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Google Fiber formally disclosed launching the construction of its Triangle network today, but it's starting from behind. However, J. Erik Garr, the head of Google Fiber for the Triangle, says the company is ready to take on competition such as AT&T and Frontier, which have a big head start in the gigabit Internet market. He also talks about a wide number of issues in a Q&A with WRAL TechWire.
After years of lobbying for Google Fiber then waiting for service once the Triangle was picked as a site, the news many Triangle residents and businesses have hoped for is official: Construction of a 5,700 mile fiber-optic high-speed Internet and entertainment network by Google is finally getting under way.
In light of the recent massacre in Charleston, a company in the U.S. would be well advised to stay away from a "Killer" campaign. But Lenovo is hyping what appears to be a new smartphone "Killer" in India and is offering a contest in which smartphone users can "bury" their old devices. Smart? Distasteful?
How badly did red Hat want Frank Calderoni, the former chief financial officer of Cisco, to become its new CFO? Try $13.5 million in cash and stock - plus an annual salary of $685,000 and an annual bonus potentially matching that salary.
So will North Carolina gain anew venture capital fund? Will the budget of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center be slashed to zero? Will crowdfunding ever pass? What will happen in terms of economic incentives? Bottom line: Who will fight for what to get passage?
The budget from the North Carolina Senate zeroes-out funding for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. And the Republican leader says it's time for the hub of the state's growing biotech and life science cluster to "live on it's own." The Biotech Center CEO warns it can't. Now it's up to the House to save funding in final budget negotiations.
Biotech Center CEO on budget cut: 'We don't want life sciences to go the way of textiles, tobacco and furniture ...'
The proposed N.C. Senate budget calls for a zeroing-out of all financial support for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. That wipe out would have a big impact on the state's life science industry, warns Biotech Center CEO Doug Edgeton.
Startups in the Triangle will be able to earn some first-hand attention and advice from Fidelity Labs, the "innovation catalyst" and R&D group for the financial services giant. It's opening an office at the American Underground's downtown Durham office. Who knows, the Lab might just open the door to a Fidelity capital investment, too.
North Carolina's Biotechnology Center budget would be zeroed out - a slash of $13.6 million - under a proposed budget plan released by the N.C. Senate. The Biotech Center is scrambling to recover, noting that the House budget includes funding. Just two years ago, the Center, which helps fund startups and research all over the state and is a key factor to N.C.'s growing life science industry, was funded at $17.2 million.
Jim Roberts has new plans for entrepreneurship and startups in the Wilmington area even though his tenure as head of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNC-Wilmington ended in March. What's he up to other than putting on two events designed to drum up investor interest?
Promising to help wireless customers to break contracts without paying early termination fees and setting up a new account within seven days, Raleigh-based CellBreaker formally launched service Thursday. Right now, customers can use CellBreaker "for free."
WRAL's Mark Binker reports that economic development is moving again in the General Assembly. However, there's nothing apparently going to happen quickly on two other items entrepreneurs and investors are wanting. But in other startup news, Uber makes a regulatory play. There's also news on renewable energy credits.
So what's the biggest risk in taking the 'female Viagra" from Raleigh's Sprout Pharmaceuticals if the FDA approves it? Having the pharmacist say over the PA system: "Female Viagra for Linda." So says Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.
There's good news for workers wanting raises as well as for people seeking work in a new survey from Duke University and CFO Magazine: Companies are hiring more full-time workers and outsourcing less. Meanwhile, wages are expected to rise more 3 percent.
CellBreaker, the Raleigh-based startup that aims to help people break cellphone contracts with no early termination fees, is launching a new service Thursday: A "contract justice marketplace" where wireless customers can switch carriers and service providers can gain new customers.
Epic Games, the Cary-based gaming technology company that Apple showers with love, showcased the latest updates of its next big game on Monday on Apple's big stage. But the game is still a long way from being released, and the people wanting Zombie combat are getting antsy.
North Carolina's General Assembly continues to drag its collective feet on crowdfunding legislation even as other states such as Texas continue to embrace the means of providing more people access to investment in startups. And frustration in the entrepreneurial community is growing. Plus, no news on a new $120 million venture fund. What in blazes is the holdup?
A new entrepreneurship study from the Kauffman Foundation omits any mention of the startup hot spot known as the Triangle? Why? Because Raleigh and Durham aren't considered to be one metro statistical area. Another study also breaks the Triangle in half, triggering data that could - make that should - be a lot better. When will triangle leaders act?
Sprout Pharmaceuticals scored a major victory in its battle with the FDA to win approval for a so-called "female Viagra." But in arousing support for flibanserin with an aggressive "Even the Score" campaign that even included Congressional support, Sprout angered the FDA. How will the drug agency respond when a final decision is made in August?
UNC-Chapel Hill graduate Chuck Robbins unveils the management team he wants when he takes over as Cisco CEO next month. The group of 10 doesn't include Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior and other familiar Cisco names.