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3:48 p.m. today

#WTWTrends for Wednesday: Durham Innovation District, IoT, Analytics Camp 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 this first day of October as curated by @WRALTechWire.

2:12 p.m. today

Time saver: Raleigh 12-year-old simplifies the smartwatch

Raleigh's Davis Barrow thinks his smartwatch design will improve upon the interfaces available from Apple and Android.

Davis Barrow, smartwatch programmer Davis Barrow, smartwatch programmer

Updated 1:01 p.m. today

Some 'thing' is really happening in Triangle: The Internet of Things

The growth of the IoT industry will be big, quick, and profitable. However we're left with more questions than answers. What industries will see the fastest adoption of connected devices? What role does consumer adoption play in accelerating this growth? What are the positive and negative implications of a connected world where inanimate objects communicate with each other, as well as us humans? Check out this exclusive report for WRAL TechWire.

Internet of Things meetup packs HQ Raleigh Internet of Things meetup packs HQ Raleigh

12:44 p.m. today

Microsoft's Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar

Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices.

Windows 10  Windows 10

Updated 35 minutes ago

Huge Durham Innovation District plan covers 15 acres

A team of developers led by Longfellow Real Estate Partners from Boston, Duke University and Durham businessman Hank Scherich unveiled formal plans for the "Durham Innovation District." The project covers 15 acres just to the west of downtown.

The Durham Innovation District The Durham Innovation District

Updated 8:03 a.m. today

Premium Lock Red Hat raising $700M for stock buyback, possible acquisitions

Red Hat is raising $700 million in new capital with $400 million of that targeted for a stock repurchase plan. The rest of the capital is to be set aside for possible acquisitions and other "general corporate practices," the company says.

Tracking Red Hat shares Tracking Red Hat shares

Tags: Red Hat
7:39 a.m. today

Hackers plead guilty in $100M hit on Epic Games, U.S. Army, other game firms

Epic Games' "Gears of War 3" was hacked by a team of hackers known as the "Xbox Underground" and so were other firms as well as the U.S. Army, and two men pleaded guilty in the case on Tuesday.

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7:19 a.m. today

Cisco slashes top exec John Chambers compensation 22%

Reflecting a 3 percent drop in revenue and failure to meet revenue targets, networking giant Cisco disclosed Tuesday that it had cut Chairman and CEO John Chambers' total compensation by 22 percent for the past fiscal year. The pay of other top executives also was cut.

How John Chambers' compensation is calculated How John Chambers' compensation is calculated

Tags: Cisco
6:25 a.m. today

Making the hunter the hunted: North Carolina gives business owners new tools to combat 'patent trolls'

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Litigation in federal courts under federal law is a primary weapon in the battle to protect patents from infringement. However, because of alleged abuse, certain states, including North Carolina, have taken it upon themselves to establish their own rules of conduct for patent infringement actions.

1:15 p.m. yesterday

GSK pledges $5M for startups; UNC, Duke scientists land grants for BRAIN Initiative

President Obama's BRAIN Initiative - Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies - second year kickoff includes three RTP connections: Funding from GlaxoSmithKline and research grants for teams at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as Duke.

An NIH look at the brain  An NIH look at the brain

12:06 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Murdock commits $15M 'in perpetuity' to support NC Research Campus

David Murdock, the 91-year-old billionaire founder of the North Carolina Research Campus, sets aside $15 million annually from his estate with the goal of advancing life science research for years to come. But the feisty Murdock says he still aims to live to 125.

David Murdock  David Murdock

11:59 a.m. yesterday

NC IDEA picks 19 startups for next step in grant process

NC IDEA NC IDEA has selected 19 startups from around North Carolina as semifinalists in its latest rounds of grants. Nearly 100 firms applied for the non-dilutive grants which can be worth as much as $50,000.

10:29 a.m. yesterday

New Windows sneak peak; U-verse to Wilmington; Cisco's $1B cloud move; China OKs iPhone 6; Ireland-Apple tax deal

Bulldog In today's technology news wrapup: Microsoft to offer sneak peak of new Windows; AT&T takes U-verse to Wilmington; Cisco expands cloud network; China OKs new iPhones after security assurances; and the EU presses Ireland about Apple tax breaks.

10:00 a.m. yesterday

Pearl Therapeutics expanding, adding jobs in Durham

IT jobs Pearl Therapeutics, a California-based respiratory drug development subsidiary of AstraZeneca, is hiring and expanding its Durham operations.

Updated 9:50 a.m. yesterday

Is 'bendgate' true? Consumer Reports finds iPhones not as bendy as believed

Last week, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything about the uproar was highly unscientific. We don't like unscientific, so we promised then that we would use our lab equipment to find out just how delicate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus really are. We also promised to run the same tests on comparable smart phones. We've done that now, and our tests show that both iPhones seem tougher than the Internet fracas implies.

iPhone 6 after Consumer Reports test iPhone 6 after Consumer Reports test

8:34 a.m. yesterday

Restaurants love Triangle startup Stealz, but will customers?

The founders of social media engagement app Stealz came together to start a nonprofit organization to help school systems raise more money. In the process, they met owners of restaurants, bars and venues and learned of a key problem in marketing and growing their businesses. They didn't have the time, or the content, to take advantage of social media. Stealz helps. But is Stealz a steal for users? ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman takes an inside look at the company, its growth and its challenges.

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8:16 a.m. yesterday

Robotic surgery firm TransEnterix secures $25M loan

TransEnterix TransEnterix, a developer of robotic and flexible instrument technology for use in surgery, has landed a loan worth up to $25 million. The deal provides "up to three quarters of additional capital to satisfy our operating cash requirements," says CEO.

7:53 a.m. yesterday

eBay splitting off PayPal as separate company

EBay Almost a year after billionaire Carl Icahn opened a proxy fight pushing for the spinoff of PayPal, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe said Tuesday that, "The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges."

7:32 a.m. yesterday

RTP happenings: 'Reverse' job fair, Internet of Things meetup

Tech Jobs Under the Big Top More than 80 open jobs will be available Tuesday evening at the Big Top Reverse Job Fair in Durham. Meanwhile, advocates for the emerging Internet of Things will gather in Raleigh.

6:56 a.m. yesterday

Subject of $10B merger talks, Salix wins FDA OK for bowel drug

Salix   Raleigh-based Salix Pharmaceuticals, which is reportedly the target of merger talks in a deal worth more than $10 billion, may have become a more likely takeover target Monday. Why? The FDA OK'd additional use for a constipation treatment.