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Updated 7:50 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Inside Red Hat: Hatters' open strategy is paying off as cloud market grows

Analysis: Red Hat beats revenue expectations for the second quarter, fueled by OpenStack adoption and an application-centric strategy, says Technology Business Research Analyst Andrew Smith.

Red Hat revenue surges Red Hat revenue surges

Updated 6:51 a.m. yesterday

Uber-Lyft vs. fingerprints; solar plane to Spain; Senate blocks warrantless data access; tech boosts coral study

In today's Bulldog roundup of science and technology news: Uber, Lyft keep fighting driver fingerprints; a solar-powered plane reaches Spain (see photo); the U.S. Senate blocks warrantless access to data; and new technology helps in massive coral reef survey (see photo).

5:54 a.m. yesterday

Tech Links: IBM Watson medical imaging; Google, AT&T vs. FCC; Lenovo smartphone supply chain; Tencent gaming buy; good GSK drug news

High tech In today's Tech Links roundup of news impacting the Triangle: IBM forms a new Watson alliance for assessment of medical imaging - 2 reports; the FCC may budge on its cable box proposal after hearing opposition from AT&T and Google; Lenovo vows to revamp its supply chain to right smartphone business; Tencent, which owns a big part of Cary-based Epic Games, buys "Clash of Clans" creator; and GSK gets good news on a COPD combination therapy.

12:42 p.m. Wednesday

Broadband report: 'The state must position itself for the future'

N.C. flag           The North Carolina Broadband Report released Tuesday by the McCrory Administration concludes with a warning about the future. "Other states and countries around the world are leading initiatives to respond to this rising demand," the authors write "If the state's infrastructure does not support the ever increasing need for greater bandwidth and speeds, people and businesses will move."

Updated 12:10 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Samsung gears up for TV ad market, acquires AdGear

Samsung "listening TV" Analysis: As margins compress and revenue growth of smart TVs slows, ad tech represents a high-growth, potentially lucrative endeavor for the device manufacturer and expands its operating system (OS) in Samsung smart TVs. Given Samsung's annual revenue of over $170 billion, TBR believes the $50 million spent to acquire AdGear represents a small but timely strategic move.

Updated 7:23 a.m. Wednesday

Instacart launches 1-hour food delivery service in Triangle

Instacart delivers Instacart joins Amazon in targeting triangle residents for fast, customized delivery of products - but the Silicon Valley startup is focused on satisfying your hunger for fresh foods and other staples. And Instacart is working with several high-profile partners.

7:08 a.m. Wednesday

Raleigh food startup Nello's has a real secret sauce

Besides spicing up family dinners, this Raleigh food startup is rethinking every aspect of business, from product development to marketing to hiring.

Nello's Sauce Nello's Sauce

6:55 a.m. Wednesday

Unleash the drones - but not for commercial deliveries + A look at the rules

Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a new technology. Plus: A look at the rules.

6:39 a.m. Wednesday

Longer Twitter videos; 72 new emojis; Tesla wants SolarCity; beeping NFL footballs

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Twitter to allow longer videos; a host of new emojis; Tesla wants to buy SunCity; and NFL tries beeping footballs to cut down on fumbles.

11:35 a.m. Tuesday

Senate sends crowdfunding bill to House in 'significant step'

Crowdfunding  The North Carolina Senate on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would permit crowdfunding in North Carolina. Startup investor and crowdfunding advocate Mark Easley says the vote is a "significant step forward."

7:13 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Quintiles launches accelerator for healthcare apps development

Quintiles aims to speed up development for apps to boost healthcare with a new "Solution Design Studio." The accelerator's team will work with Quintiles clients in a variety of initiatives such as virtual reality and wearables.

Updated 6:45 a.m. Wednesday

New NCSU-led hub to focus on worker skills, tech adoption costs

A new federally backed high-tech hub to be hosted at N.C. State will have a mission of addressing worker skills as well as adoption costs for new technology. The Obama Administration named NCSU as the host of a southeast hub for the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

President Obama announces new initiative President Obama announces new initiative

6:30 a.m. Tuesday

Startup Fokus Labs raises $300,000 to commercialize wearable tech

FokusLabs plans to take its wristband technology designed to help wearers stay on task after raising $300,000 in seed capital from two Triangle investors.

RE-vibe wearable bands RE-vibe wearable bands

1:34 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock Lenovo launches startup incubator - but it's in Hong Kong

Lenovo   Lenovo, which recently announced a big funding initiative to start and to develop new companies, is launching an accelerator program. Unfortunately for the Triangle and North Carolina, the first program is based in Hong Kong.

1:09 p.m. Monday

NCSU researchers' new technique improves accuracy of computer vision technologies

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that improves the ability of computer vision technologies to better identify and separate objects in an image, a process called segmentation.

Better imaging Better imaging

8:06 a.m. Monday

Industry group hails new solar manufacturing jobs

Solar energy      An India-based company's decision to build a solar panel manufacturing facility in Halifax is good news for North Carolina's clean industry sector, says the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.

7:49 a.m. Monday

NC State lands federal smart manufacturing hub

N.C. State will serve as the southeast hub for a new $140 million-plus Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute being announced today by President Obama.

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6:56 a.m. Monday

RTI International to add 190,000 SF building

RTI International RTI International's home campus in RTP is about to grow larger with an additional building and parking deck.