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10:37 a.m. yesterday

IBM awards top tech 'Fellow' honor to Cary resident

Bala Rajaraman Bala Rajaraman, who is helping spearhead development of "cloud" computing services for IBM in Research Triangle Park, is one of 10 new "IBM Fellows." The "Fellow" selection is IBM's top technical honor. He is among the leaders developing IBM's Bluemix applications.

8:28 a.m. yesterday

Making NC a center of sport business: A Basketball Analytics Summit preview

UNC's annual event paves the way for a center of sports business and analytics in the Triangle, reports ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman.

6:56 a.m. yesterday

'Mobile-geddon'? Google embraces 'mobile-friendly' sites in search shake-up

Google                Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

6:48 a.m. yesterday

Apple Watches delay; Duke's solar at Lejeune; Slack raises $160M; WikiLeaks' Sony hack archive; Etsy stock soars; Yahoo-Microsoft deal

Bulldog Bulletin In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: The U.K. Telegraph reports Apple Watches won't be in stores for weeks; Duke's solar project at Camp LeJeune wins OK; Slack, a red-hot collaboration startup, raises $160 million; WikiLeaks creates archive of Sony hack documents; Etsy's shares soar after IPO; and Yahoo is sticking with Microsoft.

Updated 1:27 p.m. yesterday

Breaking smartphones on purpose? Samsung's Galaxy S6 passes the test

Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung's new Galaxy S6 phones proved durable in the face of drops and other pressures, according to SquareTrade, a provider of extended-protection plans for gadgets.

3:47 p.m. Thursday

OK you high-tech Star Wars fans: Here's the new trailer

And all of the "Star Wars" fans of the world yell in unison: "Yes! The Force is still with us!" here's the new trailer for "The Force Awakens" coming to a theater near you on Dec. 18. Don't want any spoilers? Well, then as Yoda would say: "Watch. you must not!"

Tags: Internet
2:47 p.m. Thursday

Silicon Valley startup program selects Mati Energy's founder

Mati Energy's Tatiana Birgisson Recognition, funding, publicity and now expert advice for building a startup keeps coming for Tatiana Birgisson, the creator of fast-growing MATI Energy drink. She soon will head to Silicon Valley for the Blackbox Connect program.

1:27 p.m. Thursday

Report: GSK shutting Pittsburgh office, eliminating 274 jobs

Layoffs       Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline, which already is cutting hundreds of jobs in the Triangle and in the Philadelphia area, is now in the process of closing an office in Pittsburgh where 274 people work, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Updated 3:53 p.m. Thursday

Durham sustainable energy firm lands Silicon Valley investor, changes name

Sustainable Industrial Solutions in Durham not only has a new name (ndustrial.io) but also a new investor from Silicon Valley (Bay Grove Capital). So how did the Durham firm that's helping spread the Internet of Things to industry land an investor from the Valley? And are they hiring? You bet.

10:21 a.m. Thursday

Apple's new sustainable initiatives include NC's Brunswick Forest

Green energy Tech giant Apple is partnering with the Conservation Fund to "protect" a "working forest" covering some 3,600 acres in Brunswick County. The effort also includes a forest in Maine. Apple says the forests will be "harvested" in a sustainable fashion.

9:57 a.m. Thursday

Obama: Battle against Ebola shows progress but isn't over

Ebola Citing significant gains in fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama declared Wednesday that the international goal now is to prevent any new cases of the deadly virus in the afflicted region.

6:57 a.m. Thursday

European Union alleges Google's abuses hurt consumers, innovation

EU vs. Google  The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer.

6:47 a.m. Thursday

Mati Energy-ABC update; Yahoo buying Foursquare?; Symantec selling Veritas?; Netflix soars; Etsy's $267 IPO

Bulldog Bulletin In today's wrapup of technology and science news: Durham startup Mati Energy's ABC interview coming later; is Yahoo buying Foursquare?; Semantic reportedly talks with EMC, NetApp about selling Veritas; original content helps Netflix soar; Etsy goes public for $267 million.

2:34 p.m. Wednesday

Durham drug startup Innocrin raises $28M to advance cancer therapy

VC funding  Durham drug developer Innocrin Pharmaceuticals has closed on $28 million in Series D financing to test a new therapy for difficult prostate and breast cancers.

11:10 a.m. Wednesday

Dude Solutions acquires Sanford-based mapping software firm

SchoolDude For the second time in less than a month, SchooleDude.com Dude Solutions has made an acquisition. This time it's a software firm in Sanford.

10:24 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock What are the next billion-dollar startups? Forbes picks these ...

Forbes  So which startups are going to be the next Uber? Forbes, in partnership with venture capital firm TrueBridge Capital Partners, has compiled a list of 25 "next generation top technology companies." Who are they?

Updated 9:20 a.m. Wednesday

Durham's Mati Energy cracks ABC News lineup tonight

Tatiana Birgisson, of Durham, who won $100,000 in the second annual Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day in Silicon Valley, and landed Steve Case, founder of America Online, as an investor, is getting international exposure tonight via ABC News.

8:50 a.m. Wednesday

Nokia aims to become networks giant with Alcatel-Lucent deal

Nokia Nokia has agreed to buy the ailing French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent through a public exchange of shares in France and the United States, in a bid to become a leading global networks operator. Alcatel has an operation in North Raleigh.

Tags: Internet
7:08 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock The state of Intel: As realignment continues, data center business offsets PC woes

Intel Analysis: Intel's data center business drives corporate profitability amid the firm's ongoing realignment and as PC industry woes drag down chip sales, reports Stephen Belanger of Technology Business Research.

6:58 a.m. Wednesday

Spousal Guaranties--Clarifying the rules governing personal guaranties from spouses of borrowers

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: When lenders make a loan to a closely-held company, they frequently require one or more of the company's principals to personally guarantee repayment of the loan. Can they require that the principal's spouse also guarantee the loan?

Tags: TechLaw