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

3:44 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Report: Millennials will be loyal to companies with 'high-trust culture'

Jobs        Great Place to Work report says millennials will be loyal to their employers IF the companies provide a "high-trust culture." Many want that kind of environment vs. no dress codes or other benefits.Looking for local examples? Two Triangle firms - SAS and Kimley-Horn made the top 10 list of companies deemed best for millennials.

3:26 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock As Facebook hits 2B users it steps up hate speech deletions

Facebook  Facebook just topped 2 billion monthly users -- a population equivalent to roughly 51 times that of California. Meanwhile, Facebook also says it has deleted about 66,000 posts a week in the last two months as the social media giant cracks down on what it deems to be hate speech.

1:50 p.m. yesterday

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren departs, also leaving board

Pandora The co-founder and CEO of Pandora, under intensifying competitive pressure from Spotify and Apple Music, has relinquished his position and will step down from the company board as well.

Updated 1:29 p.m. yesterday

Merck: Network 'compromised' in new cyberattack sweeping Europe

Cyber Security In a message sent using its verified Twitter account, Merck confirmed Tuesday that its computer network was "compromised" as part of a global attack. Merck also confirmed the attack to WRAL.com.

11:15 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Duke prof on iPhone past, future: 'It's changed how we interact with the world'

It's hard to believe that iPhones and the smartphone revolution began a decade ago. Duke Professor Debu Purohit, who teaches marketing technology, talked then about the launch on June 29, 2007, and talks now about the changes iPhones continue to trigger.

8:39 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Tower of power: Lenovo unveils VR developer-ready desktop PC

Lenovo, which is vying for the world's No. 1 PC seller title with HP, is making a move into virtual reality programming capable PCs with a new machine.

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Updated 1:27 p.m. yesterday

EU fines Google a record $2.72B in antitrust case + Timeline

Google The European Union slapped a record $2.72 billion fine on internet giant Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own online shopping business. Plus: A timeline of the battle.

Updated 6:29 a.m. yesterday

ExitEvent: Trio Labs' 3D printer aims for mass production of metals, ceramics

An NC IDEA grant will help this RTP-based 3D printing startup bring a prototype to market. NC IDEA announces six North Carolina startups as spring grant winners and recipients of a collective $300,000. THis story is part of an ExitEvent series about the recipients.

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Updated 6:29 a.m. yesterday

Argos Therapeutics CEO received 35% compensation increase (+ video)

​The chief executive officer of biotech company Argos Therapeutics Inc. received a 34.8 percent increase in compensation in 2016, according to a filing. Plus: A video report about the company.

2:10 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock IoT World is a model of the emerging Internet of Things industry

Internet of Things Business is where technology has impact, and IoT's impact will keep expanding rapidly in the coming five years. Technology Business Research predicts that IoT revenue will continue to grow well beyond those five years, and of course, IoT innovation will not stop.

1:55 p.m. Monday

The music may be over for Pandora's CEO

Pandora The music may have stopped for Pandora CEO and co-founder Tim Westergren.

1:00 p.m. Monday

Jim Shamp: Is science comedian an oxymoron? No, it's Tim Lee, Ph.D., and he's definitely no moron

You don't have to be an ag whiz to harvest a heap of fun from the N.C. Biotechnology Center's get-together on Wednesday with Tim Xtreme Lee, who has a Ph.D. in biology and the equivalent in comedy.

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Updated 3:55 p.m. Monday

AT&T launches wireless broadband for NC rural, 'underserved' areas + How to get the service

AT&T                            AT&T is expanding its fixed wireless broadband efforts across North Carolina and seven other states, targeting rural and what it calls "underserved" areas. Plus: How much the service costs and how to find out if you can get access.

10:13 a.m. Monday

Insomniac Games exec to grads: Don't get discouraged - 'just keep doing the work'

"Art school gave you a great overview, a place to try things. But it is perfectly normal to spend some time honing your craft and looking around before you start your dream job," Chad Dezern of Insomniac Games tells Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham graduates. "The important thing is to know that, and not get discouraged--just keep doing the work." Here is his complete graduation speech.

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9:46 a.m. Monday

SAS combines IoT, solar in 'smart campus' initiative

Global analytics software and services firm SAS is capitalizing on the growing Internet of Things as well as its on-campus solar farms to create a "smart campus" that it says will reduce energy costs and make the firm more sustainable.

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7:33 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Vance-Granville CC lands $31M Siemens software grant

Computer coding In what's called the largest grant ever made to the college, Vance-Granville Community College has received a $31 million software grant from Siemens PLM Software.

Updated 8:12 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock NovaQuest names Vern Davenport as partner, looks to raise $1.5B fund

Veteran tech executive Vern Davenport, who left Medfusion early last year after serving as CEO, is a new partner with Raleigh life science investment firm NovaQuest. The North Hills-based group also is looking to raise a new fund worth $1.5 billion.

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6:46 a.m. Monday

Foxconn in NC? Scuttlebutt grows about 8,600 job project; Michigan after it, too

Initial wire service reports last Thursday out of Taiwan did not include North Carolina on a list of states under consideration for a huge $10 billion plant investment by Foxconn, a builder of iPhones and other tech products. But a later report did - and now Raleigh is buzzing about the project. Other states want it, too, including Michigan whose governor wants a big incentive package ready to offer the China-based tech giant.

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6:32 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock SpaceX launches 10 Iridium satellites from California (+ video)

A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites from communications firm Iridium into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida.