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#WTWTrends for Wednesday: More from #AGBioSummit, Bill Gates, LGBT and NCWX 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, Nov. 19, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.
Joel Bourne, Jr., an award-winning reporter for National Geographic and a graduate of N.C. State, warns at the AgBio Summit that time is running out to prevent a food crisis by the year 2030. Food production must double but solutions are "on the shelf," he says. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer has the in-depth report for our Insider subscribers.
Feeding a world population the United Nations estimates will hit 9 billion by 2050 is only one of the social problems caused by an increasing number of people, the director of of the US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture tells the AgBio Summit in Raleigh. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer reports the details for our Insiders.
Billionaire Bill Gates and his foundation are providing financial support to Durham-based Chimerix, helping it ramp up production of a potential vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus.
AT&T, Cisco team for conferencing; IBM's new email collaboration; Google buys wind power; Nokia's comeback; Netflix expanding
In today's Bulldog wrapup: Cisco and AT&T team up for new conferencing product; IBM unveils 'cloud' email collaboration suite; Google buys wind power; Nokia launches comeback; and Netflix plans to expand.
WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting users' conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping.
Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.
"The sharing economy" is an emerging a market segment that is posing big questions for N.C. lawmakers as participants are frequently falling through cracks in tax, insurance and health and safety laws.
Should the government make labeling food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) mandatory? Both sides have their say at the opening day of the AgBio Summit in Raleigh. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer reports exclusively for our Insiders.
Uber regulation coming in NC?; IBM's $1.25B outsourcing deal; GSK Ebola vaccine update; FTC says TRUSTe deceived consumers; SAP to pay Oracle $359M
In today's Bulldog wrapup of tech and life science news: A N.C. General Assembly committee is to discuss possible Uber regulations; IBM lands a $1.25 billion outsourcing deal with Lufthansa; GSK's Ebola vaccine is safe in early tests; the FTC settles complaint with TRUSTe; and SAP will pay Oracle $359 million to settle a long legal battle.
The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday in a proposal endorsed by the Obama administration that would increase slightly the fees consumers pay each month on their phone bills. Two republican FCC members indicate they oppose the move.
As NC State prepares to host the AGBIO Summit, the dean of the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences says the event will help showcase North Carolina as the "Mecca, the hub for agio." The theme of the event: Feeding a world of 9 billion people in 2050. And action is required, reports WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer.
Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected.
Analysis: It's time for the political quagmire and stalemate to give way to compromise and good governance. Immigration reform surely cannot wait. President Obama should turn his party's Senate defeat into a victory for America, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa.
Analysis: While the service provider and emerging market headwinds will persist for the next several quarters, TBR expects Cisco's revenue growth to accelerate in 4Q14, reaching midsingle digits due to momentum in Switching and continued growth in key segments such as Services, Security and Data Center.