The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated 8:00 a.m. today

The AI future: Utopian or dystopian ... that is the question

Five of the world's tech giants - Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft - are teaming up in an effort to persuade us that artificial intelligence is our friend, not a threat to our jobs or a human future. The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, they call it. Will this be education or brainwashing?

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Updated 3:38 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock RTP's Cloud Pharma tries crowdfunding for Zika, ALS research

Cloud Pharmaceuticals, which is using the collective power of the cloud to research and develop new drugs, is turning to crowdfunding in an attempt to generate capital for research into ALS and the Zika virus.

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Updated 12:46 p.m. Tuesday

From wearables to drones: How RTP tech firms might save your life in 2021

Let's say you are working in your yard in the year 2021 and you suffer what should be a "widow maker" heart attack. Somehow, you're saved - through the grace of God and technology developed right here in the Triangle. How so, you ask? Let's share a vision into a possible future.

Updated 11:51 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Former SAS exec Jim Davis leaves Informatica

Jim Davis, the former chief marketing officer at SAS who left the company last year, has stepped down from Informatica, which recruited him for a similar role. In an exclusive interview with WRAL TechWire, Davis explains what led to the latest career move - and what he might do next. Could he return to SAS?

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Updated 8:15 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Long-time SAS CTO retires, in 'stealth mode' for startup

Armistead Sapp, a long-time senior executive and chief technology officer at SAS, is launching his own startup focusing on "radically open source" with a likely Internet of Things angle after stepping away from the Cary software giant. So who replaced him at SAS?

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Updated 6:57 a.m. Monday

WRAL mobile health event focus: Growing importance of mData to your health

Future of Mobile Health event Axial Exchange CEO Joanne Rohde is delivering the keynote at WRAL TechWire's Executive Exchange event on Tuesday about mobile health - and she's going to be providing a load of statistics that point to the increasing importance of mHealth to consumers as well as businesses and healthcare providers. In fact, several RTP mHealth leaders also are part of the program. You don't want to miss this event.

Updated September 23

Premium Lock AT&T-Google Fiber fiber fight gets nastier in utility pole case

AT&T GigaPower       Having lost a fight with the city of Nashville over hanging fiber on utility poles, AT&T has filed suit seeking to stop the so-called "One Touch" ordinance. A similar battle is being waged in Louisville.

September 21

Premium Lock PwC: MoneyTree venture capital report will continue

PriceWaterhouseCoopers is not going to chop down its MoneyTree venture capital report even though it's losing long-time and high-profile partner National Venture Capital Association.

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Updated September 21

Premium Lock National Venture Capital Association picks new provider for VC data (+ video)

The MoneyTree is being ditched in favor of PitchBook. So the National Venture Capital Industry says in an announcement Wednesday, putting an end to a reliance on PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson Reuters for startup investment data that goes back nearly two decades. Plus: The NVCA promises more data to crunch.

Updated September 21

'AirGig:' AT&T testing power grid for multi-gigabit Internet (+ video)

AT&T says it is developing a wireless alternative to expensive, high-speed fiber networks that would utilize power lines to deliver high-speed Internet into your home. The communications giant says "Project AirGig" is a "breakthrough" - and the technology is patented.

Updated September 20

Premium Lock NC firms winning more federal innovation, tech grants (+ video)

Startups and emerging entrepreneurial companies across North Carolina seeking funding should be sure to check on the availability of federal grants. Why? A recent review of data finds that N.C. firms are winning more dollars even as national grants decline.

Updated September 19

Premium Lock How can companies drive diversity? 10 lessons from PwC

So how can companies drive more diversity within their own ranks of management and employees? Consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers cites 10 lessons learned from its own efforts, starting with: Make a business case for diversity then make it "resonate" within your firm.

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September 16

RTP CEO 'cheering' for Park but won't say why he's leaving

Bob Geolas won't talk about the circumstances surrounding his departure as CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, which oversees the RTP itself. But he does say he is "cheering them on" when discussing the Park's future.

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Updated September 16

Triangle Foundation to discuss next steps in wake of CEO's departure

A virtual wall of silence surrounds what happened at the Research Triangle Foundation that triggered the pending departure of CEO Bob Geolas. The Foundation's board chair does acknowledge it is taking some steps to consider what to do.

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September 14

Premium Lock 3 RTP startups among 12 chosen for Black Founders Exchange

Diversity  Twelve startups from across the country, including two in Durham and one in Raleigh, have been selected to participate in the Google for Entrepreneurs Black Founders Exchange program next month.

Updated September 14

CED Tech Venture profiles - The biggest WTW publishing effort to date

CED Tech Venture 2016 CED's Tech Venture conference draws to a close in Raleigh today, having attracted investors and entrepreneurs from around the country. A key draw has been the growing number of attractive startups across the Triangle and North Carolina plus some in the southeast. WRAL Tech Wire has featured 60 of them in what has been the biggest, most comprehensive package of content it has published since launching in 2002. And there are more to come.

Updated September 13

Google Fiber goes 'live' in Morrisville; more Triangle access coming

Google Fiber will begin taking orders for its ultra-fast Internet service Tuesday morning in Morrisville. It's the launch point for the network with more coverage across the Triangle expected to be announced shortly, the company says.

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Updated September 9

Premium Lock HQ BAM: Why HQ Raleigh won a $100,000 NC IDEA grant

HQ Raleigh HQ Raleigh really has been more than a shared office space project from its launch nearly three years ago. Networking, mentoring, more. A community. Recent expansion is taking the HQ Raleigh concept to other markets. And now with a $100,000 grant from NC IDEA, HQ Raleigh is embarking on a new incubation effort called HQ BAM. So what is it?

Updated September 9

Premium Lock Exclusive: Here's why NC IDEA chose to fund 9 startup programs

Innovation NC IDEA is going to provide nearly $1.2 million in funding to a variety of startup and entrepreneurial programs across N.C. Thom Ruhe, CEO of NC IDEA, explains why these groups (American, Underground, Catawba Valley Community College, the CED, Triangle Venture Alliance, First Flight Venture Center, HQ Raleigh, NC RIoT, UNC Charlotte and the Greensboro partnership Entrepreneurs Connection) were awarded grants.

Updated September 8

NC IDEA grant winners - igniters of next entrepreneurship wave?

Startups   The growing depth and breadth of North Carolina's entrepreneurship "ecosystem" is clearly shown by the nine winners of the first Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partner grants from the NC IDEA Foundation.