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The latest blog posts from our WRAL TechWire and WRAL editors.

1:46 p.m. Friday

You Decide: What are the impacts of tax changes?

Mike Walden Mike Walden: Research suggests innovation increases when the economy is confronted with major questions. If accurate, then we may be on the cusp of a new flurry of innovative activity.

10:27 a.m. Friday

Is North Carolina the State of Technology?

The North Carolina Technology Association released the State of Technology Industry Report online on Friday, containing valuable information to serve as a baseline resource for policy makers, economic developers, media, and of course the tech community. It will be presented to the Triangle community on Feb. 4, but we have your sneak peak.


10:04 a.m. Friday

Exclusive: 10 minutes with NeoNova's Chris Benyo

Chris Benyo NeoNova's continued growth and record-setting year in 2014 has the Raleigh-based company booming with innovation and opportunities. NeoNova's general manager of cloud services and vice president of sales and marketing took a few minutes to talk about the company's momentum and how the cloud in concert with high-speed internet is helping the company blossom in the Triangle.

7:46 a.m. Friday

With revenue up, Biogen Idec looks to add new jobs in Triangle

Biogen Idec Revenue for the Triangle's largest biotech company was up 40 percent over the prior year, and they are adding 100 new jobs at all levels of the organization in the next couple of months while also committing to the local talent pool.

7:39 a.m. Friday

Premium Lock Inside IBM earnings: Cloud model poses challenge for software revenue

IBM earnings  Analysis: End-customer purchasing shifts from licenses to subscriptions challenge IBM's ability to grow software revenue, according to Technology Business Research.

7:28 a.m. Friday

Customer demand has AT&T looking for NC talent

The company has nearly 300 total openings currently across North Carolina with 47 new technical positions now available just in the Triangle area, the company announced on Friday.


7:18 a.m. Friday

FCC changes broadband definition, rakes in $45 billion in wireless auction; Your broadband probably isn't broadband; Google vs. traditional media; Bill Gates is worried about AI

Bulldog Bulletin In today's Bulldog wrap up of technology and life science news: FCC approves significant change to the definition of broadband while also raising a record-breaking $44.9 billion in a wireless spectrum auction that officially ended Thursday; tons of internet customers woke up today probably not with broadband internet at home anymore; New report says Google now surpasses traditional media as a trusted source for news; and Bill Gates tells Reddit that he's worried about AI.

10:05 p.m. Thursday

Google's 4Q earnings disappoint, but CFO eases the letdown

Google              Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars. The latest letdown came Thursday with the release of Google's fourth-quarter financial results.

11:55 a.m. Thursday

Peter Diamandis's 'Bold' a reminder of how entrepreneurs will control the world's fate

Vivek Wadhwa Vivek Wadhwa: Just as an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs that ruled the Earth and made way for small furry mammals, a new wave of planetary disruptions is about to occur. The new asteroid is called "exponential technology."

10:04 a.m. Thursday

SXSWedu selects Lea(R)n as finalist in 2015 LAUNCHedu competition

2015 LAUNCHedu Competition The Triangle-based edtech company continues to gain steam and has been chosen as one of 10 global education startups to present in March at the SXSWedu Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.

Updated 1:59 p.m. Thursday

Citrix restructuring plans to cut 900 jobs

Citrix Systems Cloud-computing software maker Citrix Systems said it would cut about 700 full-time and 200 contractor jobs as part of a restructuring to improve operational efficiency. It's unclear how many, if any, jobs cuts will be in Raleigh.

7:37 a.m. Thursday

NC IDEA to open next grant cycle in two funding categories

The not-for-profit organization committed to supporting business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina will open its 19th grant cycle on Feb. 9 and also has a series of information sessions scheduled throughout the state next month to encourage applicants across diverse funding stages.


7:30 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Apple prime for growth with dominance in smartphone market

Apple        Fervent customer demand for Apple's brand and devices globally is fueling phenomenal growth of the iPhone business, and China is emerging as an important pillar of Apple's long-term growth strategy, according to Technology Business Research.

7:23 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Analysis: AT&T expansion plans should drive long-term growth

AT&T AT&T has an opportunity to drive long-term revenue and subscriber growth in the country after reporting solid fourth quarter earnings this week for 2014, according to Technology Business Research.

7:10 a.m. Thursday

More trouble at IBM; Ghost bug haunts Linux, Ubuntu systems; GSK, Novartis set to trade assets; Facebook gears up for the Big Game; RTCC welcomes new members

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: IBM's head of SoftLayer quits; Ghost Linux bug haunting Red Hat, Ubuntu systems; EU clears plans by GSK and Novartis to trade assets; Facebook introduces 'New Super Bowl Experience' for the big game; and the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster welcomes four new members.

3:29 p.m. Wednesday

Google: YouTube is so overloaded its staff cannot filter content

YouTube Internet giant Google says that its video-sharing website YouTube is so inundated that staff cannot filter all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the publication of terrorist propaganda and hostage videos.

Updated 8:37 a.m. Wednesday

CommScope broadens communications reach with $3B acquisition

CommScope makes network gear Hickory-based CommScope is betting $3 billion that it can diversify and expand its business by acquiring the telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses of TE Connectivity. Its CEO describes the deal as "transformative."

6:46 a.m. Wednesday

Life in the fast lane: Google Fiber coming to Triangle, Charlotte

Life in the Triangle is about to get faster - at least online. Google officials confirmed Tuesday that Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville, Garner and Carrboro are among the latest U.S. cities to be outfitted with Google Fiber, which promises Internet speeds 100 times faster than existing connections and a high-definition television service. Charlotte also is on the Google expansion list.

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Updated 12:33 p.m. Wednesday

Cree to light up Sunday's Super Bowl with its LEDs

You may have seen ads showing up on TV touting Cree's LED bulbs. But on Sunday Cree's biggest advertisement for its lighting technology takes center stage, lighting up the Super Bowl in Phoenix.

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Updated 6:28 a.m. Wednesday

Apple's blowout quarter; ChannelAdvisor adds Jet; AT&T revenue up 4%; BDSI to relaunch pain drug; Snapchat's media deal

Bulldog Bulletin In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Apple reports a blowout quarter; ChannelAdvisor adds new service; AT&T grows revenue but books $4B loss; BDSI to relaunch pain treatment; Sanpchat to show media news.