Editor's Blog

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

7:23 a.m. yesterday

Hackers strike again: This time, PlayStation, Xbox sites

Hackers  Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

7:16 a.m. yesterday

From Red Hat's CEO: Reflecting on a 'great year,' looking to '15

Jim Whitehurst, CEO at Red Hat, calls 2014 a "great year," expresses his thanks and offers his insight into the IT industry for 2015 in a blog post provided by the Hatters.

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7:02 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Triangle's Xerox IT workers get a new boss in France-based Atos

Analysis: The decision by Xerox to sell its information technology outsourcing business to Atos is a big boost for the France-based firm, says analysis firm Technology Business Research. The $1 billion deal involves some 4,500 workers in North America, including some in the Triangle. Xerox will keep ITO access through Atos.

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6:44 a.m. yesterday

Streaming release of 'Interview' is a test for the industry

Sony Studios  Unless they're going straight to video, movies always open first in theaters to maximize the box office revenue - and then they're made available in other stages of home video, streaming and television. But not this time.

Tags: Internet
Updated 6:46 a.m. yesterday

Streaming options: Where to watch 'The Interview' online

"The Interview" You don't need to leave your house to watch "The Interview." Sony Pictures released the comedy on digital platforms Wednesday and here is a list of sites where you can tune in via the net.

Tags: Internet
Updated 9:09 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Inside the 2015 crystal ball: The startup party is over

The honeymoon is over. It's time to get down to real business for the Triangle's startup community. So writes WRAL TechWire columnist Joe Procopio in an exclusive report for our Insider subscribers.

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Updated 7:57 a.m. Wednesday

FDA approves BioCryst's flu treatment - a 'great day for NC biotech'

Drug deal In what BioCryst President and CEO Jon Stonehouse called a "great day for North Carolina biotech," the Durham company is leading a celebration for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its intravenous flu treatment.

7:32 a.m. Wednesday

2015 Affordable Care Act forecast: Employers, beware of ACA traps, pitfalls, uncertainties

TechLaw: Employers must tread carefully in selecting employee benefit plans and avoid the temptation to implement healthcare cost saving tactics that push the boundaries of federal law. Otherwise, they may find themselves in the crosshairs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Updated 7:33 a.m. Wednesday

RTP the new 'Valley?' New Year, nine new measures for Triangle startups

ExitEvent's new logo Going inside the numbers and the trends, here's why the Triangle is NOT the next Silicon Valley, and other thoughts from ExitEvent's resident data geek Amy Huffman.

7:13 a.m. Wednesday

Los Angeles judge limits medical marijuana delivery app

Medicine A judge has ordered a smartphone application that facilitates the delivery of medical marijuana to stop its activities in Los Angeles and to remove all reference to marijuana delivery within city limits.

7:08 a.m. Wednesday

Bankrupt Nortel's legacy - its patents - sold by consortium for $900M

Nortel A group led by Apple and Microsoft has sold about 4,000 technology patents once held by bankrupt Nortel to patent management company RPX Corp. for $900 million.

11:07 a.m. Tuesday

NC's economic trends point to more growth in 2015

The NCSU Index of North Carolina Leading Economic Indicators, a forecast of the economy's direction four to six months ahead, edged modestly higher in November. The trend indicates growth with continue in early 2015.

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Updated 11:12 a.m. Tuesday

BioCryst Ebola treatment shows promise in early study

Ebola BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Tuesday that an initial study of its potential Ebola treatment showed positive results.

6:10 a.m. Tuesday

NCSU-born Malartu Funds snags lead investor, preps for launch

Crowdfunding Recent N.C. State University graduates Sean Steigerwald and Jon Spinney have spent the last year preparing to launch an equity crowdfunding site that rallies investors around these young businesses, making it easy and less risky to fund startups' seed rounds. And they have secured a backer. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman has the details.

6:05 a.m. Tuesday

California puzzles over just how safe driverless cars really are

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.

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Tags: Google
6:00 a.m. Tuesday

Consumer Reports tests: Just how smart are smartwatches?

Moto 360 smartwatch Apple or Android for operating system? Consumer Reports recommends Android after a series of tests.

6:30 a.m. Monday

What will happen in venture capital? Preview nears sellout

Venture Capital Bull City Venture Partners is bringing together panels of investors to talk about what's head for venture capital and angel financing in 2015. Out-of-region investors who have recently made deals in N.C. and are looking for more are a highlight of the event. But if you want to attend, register soon. It's nearing a sellout.

6:30 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock 2014: The year when Raleigh caught up with Durham

Two and a half years ago, in one of the first ever columns Joe Procopio wrote for a fledgling ExitEvent, he posed the public question: Raleigh, What Are You? Entrepreneurs and leaders answered that question in 2014. WRAL TechWire Insiders get the exclusive story from Joe Procopio.

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6:27 a.m. Monday

Hackers scare you? 5 ways to make your email safer in case of attack

e-mail   The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are five simple steps to make your email more secure and limit the harm a hacker can have.

Tags: Internet
6:25 a.m. Monday

Blackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, but revenue down

On Wednesday, Blackberry launched the Classic, a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones -- and most smartphone customers -- have embraced touch screens. Blackberry is courting its core customer, the business user, with the new device. Whether the Classic will sell enough to keep Blackberry in the hardware business is unclear.

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