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Updated 11:57 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Artificial heart through 3D printing could be major advance (+ video)

Engineers at ETH Zurich used 3D printing to make a soft, artificial heart made of the implantable material, according to research published last week in the journal Artificial Organs. Is a heart made of silicone within reach? Plus: Watch a video overview and read the full announcement.

6:36 a.m. Thursday

NCBiotech company directory is new - and free - again

The price is right - free -- and the content is rich. It's the newly published 2017-18 print edition of the NCBiotech Company Directory.

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6:31 a.m. Thursday

Amazon isn't technically dominant, but it pervades our lives

Amazon  Amazon's $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods merely extends Amazon's long quest to make shopping so convenient that consumers won't even think about stepping away from its embrace. The more successful that strategy, the more Amazon can monopolize the attention and shopping dollars of its customers -- which, of course, is perfectly legal.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday

Comic-Con wrestles with digital-age challenges

Comic-Con Comic-Con remains the biggest event of its kind, a four-day extravaganza that lures 130,000 pop-culture enthusiasts to San Diego. Yet the convention's main drawing power -- a chance to get first looks at highly anticipated movies and TV shows -- is grappling with digital-age challenges that could coalesce into its own form of Kryptonite.

Updated 2:24 p.m. Wednesday

Vivek Wadhwa: Amazon-Whole Foods deal shows disruptive competition comes out of nowhere

Vivek Wadhwa    The march of Amazon shows that this is the new nature of disruption: Disruptive competition comes out of nowhere. The incumbents aren't ready for this and as a result, the vast majority of today's leading companies will likely become what I call toast--in a decade or less.

1:20 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Inside IBM: Big Blue relies on Watson, cognitive computing to drive cloud, software growth

IBM's latest earnings report demonstrates that vertical-specific cloud solutions enhanced with Watson capabilities help IBM weather software license declines, says Technology Business Research Analyst Molly Gallaher Boddy.

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12:32 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Moody's: Tech giants Apple, Google Microsoft hoard $464 billion in cash

Looking for cash? All told, non-financial U.S. companies studied by Moody's hoarded $1.84 trillion of cash at the end of last year. That's up 11% from 2015 and nearly two and a half times the 2008 level.

10:30 a.m. Wednesday

Former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns: It's a 'time of power' for women in tech

Xerox  With headlines about sexual harassment sweeping Silicon Valley, the former CEO of Xerox has a message for women: Don't avoid the tech industry.

Updated 11:01 a.m. Wednesday

Garner-based Growers Holdings harvests $1M

​A Garner-based company that helps farmers get more crops from their land has raised $1 million in a private equity offering, according to a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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7:12 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock IBM can't shake revenue blues despite new initiatives

Shares in IBM took a major hit in after-hours trading Tuesday after the tech giant reported revenues that failed to meet analysts' expectations. Big Blue has now reported 21 consecutive quarters of year-on-year sales declines. So what's next?

Tracking IBM revenues by segment Tracking IBM revenues by segment

Updated 6:58 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Raleigh finance startup lands $3M venture investment

Constellation Digital Partners, a Raleigh-based startup focusing on a finance software platform, lands a $3 million investment from a credit union. The new venture is targeting credit unions, and seven have already signed on as investors.

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Updated 11:00 a.m. Wednesday

Time running out for startups to apply for SEBIO Forum

Privately owned life science companies looking for funding still have a few days to apply for a chance to pitch their stories to potential investors and partners at the 2017 SEBIO Investor and Partnering Forum in Pinehurst this fall.


4:30 p.m. Tuesday

Uber, Lyft take down not just cab drivers, but also lenders

Uber Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft have been so disruptive to New York City's taxi industry, they are causing lenders to fail.

Updated 5:39 p.m. Tuesday

Google Glass is back: Enterprise Edition targets industry

Google Glass is back with a new "Enterprise Edition" announced on Tuesday. The initial target: Use on the job.

Using Google Glass on the job Using Google Glass on the job

2:15 p.m. Tuesday

Veteran commercialization exec Karen LeVert to lead NC IDEA board

NC IDEA Karen LeVert, a veteran commercialization executive, is the new board char at NC IDEA. The economic foundation also names three board members while two current members step down.

Updated 11:54 a.m. Tuesday

New coworking space for science startups to open in Durham

BioLabs North Carolina, which is part of a growing national network offering coworking space for emerging science companies, will begin offering 42,000 square feet of space in downtown Durham later this year. Partners include GlaxoSmithKline, Wexford Science & Technology, and law firm Wyrick Robbins.

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Updated 11:55 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Did China really beam up an object? Not quite + A look at quantum teleportation

It's not surprising that the recent announcement that Chinese scientists teleported an object from the ground to a space satellite has engendered so much attention. Article headlines like "First object teleported to Earth's orbit" are pretty exciting. Taken literally, you could imagine not only visiting exotic locations across the globe in a blink of an eye, but also imagine an enormous advance in space technology. But what really happened?

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Updated 5:33 p.m. Tuesday

The Supreme Court, free speech and trademark law

Legal ruling As a result of a Supreme Court's decision, the USPTO will no longer apply the disparagement provision as the basis to refuse trademark registration. The USPTO also has confirmed that applications suspended awaiting this Supreme Court decision will now be released from suspension and examined for registration. Here's a review of the case.

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