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7:11 a.m. today

FCC eyes more power over broadband providers

The Broadband Report      Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is mulling a new "net neutrality" plan that would provide more regulatory control over broadband providers. But Verizon is already warning that a "reclassification" plan "could not withstand judicial review."

Updated 6:50 a.m. today

Premium Lock CEO: Look for Quintiles to take more firms 'under our wing'

Quintiles CEO Tom Pike is on the lookout for more acquisitions. In a quarterly earnings conference call Thursday, Pike said the world's largest life science services company is on the "lookout" to put acquisition targets "under our wing." Our Insider subscribers get the details.

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2:30 p.m. yesterday

Dorm Room Fund makes $20,000 bet on Durham's RocketBolt

ExitEvent's new logo ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman explores the first Triangle deal made by Dorm Room Fund, a First Roun Capital-backed investment fund. Receiving the $20,000 convertible note is RocketBolt, which recently was selected for The Startup Factory.

2:16 p.m. yesterday

Red Hat's new 'cloud' startup plan; Microsoft launches 'Health,' fitness band; Google 'tax;' bioMerieux 1-hour Ebola test; ChannelAdvisor adds home improvement

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of tech and life science news: Red Hat aims to help startups go "cloud;" Microsoft is getting into fitness; Spain passes Google tax; a bioMerieux subsidiary offers 1-hour Ebola test; and ChannelAdvisor adds home improvement to its ecommerce suite.

11:45 a.m. yesterday

Durham-based Chimerix gears up Ebola tests, raising $105M

Ebola Chimerix is gearing up for the FDA- approved to launch a Phase 2 clinical trial of its possible treatment for Ebola. The company also is looking to raise $105 million.

10:00 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Quintiles beats Street, ups its earnings forecast

Quintiles        Quintiles meets Wall Street expectations for revenues but tops those same forecasts in earnings by a penny a share. The global life science services firm also ups its earnings forecast.

Updated 9:21 a.m. yesterday

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Tim Cook introduces iOS 8 Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.

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Updated 3:37 p.m. yesterday

Lenovo closes $2.9B Motorola deal; CEO says 'future even brighter'

Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the world's No. 1 computer maker a global smartphone brand. Lenovo is now the world's No. 3 smartphone provider.

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3:24 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Report: Automation is eliminating jobs in outsourcing

India outsourcing  IT service providers continue to consolidate headcount across regions while seeking to optimize global delivery operations though automation. Technology Business Research Inc.'s (TBR) semiannual Global Delivery Benchmark documents vendor performance, attrition and utilization rates, as well as market, growth and profit drivers across 14 of the largest systems integrators.

Updated 4:51 p.m. Wednesday

Not so fast cordcutters; cable's not going anywhere anytime soon

Cord cutters rejoiced ltwo weeks ago after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there -- why would anyone sign up now for cable? Well, don't sound the death knell for cable companies yet.

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2:55 p.m. Wednesday

FBI says it faked AP news story to catch bomb suspect

Internet  The FBI confirmed Tuesday it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007, but now says it did not spoof a Seattle Times Web page as part of the investigation.

Tags: Internet
Updated 8:48 a.m. Wednesday

LabCorp earnings decline; Centice makes big sale; Facebook advertising surges; old Apple brings top dollar; FTC picks privacy expert

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of tech and life science news: LabCorp's revenue climbs but earnings decline; Centice in RTP makes big sale in drug abuse technology; Facebook's advertising soars; an old Apple sells for a lot of money; and the FTC's new top technologist is a privacy expert.

6:45 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Raleigh-based INC Research raises target price for IPO to $186M

INC Research, a life science services firm based in Raleigh, is looking to raise some $186 million in its IPO. That's more than $30 million higher than the initial target.. INC lost money in 2013 but is in the black so far in 2014, according to its IPO filing.

6:40 a.m. Wednesday

Cree launches cheaper, more traditional-looking bulb

Cree, which rattled investors with a less than bright earnings report and forecast last week, unveiled its promised new LED light bulb Tuesday. It's cheaper and looks more like traditional bulbs. Now, will it light up Cree stock?

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6:25 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock T-Mobile's 'Un-carrier' strategy keeps delivering new customers

T-Mobile touts its network coverage Inside T-Mobile's earnings: Technology Business Research analyst Eric Costa says T-Mobile is adding the most retail customers among the big wireless carriers due to its "Un-carrier" strategy. What's that? Costa explains.

6:15 a.m. Wednesday

Google working on nanotechnology pill that searches for illnesses

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device.

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6:02 a.m. Wednesday

FTC says AT&T misled customers over unlimited data

AT&T      AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company -- slowing their ability to open web pages or watch streaming video.

5:47 a.m. Wednesday

10 NC Startups to Watch: Tapity, 'outsold angry birds'

ExitEvent's new logo In the second in a series of profiles featuring "Ten Startups to Watch" as selected for NCTA Beacon Awards, Ann Revell-Pechar profiles Charlotte-based Tapity. The story is featured in ExitEvent.

5:38 a.m. Wednesday

Can a limited liability company really offer equity compensation awards to its valued employees?

Ward and Smith, P.A.  TechLaw: You are always looking for creative ways to retain your top employees. One option is to offer valued employees equity in your business. However, not all types of equity incentives are created equally or are available in all situations.

2:21 p.m. Tuesday

#WTWTrends for Tuesday: Bridging the Gap, #TechEX14, and IBM Insight 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 Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.