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SAS No. 2 on world's 'Great Place to Work' list

SAS logo at its Cary headquarters  Cary-based SAS, a perennial member of best places to work lists, is No. 2 on the latest global rankings for multinational firms. Google is No. 1. Three other tech firms with a big Triangle presence, also crack the list. Triangle presence

16 minutes ago

Cary-based Relias sale to Bertelsmann reportedly valued at $540M

Bertlesman, a Germany-based entertainment conglomerate, has acquired Cary-based Relias Learning in a deal reportedly worth $540 million. Relias is a property of private equity firm Visa Equity Partners. The company's HQ will remain in Cary.

10:53 a.m. today

Cree, its stock hammered this week, unveils new LED technology

CED's Chuck Swoboda Cree on Thursday morning unveiled its latest advance in LED technology, saying it will "reduce system costs" for most lighting applications by 40 percent. The news comes after an earnings report this week led to a hammering of Creek stock with LEDs the big culprit.

10:27 a.m. today

Premium Lock Inside AT&T's earnings: Still trailing Verizon but positioning for long-term growth

Earnings    Inside AT&T's earnings report: AT&T's 2Q14 results are promising heading into 4Q14, with solid subscriber and wireless revenue growth. Both the wireless and U-verse subscriber bases continued to gain traction in 3Q14 and will continue to propel the operator forward to challenge Verizon for the top position in the U.S. market, writes Eric Costa of Technology Business Research.

10:02 a.m. today

Rumors Lenovo may buy BlackBerry may be true this time

Chatter on Wall Street supported by media reports that Lenovo might be buying BlackBerry appears to have legs this time. The talk is not fading as BlackBerry shares surge. A rebuilt BlackBerry under John Chen just could add a great deal to Lenovo's mobile offerings - not so much in phones but in software and services.

BlackBerry's Passport  BlackBerry's Passport

7:36 a.m. today

Premium Lock City of Raleigh, other governments embracing Open Source

A growing number of governments and agencies, from the City of Raleigh and higher, are embracing Open Source as a means of finding solutions for their operations. So speakers such as Raleigh CIO Gail Roper tells the All Things Open conference in Raleigh. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer provides exclusive coverage for our Insiders.

All Things Open draws a big crowd All Things Open draws a big crowd

Updated 7:44 a.m. today

Premium Lock Red Hat founder to startup hopefuls: Dream big for big rewards

When you start a company with a product or service to sell, Bob Young, co-founder of Red Hat and Lulu.com, told a packed room at the All Things Open conference at the Raleigh Convention Center: "You don't sell a product's features, you sell benefits." He also offers more advice. What is it? WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer has the details for our Insiders in this exclusive report.

Bob Young talks entrepreneurship Bob Young talks entrepreneurship

6:09 a.m. today

Tablets, net-connected cars drive AT&T wireless gains - not phones

AT&T      AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone.

Updated 6:47 a.m. today

CED receives largest gift to date - $200,000 - in launching $2M capital campaign

Dollar sign   Moise Khayrallah, CEO and co-founder of Aerial BioPharma, kicks off the Council for Entrepreneurial development's $2 million capital fundraising campaign with a gift of $200,000. It's the biggest single gift CED has received in its 30-year history.

3:02 p.m. yesterday

#WTWTrends for Wednesday: Tech Out, Building Q, Venture Atlanta, #UNCReport, TwitterFlight 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 Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

2:44 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Analyst: Open Source is on the rise, especially in China, India

Inside the All Things Open conference: Open source software is on the rise even in enterprise settings, Forrester Research analyst Jeffrey Hammond told a packed room as the All Things Open conference got under way at the Raleigh Convention Center on Wednesday. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer has the details for Insider subscribers.

All Things Open  All Things Open

12:15 p.m. yesterday

Raleigh-based ClubSoft is sold to Cincinnati firm

Merger ClubSoft, a provider of software services for private clubs, has been sold to Clubessential. As part of the deal, ClubSoft founder and CEO Ray McDonald joins Clubessential as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Triangle-based investor John McConnell joins the board.

10:59 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock 2,000 jobs to fill: Seekers, employers match up at Tech Out job fair

Big names, like Allscripts and DeutscheBank Global Technology, sat alongside up-and-comers like Ansible, growing companies like Dude Solutions and Bronto, and newcomers like Avalara. All of the companies were vying for talent ranging from developers to marketers, and everything in between. And hundreds of applicants showed up. What do employers want? And what are workers looking for? WRAL TechWire Insider Ann Revell offers an exclusive report with plenty of answers.

Bronto roars at Tech Out Triangle job fair Bronto roars at Tech Out Triangle job fair

10:20 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Stormy weather: Verizon shifts cloud strategy toward hybrid IT

Verizon Analysis: Limited penetration, increasing competition and low margins in the public cloud market drive Verizon to realign its cloud portfolio, writes Jillian Mirandi of Technology Business Research.

9:55 a.m. yesterday

Witty defends himself, GSK: 'Look at what we're able to achive'

Having been fined nearly $500 million in China for bribery, facing investigations in other countries and battling lagging revenue, GSK now faces more cost cuts and is contemplating a stock offering for its ViiV Healthcare. But GSK's CEO Andrew Witty defended himself and his strategy in discussing the drug giant's most recent quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. "Look at what we're able to achieve," he says.

GSK's Andrew Witty talks strategy GSK's Andrew Witty talks strategy

Updated 8:01 a.m. yesterday

Apple issues security warning for iCloud, which is under attack

iTunes on iCloud   Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China.

Updated 7:58 a.m. yesterday

Venturing into an action-filled shark tank for Venture Atlanta

Venture Atlanta puts on quite a show for entrepreneurs, investors - and a crowd of lawyers. Unfortunately, the event includes a promising startup - Groundfloor - which relocated its HQ to Atlanta from Raleigh. Jim Roberts, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNC-Wilmington, offers this exclusive take on the VC showcase.

Charles Davis of Easy Vote stays outside to shark tank ... Charles Davis of Easy Vote stays outside to shark tank ...

Updated 7:27 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Cree tumbles to 52-week low despite new bulb disclosure

Shares in LED manufacturer Cree plunged 10 percent to a 52-week low under $30 after its quarterly earnings report Tuesday. Not even news that Cree plans to introduce a new LED bulb dissuaded investors from dumping shares.

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6:02 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Viamet Pharma withdaws IPO, raises $60M, names Bob Ingram chairman

Viamet Pharmaceuticals scrapped its plans for a $75 million IPO on Tuesday. Instead, the Triangle-based company raised $60 million in new capital. At the same time Viamet named former Glaxo CEO Bob Ingram as its chairman and spun off a new venture focused on prostate cancer.

Robert Ingram Robert Ingram

3:07 p.m. Tuesday

GSK's Ebola vaccine could be tested in January, WHO says

Ebola Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines -including one from GlaxoSmithKline - could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.