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

53 minutes ago

Tesla warns about Autopilot after death + Video: How Autopilot works

In a blog post, Tesla called the death of an Ohio man while his car was using "Autopilot" "a tragic loss" and reiterated some warnings about the Autopilot feature. Plus: Watch a video of how Autopilot works.

Updated 49 minutes ago

Tesla driver's death using 'Autopilot' could hurt driverless cars sentiment

The death of a Joshua Brown, 40, who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode could add to the public's apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. Most major automakers and technology companies, including Google and Uber, are working on fully autonomous cars, and have worried that a highly publicized crash could hurt those efforts.

A Tesla dashboard on Autopilot A Tesla dashboard on Autopilot

2:35 p.m. yesterday

NC's 'Welcome Centers' now offer Wi-Fi access

wifi Welcome Centers operated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce now offer free Wi-Fi access.

Updated 2:38 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Inside Bioventus $150M IPO pitch: 'Our competitive strengths'

Bioventus, a biotech startup formed in 2012, is mulling going public. In an SEC filing, the company outlines its "strengths" and strategy for potential investors to consider. But the crucial question is: What will Wall Street think?

Cover of Bioventus prospectus Cover of Bioventus prospectus

12:59 p.m. yesterday

Gaia Herbs grows with $5M expansion in western NC

Growing demand for natural products by health-conscious consumers has prompted Gaia Herbs to begin a nearly $5 million expansion of its production facilities in Brevard.

Gaia founder, CEO Ric Scalzo Gaia founder, CEO Ric Scalzo

12:45 p.m. yesterday

Tracking the continuing progress of SoarTriangle

SoarTriangle With a July 1 deadline, SoarTriangle is recruiting women in startups to mentor to capital raises and growth in 2017, reports Amy Huffman for ExitEvent.

12:35 p.m. yesterday

Rio VR Olympics; Nextflix focus on Asia content; new breast pump; Google Calendar outage

In today's Bulldog wrapup on technology news: NBC to offer Olympic content in virtual reality; Netflix to boost original content from Asia; startups look to redesign the breast pump; and Google Calendar suffers an outage.

New breast pump design New breast pump design

Updated 6:37 a.m. yesterday

Associated Press to utilize Automated Insights robotic software to cover Minor League Baseball

The Associated Press and Minor League Baseball are teaming up with Durham-based Automated Insights for game coverage using robotic writing software. The news service says it now can provide stories about all games played by 142 teams across 13 different leagues.

Robots to write your sports?  Robots to write your sports?

6:54 p.m. Wednesday

NC's crowdfunding law: What it means, an attorney's view

Benji Jones Analysis: The General Assembly's passage of the NC PACES Act is big news for the state's startups and non-accredited investors. "After 3.5 years in the making, intrastate investment crowdfunding is finally coming to North Carolina!" says lawyer and crowdfunding supporter Benji Jones. Se explains what the law means once it is signed - as expected - by Gov. Pat McCrory.

1:46 p.m. Wednesday

Biden cancer drug threat; Windows 10 update; Dow job cuts; top China net exec is out

Bulldog In today's wrapup of technology and life science news: Vice President Joe Biden threatens drug makers over trial information; Windows 10 gets an update; Dow Chemical to cut N.C. jobs; and China's top Internet regulator is replaced.

Updated 12:50 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Semprius tops $13M in debt financing with latest raise

Semprius logo Semprius continues to raise debt rather than investment capital, closing a new raise of just over $280,000. Here's a look at all the debt funding the Durham-based company has raised since 2012.

11:26 a.m. Wednesday

Want to be a programmer? Facebook offers TechPrep workshop in Durham

Facebook is bringing its "TechPrep" initiative to Durham for a workshop. The program aims to encourage more children to become interested in computer science.

10:02 a.m. Wednesday

WRAL begins broadcast in next-gen TV technology

WRAL embraces 4K broadcasting ​WRAL-TV on Tuesday became the first commercially-licensed television station to broadcast its news under next-generation standards.

Updated 9:19 a.m. Wednesday

New Uber software to track drivers for speed, sudden stops

​Using smartphone sensors to peek over its drivers' shoulders,Uber is promising to keep a closer eye on their behavior -- while discouraging speeding or slamming on the brakes. "We believe that by providing people with more choices, we can help them make better decisions; and by using new technology we can improve safety for everyone on the road," an Uber exec says.

7:48 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock 10 investors help Advanced Animal Diagnostics raise $3.5M

The Advanced Animal Diagnostics QScout Farm Lab, a new on-farm diagnostic system It took a while, but Durham animal science startup Advanced Animal Diagnostics has closed on a new round of financing.

6:52 a.m. Wednesday

Charlotte startup SkillPop bringing pop-up skills classes to Triangle

SkillPop SkillPop, a year-old startup in Charlotte that offers a variety of "pop-up" classes to teach a variety of skills, is expanding to the Triangle.

6:22 a.m. Wednesday

IBM, GSK at Biden cancer summit; Mars booster fires (video); Zuck's wall; hepatitis C pill

In today's Bulldog wrapup of life science and technology news: IBM's Watson to tackle cancer and GSK to speed up drug development; NASA fires a Mars booster (see video, photos); Mark Zuckerberg's new wall angers neighbors in Hawaii; and the FDA approves a pill to treat hepatitis C.

Updated 5:52 a.m. Wednesday

Google's new tool shows how much it knows about you

A "My Activity" tool from Google "reaffirms Google knows basically everything about you," says website Android Police. Google says the site is designed to give users more control over their Internet accounts.

A sample of Google My Activity A sample of Google My Activity