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January 25

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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Updated January 25

Premium Lock What to expect at SAS after another year of growth: Modest hiring, possible Asia expansion

Facing currency headwinds thanks to a stronger US dollar, SAS still grew revenues in 2016 in a streak dating back to 1976. As for what's to come in 2017, SAS Chief Marketing Officer Randy Guard projects more growth, jobs, possible expansion in Asia, and continuing development of new products as well as services.

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Updated January 25

Premium Lock Crystal ball gazing with SAS: IoT, AI are big 2017 opportunities

SAS continues its unbroken streak of revenue growth dating back to its founding in 1976 with $3.2 billion in sales for 2016. And in looking ahead for 2017, its top marketing officer sees big opportunities for the software giant coming through artificial intelligence as well as the hot Internet of Things.

Randy Guard Randy Guard

Updated January 24

LaunchRaleigh: A new program to boost Southeast Raleigh entrepreneurs

A new partnership of seven organizations, including Shaw University, the Rotary Club of North Raleigh and Wake Tech, welcomes its first 24 entrepreneurs for the first cadre of the new LaunchRaleigh entrepreneurship program.

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Updated January 19

Premium Lock Think you know millennials? Case survey runs counter to narrative with Trump, conservatism scoring well

Politics  If one draws news simply from the mainstream media or what's happening on Facebook, it's safe to assume the belief is the vast majority of millennials are liberal, favored Hillary Clinton and despised Donald Trump as well as conservatism. By election day, many attitudes had changed, a new survey finds.

Updated January 18

Premium Lock After Trump meeting, Bayer-Monsanto pledge could mean jobs in RTP

Bayer Crop Science HQ in RTP  Would a Monsanto-Bayer merger mean more jobs for the Triangle if the incoming Trump administration OKs it? President-elect Donald Trump's meeting last week with the CEOs of Bayer and Monsanto is generating a lot of headlines - so much so, in fact, that the two executives issued a joint statement about their plans if a proposed $57 billion wins approval. The deal will have an impact on the Triangle. But would it mean more jobs?

Updated January 18

Premium Lock Birthday (unofficial): The soft launch of Local Tech Wire

WRAL TechWire Fifteen years ago on Jan. 17, a new website focusing on coverage of high tech, life science and startups emerged from stealth mode. Its name: Local Tech Wire. Readers know us today as WRAL TechWire.

Updated January 17

Premium Lock RTI International revenues, work force surge in 2016

2016 goes in the books as another year of major growth for RTI International. The Triangle-based independent, nonprofit research institute grew its employee headcount by some 15 percent and also increased revenues by almost 7 percent.

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January 16

Premium Lock Reports: Lenovo seeking full ownership of laptop joint venture

New reports about another possible acquisition by Lenovo have surfaced in China. This time Lenovo may be buying out a partner in a high joint venture focused on laptop manufacturing.

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Updated January 13

Premium Lock American Underground rolls out 'new product offering for a new audience'

In am exclusive Q&A WTW Insider interview, the American Underground's chief strategist says the AU is introducing a "new product offering for a new audience" with its soon-to-open Gridworks in Durham. Plus, Adam Klein discusses why Durham remains a red-hot destination for startups and how the AU continues to drive diversity.

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January 12

Premium Lock Third VC report confirms trend: VC boom is over in NC

Looking for cash? Data from the final of the "big three" venture capital reports is in - and reality has returned to venture capital deal-making across North Carolina. After a one-year boom, it's back to more typical numbers.

Updated January 11

Premium Lock US sales growth helps Lenovo keep global PC sales lead

Lenovo's halo keyboard  Receiving a continuing boost from PC sales in the U.S., Lenovo grew sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 and thus maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot in global sales. But No. 2 HP draws ever closer, according to two reports.

Updated January 12

Premium Lock Boom over: Venture reports agree dealmaking drops in 2016

Venture Capital     Venture capital deal making in North Carolina declined in 2016 year-over-year even though two major reports offer different details about the scale of the action. And there are two major reports still to come about 2016 deal making.

Updated January 10

Premium Lock Fast-growing Walk West agency adds another firm in 'digital first' strategy

Brian Onorio, who launched the O3 agency in 2007, adds another Triangle marketing firm to his recently rebranded "Walk West" group. The two mergers over the past five months are part of his "digital first" strategy. Backers include serial entrepreneur and investor Donald Thompson.

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Updated January 10

Premium Lock Exclusive: Acquisitions a preview of what's ahead for RTI, which is hiring in Triangle

RTI International on Monday disclosed two acquisitions - and more appear to be on the horizon. In an exclusive Q&A interview, RTI's CEO talks about why the huge independent, nonprofit research institute made the deals - and what could be coming in 2017. Plus: RTI is hiring in the Triangle.

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Updated January 10

Premium Lock Will Lenovo make Fujitsu deal? CEO: 'If one plus one can be larger than two ...'

As usual at CES last week, Lenovo unleashed a wave of new products and emerging high-tech plays, from VR headsets to high-end gaming computers and much more. But top exec Yang Yuanqing couldn't escape a pesky questions: If and when the world's top PC maker will strike a deal with Fujitsu? Will Lenovo buy Samsung's PC business?

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Updated January 9

Premium Lock Obama social archive deal reflects ArchiveSocial's growing strength

ArchiveSocial Bringing searchable functionality to the chaos that social media has become is the secret sauce of Durham's ArchiveSocial. And its big coup last week in landing the President Obama social media archive is a reflection of the startup's continuing growth.

Updated January 6

Premium Lock IBM declares diversity support with new rainbow logo

IBM, one of the big tech companies that spoke out against North Carolina's controversial HB2, is stepping up its support for diversity with a new rainbow logo. Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Chief Diversity Officer at IBM and a Duke graduate, unveiled the logo Friday.

IBM's diversity logo IBM's diversity logo

Updated January 6

Premium Lock Do techies hate Trump? 76% of 'elites' see best days ahead

A poll of "technology elites" and the U.S. public finds that the techies are much more optimistic about the future of their industry than the public is about the overall economy. Yet well over 50 percent of both groups are positive about the future.

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Updated January 6

Premium Lock Inside ArchiveSocial's Obama Archive deal + What about Trump?

A deal for the "Greatest Office in the Land" (White House) social media archive of President Obama can take Durham startup ArchiveSocial to "the next level," its founder says. And what about Donald Trump's tweets? "We would welcome the opportunity to service the next administration."

Anil Chawla with an award won in 2013 Anil Chawla with an award won in 2013