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6:43 a.m. today

Startup's 'Autocycle' (3-wheel cars) manufacturer finds support in NC House

​A bill to define and license three-wheeled cars, or "autocycles," whizzed through the state House on Thursday, passing a Finance Committee vote and two floor votes with little debate. An Arizona-based startup is planning to build the autocycles.

Autocycles coming to NC highways? Autocycles coming to NC highways?

6:27 a.m. today

Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off

New Microsoft logo Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off -- but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft.

Updated 6:16 a.m. today

CoLucid Pharma leaves RTP; Cree LEDs for rural areas; new Samsung, HTC phones; 'Voice'-like app; PayPal's fine

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: CoLucid Pharmaceuticals leaves the Triangle; Cree targets rural areas with new LEDs; new Samsung and HTC phones coming April 10; a new "American Idol"- or "Voice"-like app launches; and PayPal pays $7.7 fine.

5:55 a.m. today

Google pays more than $70M to hire new CFO from Morgan Stanley

Google              Google is paying its new chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, more than $70 million to defect from the same job at New York investment bank Morgan Stanley.

Tags: Google
2:22 p.m. yesterday

Roberts leaves UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jim Roberts Jim Roberts has left his position as the executive director of UNC-Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UNCW disclosed Thursday.

1:39 p.m. yesterday

Review: Sony streaming service modernizes TV, but not your bill

Starting at $50 a month, Vue offers more than 50 over-the-air and cable channels for online streaming. But you need a PlayStation game console and you still need Internet access -- likely from the same cable company you're trying to ditch. If you press, your pay-TV company might offer a slimmed-down TV package that's comparable to Sony's in price and lineup. Here's a review.

Digital Life Review Sony Playstation TV Digital Life Review Sony Playstation TV

Tags: Internet
9:43 a.m. yesterday

Cleantech-Internet of Things convergence driving innovation in Triangle

Cleantech At a networking event put on by the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster on Tuesday, several companies discuss how their "Internet of Things" related technology provides a boost to cleantech. Meanwhile, three Wake Tech students win a contest where they demonstrate how to use big data.

9:26 a.m. yesterday

Forbes: Quintiles, SAS, Citrix, Google, UNC Health among top employers

Forbes  In a survey of 20,000 American workers, several technology and life science companies as well as other employers with strong North Carolina connections crack the top ranks of "Forbes' "America's Best Employers" list. Among them: Quintiles, SAS, Citrix, Google, Apple as well as three health systems and two universities.

Updated 9:01 a.m. yesterday

Busy tech events calendar for Triangle: The latest update

Social networking Thanks to the folks at Innovate Raleigh, here's a listing of all the technology (and some other) networking events, meetups and conferences coming up over the next few months. April is especially busy.

7:38 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Inside Red Hat earnings: New products add power, revenue to arsenal

Red Hat's latest earnings report on Wednesday demonstrates the broadening reach of the Hatters' open-source based wealth of products with new offerings helping boost revenue for the 52nd consecutive quarter. Technology Business Research Analyst Andrew Smith provides an in-depth analysis.

Red Hat's open cloud solution vs. "closed" Red Hat's open cloud solution vs. "closed"

6:19 a.m. yesterday

Facebook's Messenger app to mix business with more pleasure

Mark Zuckerberg talks Facebook Messenger update In an effort to pull off the transformation, Facebook Inc. is opening Messenger so outside programmers can build features tailored for the service. By the end of April, Messenger will also be adding the ability to display store receipts and shipping information to help consumers keep track of their interactions with merchants and other businesses.

6:11 a.m. yesterday

Silicon Valley sexual discrimination lawsuit goes to jury

Silicon Valley Sexual Discrimination  ​Jurors were set to begin their second day of deliberations on Thursday in a gender-bias case that has drawn attention to the treatment of women in Silicon Valley.

6:05 a.m. yesterday

Raleigh startup Stealz lands $1M through offering good deals

The Raleigh social media engagement startup lines up national and regional restaurant chains as customers - including McDonald's - and new investors. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman has the details.

The Stealz team The Stealz team

Updated 7:52 a.m. yesterday

Red Hat continues earnings run, to buy back $500M in shares

Jim Whitehurst Red Hat again exceeded Wall Street expectations, reporting fourth-quarter 2014 earnings of $48 million, or 26 cents a share, compared with $45 million, or 24 cents a share in the year ago quarter. The Hatters also announced a $500 million stock buyback program.

2:33 p.m. Wednesday

Facebook's Messenger app adding more ways to connect

Facebook  ​Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications channel as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company's ubiquitous social network.

11:14 a.m. Wednesday

Bull City Cool Food Hub wins $25,000 Triangle Community Foundation grant

Triangle Community Foundation Bull City Cool Food Hub Collaboration is the winner of the "What Matters Innovation Award" from the Triangle Community Foundation. The group receives $25,000.

11:02 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Progress! Forbes' Midas List for top VCs includes 3 women in top 25

How ironic that the latest "Midas List" of the top 100 venture capitalists is published in the midst of the closing arguments at the huge sexual bias lawsuit against global VC powerhouse Kleiner Perkins. Interestingly, a Kleiner Perkins exec is one of the five women on the list, reports Forbes.

10:24 a.m. Wednesday

Life beyond GSK: The entrepreneurial career options

Biotech   At an event put on by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and supported by GlaxoSmithKline, more than 300 people who are losing their jobs at GSK through layoffs gathered to hear about possible options for future employment. "There is life beyond GSK," former GlaxoWellcome CEO Robert Ingram tells the crowd.

7:01 a.m. Wednesday

Cary's Dude Solutuions acquires senior living solution software firm

SchoolDude is in the clouds after $100M deal Just a year ago, Dude Solutions, best known for its SchoolDude product suite, raised $100 million. Today, the Cary-based firm disclosed an acquisition - the buying of Canada-based Windmill Software and its "TheWorxHub," a senior living solution.

Tags: Startups
6:44 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Inside Oracle's earnings: Currency headwinds - i.e. strong dollar - cut into profits

Oracle Analysis: Currency headwinds and continued new software license stagnation put a damper on strong cloud performance, writes Meeghan McGrath, an analyst with Technology Business Research.