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

8:35 a.m. today

Snap that video: Snapchat debuts 'Spectacles' (+ video)

​Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product. Plus: Watch an introductory video about Spectacles and read Snapchat's introduction.

1:59 p.m. Friday

Premium Lock IoT's pivot: Report finds shift to deployments from testing

Internet of Things Moving from hype to reality for the Internet of Things: Companies are pivoting to actual deployments from proof-of-concept developments, says a new report from research firm IDC.

Updated 1:24 p.m. Friday

MATI Energy unveils new flavors + watch new video

The growing story of Durham startup MATI Energy continues with new flavors just in time for fall. Plus, MATI's founder Tatiana Birgisson is featured in a new video from the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Updated 3:34 p.m. Friday

Fingerprint sign-in: Lenovo adding biometric sensors to Yogas, desktops

Sign in to your desktop or tablet with a fingerprint and then be able to make secure payments? Yes, says Lenovo, which is working with several industry partners, including PayPal and Intel, to bring biometric security sensors to its Yoga convertible devices as well as desktop PCs. The move comes as a new report finds the global embrace of biometric security is growing stronger.

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9:21 a.m. Friday

Premium Lock Guest opinion: Why the free and open Internet had to die

#ProtectTheInternet Donald Trump's campaign says a government plan to give up managing key operations of the internet poses a threat of outside censorship of online information. But does it? No, says the group ICANN, which already administers key net functions, and others. But the debate continues, and a group continuing to speak out against the move is Americans for Limited Government, a Washington-based organization. Robert Romano, the group's senior editor, offers his analysis of what's happening.

Updated 7:30 a.m. Friday

A Google Fellow's story: Bridging Triangle's digital divide

The Triangle Literacy Council, working with the Google Fiber Digital Inclusion fellowship program, is helping Triangle seniors master the Internet. Google Fiber Fellow James Butts takes readers inside this effort to help bridge the digital divide.

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Updated 8:22 a.m. Friday

Premium Lock Is US really giving away Internet? Plus: Video ICANN tutorial

Donald Trump's campaign says a government plan to give up managing key operations of the internet poses a threat of outside censorship of online information. But does it? No, says the group ICANN, which already administers key net functions, and others. But the debate continues.

6:20 a.m. Friday

Inside LinkedIn changes: Training features, news feeds and 'bots' (+ video)

LinkedIn wants to become more useful to workers by adding personalized news feeds, helpful messaging "bots" and recommendations for online training courses, as the professional networking service strives to be more than just a tool for job-hunting.

Updated 7:44 a.m. Friday

The Internet of Things wave: Autonomous is getting real - fast

If you have any doubt that this new Internet of Things wave of innovation is coming, marinate on the fact that the Feds are jumping on this. The institutions most likely to slow-roll new tech are being proactive, both with tech in the air and on the ground, to the best of their abilities. A Internet of Things event in Wake Forest captures the energy of what's happening.

Showcasing a giant drone at RIoT event Showcasing a giant drone at RIoT event

3:53 p.m. Thursday

Yahoo: Hackers stole info from 500 million user accounts + Graphical view

New Yahoo! logo Yahoo said hackers stole personal information from 500 million of its user accounts, a massive security breakdown it attributed to a "state sponsored actor." The breach disclosed Thursday, the latest setback for the beleaguered internet company, dates back to late 2014. Plus: A graphical view at big data breaches.

Tags: Internet
11:16 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Cisco, Salesforce team up for cloud, IoT efforts

Internet of Things As competition in the cloud intensifies, tech giants Cisco and Salesforce are joining up in an effort to drive more sales across a variety of products, including cloud, Internet of Things and collaboration.

10:48 a.m. Thursday

Get your shot: VaccinatioNCelebration offers new vaccine made in NC

When you reserve a 10-minute "NC Big Shot" slot on the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's website for the Tuesday, October 4 VaccinatioNCelebration, it'll reserve your free ticket to participate in a milestone of medicine. That's because you'll be among the first "NC Big Shots" to get Flucelvax Quadrivalent. That big shot is being made right here in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

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Updated 10:23 a.m. Thursday

Wilmington event hits it out of ballpark with hockey stick principles talk

Editor's note: Rather than discuss how to create a startup or his own businesses, entrepreneur and author Bobby Martin led the crowd at a Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington event through advice on how to navigate the first 3 to 5 years of a startup. He stressed principles explained in his book: "The Hockey Stick Principles: The 4 Key Stages to Entrepreneurial Success."

Talking growth at NEW in Wilmington Talking growth at NEW in Wilmington

Updated 8:20 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Art of the BIG deal: Red Hat goes 23 for 25 in renewing $1M-plus contracts

Maybe Red Hat executives should consider writing "The Art of the BIG Deal" as Red Hat drives more "wallet share" from clients. CEO Jim Whitehurst on Wednesday cited a series of big deals as key drivers in the Hatters' quarterly Street beat. And CFO Frank Calderoni spells out the big-deal details.

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Tags: Red Hat
6:52 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Funding news: Scribbles Software, Semprius, Spotlight Solar, Avadim

Looking for cash? Scribbles Software, Semprius, Spotlight Solar, Avadim Technologies raise more than $2 million in a series of new fundings.