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3:52 p.m. today

MCNC's chief technology officer joins lineup for 'Fiber Transforms the Triangle' conference

Fiber optic network            Mark Johnson, chief technology officer at MCNC and a former executive with Internet 2, is part of the speaker lineup for WRAL TechWire's conference "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" on Oct. 13 at SAS.

2:44 p.m. today

Silicon Valley accelerator picks Durham startup Mission 100 Percent

ExitEvent Prestigious Valley accelerator Imagine K12 picks Mission 100 Percent for its next class, reports ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman.

2:24 p.m. today

AT&T to beat Google with gigabit Internet in Silicon Valley

AT&T GigaPower AT&T says it will offer its ultrafast Internet and entertainment service in Google's backyard of Cupertino, Calif. AT&T is ramping up its GigaPower network in the Triangle, other metro areas in North Carolina, and across the country while Google Fiber offers its service in select markets.

Updated 11:59 a.m. today

More than 60 startups join lineup for Tech Venture 2014

CED Tech Venture Conference The Council for Entrepreneurial development is going to swamp attendees at its annual venture conference with startup and emerging companies that just might be worth investment. The list of presenting companies grew to more than 60 with the list announced Wednesday.

9:31 a.m. today

Premium Lock Inside Inc. 5000: Wilmington startup Go Energies Is NC leader

Go Energies, a software and hardware startup focused on services related to the fuel industry, ranks No. 10 on the new Inc. 5000 list. That performance - 16,007 percent revenue growth over three years, also makes the company the No. 1 North Carolina firm on the list.

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9:14 a.m. today

Premium Lock Inside the Inc. 5000: Raleigh-based Aseptia ranks No. 15

Aseptia, the venture capital-backed firm formerly known as Wright Foods, uses proprietary technology to produce preservative-free foods. The company came in No. 15 on the new Inc. 5000 list with three-year revenue growth of an astounding 12,427 percent. It's also creating jobs. Lots of them.

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Updated 9:33 a.m. today

Some 200 NC firms, including several Triangle tech ventures, crack new Inc. 5000

Some 200 companies from around North Carolina - including several tech ventures based around the Triangle - are among the latest Inc. 5000 list released early Wednesday. We've got the list: Two Toasters, Netsertive, Appia, ReverbNation, Bronto, Brooks Bell - and many more.

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Updated 9:53 a.m. today

Cisco's COO: Big layoffs 'just the wrong way to do it'

A blogger about Cisco obtained access to internal video and audio recordings of company execs discussing the tech giant's new layoff round that will affect some 6,000 workers. Business Insider published some of the information, including an interesting remark from Chief Operating Officer Gary Moore. Plus, a new report shows one reason why Cisco is facing challenges: Its router market share has plunged.

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6:52 a.m. today

Uber hires Obama exec; Salix near deal close; Ballmer leaves Microsoft board; Lenovo's NFL Fantasy; HTC's new phone

Bulldog In today's Bulldog roundup of tech and life science news: Uber hires former Obama exec to help with lobbying; Salix nears deal close; Ballmer quits Microsoft board; Lenovo's new NFL Fantasy contest; HTC's new phone runs Windows.

6:31 a.m. today

So I hired a felon: An update on the law of negligent hiring

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Negligent hiring is a hit, but mostly a miss, claim for relief that has evolved in the domain of employment law.

2:29 p.m. yesterday

Verizon topples AT&T in wireless service tests

Verizon Verizon tops AT&T as the most reliable and fastest wireless service provider in the Triangle and across North Carolina, according to test data compiled by research firm RootMetrics. AT&T, which topped the survey in 2013, did score best in texting.

12:49 p.m. yesterday

$4.1M federal grant could put BioCryst in Ebola fight - next time

It's tempting to think BioCryst might have the club that could beat down the frightening disease that's producing daily headlines out of West Africa. So far it's believed to have infected more than 2,100 people in 2014 and killed 1,145 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. But this Ebola outbreak will most likely be history by the time BCX4430 becomes a useful clinical weapon.

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Updated 7:39 a.m. today

Clinical trials tech firm Clinverse raises $9.1M, eyes 'more aggressive' strategy

Clinverse, which focuses on financial management tools to be used in clinical trials, has raised $9.1 million in a new round of venture capital funding. Durham-based Hatteras Venture Partners is part of the round.

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Updated 12:02 p.m. yesterday

Crowdfunding startup GroundFloor leaving Triangle, raises $1M

With crowdfunding legislation bogged down in the N.C. General Assembly, startup GroundFloor is leaving the Triangle to establish its headquarters in Atlanta. The crowdfunding company focused on real estate also raises $1 million in new funding.

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6:38 a.m. yesterday

Biogen's newest MS drug to be manufactured in Triangle

Biogen's RTP plant The FDA on Friday approved the drug Plegridy from Biogen Idec as a treatment for multiple sclerosis. It will be manufactured in the Triangle.

Updated 7:12 a.m. yesterday

Former Intersouth VC Garheng Kong raises $110M fund

Garheng Kong, a former venture capitalist at Intersouth Partners in Durham who now lives in Silicon Valley, is the managing partner of a new venture fund that has raised $110 million.

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Updated 6:26 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Bitcoin: Cat and mouse game in security, regulation

Will the virtual currency Bitcoin face increasing regulation in the future? Is Bitcoin secure enough to attract mass use? About a hundred or so experts at the Cryptolina Bitcoin Expo last week in Raleigh discussed the complex security and regulatory issues facing the virtual currency.

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2:32 p.m. Monday

Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets

Google 10 Years After IPO Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.

Updated 6:29 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Bitcoin investor Draper encourages startups to 'boost' their chances

One way to increase support for Bitcoin-related startups in North Carolina, says Boost VC CEO Adam Draper, is to get companies in the area that started something on their own.

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1:46 p.m. Monday

Raleigh-Cary No. 2 on Forbes' best list for your professionals

Forbes Forbes ranks the Raleigh-Cary metro area as the second best city for young professionals for a second time. In a new report out Monday, the capital city metropolitan statistical area ranks behind Des Moines, Iowa, just as it did on the first list three years ago.