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January 19

Tech news: Apple $1B more in NC; Netflix shrinking DVD biz; CoLucid sold; Biogen settles suit; satellites track jets; GPS anomalies

Note to our readers: The Bulldog wrapup of technology news, which has been a staple of WRAL TechWire for years, is taking on a new look. We are expanding it to incorporate Triangle and regional headlines, not just news from The Associated Press and other wires. In effect, the Bulldog will become the new home for other occasional WTW posts such as Triangle Headlines. No one publication in the Triangle can adequately cover all the tech and life science news that's happening daily - well, make that hourly. The Bulldog, which draws its name from an old newspaper term for early editions and from WTW Editor Rick Smith's late bulldog Roxie, will attempt to bring you a daily wrapup of highlights.

Apple's original site plan for N.C. Apple's original site plan for N.C.

January 18

Premium Lock Plasma power tech startup lands $1.2M from investors

The startup markets patented technology known as APS PlasmaFlux series power supplies and applicators plus other products. Here's a look at the company.

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Updated January 19

US suit: Oracle pays white male workers more, favors Asian workers in recruiting

Oracle The Labor Department is suing Oracle, claiming that the technology giant pays white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles. Oracle says the suit is "politically motivated."

Updated January 18

Steve Case: 4 steps to boost entrepreneurs across 'Middle America'

AOL founder, entrepreneur and investor Steve Case spells out the four steps he believes need to be taken in order to bolster entrepreneurial growth in "Middle America" - the great expanse between Silicon Valley and New York.

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Updated January 18

Filings: Call center laying off 160; Asheville firm raises more cash

North Carolina Business News Wire In the latest filing news across N.C.: A call center in Rutherford County is laying off 160 people. Meanwhile, Asheville-based Avadim Technologies is raising more cash.

Updated January 18

Premium Lock Senior living center The Cardinal deploys K4Connect Internet technology

K4Connect The Cardinal, a senior living community in Raleigh's North Hills, is deploying "Internet-of-Everything" technology from Raleigh startup K4Connect as part of an effort to give residents more control of their lives.

January 18

Premium Lock Durham pharma startup Renovion up to $1.8M in fund raising

Renovion, a pharmaceutical startup, has big dreams for drug development that will target chronic inflammatory airway diseases. And the company continues to attract attention from investors while also receiving orphan drug status from the FDA.

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January 18

Premium Lock Venture capital firm NEA wants to raise record $3 billion for 16th fund

Venture Capital     ​New Enterprise Associates, one of the venture capital industry's leading fundraisers, wants to raise $3 billion in what would be the largest single venture fund raised since 2007.

January 18

Tech news: FTC sues Qualcomm; Cary firm picks Fla. for new jobs; Wolfspeed's auto power; SalesJam returns

Bulldog Note to our readers: The Bulldog wrapup of technology news, which has been a staple of WRAL TechWire for years, is taking on a new look. We are expanding it to incorporate Triangle and regional headlines, not just news from The Associated Press and other wires. In effect, the Bulldog will become the new home for other occasional WTW posts such as Triangle Headlines. No one publication in the Triangle can adequately cover all the tech and life science news that's happening daily - well, make that hourly. The Bulldog, which draws its name from an old newspaper term for early editions and from WTW Editor Rick Smith's late bulldog Roxie, will attempt to bring you a daily wrapup of highlights

Updated January 18

Premium Lock IBM CEO lays out AI development principles, says some jobs will be lost but others created

IBM's Ginni Rometty       IBM chair and CEO Ginni Rometty says artificial intelligence will make some jobs obsolete but will lead to creation of opportunities. "It's not man or machine," she says. Rometty also spells out the three principles IBM is following in cognitive computing development.

January 17

UNC, consortium to explore genome sequencing for newborns

DNA        Are you ready to explore baby's genome? UNC clinical geneticists are part of a national consortium of researchers studying the ins and outs of genome sequencing for newborn health screenings and beyond.

January 17

Report: NC clean energy sector adds 8,000 jobs in 2016

Clean energy   North Carolina's clean energy sector produced an additional 8,000 jobs in 2016 - an increase of 31 percent - but overall revenues fell slightly to some $6.4 billion, according to a new report.

January 17

Novan Therapeutics lands $11M licensing deal

Novan Therapeutics  Novan Therapeutics, which went public last September, signs a licensing deal for its dermatology treatment to a Japanese firm that lands the Morrisville firm an $11 million upfront payment.

January 17

First customer signs on for fiber Internet in Holly Springs

Fiber optic network                      "Crazy fast fiber Internet" as Ting describes its service goes "live" today in Holly Springs with its first residential customer.

January 17

Premium Lock IBM taking cognitive thinking, IoT to retail (+ video)

IBM is focusing its retail solutions around three key imperatives: shopping and customer experience; merchandising and supply networks; and operations and innovation. These imperatives include products such as Watson Marketing, Watson Commerce, Watson Merchandising and Watson Supply Chain. Potential use cases addressed by these products include enhancing product selection and design, improving marketing campaigns, improving customer services, and optimizing talent management.

January 17

Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Astronaut Gene Cernan died less than six weeks after another American space hero, John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. Their flights weren't the first or last of the Mercury and Apollo eras. Yet to the public they were the bookends of America's space age glory.

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Updated January 17

Vivek Wadhwa: 'Bots' will be story of year, but there are risks

Vivek Wadhwa Digital assistants, called bots, will be the most amazing technology advances we see in our homes in 2017, says former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic and author Vivek Wadhwa. But is dependency a risk?

January 16

Premium Lock Carolina Angel Network launches, led by UNC professor/investor/entrepreneur

UNC-Chapel Hill has formally launched its Carolina Angel Network, pledging some $2 million to match angel investments made into UNC-related startups. A UNC professor, investor and entrepreneur, leads the fund.

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January 16

Premium Lock Infosys eyes startups as part of 'renew-new' strategy

Infosys Analysis: Infosys gradually develops a product-company-like culture through increased collaboration with startups and software companies.