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Updated 2:53 p.m. today

Judge approves $415M settlement in high-tech wage case

Dollar sign      A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple, Google, Intel and other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

Updated 11:30 a.m. today

Premium Lock Epic Games unleashes virtual reality demo: Watch, be amazed

Virtual reality is seen by many in the gaming industry as the next big wave - and Cary-based Epic Games is likely to be a big player through its Unreal game development engine technology. A new video titled "Showdown" offers intriguing insight into what gamers can expect from future shooters and other thrillers. Plus, developers can access Unreal 4 game engine tools for free.

Updated 11:21 a.m. today

Report: North Carolina No. 5 among states for new clean energy jobs

Clean energy   A new report on where clean energy jobs are being created across the United States shows more than 10,000 were created in the second quarter across 22 states. Of those jobs, 700 were added in North Carolina, ranking the state fifth.

Updated 10:21 a.m. today

Lenovo revamps Enterprise, PC leadership in wake of Jay Parker departure

Lenovo banner at a trade show         Lenovo names three executives to new positions in its PC and Enterprise Business Groups. The world's top PC manufacturer lost one of its top executives recently when Jay Parker resigned and went to work for Dell.

9:42 a.m. today

North Carolina is a leader in legislating virtual currency, Bitcoin expert says

Bitcoins     NC Triangle Bitcoin Meetup hosted a national digital commerce industry leader for Bitcoin legislative update and discussion. "North Carolina is taking a leadership role in coming up with a way to regulate virtual currency--a different approach than what New York is doing--and many within the industry are very supportive of the efforts here," says Perianne Boring.

7:43 a.m. today

Lenovo's product parade: From smartphone with 'dual selfies' to new smartwatch

Lenovo and its Motorola brand are holding back nothing at the big IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin this week. New products and devices number nearly 40, from a smartphone with dual selfie capability to new smartwatches (including a women's collection) from Motorola and Lenovo's first "phablet."

Updated 6:36 a.m. today

Unsecure baby monitors; wearable health pet monitors; SAS beefs up free University offering; Hulu offers ad-free choice

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Some baby monitors are not secure, report says; two companies offering wearable health monitors for pets; SAS adds forecasting tool to University Edition; and Hulu offers an ad-free service.

Tags: Internet, SAS
Updated 2:26 p.m. yesterday

Fighting traffic: American Tobacco Campus offers free bus passes to ATC workers

American Tobacco Campus The American Tobacco Campus is helping companies with employees at the massive Durham complex fight traffic by offering free bus passes that are good through June 30, 2016. And the offer is working with more than 200 passes issued.

1:01 p.m. yesterday

Google refines its logo in a first step toward Alphabet

Google is refining its famous logo as it prepares to become a part of a new holding company called Alphabet. Although this will be the sixth time that Google has changed its logo since Larry Page and Sergey Brin formed the company, this marks the most noticeable redesign since it dropped an exclamation point that appeared after its name until May 1999.

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Tags: Google
12:48 p.m. yesterday

NCSU 'Entrepalooza' to highlight entrepreneurs, innovators

The Entrepreneurship Collaborative at NCSU NCSU's Entrepreneurship Initiative will host an "Entrepalooza" on Thursday with students competing for a $1,000 prize. Plus, Marshall Brain's Eco PRT project will be in the spotlight.

10:00 a.m. yesterday

First-to-market crucial for drug success, Duke research finds

Drug research New research from Duke Unviersity's David Ridley finds that not being first-to-market for a new drug means a much smaller market share even if they spend as much on advertising as rivals.

Updated 9:01 a.m. yesterday

Is your phone infected? Report finds malware embedded in Android devices

Motoorola's new phones   Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought. A new report finds that malware is surfacing at record levels with over a million new "strains" in the past six months.

8:20 a.m. yesterday

So you have a judgment ... Now what?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Success in court can often lead to the entry of a monetary judgment in your favor. But the judgment itself is only a piece of paper establishing your right to payment. So, how do you collect?

Tags: TechLaw
Updated 6:58 a.m. yesterday

Lenovo unveils 'Surface killer,' host of new models at Berlin trade show

Lenovo is rolling out a host of new machines at the huge consumer trade show in Berlin this week, calling the lineup a "Holiday Makeover" for buyers. Among the latest is what is being called a "clone" of Microsoft's Surface - the Lenovo MIIX 700, complete with kickstand. Plus, Lenovo is embracing Intel's new Skylake chips.

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5:02 a.m. yesterday

New Intel chips a PC boost?; Uber drivers' suit broadens; Amazon video downlaods; Valeant stock falls; Comcast targets millennials

Bulldog Bulletin In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Intel unveils new chips hoping to give PC industry a boost; Uber drivers win class-action suit in pay fight; Amazon to allow video downloads; Valeant, which is buying Raleigh-based Sprout Pharmaceuticals, sees its stock drop; and Comcast targets millennials with new service.

Updated 3:03 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock With SEC's approval, GroundFloor plans microlending for real estate

Groundfloor  Triangle-born crowdfunding startup GroundFloor is preparing to launch sales of securities to non-accredited investors across eight states after securing approval from the SEC for peer-to-peer microlending.

9:00 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Silicon Valley ed tech firm IXL opens office in Raleigh - and they're hiring

IXL Learning, an education technology firm based in Silicon Valley, is opening an office in Raleigh. And the company is hiring. It's the first East Coast presence for the firm. IXL already has a number of clients in North Carolina.

Updated 2:13 p.m. Tuesday

Channel leaders hail Dell's hiring of former Lenovo exec Jay parker

Jay Parker  Jay Parker has returned to his tech roots after resigning from Lenovo. Parker is back at Dell as vice president and general manager for North America Enterprise Solutions. Channel partners hail the move.

Updated 3:04 p.m. Tuesday

Fresh from new product launch, Medfusion raises $3M capital infusion

Steve Malik  Steve Malik, who sold medical records and services firm Medfusion to Intuit for $91 million in 2010 and bought the company back in 2013, continues to push ahead with new products. And he's just raised $3 million in venture capital for a fresh cash infusion.

7:12 a.m. Tuesday

Next Moto smartwatch; Lenovo PC, laptop refresh; Yahoo CEO's twins; ; Google vs. India; Hulu lands Epix

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Motorola prepares to launch next smartwatch; Lenovo updates PCs and laptops targeting businesses; Yahoo's CEO to have twins; Google takes on India; and Hulu lures Epix from Netflix.