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The Skinny

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

Updated July 8

Vivek Wadhwa joins Carnegie Mellon but 'will be doing many things'

Vivek Wadhwa Vivek Wadhwa, the former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author, is joining the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in San Francisco. But he will remain involved with Duke University for a while yet.

Updated July 7

Raleigh going bananas over Amazon's Prime delivery service

Amazon Prime Now delivery service  While remaining fuzzy about the details, Amazon says Raleigh residents are buying lots of bananas and other goods through its "Prime" delivery service. To celebrate Prime's growth here and elsewhere, Amazon is offering a host of specials.

July 6

Premium Lock MCNC: State can achieve universal high-speed net access by 2021

North Carolina's recently announced "Broadband Plan" calls for universal access across the state to high-speed Internet. Is that really doable? Yes, says the exec who runs N.C.'s only statewide fiber network. She explains why in a Q&A.


Updated July 7

Premium Lock NC Congressman is driving crowdfunding changes in Washington

Congressman Patrick McHenry is one of the important players pushing crowdfunding initiatives in Washington, and his bills lreceive the support of the National Venture Capital Association. More importantly, he's found bipartisan support on a deeply divided government.

Updated July 5

More IBM mass layoffs coming - This time to the Netherlands in a first

IBM layoffs     In a leaked document, executives at IBM Netherlands describe how "Resource Balancing 2016" i.e. job cuts - are hitting that business group for the first time. The resource action, as IBM calls layoffs,could affect "several hundreds," a source tells Watching IBM at Facebook.

Updated July 1

Premium Lock CEO: Even as WedPics tops 1M weddings, HB2 is hurting biz

Fast-growing Raleigh startup WedPics, which provides a variety of services for newlyweds, soars past the 1 million mark in weddings published. But its CEO says growth would be faster if not for what he calls the "idiotic rule."

Updated June 30

Premium Lock Watch a real red wedding - at Red Hat Summit

Twitter, open source, tech news sites and social media lit up Wednesday as a surprise, real wedding brought to a close Red Hat's annual summit in San Francisco. Yes, a real red wedding - but no blood as in "Game of Thrones."

Updated June 29

Premium Lock NC Secretary of State praises crowdfunding bill

Crowdfunding  Elaine Marshall, the North Carolina Secretary of State who heads financial securities efforts, heartily endorsed crowdfunding legislation passed by the General Assembly this week.

June 29

Premium Lock Pay, check your heart rate: Chinese smartwatch embeds Valencell biometric sensors

Valencell, the developer of patented biometric sensors to monitor a variety of body functions, will soon be telling smartwatch wearers in China what their blood pressure is as they make payments and check on their bank accounts.

Valencell sensors embedded in smartwatch Valencell sensors embedded in smartwatch

Updated June 29

Premium Lock It's first-and-goal for NC's crowdfunding bill

Computer board Legislation to permit crowdfunding in North Carolina is on its way to Gov. Pat McCrory.

Updated June 28

Premium Lock 'Sales acceleration' software startup ZynBit lands $500K, an RTP startup that emerged just a year ago at the CED venture capital conference, is gearing up for growth with $500,000 in new financing. In an extensive Q&A, CEO and co-founder Phil Dixon tells the ZynBit story, which includes the meaning of its name.

ZynBit touts its acceleration software ZynBit touts its acceleration software

June 28

Premium Lock Crowdfunding bill 'down to the 2 yard line;' bitcoin bill advances

Crowdfunding  North Carolina's General Assembly is on the verge of sending a crowdfunding bill to Gov. Pat McCrory. Plus: a bill addressing virtual currency is moving forward.

Updated June 27

Premium Lock 'Launch Startup in a Day' program aims to cut red tape

Startups   Whether one embraces federal programs, a question should be asked of city leaders in Durham, Raleigh and elsewhere across North Carolina: Why aren't you part of the Obama Administration's "Startup in a Day" initiative?

Updated June 24

Premium Lock Red Hat to offer employees stock purchase plan as incentive

Red Hat           Red Hat, which is looking to double its revenues and employee headcount, plans to offer an employee stock purchase plan as an incentive to keep current workers as well as to attract new ones. Red Hat also says its CEO made more than $12 million last year.

Updated June 23

Premium Lock Survey: Consumers value accuracy most from wearables

If you own a "wearable" technology device or you are thinking about buying one, the accuracy of the data these "smart" devices deliver is the most important buying-and-using factor, says a new survey. Raleigh biometric sensor startup Valencell and a trade association group conducted the survey.

Wearables survey from Valencell Wearables survey from Valencell

Updated June 23

Premium Lock Report: Triangle ranks among top metros for best VC returns

Venture capital investors are becoming increasingly attracted to Research Triangle area startups as various reports have cited. Why? New data shows that Triangle startups are delivering big returns for investors. In fact, RTP is one of the nation's hottest markets.

PitchBook exits report rates Raleigh-Durham highly PitchBook exits report rates Raleigh-Durham highly

Updated June 24

Premium Lock NC House approves crowdfunding in first vote, but ...

Crowdfunding  In a strong bipartisan vote, the N.C. House on Thursday afternoon approved a crowdfunding bill by a whopping 99-1 margin. It appears the long battle to win approval of crowdfunding for startups in North Carolina could finally be nearing a close. However, this is not a "clean" bill.

Updated June 22

Premium Lock Providers: 'Coming together,' engagement are keys to making NC broadband plan work

Reaction from Internet providers in North Carolina to the McCrory Administration's NC Broadband Report is still coming in. And early indications are that the private sector players will call for "coming together" as well as community engagement to make universal access a reality by 2021.

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

Updated June 22

Premium Lock State Broadband Plan targets 'universal' high-speed access by 2021

Fiber optic network                     Recognizing that government at all levels can become partners rather than obstacles in deployment of broadband networks across the state, the McCrory administration unveils a "State Broadband Plan" that aims to provide "universal access" by 2021.

June 20

Premium Lock AT&T broadens reach of NC Next Generation Network

AT&T is expanding the reach of its fiber broadband network across North Carolina, and a key driver remains the North Carolina Next Generation Network. As part of its commitment to that project, AT&T provides free Internet access to a growing number of community centers and low income housing.

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