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Premium Lock Bloomberg launches financial services Gender-Equality Index

"While more and more firms are focused on addressing gender equality in the workplace, we've lacked a holistic set of data to better understand the issues facing companies, employees and clients," a Bloomberg exec says. The BFGEI gives investors an important new decision-making tool by providing objective, concrete data around difficult-to-measure areas like policies and products."

Bloomberg's new index Bloomberg's new index

58 minutes ago

New investors betting on big growth from FilterEasy

FilterEasy The Raleigh air filter subscription service startup lands a $3M round led by IDEA Fund Partners to boost B2B sales, marketing, reports ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman.

Updated 12:48 p.m. today

Premium Lock Durham analytics firm Bivarus acquires Hickory consulting company

Bivarus, a startup focusing on patient experience anayltics that raised $2 million in March, has acquired a Hickory-based firm that provides healthcare measurement and consulting.

Bivarus offers real-time health analytics Bivarus offers real-time health analytics

9:40 a.m. today

Premium Lock Quintiles merger Q&A: Local impact, why do the deal, more

Merger Any time companies merger, they talk about cost savings and "synergies." That often means layoffs with redundant services and more often being cut. So will there be an immediate impact in Durham at Quintiles' global headquarters? And why merge with IMS Health Services? WTW asks a Quintiles exec for details.

Updated 53 minutes ago

Quintiles, IMS Health to merge, forming $17.6B firm; stock drops

Durham-based life science services giant Quintiles is merging with IMS Health Holdings in a deal forming a company worth some $17.6 billion. The merger was announced early Tuesday. Quintiles founder Dennis Gillings will lead the combined board but IMS shareholders will hold majority of stock. Wall Street reacts negatively to the news.

Quintiles' headquarters       Quintiles' headquarters

6:39 a.m. today

Bitcoin founder mystery continues + A bitcoin primer

​The mystery creator of the digital currency bitcoin has finally stepped forward. Or has he? Plus: A primer about the digital currency - how it works and more.

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6:24 a.m. today

Next drone is warship; Philips lighting spinoff; billboard data tracking probe; Oculus VR delays

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: The Navy unveils an unmanned sub hunter; Philips is spinning off its lighting group; Senator wants probe of billboards that track mobile data; and delays in Oculus VR devices generate complaints.

Updated 3:57 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock 'War on talent:' Hiring, layoffs, finding contractors headline news at INC

INC Research INC Research's latest earnings report reflects growth in earnings, revenue and hiring. But a separate SEC filing discloses 175 layoffs as part of a reorganization. More are coming. Company execs also say they are using more contractors, which often are more expensive than full-time employees. What's going on? CROs such as INC, and Quintiles are battling for a particular kind of talent. They are known as CRAs.

3:20 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Michael Dell's new name for merged Dell-EMC: 'Dell Technologies'

Dell Once Dell's $59 billion merger with EMC is complete, the new company will be known as Dell Technologies, Michael Dell announced at the EMC World trade show in Las Vegas on Monday.

11:00 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Verizon is becoming a digital media, IoT heavyweight

Verizon   Analysis: A review of Verizon's most recently quarterly earnings report shows the communication giant's continuing transformation into a digital media and Internet of Things heavyweight, writes Steve Vachon of Technology Business Research.

Updated 10:35 a.m. yesterday

Bitcoin mystery solved? Australian claims to be inventor + Graphical view

An Australian man long rumored to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator, a claim that would end one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world. Plus, a graphical view of Bitcoin's history.

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Updated 10:17 a.m. yesterday

From edtech to food tech: Youth Digital exec launches own startup

Paying customers for Ryan Perlowin's weekly meal plan emails prompted a new Chapel Hill startup and Kickstarter campaign to fund it.

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Updated 6:01 a.m. yesterday

'God particle' search; Parkinson's drug; Mayer $55M parachute; Ichan dumps Apple

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: The search resumes for the "God particle" at CERN; the FDA approves a Parkinson's disease drug; Marissa Mayer gets $55 million severance package if ousted; and billionaire Carl Icahn sells his stake in Apple.

5:50 a.m. yesterday

WTW news in review: Week of April 25, part one

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire for the week of April 25, part one of two.

5:45 a.m. yesterday

WTW news in review: Week of April 25, part two

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire for the week of April 25, part two of two.

5:40 a.m. yesterday

Reading WTW on the go: Use our mobile iPhone/iOS, Android apps

WRAL TechWire, a comprehensive source of coverage of companies in the Carolinas and beyond with a focus on the growth industries of broadband, life sciences, and on entrepreneurs and venture funding, now has an WRAL TechWire app for iOS devices.

Reading WTW on iOS devices Reading WTW on iOS devices

5:35 a.m. yesterday

Following WTW on major social media: Like, track, link to us

WRAL TechWire is social media friendly. From its launch 15 years ago, Local Tech Wire as it was known then has offered a daily email blast. Adding a news feed on Twitter brought on more readers. We've recently added a PM email blast, too. With Facebook, readers have a new channel to follow our news. Now there is LinkedIn as well.

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5:30 a.m. yesterday

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Contribute to WRALTechWire WRALTechWire is continuously expanding its content lineup, and we want you to participate. We are looking for news and analysis about all things tech and life science from people who know their business.

April 29

Bob Ingram renominated for troubled Valeant board

Valeant    Bob Ingram, a longtime Triangle pharmaceutical executive and investor, has been renominated to the board of directors at troubled Valeant Pharmaceuticals. He will be replaced as chairman by incoming CEO Joe Papa.

Updated April 29

RTP headlines: AgBiome opens new facility; NC leads in grid storage; PRA beats Street; MaxPoint reverse split

Triangle headlines In our latest wrapup of Triangle headlines: AgBiome moves into new headquarters in RTP; a North Carolina utility takes the lead in power grid storage; PRA Health Sciences earnings tops analysts expectations; and MaxPoint pulls off a reverse merger.