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1:10 p.m. Wednesday

Women CEOs earned more last year, but few were in top job

IBM's Ginni Rometty        The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. By comparison, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent.

1:06 p.m. Wednesday

Serena Williams accepts a new challenge - diversity in Silicon Valley

Diversity  Tennis star Serena Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic medals, major endorsement deals and her own line of clothing and accessories. Now she is embarking on a new mission: She says wants to help tech companies diversify their workforces and solve one of the industry's most vexing problems.

Updated 6:53 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock How to make sure your IoT project doesn't fail - Advice from Cisco

Internet of Things Cisco shook up the Internet of Things world on Tuesday with news that some 75 percent of IoT projects have or are failing, according to a global survey. The report made headlines around the world. But for those of you who are IoT project leaders and others wanting to pursue IoT, there is hope. Cisco offers tips on how to improve the survival chances of your project.

Updated 8:10 a.m. Wednesday

SAS names new top sales exec as a long-time veteran exits

Nick Lisi is the new top sales executive at SAS in a senior leadership shuffle at the $3 billion-a-year software firm in Cary. He replaces long-time SAS veteran Carl Farrell, who also had served as chief revenue officer.

Nick Lisi Nick Lisi

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2:52 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Chapel Hill-based cardiac simulation startup raises $300K (+ video)

​KindHeart, a Chapel Hill-based company that has developed a cardiac simulation system has raised more than $300,000 in a private equity offering. Plus: Watch a video demonstration and read the KindHeart backstory.

2:36 p.m. Tuesday

UNC entrepreneurship program gets $18M boost

UNC-CH A family of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni has made an $18 million gift to the school's College of Arts & Sciences to more than double the size of its nationally recognized undergraduate entrepreneurship program, officials said Tuesday.

Updated 1:00 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Study: Red Hat is Raleigh's most likable CEO but city's top execs score low overall

Jim Whitehurst   A new survey based on information gathered from social media, news and executive review web sites finds that Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst is the most likable CEO in Raleigh. However, capital city CEOs rate lower than the national average.

12:27 p.m. Tuesday

Microsoft Surface gets battery boost, better viewing angles

The new, fifth-generation device -- simply called Surface Pro -- won't look or feel drastically different from its predecessor. But Microsoft is hoping its under-the-hood improvements will help it compete with newer laptop-tablet hybrids from Samsung and others. Not to mention Apple's iPad Pro.

Updated Surface Updated Surface

12:22 p.m. Tuesday

Google aims to connect online ads to physical stores

Google Google's computers will be trying to connect the dots between what people look at after clicking on an online ad and what they purchase with their credit and debit cards at one of the advertiser's brick-and-mortar stores.

9:24 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Cisco: Nearly 75% Internet of Things projects are failing

Despite all the hype about the Internet of Things transforming our world, a new survey finds that reality is quite different. According to a survey released at the Internet of Things World Forum, Cisco finds that most IoT projects are failing - for lots of reasons.

What's hurting IoT projects? What's hurting IoT projects?

8:47 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Report: Virtual, augmented reality markets (and more) to soar to $37B in a decade

Augmented and virtual reality headsets are by now a reality (pun intended), and they bring about a paradigm shift in form factor for portable electronics.

VR to AR - what's more real? VR to AR - what's more real?

6:45 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock RTP's Clinical Sensors raises $200K, wants more + Company profile

Funding Clinical Sensors, a company based in the Research Triangle Park developing sensors for critical medical procedures has raised $200,000 in a private debt offering. Plus: A look at the company and its technology.

Updated 2:26 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock 16 NC startups pitch for chance at $1M in 1776 Challenge Cup

Sixteen startups from around North Carolina will gather in Durham at the American Underground on Wednesday to make their pitch for an expense-paid trip to New York City for the 1776 fund Challenge Cup. Plus: The Underground's Adam Klein explains why it is participating in the event.

1776 Challenge Cup 1776 Challenge Cup

1:15 p.m. Monday

Mark Zuckerberg says he's not running for public office

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn't before is about building relationships, not politics.

Updated 8:04 a.m. Tuesday

Red Hat hails defeat of 'patent trolls' at Supreme Court

Supreme Court The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits in a case hailed by North Carolina's attorney general. Red Hat and SAS are among firms that have waged a long legal battle against so-called "patent trolls."

Tags: SAS, Red Hat
Updated 11:58 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock 100+ scientists, statisticians pitch in to help non-profits at SAS hackathon

Non-profit organizations StepUp Durham, Habitat for Humanity, public health startup Counter Tools, and the Anti-Defamation League can make better use of data today after receiving plenty of expertise from volunteers at a SAS-hosted hackathon.

Succes at SAS hackathon Succes at SAS hackathon

7:27 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock The Human Future: Quantum speculations, scifi vs. science fact

Is science fiction a way to approach examining problems such as quantum mechanics, behavior modifying brain implants, and other topics in physics and science? It certainly generated many audience questions at a Moogfest Transhuman session at the American Underground@Main in Durham, Sunday.