The Skinny

The Skinny

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

March 28

AT&T donates $33,000 for PC training at gigabit Internet kickoff

AT&T's Foundation is making a $33,000 to a PC and Internet training program in Raleigh as part of the launch for ultra-fast Internet access known as the North Carolina Next Generation Network. The City of Raleigh's "Digital Connectors" program is receiving the money.


March 27

Races are on: Hundreds already voting in 'Full Steam Ahead Awards'

WRAL TechWire's third "Full Steam Ahead Awards" is shaping up as the biggest to date - by far - in early voting. 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?

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Updated March 27

Ultra-fast Internet network coming first to Raleigh community center

The North Carolina Next Generation Network formally launches on Saturday at a community center in Raleigh. AT&T is building the network across the Triangle and parts of the Triad in partnership with several municipalities and four universities.

Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP

Updated March 26

Red Hat sizzles: Stock soars to 2nd highest all-time price

Red Hat      Shares in Red Hat haven't been this hot since the go-go days of the "dot com" boom when the company went public and its shares soared to $105. On Thursday, shares soared 11 percent to a new 52-week high of $76.70 after a strong earnings report on Wednesday. And Wall Street analysts are impressed.

March 26

Will new NC crowdfunding bill ('Paces') bring clarity, win passage?

Crowdfunding bill Crowdfunding may yet become a reality in North Carolina with the filing of a new bill in the state Senate on Wednesday. It's called PACES, or "Providing Access To Entrepreneurs/Small Business." Legislation also has been introduced in the House. The debate continues ...

Updated March 26

WTW's 'Full Steam Ahead Award' field is set; cast your vote today

From startups to global giants, entrepreneurs to corporate CEOs and chairs, WRAL TechWire will honor 12 of the best at its "Full Steam Ahead" awards next month. We have the full list of finalists. Cast your votes today to help determine the winners.

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Updated March 25

Premium Lock Red Hat earnings: Another surprise or will strong dollar wreak havoc?

Surprising Wall Street on earnings report day has become quite the habit at Red Hat. But will the Hatters have a disappointing surprise this afternoon when they report how business went in the last quarter? Analysts and media have plenty of ideas and speculation. If Oracle's earnings are an indicator, currency could play a big role.

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Updated March 24

Internet providers file lawsuits against FCC 'net neutrality' rules

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Internet service providers on Monday filed two lawsuits against the new "net neutrality" rules adopted by the FCC. Previous net neutrality rules were struck down in federal court, and providers such as AT&T and Verizon are trying the legal route once more to halt new rules that seek to govern Internet providers as utilities.

Updated March 23

RDU's wireless access plunges in latest report on performance

RDU's wireless service slips Travelers passing through Raleigh-Durham International Airport are not getting the fastest and most reliable wireless Internet and phone service as they get at other airports, according to a new report. RDU drops to No. 40 from No. 14 among 50 major airports.

Updated March 23

Premium Lock After 7-year run, NCTA pults hold on high-tech jobs report

NCTA The North Carolina Technology Association's monthly information technology job trends report is no longer being published. Why? Will it return? Our Insiders get the details.

March 20

Despite Bill Gates' warning, will world prepare for the next Ebola?

Bill Gates The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation took a major role in trying to find a vaccine to treat Ebola, even providing funding to Durham-based Chimerix. Now, Bill Gates is warning that the world must prepare for future epidemics. If we are smart, we will listen and learn from what's happened from an outbreak that has killed some 10,000 people.

March 20

Want to cut cable costs? Buying a modem may make dollars and sense

Cable With all the new streaming services coming online and with more people "cutting the cord" on cable TV, one problem remains: You still need Internet access, preferably high speed. But a way to cut Internet costs could be buying rather than renting a modem from your provider. And a new Internet modem calculator from WalletHub offers ways to possibly cut costs.

March 19

Premium Lock So what do Lenovo executive changes mean to Triangle? To company?

Lenovo's Jay Parker In an exclusive interview, Lenovo's head of North America operations talks about the impact of the tech giant's many management changes announced on Thursday mean to the company, the Triangle and the top two Lenovo execs in the Triangle.

Updated March 19

Lenovo names former Acer CEO as president in corporate realignment

Lenovo, the world's No. 1 PC manufacturer, is making changes in its management structure following the recent closing of deals for IBM's x86 business and Google Motorola. Under the new structure, Lenovo has a president - industry veteran Gianfranco Lanci - who reports directly to chair and CEO Yang Yuanqing. The move affects Lenovo's two top executives in the Triangle: Gerry Smith and Jay Parker.

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Updated March 19

Premium Lock When will white men ever learn to shut up and listen?

Eric Schmidt  Diversity in the high-tech sector is a hot issue these days - and deservedly so. But an incident at South by Southwest on Monday with a Google diversity exec calling out her company's chair Eric Schmidt for rudeness during a panel discussion on diversity shows we white males still have a l-o-o-o-n-g way to go.

Updated March 18

AT&T slashes ultra-fast Internet prices, expands services in Triangle

Fiber optic network                   AT&T is expanding the markets in the Triangle where it is offering ultra-fast Internet service and at the same time is slashing prices to as low as $70 per month from the previous $120. Current AT&T customers also may see automatic increases in speed by March 31. Plus, AT&T is boosting Wi-Fi speeds.

March 17

CODE2040 picks Durham entrepreneur plus a UNC grad among first 3 choices

Diversity Two entrepreneurs with Triangle connections are among the first three selected for the new CODE2040 program, which is aiming to help "empower" more Black and Latino/a startups. One runs a startup in Durham; the other is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate.

Updated March 16

Wilmington startup aims to change the future of typing

The former CTO of fast-growing Wilmington startup Next Glass has launched his own new venture with the aim of changing the future of how we type. Is "CrossTap" the software you will use to type messages on multiple devices in the future?

March 16

Premium Lock As Lenovo parent preps $3B IPO, PC sales forecast darkens

Legend Holdings, the parent of Lenovo, is prepping for an IPO, according to the Wall Street Journal. But the latest sales forecast from research firm IDC can't help share value. IDC says PC sales are heading down, and Lenovo is the world's largest PC manufacturer. Lenovo is already dealing with another back eye from its adware fiasco.

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Updated March 9

So far no pop for MaxPoint in its stock debut

MaxPoint Morrisville-based MaxPoint Interactive, a technology company that boosts clients' sales through zip code-based customer data, fell to under $10 a share Monday. It went public Friday to a cool reaction on Wall Street.