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2:44 p.m. today

AT&T to close flooded Goldsboro call center; workers offered chance to transfer

AT&T                      AT&T is closing a call center in Goldsboro that was flooded during hurricane Matthew but the affected employees are being offered a chance to transfer to other locations. AT&T is offering them a $10,000 relocation allowance.

2:00 p.m. today

Windows 10 to bring 3-D to two-dimensional experiences

​Microsoft wants to bring life to common computing experiences by adding a third dimension to widely used software such as Windows and Office. The new tools, part of a free "Creators Update" to Windows 10 early next year, promise to make it easy for people to create and share photos, drawing and other images in 3-D.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Updated 1:31 p.m. today

SAS ranks No. 2 in global Great Place to Work list

Cary-based SAS is ranked No. 2 in the 2016 World's Best Multinational Workplaces list from the Great Place to Work institute. Rankings are based in large part on survey responses from employees.

Great Places to Work Great Places to Work

10:42 a.m. today

Premium Lock Report: AI, cognitive systems spending to skyrocket 500% by 2020

Investing in artificial intelligence and cognitive systems could be a smart move for investors as well as entrepreneurs. Why? A new report from research firm IDC projects that spending on AI and related systems will zoom more than 500 percent over the next five years.

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Updated 10:53 a.m. today

Premium Lock Charlotte-based AvidXchange raises $3.5M in new funding

Fast-growing AvidXchange, which sells accounts payable and payment automation software, has raised $3.5 million in new financing.

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7:52 a.m. today

Premium Lock Rotting Apple? Revenue, profit declines show weakening influence + A graphical view

Apple  Analysis: Apple's latest revenue and profit declines show its influence on the devices market is weakening, says Technology Business Research analyst Jack Narcotta. Plus: See a graphical review of its results and financials.

7:24 a.m. today

Tech extravaganza All Things Open opens in Raleigh

All Things Open All Things Open, a two-day event focusing on the latest developments in technology, opens in Raleigh today. Plus, Wednesday night, the Internet of Things RIoT is hosting an event that it says will feature the largest collection of IoT gadget demos "in the country."

2:07 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock NC startup aiming to turn waves into freshwater launches fundraiser

A Wilmington startup with what it calls "environmentally conscious desalination technology that turns wave energy into fresh, clean water" launches a fundraising campaign.

12:52 p.m. yesterday

UNC executive to lead Institute for Emerging Issues

Leslie Boney III, vice president of international, community and economic engagement for the University of North Carolina system, has been named director of the Institute for Emerging Issues.

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10:35 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock What's driving augmented reality? The top 5 trends

A new report from Juniper Research spells out the five key categories of demand that are driving augmented reality (AR) from a fad to real business.

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9:46 a.m. yesterday

Google Express expands shopping, delivery service to NC

Google Express Google is expanding its Google Express online market and delivery service to North Carolina as well as several other southeastern states. Users have a choice of paying a fee per order or a monthly charge or an annual service fee.

9:21 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Latest hack underscores need for cybersecurity investment (+ video recap of attack)

Analysis: Enabled by the increased connectivity of the Internet of Things and the growing ubiquity of digital transformation initiatives, last week's major Internet attack indicates that such assaults will become more frequent as nation-states and rogue actors seek to undermine Western institutions, similar to the highly publicized hacking efforts focused on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

9:09 a.m. yesterday

18F - Washington's version of Silicon Valley startup - founders

The White House ​The Obama administration's "18F" program to create its own version of a high-tech startup for government digital projects has foundered since its launch in 2014, losing nearly $32 million as its staff spent most of its time on unbillable work, according to a new inspector general report published Monday.

9:04 a.m. yesterday

Cyberattack triggers Chinese firm's huge IoT device recall

Disruptive Cyberattack A Chinese electronics maker that has recalled millions of products sold in the U.S. said Tuesday that it did all it could to prevent a massive cyberattack that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.

7:34 a.m. yesterday

K4Connect lands $8M investment from Intel

​It's no secret that Scott Moody and Jonathan Gould are on a mission with their team at K4Connect. On Monday, the duo made good on their plans to secure institutional capital and strategic partnerships to rapidly scale their connected home venture.

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7:27 a.m. yesterday

Medical device startup Anutra raises $2.3M

North Carolina Business News Wire Anutra Medical, ​a Morrisville-based company raised $2.3 million from nine investors, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.