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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 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.

Updated March 6

Maxpoint raising $75M through IPO; trading begins today

Morrisville-based MaxPoint Interactive, a technology company that boosts clients' sales through zip code-based customer data, is going public today. MaxPoint priced its shares at $11.50 on Thursday - a little lower than it had aimed for in SEC filings.

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Updated March 5

Full Steam Ahead Awards return; nominate your choices today

WRAL TechWire's "Full Steam Awards" is back. We'll be celebrating the best in North Carolina technology and life science, from the best startups to the executives who deserve recognition for remarkable achievements. And WTW readers will help. Make your nominations for the 12 awards which, true to the Full Steam theme, reflect the best engineers, even a "subway" success.

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Updated March 5

Time Warner Cable upgrades Internet speeds in response to fiber services

TWC's Triangle headquarters Time Warner Cable is reacting to ultra-fast Internet offerings from rivals AT&T and Frontier Communications as well as forthcoming service from Google Fiber by upgrading its entertainment network to all digital. TWC is tripling Internet speeds, but those fall well short of gigabit service through fiber.

Updated March 5

Premium Lock Oops! Economic survey dips for first time in two years

Bad news for job seekers: Financial executives' expectations about the economy over the coming year dropped in a new survey from the AICPA. It's the first decrease in two years. So what's causing the concern among financial executives? Multiple reasons, the survey says.

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March 4

AT&T: GigaPower is taking root across Raleigh, Cary

AT&T touts its GigaPower      Raleigh's Allister housing complex is not the only one in Raleigh where ultra-fast Internet service is now available from AT&T. There are now nine others. We've got the list.

Updated March 4

Premium Lock Report shows x86 deal paying big dividends for Lenovo

Lenovo's server sales - bolster immensely by the acquisition of IBM's x86 server business - top $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter. a jump of 743 percent. Hardware shipments surge 250 percent. Both are far higher than over industry data, which also shows a big gain for Cisco.

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Updated March 3

Connecticut launches formal investigation of Lenovo adware

One of Lenovo's flexible Yoga tablets Lenovo has issued apologies, is offering free security software monitoring, and says it will produce bloatware-free PCs in the future. But if the world's top PC maker thought the Superfish debacle was over, it's not. The lawyers and attorney generals are coming.

Updated March 3

NC biotech startups share global spotlight in Raleigh

DNA      Some 1,000 of the smartest minds in biotech, crop science, medicine and medical devices are gathering in Raleigh today and Wednesday for the annual life science conference put on by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. A whopping 53 startups will have a chance to impress the best and brightest.

Updated March 2

Premium Lock Report: NC biotech sector produces $73B, responsible for 61,000 jobs

Biotech   A newly released report from research firm Battelle documents the continuing growth of the biotech industry across North Carolina. Jobs are up, economic impact is surging, and average salaries are at $81,000. In fact, biotech employment grew more than 30 percent between 2000 and 2012 compared to an overall job growth rate of 1 percent.

Updated February 28

Premium Lock FCC to NC on broadband law: 'That dog won't hunt'

FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler dismissed criticism of taking action to override North Carolina law on municipal broadband networks: "As they say in North Carolina, that dog won't hunt." Thus, the City of Wilson gains the right to expand its fiber network. But the issue is far from settled. U.S. Senator Thom Tillis is already fighting back. Plus: "This issue is headed for the courts," says a technology think-tank executive.

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Updated February 27

Premium Lock Lenovo vows 'cyber attack' investigation but won't discuss all damage hackers did

Lenovo's website is fully accessible after being knocked offline for several hours Wednesday following a hack attack. Lenovo vows to tighten security and to find out what happened but won't discuss what all hackers - allegedly from Lizard Squad - did.

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Updated February 26

Premium Lock Lenovo website hacked; group known as Lizard Squad claims responsibility

A group of hackers called Lizard Squad is claiming responsibility for a hack of Lenovo's website on Wednesday evening. A check of Lenovo's site early Thursday found that it is back online. The hackers said they attacked Lenovo in response to the raging Superfish adware controversy.

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Updated February 25

Premium Lock IBM makes $1.5B profit on x86 server sale to Lenovo

IBM reports it is making a $1.5 billion profit in the $2.1 billion sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo. The disclosure came in IBM's annual report filed with the SEC on Tuesday.

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