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

Updated November 16

TechBreakfast expanding in RTP with job fair, expo

TechBreakfast, which is part of TechCombustion, an organization focusing on networking events in several high-tech markets across the country, is expanding in the Triangle. The organization will be putting on a job fair and expo next month in Raleigh.

Networking at a TechBreakfast Networking at a TechBreakfast

Updated November 15

SAS new frontier: CodeSnaps, teaching kids code to control robots

SAS is introducing its CodeSnaps for students to learn code for controlling robots at a Raleigh school today as part of SAS Curriculum Pathways - just in time for Christmas.

Some robot toys from Sphero Some robot toys from Sphero

November 14

Catching up with Lizzie Hazeltine, from Startup Factory to interim editor at ExitEvent

Best known for her former role at The Startup Factory, Lizzy Hazeltine has a new job - at least temporarily. She's interim editor at ExitEvent, filling in for Laura Baverman who has taken maternity leave. Here's our Q&A with Lizzy, someone WRAL TechWire admires for her feisty attitude.

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Updated November 8

CED reports $175M through 62 capital deals in Q3

Venture Capital     Entrepreneurial companies across North Carolina raised $175 million in capital across 62 deals in the third quarter, according to a new report from the Council for Entrepreneurial development. That's much higher than three other VC-focused reports but very close to the total reported by the National Venture Capital Association.

Updated November 7

Google to offer real-time election returns for North Carolina

You won't have to watch local TV or stay tuned to a web site in order to track all or just the North Carolina election returns that interest you on Tuesday thanks to a partnership between the Internet giant and the State Board of Elections.

Early voting results in NC Early voting results in NC

Updated November 4

NetApp cuts 6% of work force, won't say how many layoffs to hit RTP

NetApp is laying off 650 workers but won't say how many cuts will be made in RTP. A company spokesperson says it won't meet job targets set when it committed to expansion in return for tax incentives.

NetApp outlines its hybrid cloud service NetApp outlines its hybrid cloud service

Updated November 3

Premium Lock Lenovo exec: Shifting data center, other leaders are moves to 'optimize talent'

Emilio Ghilardi, a relative newcomer himself to top management ranks at Lenovo, says the management shifts and additions disclosed Thursday are designed to "best optimize" the tech giant's internal talent and at the same time bring in new players.

Emilio Ghilardi  Emilio Ghilardi

November 2

Premium Lock Why is RTP such an agtech hot spot? Accelerator CEO explains

Investors are always looking for good "deal flow," and the Research Triangle region certainly is providing that for the new AgTech Accelerator. Its CEO says more than 150 "technologies" have been reviewed since a May launch. Why is RTP germinating so may ideas?

John Dombrosky John Dombrosky

Updated November 2

Premium Lock AgTech Accelerator closes on $8.5M in additional capital

RTP's emerging AgTech Accelerator is gearing up for business with a total of $20 million in funding. Itself a new venture, the agtech-focused venture on Wednesday disclosed raising another $8.5 million. Its top exec says two to three "well-capitalized" startups will be launched per year.

A rendering of the AgTech Accelerator A rendering of the AgTech Accelerator

Updated November 1

Premium Lock CED counters HB2 blowback with positive 'WhyNC' campaign

North Carolina's destination as a location for new jobs - especially in high-tech - has been battered and bruised since the passage of HB2. But the Council for Entrepreneurial Development through the voices of its members is trying to counter the avalanche of bad publicity with a "WhyNC" campaign.

CED's WhyNC campaign CED's WhyNC campaign

Updated October 31

Premium Lock Lenovo to launch 'Kung Fu' smartphone Nov. 8

Did you see the Lenovo smartphone ad during the World Series? Lenovo is trying to spark new life in its ailing smartphone business with a new powerful phone nicknamed "Kung Fu" and other new devices.

Updated October 28

Premium Lock Lenovo unveils first US smartphone; 3D version coming Nov. 1

Lenovo is now selling its first Lenovo-branded smartphone in the U.S. and is preparing to launch the first augmented reality phone on Nov. 1, the company confirms. The new "Phab" devices are part of Lenovo's efforts to turn around its struggling phone business.

Updated October 27

Premium Lock In shots at Google Fiber, AT&T touts fiber growth, says it reaches 150K Triangle locations

Shortly after Google Fiber announced a pause in its network expansion as well as layoffs and a change in CEO, AT&T responds with a blog post and information that takes thinly disguised shots at its rival. Plus, AT&T boasts how far and fast its network has grown in the Triangle and elsewhere. This is the latest in flame wars between the two companies who have feuded quite bluntly in recent months.

AT&T's growing fiber footprint AT&T's growing fiber footprint

Updated October 27

Premium Lock Find out how to grow a gigabit ecosystem at WTW's Wilson event

Turning a former tobacco town into the first gigabit Internet ecosystem in North Carolina - that's the evolution taking place right now in the city of Wilson. And WRAL TechWire is highlighting the transformation with its next Executive Exchange event with broadband expert Blair Levin delivering the keynote. Plus, two jam-packed panels will talk about their first-hand experiences in the transformation.

Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem

Updated October 26

Premium Lock Want a job at SAS? Here's what they are looking for

Looking for a job? Like to work at SAS which is No. 2 on the world's Great Place to Work list? SAS is hiring - and not just data scientists or engineers. SAS explains the qualities of people the Cary-based software firm is looking for. Plus, SAS offers some tips on how to get noticed. Be warned: The competition for jobs is fierce.

Fitness center at SAS Fitness center at SAS

Updated October 26

Premium Lock Google Fiber halts expansion but 'work will continue' in Triangle, Charlotte

The head of Google Fiber is stepping down and GF is halting plans to expand to other cities. However, GF says construction will continue in metro areas such as the Triangle and Charlotte where "our work with continue," GF's top exec says. Expansion also is still planned in the Triangle beyond Morrisville where service launched in September.

Google Fiber in Triangle Google Fiber in Triangle

October 25

Premium Lock Allyson Sutton begins writing new pages in post-HQ Raleigh career

Over the past four years the name Allyson Sutton became synonymous with HQ Raleigh as its spokesperson and very active advocate. She recently left HQ, embarking on a writing career, saying "Words are my passion." Allyson talks at length about her days at HQ, some of her favorite memories as well as regrets and what she wants to do in the future.

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Updated October 25

Premium Lock Study: RTP among lowest-cost sites to lure advanced manufacturing

High-tech manufacturing jobs are going to be returning to the U.S. in what's known as "onshoring," and the Triangle could be a prime destination for employers due to much lower costs as well as a variety of other benefits - from environment to intellectual capital - says a new study.

Plant costs: RTP vs. Silicon Valley Plant costs: RTP vs. Silicon Valley

October 24

Premium Lock Report: Pentagon warns against use of Lenovo gear, citing cybersecurity, China

Lenovo      A recent report from the Pentagon's "intelligence directorate" warns against Defense Department use of Lenovo gear, citing cybersecurity concerns. That's according to a story today in the Washington Free Beacon by author and intelligence expert Bill Gertz. A N.C. Congressman says he is concerned about the report.

Updated October 24

Premium Lock Inside Charlotte's startup scene: Surging - but with growing pains

WRAL TechWire traces its 15-year-old heritage to Charlotte where a group of entrepreneurs came together in 2001 to launch in 2002 what was then called Local Tech Wire. Last week, Allan Maurer - one of LTW's founders - returned to the Queen City to report on its booming entrepreneurial community. But as he found out, there are growing pains.

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