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5 minutes ago

Premium Lock AT&T ahead of its peers, TBR analysts say

Over 135 analysts converged at AT&T's world headquarters in Dallas to hear directly from C-Level and senior executives what the operator is up to in business, technology and go-to-market strategy, and where the operator aims to be in the future. TBR analysts report on the event.


Updated 3 minutes ago

PC shipments decline, but Lenovo shows strong growth

Lenovo               Worldwide PC shipments declined 7.7 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period last year. Shipments totaled 73.7 million units, but continued to show weakness, according to preliminary results by Gartner Inc. Lenovo showed the strongest growth among the top five U.S. vendors.

38 minutes ago

NC fails to take up crowdfunding exemption bioll

Mark Easley Unfortunately, the NC JOBS/PACES Act investment crowdfunding exemption bill (S481) has once again failed to make it through the NC legislature. Mark Easlely Sr. says its a missed opportunity for the state.

Updated 6:50 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock NC State engineers working on 'Jetsons-style' personal rapid transit system

Students at North Carolina State University are accustomed to dealing with long trips between buildings - the bus trip from Hunt Library, on Centennial Campus, and D.H. Hill Library, on main campus, can take up to 20 minutes. A research team at the college is busy working on a futuristic way to move thousands of people a day along that route in just a few minutes.

Tags: NCSU, Startups
Updated 4:56 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Atlanta startup could have been creating jobs in NC

rented.com, founded in 2012 as VacationFutures and nurtured in the Triangle-based Startup Factory, has raised several rounds of capital and would be a North Carolina company if a state agency had not pushed them out.

Andrew McConnell, CEO, Rented.com Andrew McConnell, CEO, Rented.com

11:08 a.m. yesterday

Two-thirds of Americans now using social media

Pew Research Nearly two-thirds of American adults (65 percent) use social networking sites, up from a mere 7 percent since 2005, according to a new report from Pew Research. Use surges among older adults.

Updated 11:16 a.m. yesterday

Can we resolve our NC tax issues?

Mike Walden Taxes are always part of discussions about government and public policy, and taxes were clearly a hot topic in the recent session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Debates occurred about taxing services, lowering income tax rates, implementing incentives for business and energy expenditures, and dividing public revenues between urban and rural counties. Legislation was passed for some of these items, but economist Mike Walden says there will be more discussion and debate in future sessions.

10:29 a.m. yesterday

Positive results for Envisia drug; Raleigh top place to start a career; most smartphones sold on installment

Bulldog In today's Bulldog update of technology news: Envisia gets positive trial results; Raleigh one of best spots in the world to start a career; nearly half of smartphones sold on installment plans.

9:56 a.m. yesterday

Report names AT&T highest ranked wireless network in Durham

rootmetrics A new report from RootMetrics names AT&T the highest ranked local wireless network in Durham. Last August, AT&T shared the award with Verizon. Verizon was tops in Greensboro and Charlotte posted a three-way tie.

6:24 a.m. yesterday

Monsanto cutting 2,600 jobs over the next two years

Monsanto Monsanto Co. will cut 2,600 jobs over the next two years, the company said Monday following a dismal earnings report.

5:50 a.m. yesterday

NC-based Innovative Solar Systems in merger talks

ISS Logo Innovative Solar Systems, (ISS) one of the biggest developers of solar farms in the U.S., with three of the largest under construction in eastern North Carolina, is in talks with many U.S. investment groups, energy funds, capital partners, and foreign entities about a possible merger.

Tags: Solar
5:37 a.m. yesterday

Robust hiring projected for Q4

careerbuilder Fulltime and permanent hiring is projected to be the most robust since 2006 in the fourth quarter, according to CareerBuilder's latest forecast. It reports that 34 percent of U.S. employers plan to hire fulltime staff and nearly the same percentage, 33 percent, plan on hiring seasonal staff.

Tags: New jobs
Updated 10:34 a.m. yesterday

Pappas, Wake Forest Baptist team on $15M fund; Chimerix gets early drug results; Square 1 Bank now PacWest division

Bulldog In today's Bulldog update of technology news: Pappas teams with Wake Forest Baptist for $15M fund; Chimerix gets early results on antiviral drug; Square 1 Bank now a Pacific Western division.

Updated 11:16 a.m. Wednesday

Venture capitalists raised $4.4B in Q3, down 34 percent from Q2

NVCA U.S. venture capital firms raised $4.4 billion for 53 funds during the third quarter of 2015, a decrease of 34 percent compared to the number of funds raised during the second quarter of 2015, and a 59 percent decrease by dollar commitments, according to the Fundraising Report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association.

Updated 3:23 p.m. Wednesday

NC Idea selects 22 semifinalists in fall grant cycle

NC IDEA NC IDEA has selected 22 semi-finalists from across the state in its 20th grant cycle to-date. These semi-finalists were chosen from the 130 applications received from NC-based startups focused on software, IP-based technologies, consumer products and medical device and diagnostics.

10:18 a.m. Wednesday

Zebrafish Reveals Infection's Sci-Fi-Worthy Creep Into the Brain

Menningitis imaged Scientists at Duke Medicine are using transparent fish to watch in real time as Cryptococcal meningitis takes over the brain. The resulting images are worthy of a sci-fi movie teaser, but could be valuable in disrupting the real, crippling brain infection that kills more than 600,000 people worldwide each year.

Updated 9:20 a.m. Wednesday

Netsertive lands $15M round for digital marketing tech

Netsertive Netsertive, a digital marketing intelligence company that enables brands and their local channel partners with turnkey, co-op compliant digital marketing capabilities, has raised $15 million in Series C growth financing. River Cities was joined by Netsertive's existing investors in the round.

8:38 a.m. Wednesday

Research Triangle cited by Mashable as Silicon Valley rival

Research Triangle Park The Research Triangle is one of four technology hubs - as number two behind only Austin, Texas - cited as competitors for the "Next Big Tech Hub," title, according to Mashable.

8:04 a.m. Wednesday

Business leaders focused on cutting cybersecurity risks

Cybersecurity   Prevention, detection methods and cybersecurity innovation are on the rise as forward-leaning business leaders focus on solutions that reduce cybersecurity risks and improve business performance. The Global State of Information Security Survey 2016 released today by PwC US examines how executives are looking towards new innovations and frameworks to improve security and mitigate enterprise risk.

Updated 8:46 a.m. Wednesday

MMA Energy Capital closes on 55M to build its NC solar projects

solar power MMA Energy Capital has closed a $55 million financing facility with Coenergy through its joint venture with Fundamental Advisors to be used for the construction of its 36 megawatt North Carolina solar portfolio.