Editor's Blog

The latest blog posts from our WRAL TechWire and WRAL editors. Read the latest articles…

Updated 3:23 p.m. Wednesday

Video revenue surges, text string can disable iPhone Messages, Netflix subscriber growth, Snapchat IPO

Bulldog In today's Bulldog roundup of tech news: study shows online video advertising revenue doubled over three years; Netflix projected to have 100 million subscribers by 2020; a tiny text string can disable iPhone Messages app; Snapchat plans an IPO.

Updated 11:17 a.m. Wednesday

Novartis studying "robotic pill" to replace injections

Novartis Swiss-based Novartis AG, which has a research facility in the RTP and a biomanufacturing plant in Holly Springs, is launching a feasibility study of a "robotic pill" that could replace some drugs that now have to be given by injection with an oral version.

8:02 a.m. Wednesday

Vox acquires ReCode

Vox acquires ReCode Vox Media has acquired Revere Digital, parent company of tech news site, ReCode. Vox will add the site to its online publications, which include tech lifestyle site, The Verge, current affairs site, Vox, and the gaming site Polygon, among others.

Tags: Internet
Updated 7:45 a.m. Wednesday

Lenovo unveils 3 new laptops ahead of Beijing event

Lenovo's products Lenovo unveiled three new consumer laptops Wednesday in advance of Lenovo Tech World, the company's first global technology event in Beijing tonight and tomorrow (May 27-28).

6:18 a.m. Wednesday

EnergySage NC marketplace aids in solar decisions

EnergSage creates NC Marketplace If you're considering adopting solar technology for your home or business, the North Carolina Clean Energy Center at North Carolina State University has teamed with EnergySage to help you make informed decisions.

5:55 a.m. Wednesday

Modern estate planning - It's all about that basis

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Avoidance of estate taxes is one consideration in estate planning. Under current law, however, estate tax issues generally affect only the wealthiest 1% of the population, but everyone should be mindful of income tax issues, specifically basis, when making estate planning decisions. Due to changes in the tax laws, estate plans and trusts put in place under prior law may no longer efficiently address these income and tax basis issues.

Tags: TechLaw
2:57 p.m. Tuesday

Raleigh in top ten best cities for business list

Raleigh Raleigh placed right in the middle of the top ten most business-friendly cities in a just-released ranking by MarketWatch.com. Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem didn't fare as well.

Updated 6:42 a.m. Wednesday

Twitter eyes Flipboard; Charlotte's extended Google I/O event, Novozymes

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news, reports say Twitter is in talks to acquire Flipboard; Novozymes to start operations of new $11M waste-to-energy system; Charlotte holding extended Google I/O event.

12:25 p.m. Tuesday

SAS details new office tower plans

SAS logo at its Cary headquarters  SAS, the Cary-based analytics firm, is preparing for future growth by planning a new nine-story office tower with a full service cafe and a customer meeting space, a company spokeman says.

Tags: SAS
7:44 a.m. Tuesday

Charlotte-based Akoustis Technologies closes $5.3M private placement

Akoustis Technologies Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB:AKTS), a manufacturer of innovative single crystal RF filters for mobile wireless, has completed a merger transaction in which Akoustis, Inc. ("Akoustis") became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Akoustis Technologies. It also announced a $5.3 million private placement offering of the its common stock.

Updated 7:46 a.m. Tuesday

Charter buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33B

Time Warner Cable Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) is buying Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) in a cash and stock deal worth $55.33 billion, the two firms announced Tuesday. The merger creates one of the largest broadband and pay TV companies in the United States.

6:47 a.m. Tuesday

Red Hat boosts CEO salary to $1M

Jim Whitehurst  Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) CEO Jim Whitehurst is getting a $100,000 raise, which boosts his salary from $900,000 to $1 million as of June 1, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

6:28 a.m. Tuesday

Microsoft drops bid for Salesforce

Microsoft Corporation  Microsoft decided not to buy Salesforce because the price was too high, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

Tags: Microsoft
May 22

Premium Lock So what next for NetApp? 'Flash,' for revenues, layoffs to cut costs

Analysis: Another weak quarter financially led NetApp to announce 500 layoffs this week with many of those taking place at its campus in RTP. The storage technology device firm is facing increasing competition and is relying on "flash" offerings to rebuild revenue even as it cuts costs. Technology Business Research analyst Stephen Belanger offers his insight into what the company will do next.

NetApp's main building in RTP NetApp's main building in RTP

May 22

Apple-IBM apps for Watch go enterprise IT; Uber loses in France; FAA apps target delays; PayPal going mobile; PowerSecure solar at Cree

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Apple and IBM unveil enterprise apps for the Watch; Uber loses legal case in France; PayPal is going mobile; the FAA hopes apps will fight flight delays; and PowerSecure teams with Cree for a solar project in Durham.

May 22

RTP-based Camras Vision takes $15,000 top prize in Big Launch Challenge

The Big Launch Challenge Camras Vision, a startup based at the First Flight Venture Center in RTP, takes home the top honor in the Big Launch Challenge, a joint effort of the First Flight Venture Center and The Launch Place in Danville, Va.

May 22

CityCamp NC's fifth 'unconference' hackathon set for June 11-13

CityCamp NC CityCamp NC is offering $3,000 in prizes to development teams who will gather for the fifth "unconference" where the goal is to develop next generation solutions for municipal governments through a hackathon.

May 22

Premium Lock Inside HP: Financial decline, business challenges persist as split nears

HP Tech giant HP made news Thursday by disclosing the $2 billion-plus sale of a server business in China, but the latest earnings report shows revenue declines at each of its business units year-over-year. Technology Business Research takes a look at what's happening as HP nears a split into two groups.

May 22

Loading Dock Raleigh: New co-working space coming soon

Murphy's Mosquito Sticks Repelling mosquitoes, attracting makers: Those are among the goals for Philip Freeman and "Murphy's Naturals." Freeman plans to offer co-working space soon in Raleigh as his business grows, says ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman.

May 21

Gail Roper, City of Raleigh's CIO and a key to bringing fiber to Triangle, is resigning

Gail Roper Gail Roper, chief information officer for the City of Raleigh and a key player in the bringing of fiber-optic Internet networks to the Triangle, is resigning as of June 5. She's taking a job in the private sector.