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

Updated January 12

Rometty launches major reorganization within IBM

Virginia Rometty   An internal memo from Chair and CEO Ginny Rometty outlines a big shakeup in how IBM is structured, and various reports add other details. "Our industry is rapidly re-ordering," Rometty told IBMers in a memo, and so is Big Blue as she remakes the company in her image for the future.

Tags: IBM
Updated January 9

Premium Lock Wall Street analysts bid gracious farewell to Red Hat's retiring CFO

Red Hat threw analysts a curve ball when announcing earnings last month, disclosing in a conference call that long-time chief financial officer Charlie Peters was retiring. Their comments reflect respect on the Street for what Peters has helped the Hatters accomplish. So what did they have to say?

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Tags: Red Hat
Updated January 8

Premium Lock Scot Wingo finds another way to boost a startup: He joins board at 3D firm

Scot Wingo not only runs ChannelAdvisor, which he took public, but also actively invests in startups. He hopes to help other entrepreneurs succeed as he has. But his latest move means offering even more formal advice . Wingo is the latest board member at South Carolina-based ZVerse.

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Updated January 7

Premium Lock Buyout news puts damper on Lenovo's gadget show parties

Lenovo in recent years has turned the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas into one big party - from award-winning products to champagne-laced kickoffs. But today rain fell in the form of news that Lenovo is offering buyouts to veteran employees. While execs celebrate in Vegas, workers are mulling whether to take the money of a buyout and run or face the possibility of being laid off.

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Updated January 7

Lenovo offering buyouts to veteran workers to 'remain competitive'

Lenovo, its work force swollen by several thousand employees after two major acquisitions in 2014, is offering buyouts to veteran workers. The world's No. 1 PC manufacturer says the offers are voluntary and includes several business units.

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December 29, 2014

Premium Lock China's Xiaomi raises $1B, now has 3-times value of Lenovo

Watch out, Lenovo. An old enemy is even stronger. Lenovo recently grabbed third place in the global smartphone marketplace after closing on its Motorola Mobility acquisition. But the tech giant faces an even stronger threat from China-based Xiamoi, which has just raised $1 billion and is aiming to retake that third spot.

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Updated December 26, 2014

Premium Lock So what's trending in tech for 2015? A new report says ...

Inventing the future So what's trending for 2015? A new report from J. Walter Thompson (a 150-year-old marketing and communications firm) offers a look across a broad scope of life science, e-commerce, technology and more.

Updated December 19, 2014

Premium Lock Humbug! Google delays fiber news until 'after the holidays'

Are you tired of reading about whether Google Fiber is coming to the Triangle? Apparently a lot of your are, based on a survey - albeit a small one - published Thursday. But guess what? You have to wait a while longer, says Google. No fiber present yet.

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December 17, 2014

Premium Lock RTP's new era nears launch: 'The Frontier' to premier Jan. 15

Less than a year after acquiring a 100-acre tract of land along I-40, the Research Triangle Foundation is set to unveil the hub of its massive redevelopment project on Jan. 15. The site plan is complete and site work begins in the New Year, says RTP's CEO Bob Geolas.

The Frontier set to open Jan. 15 The Frontier set to open Jan. 15

Updated December 16, 2014

Premium Lock Nov. open high-tech jobs in NC at highest level in 3 years

The average number of advertised information technology jobs across North Carolina fell slightly in November from October. But look at the good news: The daily average is higher than in the same month each of the previous two years.

Tracking open IT jobs in N.C. Tracking open IT jobs in N.C.

Updated December 12, 2014

Premium Lock Winston-Salem startup joins fight against Ebola with eData

Another North Carolina company is joining the fight in the field against Ebola, but this time not as a provider of a possible vaccine. Winston-Salem based Clinical Ink is being used by a number of firms in the Ebola battle to provide clinical trial data safely through its eData platform.

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December 11, 2014

Premium Lock Tech giants warn: Just say 'No' to net regulation

A consortium of big tech companies including Cisco and IBM - but not Google - warn Congress and the FCC that Internet regulation as proposed by President Obama will "hurt" broadband expansion and lead to "reduced capital spending."

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Updated December 10, 2014

Premium Lock Be fit, be smart: Check data accuracy before buying that wearable for Christmas

Is a wearable fitness device on your Christmas shopping list, or has your partner asked for one? If so, be a smart shopper and check out just how accurate the health data is that those devices buy. Isn't that more important than whether it's cool? But a recent survey says many buyers don't consider accuracy the most important factor in a buying decision. Really?

Who owns fitness bands Who owns fitness bands

Updated December 9, 2014

Premium Lock No Google Fiber news today; Raleigh exec 'still expecting year-end decision'

Gail Roper, chief information officer for the City of Raleigh, says she is "still expecting a year-end decision" about whether Google Fiber will chose the Triangle for an ultra-fast Internet network. A Google exec at the event says "no announcements today."

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Tags: Broadband
Updated December 9, 2014

Premium Lock VCs launch a diversity task force - years too late but better than never

The lack of diversity among the ranks of professional venture capitalists and their companies has been a disgrace for years. Finally, the National Venture Capital Association is launching a "Diversity Task Force." But like the technology industry on which it focuses, the NVCA has a lot of work to do to change its almost-all white, male labor force. By the way, a Durham VC is serving on the group.

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December 8, 2014

Premium Lock Fiber event shines spotlight on RTP as gigabit era begins

Fiber optic network                   Talk about good timing. The Fiber to the Home Council is putting on a two-day conference in Raleigh starting Tuesday. And it comes just hours after AT&T became the first provider saying it is offering service in Raleigh. Google Fiber news could loom, too. Meanwhile, Frontier continues its fiber rollout in Durham. For people wanting faster Internet, a new era is dawning,

December 8, 2014

Premium Lock Shark Tank investor bets $20,000 on Raleigh startup WedPics

Barbara Corcoran is putting her money where her opinions have been: On the line in Raleigh startup WedPics, a fast-growing photo sharing service. She's said on the show she likes Wed Pics. Now she confirms investing $20,000 in Justin Miller's company.

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Updated December 5, 2014

Premium Lock Key lessons from WedPic's high-profile financing

WedPics founder and CEO Justin Miller laughingly refers to himself as that "tattooed guy" when he talks about what some investors have called him. Now he should be called the "Silicon Valley-approved tattooed guy" after WedPic's latest financing. But he also got plenty of help from friends in the Triangle in lining up big-name investors. How did he leverage that networking? And what did one early backer do to help? What are the lessons for other Triangle startups? Our Insiders get the story.

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Updated December 5, 2014

Premium Lock Startup WedPics raises $4.25M, is looking to boost staff

Raleigh-based photo sharing service WedPics pulls in $4.25 million in new funding and plans to "massively scale the company," says CEO Justin Miller. He's also looking to hire, growing WedPics staff by some 25 percent.

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Updated December 5, 2014

Premium Lock GSK cuts a 'severe blow' to RTP, says science blogger at forefront of layoff reports

Dr. Derek Lowe, a veteran pharmaceutical scientist and long-time Internet blogger, was among the first to report details of GSK's 20% job force reduction in RTP. Fed information from friends and contacts within the industry, he has written several insightful blogs about what's happening at the drug giant and across the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in R&D. And he tells WRAL TechWire that GSK's cuts are a "severe blow" to the Triangle.