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Premium Lock Tech links: IBM's cognitive dress; Cisco cloud phone; Watson on Twilio; GSK lung drug success; Lenovo Moto Z

In today's roundup of Tech Links, taking you to important stories affecting tech in the Triangle: Check out the "cognitive dress" designed in part by IBM's Watson; see a YouTube video about the fashion project; read about Cisco's cloud phone; find out about new Watson services for developers at Twilio, GSK gets good news on a potential lung drug; and Lenovo trademarks Moto Z.

Updated 11:43 a.m. today

Premium Lock AT&T invests $325M in Triangle, says DirecTV streaming coming in '16

AT&T GigaPower      AT&T's expansion of its fiber and wireless networks in the Triangle have cost the company some $325 million over the past three years. That's the most the communications giant has invested in any geography across the state. Plus, streaming for DirecTV is coming.

10:15 a.m. today

HPE gets smaller; Microsoft job cuts; Toyota backs Uber; fed's IT antiquated

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: HP Enterprise is selling its services group; Microsoft cuts jobs in mobile unit; Toyota decides to invest in Uber; and a new report says the federal government is spending billions on antiquated technology.

10:00 a.m. today

Bugs Bunny got it right: NCSU unravels health-rich carrot genome

Maybe the wily and youthful-looking rabbit has intuited for decades what can now be found in the scientific literature, as NC State researchers worked with colleagues from around the globe to sequence the carrot genome in order to learn more about the plant's evolution and how it accumulates its high levels of health-boosting carotenoids.

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Updated 8:43 a.m. today

Premium Lock Veteran biotech entrepreneurs launch new venture with $49M in funding

Arrivo A team of serial entrepreneurs that launched three previous ventures is rolling out a fourth in a big way. Arrivo Bioventures is launching with $49 million in capital from investors, including Rex Health Ventures.

7:43 a.m. today

Premium Lock Bloomberg: Lenovo analysts cut outlook due to 'mobile crisis'

Lenovo   Lenovo reports its latest quarterly earnings Thursday, and expectations are the numbers won't be good, Bloomberg news reports. In a story that documents how analysts are downgrading the stock, Bloomberg notes one common theme: Lenovo's struggles in the mobile phone market.

Updated 9:32 a.m. today

IBM aims for more collaboration with center at NCSU's Centennial Campus

IBM is opening what it calls at Education Collaboration Center on N.C. State's Centennial Campus, saying it wants to work with faculty and students to "make a difference in the world." The tech giant says it is providing a mix of gifts, equipment and services worth $30 million.

IBM's Collaboration Center at NCSU IBM's Collaboration Center at NCSU

Updated 6:30 a.m. today

Premium Lock Inside HPE: How $8.5B service group sale reshapes tech giant

HP Enterprise is selling its business services division to Computer Sciences Corp. in a deal worth $8.5 billion. What's this mean to CEO Meg Whitman's HPE? Analyst Krista Macomber of Technology Business Research takes a look.

The new HPE and top exec Meg Whitman The new HPE and top exec Meg Whitman

6:12 a.m. today

Personalized nutrition startup lands up to $2M from backers

Panacea BioMatx, a personalized nutrition startup company in Morrisville, has signed a license agreement with an Australian health food provider that will also invest up to $1 million in Panacea. Local investors will match the deal.

Production work at Panacea. Production work at Panacea.

Updated 5:59 a.m. today

Automated Insights: Adding a robot data scientist right into your spreadsheet

Durham-based Automated Insights is adding a new dimension to spreadsheets: "Actionable text." How? Read this explanatory blog from Automated Insight's James Kotecki, the firm's director of communications.

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Updated 6:38 a.m. today

Even as Monsanto says no, Bayer confident $62B deal will proceed

Monsanto Monsanto is rejecting Bayer's $62 billion takeover bid, calling it "incomplete and financially inadequate. However, Bayer's top executive believes the deal remains a "mutually compelling transaction." Plus: A graphical view of top mergers so far this year.

12:31 p.m. yesterday

More room to tweet; more ads at Google maps; Facebook news changes; apps TV future, says Apple

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Twitter revises tweet multimedia limits; more ads are coming to Google Maps; Facebook makes changes in news after meeting with conservatives; and Apple's Tim Cook says apps are the future of TV.

Updated 12:35 p.m. yesterday

Silicon Valley software firm WalkMe plans to hire 'hundreds' in Raleigh

WalkMe, a Silicon Valley-based software firm, has opened an office in Raleigh and plans to hire "hundreds" of people over the next several years. The firm already lists 11 open positions in Raleigh.

Welcoming WalkMe to Raleigh Welcoming WalkMe to Raleigh

8:50 a.m. yesterday

Wilmington's impressive biotech, life science entrepreneurial potential

Guest opinion: "I had an exciting adult field trip in my own town, within my own university, as I explored the world of biotechnology and life science business opportunities in Wilmington," writes UNCW professor Dr. Suzanne Altobello.

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6:43 a.m. yesterday

Narratives for spreadsheets; Spiffy's $1.6M; RTP traffic warning; Ag biotech showcase winner

Triangle headlines In today's Triangle headlines, a wrapup of stories about RTP-related technology news: Automated Insights unveils new software for creating a spreadsheet narrative; startup Spiffy raises $1.6 million; a former transportation secretary offers advice to the Triangle; and a look at the winner of the N.C. Biotechnology Center's ag tech showcase winner.

6:20 a.m. yesterday

Afrofuturism emerges as key theme at Moogfest

What is it? Reggie Watts, Janelle Monae and others discuss and debate somewhat nebulous Afrofuturism movement at Moogfest. Jon Mareane of ExitEvent reports.

Reggie Watts performs at Moogfest Reggie Watts performs at Moogfest

Updated 1:18 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Inside NetApp: Changing market requires portfolio reboot

NetApp Analysis: In previewing NetApp's latest earnings report on May 25, Technology Business Research Analyst Krista Macomber says the tech storage firm will endure declines as it invests to secure market relevance.

12:49 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock NVCA embraces Fostering Innovation Act, says it will boost startup IPOs

Venture Capital     In an open leader to House of Representatives leaders, the chief executive officer of the National Venture Capital Association calls for passage of the "Fostering Innovation Act." Bobby Franklin says the bill would help more startups execute IPOs.

12:09 p.m. Monday

North Carolina ag leaders promote innovation at NCBiotech event

Agricultural technology superstar Randy Marcuson has a quick answer to those who wonder how North Carolina continues to expand its global leadership in the field. "Innovators spawn other innovators," the former president and CEO of highly successful Embrex tells attendees at the fourth annual Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase.

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11:59 a.m. Monday

3D-printed motorcycle; startup staff mentors in NYC; not all Android phones equal; vulnerable airport security

In today's Bulldog wrapup of the latest technology news: Airbus unveils 3D-printed motorcycle; startup staffers are mentoring in NYC schools; why not all Android phones are equal; and tech can't make airport security perfect.

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