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1:15 p.m. yesterday

#WTWTrends: Follow Friday, Next Glass, Red Hat, 12 Days, Unemployment Trending in the Triangle

Trending in the Triangle Trending in the Triangle: Get the pulse of technology in the Triangle with the best in local technology, venture, biotech, and life science news on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

Updated 8:00 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Inside red-hot Red Hat: 11 straight years of revenue growth

Red Hat delivered another quarter of revenue growth in 4Q14, increasing a reported 15% from the year ago quarter to $456 million. This marks the 11th straight quarter of year-to-year revenue growth for the vendor. So what's driving growth? Technology Business Research analyst Andrew Smith offers his detailed insight.

Red Hat touts the "cloud" Red Hat touts the "cloud"

7:14 a.m. yesterday

Inside Next Glass launch: How to produce 100,000 downloads in just 48 hours

Next Glass is a mobile app that uses science and software to predict whether or not you will enjoy any bottle of wine or beer. Combining the chemistry of a person's taste preferences with machine learning, users simply point and scan any label to receive their personalized score indicating how much they will like what's inside. (The app is free to download on both iOS and Android devices in the App Store and Google Play). Despite the notable buzz Next Glass was creating leading up to launch, the boom in downloads during their first 48 hours exceeded all expectations-even their own. So, how did they do it?

Charting explosive launch for Next Glass Charting explosive launch for Next Glass

6:57 a.m. yesterday

Another Uber challenge: Service suspended in Portland

Uber's XL service  Challenges continue to mount against ride-sharing Uber, this time in the city of Portland, Ore. Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city.

Tags: Startups
6:41 a.m. yesterday

RTP's The Frontier to be 'largest open innovation center in the nation"

Work and meeting space for creatives and entrepreneurs is RTP's first major effort toward redevelopment, reports ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman.

The Frontier set to open Jan. 15 The Frontier set to open Jan. 15

6:29 a.m. yesterday

Digital dilemma: How will United States respond to Sony hack?

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.

"The Interview" "The Interview"

Tags: Internet
6:00 a.m. yesterday

12 Days of Broadband, Day 12: MCNC's flagship network celebrates 30 years

Day 12 This year marked a milestone for MCNC as the technology nonprofit celebrated the 30th anniversary of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). We hope you enjoyed this year's 12 Days of Broadband.

Updated 5:10 p.m. Thursday

Red Hat surpasses street expectations

Red Hat     The open-source software company posted revenue of $455.9 million in the third quarter.

3:20 p.m. Thursday

#WTWTrends: Throwback Thursday, The Interview, 12 Days, Phononic and Pozen Trending in the Triangle

Trending in the Triangle Trending in the Triangle: Get the pulse of technology in the Triangle with the best in local technology, venture, biotech, and life science news on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

7:34 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Startup Phononic wraps up a cool funding round topping $40 million

Phononic, which aims to be the Intel of refrigerators, has wrapped up a cool financing round of $44.5 million. The firm has been raising money since last year. Who are the investors? A local hospital, for one.

Phononic heat pump Phononic heat pump

7:24 a.m. Thursday

Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on rider safety

Uber Safety In a blog post Wednesday, Uber's head of global safety company security chief Philip Cardenas defended the company's safety record but also wrote that "as we look to 2015, we will build new safety programs and intensify others."

Tags: Startups
7:01 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Pozen's latest headache: Another FDA delay in drug approval

2014 is coming to a miserable close for Chapel Hill-based Pozen. After its stock was pummeled 30 percent when Pozen and drug giant Sanofi mutually terminated a $35 million drug deal earlier this month, on Wednesday Pozen disclosed another FDA delay in approval of a new pain killer.

Pozen's headaches Pozen's headaches

6:43 a.m. Thursday

Back to the future? BlackBerry reverts to old form with new phone

Blackberry Classic BlackBerry is returning to its roots with 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.

6:25 a.m. Thursday

Durham life science firm Health Decisions names interim CEO

Dr. Stephen DeCherney is the newly named interim chief executive officer at life science services firm Health Decisions. Dr. Michael Rosenberg, the firm's founder and CEO, was killed in a plane crash in Maryland last week.

Dr. Stehpen DeCherney Dr. Stehpen DeCherney

6:00 a.m. Thursday

12 Days of Broadband, Day 11: Mobile broadband use rapidly rising in America

Day 11 On the eleventh day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we look at the latest Digital Nation Report from the U.S. Department of Commerce showing a rapid adoption of mobile Internet devices in the U.S. for a wide range of activities beyond just voice communications.

1:56 p.m. Wednesday

#WTWTrends for Wednesday: RTP and The Frontier, Digital Learning, Red Hat and IBM, Jobs Trending in the Triangle

Trending in the Triangle Trending in the Triangle: Get the pulse of technology in the Triangle with the best in local technology, venture, biotech, and life science news on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

Updated 8:13 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Will Red Hat deliver earnings surprise? New IBM deal may be boost

Red Hat     Red Hat is set to announce its latest quarterly financials on Thursday, and Wall Street won't be surprised if the Hatters deliver better-than-expected results. Or will the Hatters disappoint? A new IBM deal may give Red Hat a boost going forward.

7:26 a.m. Wednesday

Salix stock rebounds on news of inventory reduction plan

A slide from a Salix presentation Salix Pharmaceuticals shares rebounded 7 percent Tuesday on news that the Raleigh-based company will launch a plan to reduce drug inventory by the end of 2015. Salix was rocked in November when it acknowledged big inventory problems.

6:27 a.m. Wednesday

Apple prevails in class-action lawsuit over iPod prices

Apple   A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.

6:22 a.m. Wednesday

12 Days of Broadband, Day 10: Can NC classrooms really support digital learning?

Day 10 On the tenth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we spotlight the N.C. School Connectivity Initiative and how capacity, not access, is what experts say is preventing North Carolina schools from properly using digital learning to improve student outcomes.