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Updated 7:38 a.m. Friday

Lenovo to discontinue Vibe phone brand, focus on Motorola, media say

Motoorola's new phones   Tech media is filled today with reports that Lenovo is moving ahead with plans to focus more attention of its Motorola brand at the expense of Vibe. The news follows recent announcements that clearly stated Lenovo will count on Motorola as its lead developer in the global smartphone battle.

7:14 a.m. Friday

Premium Lock Inside NetApp: New campaign targets EMC as revenue falter

Analysis: Competition between two tech giants with a major presence in RTP is heating up as NetApp launches a new campaign targeting EMC, reports analyst Stephen Belanger. IBM, HP and Dell also are mounting more pressure on NetApp, he says.

Inside NetApp's new RTP lab Inside NetApp's new RTP lab

7:02 a.m. Friday

Yahoo's CEO Mayer is running out of time to turn things around

"This is like an 'emperor has no clothes' situation," says Eric Jackson, a Yahoo shareholder and managing director of the New York hedge fund Ader Investment Management. "The company and the shareholders would be better served with her [Marissa Mayer] leaving."

Yahoo Follies? Yahoo Follies?

Updated 7:18 a.m. Friday

Report: Raleigh-based PrecisionHawk testing drone air traffic control system

The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom reports that Raleigh-based PrecisionHawk is developing a new air traffic control system for drones.

A PrecisionHawk drone. A PrecisionHawk drone.

10:45 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Inside HP: Tech giant ends single-company status with revenue, profit declines

HP Analysis: HP's earnings results from its last quarter as a single company underscore its need to realign around changes in the global PC and data center markets., says analyst Stephen Belanger of Technology Business Research.

9:48 a.m. Thursday

US officials signal move toward embracing self-driving cars

Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public's hands.

Up close to a Google car Up close to a Google car

Updated 9:44 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock 'Tis the season for cybersecurity: Tips and strategies for retailers during the holiday season

This year ecommerce holiday sales are expected to jump to record levels. While connectivity is opening doors for buyers and businesses and all this growth has it perks, it comes with consequences--the cyber hacking kind. How can retailers avoid problems? Here are some tips.

Avoiding holiday hackers Avoiding holiday hackers

Updated 7:46 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Raleigh startup to tackle $100B gift card industry

Gift Card XPRESS aims to disrupt the $100 billion gift card industry by launching new platform to reduce friction for gift-givers and receivers. As the holiday season commences, will the platform catch on?

Gift Card XPRESS Pricing Gift Card XPRESS Pricing

Tags: Startups
Updated 2:17 p.m. Wednesday

Duke and UNC-CH MBA programs to host FoodCon

Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill to host FoodCon Next Tuesday, Duke's Fuqua School of Business will host the second annual FoodCon, designed to showcase latest trends in food science and agriculture.

Updated 1:47 p.m. Wednesday

New Alexandria Center to change RTP's innovation, physical landscape

New plans for the Alexandria Center for Science, Technology and Agriculture have been released, and they include a world-class life science incubator and an in-house venture fund.

Alexandria Center - RTP Alexandria Center - RTP

Updated 12:03 p.m. Wednesday

Institute for Emerging Issues to host Raleigh Discovery Forum for young entrepreneurs

Institute for Emerging Issues Discovery Forum 2015 North Carolina State University's Institute for Emerging Issues is set to host the Raleigh Discovery Forum on December 1st. The event gives young social entrepreneurs the chance to pitch business concepts and a shot at $10,000 in seed funding.

Tags: NCSU, Startups
10:48 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock The old HP closes its books with a financial whimper

HP Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) went out with a whimper Tuesday, as the venerable computer-maker issued its final quarterly earnings report as a unified tech conglomerate, showing another drop in sales for most of its business divisions.

9:26 a.m. Wednesday

Company-paid personal expenses may be income for determining child support obligations

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: A company may be the owner of an employee's residence, vehicle, cellular phone, and it may also pay other personal expenses so that the employee has a minimum level of income for income tax purposes. But these payments may still be considered income to that employee when the court calculates the employee's child support obligations.

Tags: TechLaw
Updated 9:47 a.m. Wednesday

Entrepreurs' advice: How to survive - and thrive - over the holidays

Thanksgiving from an entrepreneur Let's face it, the holidays can be rough for entrepreneurs. Mom and dad asking when you'll get a "real job," hearing complaints from friends about having to work until 7 PM like two nights a week, and navigating crowded airports and interstates. Here are some tips on how to survive-and thrive-as an entrepreneur during the holidays.

Tags: Startups
Updated 9:44 a.m. Wednesday

Microsoft: We're more male than last year

The tech giant shared diversity numbers earlier this week, and the Internet reacted. Microsoft is now 27 percent female, down 2 percent from last year.

Microsoft Diversity Report, 2015 Microsoft Diversity Report, 2015

Tags: Microsoft
Updated 9:43 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Durham startup Neuro+ teaches kids, and you, to improve attention skills

Neuro+, based in Durham, recently launched their technology, designed to help children--and adults--develop attention skills. The technology was designed with children diagnosed with ADHD in mind, yet is applicable and accessible to anyone that seeks to improve their attention skills.

Updated 9:45 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Outside RTP and downtown Raleigh, innovation still occurs in Wake County

In an interview with Wake County Economic Development's Executive Director, WRAL Tech Wire's Jason H. Parker explores programs that bolster startup communities outside of Durham, Raleigh, and RTP.

Adrienne Cole, Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development Adrienne Cole, Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development

Updated 5:03 p.m. Tuesday

Citrix to halt Startup Accelerator Program

Citrix Systems Amidst corporate changes at Citrix Systems, the company may elect to close down the Raleigh Innovators Program, a project through the Citrix Startup Accelerator, Red Hat, HQ Raleigh, the City of Raleigh, and the Cherokee Challenge.

Updated 1:08 p.m. Tuesday

Google to buy solar power from Duke Energy for NC data center

Solar energy      Google says it will voluntarily pay for renewable energy from a new Duke Energy solar farm to help power its big data center in the North Carolina city of Lenoir.

7:46 a.m. Tuesday

Global Entrepreneurship Week: a success at UNC-Chapel Hill

Global Entrepreneurship Week wound down this weekend. After 23 events, organizers and participants reflect on the experience. Some were so excited, they produced their own teaser music video.

Tags: UNC-CH, Events