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Updated 2:10 p.m. yesterday

Vijilent platform rates risks in the online sharing space

Rosanna Garcia, Vijilent co-founder When bad things happen - it can lead to the creation of a new company. North Carolina State University professor Rosanna Garcia and her family had good experiences with house-sharing networks dating back to 1989, so she signed on with Airbnb when it started. Unfortunately, when Garcia rented her vacation home to teenager Brandyn for his 19th birthday party. Result: a startup to rate online sharing risks.

Updated 1:57 p.m. yesterday

Snapchat closes $537M round; GOP opposes FCC plan; GIFs on Facebook

Bulldog In today's Bulldog roundup of tech news: Snapchat closes $537M funding; GOP opposes FCC plan to subsidize Internet access for the poor; French server firm picks Chapel Hill for HQ; Google+changing but not dead yet; gifs on Facebook; Amazon same-day delivery.

11:28 a.m. yesterday

Google I/O event: shows Android M, revamped photo app, developer tools

Google                 Google unveiled its new mobile operating system, Android M at its I/O developer conference Thursday, along with a new photo app already garnering praise and updates to Android Wear.

6:38 a.m. yesterday

Cenduit hiring for RTP business intelligence division

Cenduit Cenduit, a joint venture between Quintiles and Thermo Fisher Scientific, says it is hiring for new positions at its new Research Triangle Park Business Intelligence Division.

Tags: New jobs
6:20 a.m. yesterday

Cisco's Padmasree Warrior to keynote CED 2015 Tech Venture Conference

Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior Padmasree Warrior, Cisco Systems chief technology and strategy officer, will keynote the 2015 CED Tech Venture Conference slated for September 15-16 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Registration for the event is now open.

Tags: CED, Cisco
Updated 6:03 a.m. yesterday

Sequenom expanding Morrisville lab

 Sequenom A genetic testing laboratory recruited to the state in 2011 with help from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center is about to expand. The Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, a $19 million Morrisville laboratory opened in 2012, will be taking over operations of a sister lab that the company is closing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

3:41 p.m. Thursday

Apple, Facebook, Google urge NC legislators not to freeze its renewable energy standard

Energy in N.C.  Apple, Facebook, and Google, which all own data centers that consume considerable quantities of energy in North Carolina, have asked state legislators not to freeze the state's renewable energy standard.

Updated 3:57 p.m. Thursday

Startup activity rose, but still tepid, Kauffman index shows

Startups   Reversing a downward cycle that began in 2010, U.S. startup activity climbed last year, according to the 2015 Kauffman Foundation Index: Startup Activity.

Updated 6:25 a.m. yesterday

New CFO at SciQuest, FDA approves Valeant drug, Winston-Salem Improv event

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of tech news: SciQuest names new CFO; SimliVity adds Raleigh support center; FDA approves drug from Salix buyer Valeant; Chromebook sales to increase; Winston-Salem holding improv event.

Updated 11:33 a.m. Thursday

Allscripts will move Raleigh operations to new office tower

Allscripts Healthcare technology firm Allscripts will relocate from North Raleigh to a 12-story office tower in the Park District at North Hills adjacent to I-440 and near Midtown Park when it is completed in about two years.

10:50 a.m. Thursday

Online video will consume 80 percent of Internet use in five years

 In five years, online video will consume 80 percent of the global Internet use and rise even higher, to 85 percent in the U.S. So says Cisco's annual study of the future of Web published Wednesday.

Updated 9:53 a.m. Thursday

Have a startup idea? Launch it at Startup Weekend

Triangle Startup Weekend Think you have a great idea for a startup company? If so, you can join others with the entrepreneurial spirit and actually try to launch a company at Triangle Startup Weekend June 12-14 at the American Underground in Durham.

7:26 a.m. Thursday

NC economy rebounds in April

Economy The North Carolina economy rebounded in April, ending a recent skid, according to the North Carolina State University Index of Leading Economic Indicators compiled by NCSU economist Dr. Michael Walden.

Updated 8:08 a.m. yesterday

Lenovo Tech World introduces new products, vision for a connected world

Lenovo Smartcast laser projector for smartphones Lenovo announced several new products, including a smartwatch with two screens, a smartphone with a built-in laser projector, and a personal digital assistant for Windows 10 PCs at Lenovo Tech World. It also demonstrated "breakthrough" product concepts intended to change the way people interact with technology.

6:21 a.m. Thursday

Heat Biologics in sprint mode

Jeff Wolf, CEO, Heat Biologics He's not a track coach, but Jeff Wolf is leading a hard-running team on a sprint that could bring more than Olympic gold. Wolf, the CEO of Durham cancer chaser Heat Biologics, has been traversing the country telling investors, analysts and regulators why his company's oncology platform deserves their attention.

Updated 3:23 p.m. Wednesday

Video revenue surges, text string can disable iPhone Messages, Netflix subscriber growth, Snapchat IPO

Bulldog In today's Bulldog roundup of tech news: study shows online video advertising revenue doubled over three years; Netflix projected to have 100 million subscribers by 2020; a tiny text string can disable iPhone Messages app; Snapchat plans an IPO.

Updated 11:17 a.m. Wednesday

Novartis studying "robotic pill" to replace injections

Novartis Swiss-based Novartis AG, which has a research facility in the RTP and a biomanufacturing plant in Holly Springs, is launching a feasibility study of a "robotic pill" that could replace some drugs that now have to be given by injection with an oral version.

8:02 a.m. Wednesday

Vox acquires ReCode

Vox acquires ReCode Vox Media has acquired Revere Digital, parent company of tech news site, ReCode. Vox will add the site to its online publications, which include tech lifestyle site, The Verge, current affairs site, Vox, and the gaming site Polygon, among others.

Tags: Internet
Updated 7:45 a.m. Wednesday

Lenovo unveils 3 new laptops ahead of Beijing event

Lenovo's products Lenovo unveiled three new consumer laptops Wednesday in advance of Lenovo Tech World, the company's first global technology event in Beijing tonight and tomorrow (May 27-28).

6:18 a.m. Wednesday

EnergySage NC marketplace aids in solar decisions

EnergSage creates NC Marketplace If you're considering adopting solar technology for your home or business, the North Carolina Clean Energy Center at North Carolina State University has teamed with EnergySage to help you make informed decisions.