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Updated 7:10 a.m. today

Premium Lock Survey: Social media marketing under performing expectations

Social Media Even though social media spending by marketers has tripled since 2009, it still falls short of levels predicted five years ago and companies say it contributes little to their overall performance. So says the CMO Survey from Duke University.

8:30 a.m. yesterday

CED Tech Venture profile: EmployUs, connecting employers and job seekers

EmployUs is off to a fast start, having already won an NC IDEA grant and successfully closing on investment capital. The Raleigh startup takes its employer-job seeker message next to CED Tech Venture as a presenting firm.

6:52 a.m. yesterday

CED Tech Venture profile: PatientPay, a paperless payment option for healthcare

Durham-based startup PatientPay is utilizing patented technology in an effort to help reduce paperwork clogging up healthcare while reducing costs. The company is among some 90 startups and emerging companies presenting at the CED Tech Venture Conference. Here's a Q&A profile of the company which already has attracted $2.5 million in venture capital from Silicon Valley.

Updated 6:49 a.m. yesterday

European regulators validate Cempra pneumonia treatment

Cempra You have probably heard all those stories about antibiotic resistant bacteria. Chapel Hill drug developer Cempra Inc. has moved another step closer to European approval of one solution also under review in the US.

Updated 9:07 a.m. yesterday

High Point U starts first pharmacy class

HPU's inaugural class of pharmacy students reads the “Oath of a Pharmacist” to friends and family members at the school's first white coat ceremony. -- HPU Photos The Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy has officially opened at High Point University with a traditional white coat ceremony for an inaugural class of 60 students hailing from 12 states.

6:06 a.m. yesterday

Netflix will hit 100M subscribers by 2018

Netflix   International Netflix subscribers will overtake the number of US domestic subscribers, and the streaming service will hit 100 million subscribers by 2018, says a new report.

Tags: Internet
Updated 6:16 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock R65 Labs, startup from Modality founder, files debt offering

Durham-based R65 Labs Inc., a digital health startup founded by S. Mark Williams, who previously created Modality, is seeking more than $1 million in a debt offering, according to a regulatory filing.

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2:52 p.m. Tuesday

Drone market growing, who gets all the smartphone profits; Verizon tops

Bulldog In today's update of technology news from around the web: the market for drones to qrow by 25 percent for the next five years; Apple, Samsung grab most smartphone profits; and Verizon rated tops in network coverage and performance in NC.

12:18 p.m. Tuesday

CED Tech Venture profile: MindSumo, crowdsourcing innovation + finding talent

Backed by Google Ventures and Stanford University's X-fund, emerging entrepreneurial firm MindSumo is helping college students and possible employers avoid mismatches while at the same time crowdsourcing innovation. It's one of the "showcase" companies for the upcoming CED Tech Venture Conference.

12:00 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Why the Lenovo licensing deal with Microsoft matters

Lenovo will load Microsoft's productivity apps -- including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype -- on select Lenovo devices that use the Android operating system in a deal Fortune Magazine says matters.

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9:01 a.m. Tuesday

CED Tech Venture profile: Bridgera aims to make IoT 'easier'

If your firm is puzzled by Internet of Things complexities, Raleigh startup Bridgera may be able to help. In a Q&A, WRAL TechWire provides a profile of the IoT and big data company ahead of its participation in the CED Tech Venture conference.

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7:23 a.m. Tuesday

CED Tech Venture profile: Artificial intelligence startup WhiteHatAI targets medical fraud, errors

Can artificial intelligence help the medical industry better deal with fraud and errors? Artificial intelligence startup WhiteHatAI's leaders believe so. Here's a profile Q&A about the emerging Durham venture which will be among the presenters at the CED Tech Venture Conference.

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7:15 a.m. Tuesday

CWG aquires Digitek Computer Products

CWG buys Digitek CHARLOTTE--Carolina Wholesale Group (CWG) of Charlotte has acquired Dullas-VA-based Digitek Computer Products Inc. to become one of the largest distributors of imaging supplies and business machines in the country. Financial details were not disclosed.

Updated 11:36 a.m. Tuesday

CED Tech Venture profile: Online organizer startup PodKeeper

Charlotte startup PodKeeper, which aims to help parents "finally stay on top of their many family commitments," is among the 90+ startups and emerging companies presenting at the CED Tech Venture Conference. Here's the latest startup profile of the presenters as part of a partnership between the CED and WRAL TechWire.

Updated 7:31 a.m. Tuesday

Epic Games forums hacked again, 800,000 accounts affected

Epic Games More than 800,000 user names and email addresses were stolen from Epic Games forums. The company said most of the passwords are not easily read or crackable, however.

Updated 4:29 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock Biochemical firm Tethis gets debt funding

Tethis Inc., a Raleigh-based company that makes biochemicals, has sold nearly all of a debt and options offering, according to a regulatory filing.

Tethis lands debt funding Tethis lands debt funding

3:13 p.m. Monday

Syngenta acquisition by ChemChina tops one US hurdle

Syngenta The U.S. Commitee on Foreign investment has approved the China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) purchase of Syngenta for $43 billion, the companies said Monday. Syngenta stock soared nearly 12 percent on the news.

2:53 p.m. Monday

Facebook stock prediction, new Android OS, Samsung to refurbish phones

Bulldog In today's update of technology news: Barron's says Facebook stock may soar; Android operating system "Nougat" out of Beta; and Samsung to sell refurbished smartphones.

Updated 2:55 p.m. Monday

Valeant shares get boost from management shuffle

Valeant    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, which acquired two Triangle companies last year, saw its stock jump more than 8 percent in mid-day trading Monday after announcing a chief financial officer shuffle.

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9:33 a.m. Monday

NC entrepreneur raising $500K for California-based Chirp Innovations

NC Business News Wire A North Carolina entrepreneur filed to raise $500,000 in equity financing for his California-based technology firm, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.