The Skinny

The Skinny

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

Updated March 18, 2016

Premium Lock Janet Cowell and ChannelAdvisor's board: The State Ethics Commission's analysis

N.C. flag               The editor of WRAL TechWire threw a stink bomb into the WRAL.com newsroom when he raised questions about how could State Treasurer Janet Cowell accept a board seat and $200,000 in compensation at a private company while still holding office. On Thursday, WRAL's Mark Binker reported how Cowell could do so - with the blessing of the state's Ethics Commission. Here's what the Commission said in a "confidential formal advisory opinion."

Updated March 16, 2016

Premium Lock NC IDEA's new leader brings 'servant style' to the job

Thom Ruhe Thom Ruhe is wasting little time in putting his own imprint on NC IDEA. Monday's launch of an Ecosystem Partner Grant program is just the start of changes Ruhe will be making as the economic development group evolves into a foundation. So what qualities does he bring to the job? He explains in a Q&A.

Updated March 16, 2016

Premium Lock Time's almost up to make Full Steam Ahead Award nominations

Full Steam Ahead awards  If you want to see your company, your boss, a colleague - or even yourself - have a chance to win a Full Steam Ahead Award from WRAL TechWire, time is running out to submit nominations. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. By the way, Wilmington readers are being very active in nominations. Triangle firms, don't be left out!

Updated March 15, 2016

Premium Lock Tech leaders line up behind today's $2B NC bond vote

N.C. flag               As North Carolina voters head to the polls today to pick nominees in both major political parties, there's a non-artisan issue at stake too: A $2 billion bond issue known as Connect NC. And several tech leaders have made clear they want the bonds to pass.

March 14, 2016

Premium Lock Make your nominations, get tickets to Full Steam Ahead Awards

Full Steam Ahead awards  Registration is now open for tickets to WRAL TechWire's "Full Steam Ahead Awards." They are free - but they also are limited. And don't forget to make your nominations in our Startup and Enterprise award categories. The deadline is March 16.

March 7, 2016

Premium Lock 60 startups, emerging firms crack Southeast VC show lineup

Sixty - that's right, 60 - startups and emerging companies have made the cut to present at the 10th annual Southeast Venture Conference. Who are they? We've got the list.

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Updated March 9, 2016

Premium Lock Have you made your Full Steam Ahead Award nominations?

Full Steam Ahead awards  Time is wasting away. Who are the top entrepreneurs and tech/life science business executives in the Triangle and across the region? Which are the best startups, emerging companies and established stars? You have a chance to pick the winners in WRAL TechWire's annual Full Steam Ahead Awards. Nominations are open.

March 4, 2016

Premium Lock Stung! Microsoft fires back at Epic CEO after attack on gaming platform

Microsoft  When Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games and a recognized hall of famer in the video game industry, speaks the world listens. That includes giant Microsoft, which responded quickly to a barrage of criticism Sweeney unleashed Friday against its gaming ecosystem. Sweeney's attack also triggered a wave of headlines across news and gaming sites.

Updated March 4, 2016

Premium Lock Epic CEO blasts Microsoft PC game strategy: 'We must fight it'

Microsoft is seeking to "monopolize" game development on PCs, and the gaming industry must fight back, says Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic Games. Sweeney's broadside is reminiscent of attacks on Microsoft and "Darth Gates" in the past.

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Updated March 3, 2016

Premium Lock Cree aims to please street light critics with 'warmer' LEDs

Reacting to complaints about the brightness, harshness and appearance of its LED streetlights, Durham-based Cree is rolling out new devices that it says will provide a "warm color." They can even be dimmed.

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March 3, 2016

Premium Lock IBM confirms layoffs in what it terms 'workforce rebalancing'

IBM's Ginni Rometty        Workers at IBM began telling the media through a Facebook site that Big Blue has started another round of layoffs on Wednesday. Later, the company confirmed that layoffs had begun in what it calls "workforce rebalancing." However, IBM also denied a report that it was cutting as much as one third of its workers in the U.S.

Updated March 3, 2016

Premium Lock Execs turn sour on future of economy; optimism falls sharply

If you thought the economy has been turbulent in recent months, then fasten your seat belts. And if you are looking for a job, your chances of being hired are falling. In a new survey, hundreds of business executives turn even more bearish in their attitudes about expectations over the coming year.

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