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5:38 a.m. yesterday

Aereo vs. broadcasters: Justices skeptical, concerned

Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

Aereo's mini-antenna  Aereo's mini-antenna

1:14 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Cisco picks RTP as a hub for new 'Threat Defense' service

Cisco Cisco is rolling out a new "Managed Threat Defense" offering to help networks deal with mounting security challenges. RTP will be one of two hubs for the service, according to Network World.

12:52 p.m. Tuesday

Can Campus Cruizer replace the taxicab at NC State (and beyond)?

ExitEvent Sarah Bill, writing for ExitEvent, reports about the efforts of two NCSU students' startup that provides pre-registered designated student drivers. This is the latest post that is part of the news partnership between WRALTechWire and ExitEvent.

Tags: NCSU, Startups
Updated 12:37 p.m. Tuesday

AT&T joins investment group to launch $500M online video venture

AT&T The move comes amid rapid growth in online video services. AT&T, a telecoms giant, already offers TV content through its U-Verse service, which competes with more traditional cable TV providers. With online video, though, it could attract customers of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other services - including people who've stopped paying for traditional broadcast, cable or satellite TV.

Updated 11:15 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Novartis-GSK deals slide show: How they change Novartis

Drug giants Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline each offered investors online presentations that spell out graphically how the deals announced Tuesday will affect each company. Here's a look at three key slides from the Novartis presentation.

Novartis gains GSK's oncology portfolio Novartis gains GSK's oncology portfolio

Updated 11:13 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock GSK-Novartis deals slide show: How they change GSK

Drug giants GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis each offered investors online presentations that spell out graphically how the deals announced Tuesday will affect each company. Here's a look at three key slides from the GSK presentation.

GSK's proposed new vaccine portfolio GSK's proposed new vaccine portfolio

Updated 7:55 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock RTP's robotic David (TransEnterix) takes on a giant (Intuitive Surgical)

TransEnterix, which is developing an innovative robotic surgery platform, completed its move to the NYSE MKT, launched its first "advanced energy flexible instrument," and is ready to take on industry leaders. But CEO Todd Pope says one of his biggest challenges early-on was convincing investors he could build the firm in the Research Triangle.

TransEnterix CEO Todd Pope TransEnterix CEO Todd Pope

6:50 a.m. Tuesday

Apple, its NC data center already 'green,' widens anti-pollution efforts

Apple goes greener With its four big data centers, including one in western North Carolina, utilizing renewable energy, tech giant Apple says its retail stores will go that route for power needs. The company on Monday also announced a free recycling program.

Updated 11:22 a.m. Tuesday

Glaxo CEO: Major deals to 'improve long-term earnings'

GSK's top executive Andrew Witty says the multiple deals announced early Tuesday with Novartis promise to deliver "broadly sustainable sourced sales growth and improve long-term earnings."

Andrew Witty   Andrew Witty

Updated 11:21 a.m. Tuesday

Novartis swaps businesses with GSK, plans to sell Holly Springs plant

Novartis Two drug giants with major operations in the Triangle, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline, are swapping businesses in two major deals. Meanwhile, Novartis plans to sell its huge Holly Springs plant in a separate deal and also strikes an agreement to sell its animal health business to Eli Lilly. No layoffs are planned, Novartis says.

Updated 1:37 p.m. Monday

AT&T expands gigabit Internet plan to more Triangle, NC markets

AT&T touts its GigaPower AT&T says it will expand super-fast Internet services to as many as 100 additional cities in 25 metropolitan areas, several of which are in the Triangle and North Carolina. Apex, Garner and Morrisville have been added to the Triangle target list that already includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carborro and Cary.

Updated 1:17 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock Argyle Social folds; CEO says market 'just getting too competitive'

It's not just a matter of the company failing to meet sales and revenue targets, says CEO Adam Covati. Nor is the shutdown solely due to the rise of competitors or the growth of divisions inside of larger organizations. "It's pretty much all of that," he explains to WRALTechWire Insider Jason Parker.

A sample of ArgyleSocial's technology A sample of ArgyleSocial's technology

Updated 11:41 a.m. Monday

If Amazon unveils a phone, here are 5 features to expect

Amazon.com Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded market dominated by Apple and Samsung. Even so, innovations like the Kindle Fire and Prime membership program demonstrate that the online retailing giant has a knack for using its massive size and marketing budget to capitalize on gaps in the marketplace.

9:59 a.m. Monday

Atlanta-based Cbeyond being acquired in $323M deal

Cbeyond "This transaction will create a nationwide communications and technology services powerhouse and significantly advances our strategy to drive top-line revenue growth by enhancing the premier communications, cloud and managed services that are available to our business customers," says Vincent Oddo, CEO of Birch. "The combined company will have a nationwide IP-network with a significant fiber infrastructure, an extensive data center presence in multiple markets, and a relentless focus on providing superior customer service."

9:49 a.m. Monday

Why the East Coast Game Conference isn't JUST for Gamers

ExitEvent ExitEvent news: Writers Jivan Achreja and Laura Baverman have compiled a list of reasons why this year's ECGC is worth attending, whether you're a gamer, game developer or neither.

6:54 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Several Triangle firms among 45 'pitchers' at Southeast Venture Conference

The Startup Blog: The Research Triangle will be well represented at the upcoming Southeast Venture Conference in Atlanta with numerous firms already selected to be among the "pitchers" at the two-day event.

SEVC 2014 SEVC 2014

6:22 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock WSJ: Scynexis is expected to go public today, raise around $50M

The Durham drug-development company was expected to go public earlier this month, but a flagging market apparently set the Scynexis plans back. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that today is the IPO day.

Scynexis Scynexis

Updated 8:01 a.m. Monday

Aereo CEO on broadcasting: No companies 'sacred' from tech changes

Why shouldn't broadcast and cable companies fear Aereo? "What they should be afraid of, and I'm sympathetic to this, is the Internet is happening to everybody, whether you like it or not. It happened to books, news people, it happened to music people, it happened to Blockbuster. There is nothing in our Constitution that says there is a sacred set of companies that will never be affected by new technology," says Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia.

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia talks tech transformation Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia talks tech transformation

Updated 7:56 a.m. Monday

Supreme Court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being. The target is startup Aereo, which takes free television signals from the airwaves and sends them over the Internet to paying subscribers in 11 cities.

Aereo's pitch  Aereo's pitch

Updated 5:27 a.m. Monday

National broadband events spotlight hot trends in networking

The Broadband Report  The Broadband Report: From Silicon Valley to the nation's capital, high-speed connectivity and gigabit speed are front and center on the national networking agenda this spring.