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

Updated 1:09 p.m. today

Premium Lock Sentinel Data Centers sells huge facility in Durham

Sentinel Data Centers has sold its huge data facility in Durham along with another facility for $490 million.

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Updated 9:55 a.m. today

Reverse-pitch competition matches connection Qs with gigabit As

IgniteNC GigaPitch Showing North Carolina's potential for innovation and entrepreneurship in full tilt, industry and civic leaders challenged the best minds in the state Tuesday to present solutions to problems that our leaders in healthcare, public safety, transportation and education face. The solutions will be enabled by gigabit-speed fiber, the Internet of Things and massive connections of smart devices.

Updated 9:16 a.m. today

Premium Lock Durham wireless startup Eco-Site lands $50M investment

Durham-based Eco-Site, which is deploying wireless infrastructure across the United States, has landed $50 million in capital from Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm with more than $260 billion in assets.

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7:56 a.m. today

Gigabit 'Reverse Pitch' kickoff event draws statewide audience

Over 300 people across the state came together via simulcast last night for a RIoT event supporting US Ignite's national Gigabit Reverse Pitch initiative in North Carolina. Here's a recap from Tom Snyder of the RIoT grassroots organization and Monica Doss of New City Ventures.

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Updated 7:57 a.m. today

Premium Lock $60M NC Venture Capital Multiplier Fund managed by Hatteras kicks off

The $60 million North Carolina Venture Capital Multiplier Fund (VCMF) managed by Durham-based Hatteras Venture Partners launched Tuesday. A portion of the state fund's capital has been committed to Hatteras' Fund 5, while most of the fund is allocated to co-investments in North Carolina Nexus companies.

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Updated 6:49 a.m. today

Inside huge Amazon Internet failure: 'The cloud is dangerous'

Amazon Amazon Web Services, by far the world's largest provider of internet-based computing services, suffered an unspecified breakdown in its eastern U.S. region starting about midday Tuesday. The result: unprecedented and widespread performance problems for thousands of websites and apps.

Updated 4:00 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Commerce Secretary: Life science industry helping create NC's future

Biotech  "North Carolina is one of the best places in the world for life sciences and a rich place to invest because of our universities and our talent," Anthony Copeland tells the CED Life Science Conference in Raleigh. "It's one of the few states where a product can go from lab to manufacturing. Time and again, people find inspiration in NC."

Updated 6:38 a.m. today

Premium Lock Former FDA commissioner defends agency in Life Science event keynote

Dr. Robert Califf says the regulatory system works because it is tested and refined every day, but acknowledged that it is far from perfect.

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3:39 p.m. yesterday

Pfizer commits $4M to NC Biotechnology Center gene therapy fellowship program

Pfizer The new program, to be managed by NCBiotech, will support distinguished postdoctoral fellowships in North Carolina university research laboratories providing advanced scientific training in gene therapy-related research.

Updated 12:55 p.m. yesterday

Cempra cuts 2/3 of workers, stock falls 21% after drug falls short in study

Layoffs        ​Clinical-stage drug maker Cempra saw its stock price fall 21 percent after it cut 67 percent of its workforce and reported earnings that missed analyst expectations, according to the financial results released Tuesday.

11:03 a.m. yesterday

NC IDEA looking for startup grant applicants plus 2 startup programs

NC IDEA NC IDEA has opened applications for its Seed Grant Program, which offers as much as $50,000 to emerging startups, and is also looking for entrepreneurs to take part in its Groundwork Labs and SoarTriangle programs.

10:36 a.m. yesterday

Wake County first in NC to upgrade 911 with new AT&T service

AT&T                        Wake County is upgrading its 911 service with a new offering from AT&T that the county and company say will improve the system's reliability and, at some point, support text, photos and video.

10:14 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Startup EmployUs raises another $230,000 (+ video)

EmployUs, a Triangle startup that has developed a mobile hiring app, has raised another $230,000 in capital.

8:42 a.m. yesterday

Customers may see benefits as cellphone wars rage on

Cellphones The so-called cellphone wars are raging, much to the delight of some customers.

7:39 a.m. yesterday

CED Life Science presenter profile: Vigor Medical Systems

WRAL TechWire and the Council for Entrepreneurial development are partnering to present a series of profiles featuring companies startups and emerging companies participating in the CED's annual Life Science conference. The latest in the series is Vigor Medical Systems.

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7:28 a.m. yesterday

CED Life Science presenter profile: Agile Sciences (+ video)

WRAL TechWire and the Council for Entrepreneurial development are partnering to present a series of profiles featuring companies startups and emerging companies participating in the CED's annual Life Science conference. The latest in the series is Raleigh-based Agile Sciences.

7:21 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock 'Smartness everywhere:' 6 top tech trends at Mobile World Congress + video

Mobile World Congress 2017 is underway with many of the world's top technology companies, leaders and entrepreneurs on hand at the event in Spain to talk about the best and latest emerging high tech, from Internet of Things and "smartness everywhere," to enhancing mobile video, 5G, the coming of age - and risks - of data, and the "augmented customer." Analysts at consulting firm Ovum offer their views on what they see as the top six trends to watch.

6:13 a.m. yesterday

Fly me (actually 2) to the moon, SpaceX style, 2018

SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago. Plus: Read the full SpaceX announcement and NASA's reaction.

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Updated 2:45 p.m. Monday

CED Life Science presenter profile: Bonumose Biochem

Bonumose Biochem WRAL TechWire and the Council for Entrepreneurial development are partnering to present a series of profiles featuring companies startups and emerging companies participating in the CED's annual Life Science conference. The latest in the series is Bonumose Biochem, which is based in Virginia.