Raleigh

Updated February 15

Duke inventors' kitchen safety recipe: Internet of Things stove control, app raises $175K

We've all seen the home security commercials where customers lock the doors with a mobile app. Now two Duke inventors are taking this Internet of Things/app combo to the kitchen with remote monitoring - and the ability to turn off the heat remotely before disaster strikes. It's hot, too. Their kickstarter campaign is lighting up with buyers who have pledged more than $175,000.

Inirv's system Inirv's system

Updated February 15

A witness to amazing RDU growth: Jammed LA-to-RDU Sunday night flight

Many of the leaders who helped put the Research Triangle Park on a new surge of economic growth post-2009 recession have retired or moved on to other jobs. But their legacy remains - one example being a near-capacity flight from Los Angeles to RDU on a Sunday night!

Non-stop destinations from RDU Non-stop destinations from RDU

Updated February 14

IBM's top exec defends Trump role in letter to employees

Some IBM workers as well as thousands of other tech company employees at Google and elsewhere continue to speak out against President Donald Trump. But in a letter to IBMers, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty defends her continuing role as a member of a Trump advisory committee.

Virginia Rometty      Virginia Rometty

February 3

Premium Lock Inside Offline's big deal with McClatchy: What's next for Raleigh startup, how deal was made

Having connected with some big hitters at McClatchy, Offline Media startup CEO David Shaner is looking to turn the media company's investment into significant expansion - very quickly. More jobs. More markets.

David Shaner David Shaner

February 3

Premium Lock Startup Offline Media lands McClatchy as investor

Offline Media, a startup focusing on delivering to millennials what it calls "hyperlocal" local news and "experiences," has landed a major partner and investor in McClatchy. McClatchy owns the big metro papers in Raleigh and Charlotte where Offline has launched.

Offline Media's online pitch Offline Media's online pitch

Updated February 2

John Kane's vision for Research Triangle Regional Partnership: Marketing, branding

Raleigh real estate mogul John Kane and the board of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership have not only selected a new CEO but also embarked on a new mission: Marketing and support rather than a more direct involvement in economic recruiting and development.

John Kane John Kane

Updated February 1

RIoT group spreading wings with events beyond NC

RIoT, the rapidly growing Internet of Things grassroots organization that launched in the Triangle, is now reaching well beyond North Carolina. Formerly known as NC RIoT, the group is taking its IoT economic development and training message to Atlanta and numerous other cities. Plus, RIoT Labs is open in Raleigh.

Tom Snyder Tom Snyder

Updated February 1

Google Fiber expands to North Hills, opening service center in Raleigh

Google Fiber begins offering ultra-fast Internet and TV service in Raleigh's North Hills as of Wednesday. Plus. GF is opening a customer and retail center in Downtown Raleigh while also preparing to provide service to The Oaks community.

January 31

Premium Lock As fiber expansion continues AT&T gears up for ultra-fast AirGig trials

Project AirGig - utilizing patented technology to transmit data at fiber-like speeds over power lines - is coming closer to reality at AT&T with "at least" two trials coming this fall. Meanwhile, the communications will continue expanding its fiber network in the Triangle and elsewhere while also testing next-generation wireless broadband (5G).

January 31

Premium Lock Google Fiber expanding high-speed Webpass Internet service

Google Fiber, which recently paused its nation-wide expansion plans, is adding new markets again. But this time it's through high-speed point-to-point service called Webpass. No word on RTP expansion at this point, but gigabit Internet could be coming to a building near you for $60 a month.

January 30

Wallet wars: After chip card headaches, will we embrace mobile pay?

E-Commerce Given the abundance of hacking and "snoopers" that can sniff your PIN, so-called chip cards seemed like a good idea. But the inconvenience - every merchant seems to have a different way to handle them plus there is a noticeable time delay - this ecommerce shopper is ready for "contactless" transactions such as Apple Pay. So are millions of others, says a new study from Juniper Research.

January 26

Premium Lock As 'Trump bump' lifts Dow to 20K, many Triangle tech stocks join party

Bullish    The Dow hit the 20,000 mark Wednesday, and other Street benchmarks are at record levels as well as the post-election "Trump bump" continues. Several Triangle tech stocks have joined the surge, but management changes at Quintiles and Red Hat show not even Donald Trump means every stock rises.

Updated January 26

Premium Lock As another reorg hits, IBM employee turmoil grows despite CEO's pledge to add 25,000 jobs

Despite Chair and CEO Ginni Rometty's pledge that IBM would add 25,000 jobs over the next four years, current employees report that layoffs in the U.S. continue.And now comes word of a restructuring in its emerging cloud business with a long-time executive stepping down.

IBM's Ginni Rometty       IBM's Ginni Rometty

January 25

Premium Lock Remembering TechWire's launch 15 years ago today

Fifteen years ago today, WRAL TechWire as it is known now formally launched for business under the name "Local Tech Wire." Just for fun, here's the launch story as published that day. Where were you in 2002? What was the Triangle like? North Carolina? Our country? Our world? They are all vastly different - but the core mission of WTW remains the same.

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