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Updated 19 minutes ago

NCTA launches third CIO 'auction' for one-on-one meetings

NCTA Want to have lunch with one of the top chief information officers in North Carolina? The North Carolina Technology Association is offering an on-line auction for the opportunities.

Updated 50 minutes ago

How, why Google will run 100% on renewables by 2017

Editor's note: Urs Holzle, Google Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure, spells out in detail how Google plans to run on 100 percent renewable energy in 2017, including its huge data center in Lenoir, N.C.

Google's renewable power breakdown Google's renewable power breakdown

11:52 a.m. today

Top court backs Samsung in Apple case, insider trading crackdown

Samsung logo Ina pair of unanimous decisions, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its patent dispute with Apple and also stood behind crackdowns on insider trading.

9:51 a.m. today

Premium Lock Mobile, PC turmoil: Disruption hits 'nearly every product segment'

Analysis: Disruption is evident in nearly every PC and mobile device product segment and price band as vendors prioritize profit per sale over restoring revenue growth or chasing market share. The race to claim greater profits is changing these traditionally static markets. A greater focus on premium devices -- especially thin-and-light notebook PCs, gaming PCs and high-end smartphones -- is resetting the dynamics within the market, says Technology Business Research.

Samsung's PC in a cylinder Samsung's PC in a cylinder

Updated 9:36 a.m. today

Green energy: Google hits renewable goal; first offshore wind farm nears launch

Google says it is hitting its use of renewable energy goal on the same day that the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. nears operational status. These reports have N.C. impact. Google and Apple both operate data centers in North Carolina, and the state is considered a prime candidate for wind power. Here's a wrapup on the latest developments.

Block Island wind farm construction Block Island wind farm construction

9:35 a.m. today

NCSU researchers tweak enzyme 'assembly line' to improve antibiotics

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a way to make pinpoint changes to an enzyme-driven "assembly line" that will enable scientists to improve or change the properties of existing antibiotics as well as create designer compounds.

Enzyme assembly line Enzyme assembly line

8:24 a.m. today

Chapel Hill's Cempra edges closer to big payoff with Phase 3 drug trial in Japan

Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., CEO, Cempra Cempra says Toyama Chemical Co., a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., began Phase 3 clinical trials with its pneumonia-fighting drug in Japan, the world's second-largest antibiotic market.

7:03 a.m. today

Premium Lock Former I-Cubed CEO Donald Thompson raises $225K for new venture

Creative Allies, a Morrisville-based integrated marketing firm led by serial entrepreneur Donald Thompson has raised $225,000 from two investors, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

I-Cubed's Donald Thompson I-Cubed's Donald Thompson

6:48 a.m. today

Eshelman-backed G1, Genetech to test combo cancer therapy

​G1 Therapeutics, a clinical-stage oncology company based in Research Triangle Park, will team up with biotech pioneer Genentech on a cancer clinical trial in the new year.

G1 Therapeutics G1 Therapeutics

3:11 p.m. yesterday

Charlotte-based FairPoint Communications sold in $1.5B deal

FairPoint Charlotte-based FairPoint Communications acquired by Consolidated in $1.5 billion deal.

Updated 7:06 a.m. today

Premium Lock Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster names executive director

Susan Sanford is the new executive director of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, replacing Jennifer Bosser who recently resigned.

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Updated 2:35 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Metabolon raises another $15M from big life science investor

Essex Woodlands, a $2.5 billion equity investment firm, is taking another $15 million stake in RTP-based Metabolon, which focuses on the growing field of metabolomics.

Metabolon's headquarters Metabolon's headquarters

11:09 a.m. yesterday

GSK names new leader for ViiV Healthcare

ViiV Healthcare Dr. Dominique Limet is leaving after seven years as the CEO of GSK-owned ViiV Healthcare, which focuses on treatments for HIV. He will be replaced by GSK executive Deborah Waterhouse.

Updated 9:32 a.m. yesterday

December's tech events calendar a busy one + A look to 2017

Social networking The year 2016 will draw to a busy close for Triangle tech firms with a host of events on the calendar. Here's the latest update plus a look at early 2017 and what groups meet where. and when.

Updated 6:41 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Q&A: How growing big data is making big changes in business

International research firm Ovum estimates that the big data market will grow from $1.7 billion in 2016 to $9.4 billion by 2020, and Duke University Professor Jeremy Petranka explains how and why big data is becoming so important.

Jeremy Petranka Jeremy Petranka

5:40 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock IoT is emerging as newest target for T-Mobile

The Broadband Report       Analysis: T-Mobile is positioning itself to take its Un-carrier movement to the IoT realm, says analyst Steve Vachon of Technology Business Research.

5:30 a.m. yesterday

Joe Procopio: Start your New Year's resolutions in December

Joe Procopio Veteran entrepreneur, blogger and author Joe Procopio offers his thoughts on what you must do in order to succeed. If you want to succeed, you've got to prepare.