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

Updated June 26

Premium Lock Centerline Digital, HQ Raleigh partner in creating 31K SF 'shared economy' workspace

Ever-growing HQ Raleigh is striking a new partnership with Raleigh-based Centerline Digital to create a 31,000 square foot "shared economy" workplace in Raleigh's Glenwood area.

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Updated June 23

Premium Lock Drones in DC: PrecisionHawk CEO shares face time with Trump

Michael Chasen, the recently named CEO of Raleigh drone startup PrecisionHawk, went to the White House on Thursday for some face-to-face time with President Trump. He asks the President to consider less regulation for the drone industry.

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Updated June 21

Premium Lock Bulls on the run: Wall Street analysts, investors rush to Red Hat

Bullish     Tuesday evening, Red Hat beat the Street. And so began the night of the red-hot Hatters. Starting at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, Wall Street analysts began jumping on the Red Hat bandwagon just hours after investors drove up Hatter shares by 10 percent. By noon Wednesday, 13 different analysts had either raised their target prices for Red Hat or upgraded the stock to "Buy."

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June 21

Premium Lock Exclusive: Refreshed board, new leadership to reshape CED's strategy to boost entrepreneurs

With a new CEO and an executive board reshaped and refreshed by 21 new members, the new chair of the CED's leadership is planning to "refine the organization's strategy and approach." Why? Because opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs "have changed quite a bit over the last 10 years."

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Updated June 19

Premium Lock Apprenticeships a 'triple bottom line' for employers

Former senior Lenovo and IBM executive Tom Looney is driving apprenticeship programs at Wake Tech, hoping to provide more opportunities for the community college's students as well as workers to be hired by Triangle employers needing skilled talent.

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Updated June 16

Premium Lock 'It's in our blood:' NCSU's Sheats talks importance of entrepreneurship

NCSU Entrepreneurship Clinic Lewis Sheats is adding some new hats to his task as a leader of entrepreneurship at N.C. State. In an exclusive interview, Sheats talks about his growing role, which was announced Thursday, and why NCSU is so keen on helping students become entrepreneurs.

Updated June 16

Premium Lock Exclusive: Former Lenovo exec Tom Looney talks apprenticeships, giving back

Tom Looney, the retired senior executive at Lenoovo who championed bringing business to North Carolina, is in his latest career seeking to boost the state through apprenticeships for Wake Tech Community College at area employers. In an exclusive Q&A, Looney talks about giving back and how apprenticeships could help address a growing need for skilled workers.

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June 14

Premium Lock Smart Gigabit Communities pitch event seeks to boost to NC innovation economy

A host of promising, emerging new startups are pitching for prizes and publicity at the Smart Gigabit Communities Reverse Pitch event in the Triad. Joel Bennett, a driving force behind the event. which is backed by North State, IBM, RIoT, the North Carolina Next Generation Network, has also put together a new investment club focused on startups. He talks about both in an exclusive interview.

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Updated June 14

Premium Lock Apprenticeships: A solution for employers AND job seekers

North Carolina community colleges are stepping up their efforts to deal with a growing skilled labor shortage through apprenticeship programs. And President Trump, the apprentice in chief from his days as the TV show host, is calling for every high school to offer apprentice programs. But is this an answer to America's labor shortage? NCSU Economist Dr. Michael Walden sees pros and cons.

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Updated June 13

Premium Lock Money Magazine: Raleigh's Republic Wireless offers best basic plan

Raleigh's five-year-old startup Republic Wireless earns the top accolades from Money Magazine in its review of wireless service plans. Here's why.

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June 8

Premium Lock Hey, Lowe's - Consider The Skinny an 'outsourced' customer after offshoring jobs

Layoffs        For years, The Skinny has been a very loyal customer at Lowe's buying everything from appliances to flowers, fertilizer to tools. No more. The Mooresville-based company says it is laying off some 125 IT workers, and "many" positions are being outsourced to India. So The Skinny is outsourcing home improvement shopping elsewhere. It's time to take a stand.

Updated June 8

Premium Lock Triangle places No. 5 in top 25 'Tech Cities' report

The Research Triangle metro region places No. 5 in a new study of "Tech Cities" from international corporate real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, which specializes on the high-tech sector.

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Updated June 7

Premium Lock Report: Lenovo's server revenues, shipments plunge

Despite changes in management and sales strategy, Lenovo is not changing the trends in its sales and shipment numbers for its Triangle-based server business group, a new report shows.

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June 7

Premium Lock Report: Health sciences contribute $3.7B to NC economy

Biotech & Life Science As the General Assembly mulls possible cuts to the N.C. Biotechnology Center's budget, a new report from RTI International finds that global health-related work contributed $3.7 billion to the state's economy. Plus: Read the report's abstract.

Updated June 7

Premium Lock IoT survey: Ubiquitous connectivity a temptation and a threat we can't ignore

Want to withdraw from the brave new world coming through the ubiquitous connectivity where you are connected to everything? Fat chance. A new survey from Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew Internet Project finds that the IoT meets people's craving for "connection and convenience" yet at the same time "unplugging is nearly impossible" for those who worry about security and privacy. But there is hope that the IoT will be made safer.

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Updated June 7

Premium Lock Bummer report: NC economy ranks only 15th among 50 states

N.C. flag               For a state that usually ranks at the top of "lists" such as best places to do business, live, and much more, a new lone isn't nearly as positive. North Carolina isn't hitting its weight in terms of economic strength. The state is the nation's ninth largest in terms of population but ranks only 15th in economic power, according to a new study.

Updated June 2

Premium Lock 'Find your stuff:' Startup WISER turns IoT into real-time locator (+ videos)

Talk about addressing of "pain points." WISER, a Raleigh startup, is helping people and companies improve inventory tracking with wireless Internet of Things technology. It all started when CEO and founder Dr. Elaine Rideout, a professor at NCSU, got tired of constantly misplacing her reading glasses.

Updated June 1

Premium Lock Lenovo, other Triangle tech firms recruit Wake Tech interns for IT jobs

As high-tech and other firms search to fill information technology job openings, Wake Tech is stepping up efforts to place paid interns at Triangle companies. Lenovo is committing to hire 12 per semester - and a former Lenovo exec is leading the charge to place more interns elsewhere.

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May 31

Premium Lock American Underground exec explains why Big Top deal boosts startups

Adam Klein The biggest news in the Triangle's startup economy Tuesday came when The American Underground disclosed the acquisition of Chris Heivly's Big Top reverse job fair and recruiting platform. The AU's top exec talks with The Skinny about why AU made the deal.

May 30

Premium Lock Chris Heivily talks about selling Big Top, his 'new gig'

Chris Heivly "Ring master" Chris Heivily talks to The Skinny about why he decided to sell his "Big Top" jobs platform and events to The American Underground. But don't get your hopes up that the move means new life for The Startup Factory.