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Updated January 14, 2016

Premium Lock X-Co answer: PPD spins off X-Chem, which it acquired in 2014

X-Chem PPD has wrapped up the spin-off X-Chem to its private equity owners, the Wilmington company says. The X-Chem deal was behind the "X-Co Holdings LP" mystery that unfolded after an SEC filing.

Updated January 14, 2016

Premium Lock Mysterious 'X-Co' in Wilmington raises $71M in PPD spinoff

Questions Just in time for the return of the "X Files" on Fox, a mysterious "X-Co Holdings" company has emerged from the shadows in Wilmington, N.C. X-Co has numerous links to PPD and its private equity owners. PPD spun off a company, X-Chem.

January 13, 2016

Premium Lock Informatica completes management reshuffle, formally announces ex-SAS exec as CMO

Big data firm Informatica, which has a growing footprint in the Triangle, has completed its management shakeup after going private last summer. Former SAS Chief Marketing Officer Jim Davis is part of the big four in changes that include a permanent title for the CEO, a new board chair and a new chief financial officer.

Jim Davis  Jim Davis

Updated January 13, 2016

Premium Lock Lenovo drives up PC sales in US even as global sales decline

Global personal computer sales fell in 2015 for the fourth consecutive year, but there's good news for No. 1 seller Lenovo in the data. The company drove up sales in the U.S. and also grew its worldwide market share even as net sales dropped.

A Lenovo gaming-geared laptop   A Lenovo gaming-geared laptop

January 12, 2016

Premium Lock CEO: Backed with new funding, 2016 'critical year' for WedPics

The honeymoon is over and it's time to get down to real business at WedPics. Justin Miller, co-founder and CEO of fast-growing photo app developer WedPics, and his company face a key challenge in 2016: Moving from the hype of a well-financed startup to proving themselves as a viable business. Can they do it?

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Updated January 11, 2016

Premium Lock Epic Games apologizes, makes 'fix' to registrations after Muslim name rejected

Cary-based video game and technology developer Epic Games says it is making changes in its registration process after a Muslim name - Muhammad Khan - was rejected from signing up for a beta test of a forthcoming game. Epic owner, co-founder and CEO issued an apology.

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Updated January 11, 2016

Premium Lock Medfusion (David), Allscripts (Goliath) declare peace - but who won? Anyone?

Medfusion says it has settled its multi-million lawsuit with Allscripts in a legal fight around whether Allscripts paid all the money due the Cary firm under a services contract. But which company prevailed? A top Triangle tech attorney offers his insight - and some lessons.

Steve Malik   Steve Malik

Updated January 11, 2016

Premium Lock Investors flock to Raleigh startup WedPic's $7.3M round

The number of couples using WedPics apps for their weddings continues to skyrocket - and investors continue to be drawn to the Raleigh startup in big numbers: In money as well as is quantity. WedPics also raised $1.4 million in debt financing.

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January 11, 2016

Premium Lock Capital player: D.C. venture firm eyes more investments in Triangle

Golden egg hunt for investors  Triangle startups are drawing more attention from out-of-state investors, and here are two reasons: Some are hot (WedPics) and others through relationships with local VCs (Bull City). Alexander Pessala of Middleland Capital will be in RTP next week to talk about why. WTW has an exclusive interview.

Updated January 8, 2016

Premium Lock ELF vehicle founder: Autonomous tech won't stop culture shift against car ownership

It's been the "Detroit Auto Show West" this week at CES in Las Vegas where autonomous cars technology is generating headlines. Durham's Organic Transit with its self-and-solar-powered ELF vehicles is been there, too, and its founder - a automotive industry engineer - believes the "culture" of car ownership is changing in favor of alternatives, like the ELF, regardless of autonomous control.

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