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28 minutes ago

Premium Lock Reports: Lenovo to shut down mobile phone division, focus on Moto

Motorola's new logo More changes are coming for Lenovo's struggling mobile phone business. Media reports say the global tech giant is shutting down its Zuk Mobile division, which launched less than two years ago in an attempt to combat lower-priced competitors in China.

53 minutes ago

Premium Lock IBM opens 4 more US data centers; RTP not on list

Big Blue says it is opening additional data centers in the U.S. to support its growing cloud, data businesses. However, RTP isn't on the list.

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10:15 a.m. today

LabCorp matches earnings expectations but misses on revenue

LabCorp  Burlington-based health care company Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings reported a 17 percent increase in net earnings for the first quarter due the company's strong growth.

Updated 10:16 a.m. today

GSK revenues surge yet generic drugs pose big threat

GlaxoSmithKline says new products helped first-quarter sales rise 17 percent from the year before but warned that competition from generic drugs may weigh on earnings later this year.

Updated 7:23 a.m. today

AT&T sheds more lucrative wireless customers in 1Q

AT&T                           AT&T Inc. on Tuesday said it lost more of its most lucrative wireless customers during the first three months of the year as the country's biggest mobile carriers try to lure customers from each other with offers of unlimited data plans.

Updated 7:24 a.m. today

Premium Lock In his own words: Cree's top exec spells out revised strategy

After deciding not to sell its Wolfspeed power business for $850 million when regulators wouldn't approve a deal, Cree Chair and CEO Chuck Swoboda on Tuesday spelled out further revisions of the LED and semiconductor firm's strategy for growth. He announced a joint LED venture with a Chinese firm and pointed out plans to increase capacity for Wolfspeed products. In his own words, he spells out his thinking.

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6:51 a.m. today

Internet firms, advocacy groups prepare for 'net neutrality' showdown

Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Plus: Groups on opposite side of the issue weigh in.

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Updated 2:29 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock IBM, ABB bring Watson to factory, utility IoT (+ video)

IBM and ABB, two companies with a major presence in the Research Triangle, are partnering to bring IBM Watson cognitive computing solutions for Internet of Things usage on factory floors, across utilities, smart grids and more.

10:30 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Report: Cybercrimes to cost businesses $8T - that's trillion - over next 5 years

Cyber Security Cybercrime and data breaches are going to hit businesses with an $8 trillion headache over the next five years, a new report says. Yet businesses are planning to increase defense-related spending only 8 percent annually even as cyber costs soar 30 percent. Is AI the solution?

10:00 a.m. yesterday

UNC-CH, Russian scientists team up to create bio shield against nerve gas, pesticides

Bioterror     A US-Russian collaborative effort leads to a potential treatment could protect against sarin gas and VX before exposure.

9:30 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock K4Connect hires WebAssign exec to serve as CFO

K4Connect K4Connect, the F. Scott Moody-founded startup focusing on Internet and tech services to assist older people and those living with disabilities, has hired WebAssign CFO Ellen Grantham to serve as its chief financial officer.

Updated 9:13 a.m. yesterday

Galaxy S8 review: More screen and elegance, but a hefty price tag

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 phone is stunning. But its $100 price hike is hard to swallow. That's how much extra you'll shell out for the S8, which started shipping Friday for about $750 -- $100 more than the iPhone 7 and last year's Galaxy S7 when it launched.

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7:03 a.m. yesterday

Laura Baverman: Inside Gridworks, Durham's newest coworking space (+ video)

American Underground targets non-tech workers for newest coworking option in Durham. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman takes a look.

Updated 6:51 a.m. yesterday

Dish unveils $999 system to make live online video easier (+ video)

Dish, a company known largely for its old-school satellite TV, is now trying to make it easier for people to stream quality video live over YouTube and Facebook.

2:20 p.m. Monday

Chris Heivly: Here's what makes a great startup CEO

Chris Heivly You know that your vision for the company is critical but you also know that you have to do this CEO thing as well. Chris Heivly takes a look at the qualities make for a good chief executive.

2:05 p.m. Monday

Guest opinion: 'Our cancer centers need Congress to pass robust NIH budget'

Cancer research  The directors of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duke Cancer Institute and Wake Forest Cancer Center have jointly written an open letter to Congress calling for what they call a "robust" National Institutes of Health budget.

10:14 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock QuintilesIMS, Salesforce form 'molecule to market' data alliance

QuintilesIMS   QuintilesIMS is partnering with Salesforce to utilize cloud technology for what it calls a "molecule to market" data shop for pharmaceutical companies.