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7:14 a.m. yesterday

NC IDEA to open fall grant cycle in August

Since its inception in 2006, NC IDEA's grant program has awarded more than $3.4 million to 88 companies across the state. On Monday, NC IDEA announced that the organization's 18th grant cycle will open on Aug. 11 with a series of information sessions being held throughout North Carolina.


7:00 a.m. yesterday

NTIA: Faster broadband, reaching more

The Broadband Report    The Broadband Report: Access to high-speed internet has become a necessity for communities and businesses, and the latest data from the National Broadband Map shows that it continues to be available to more Americans than ever.

6:52 a.m. yesterday

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

A Predator model sold at Amazon.com Thirty university and college professors say government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.

6:47 a.m. yesterday

Latest news on NCSL lawsuit; cloud competition; Mark Zuckerberg; and America's most-hated social media company is...

Bulldog In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: FCC lawsuit on municipal broadband; the next big front for cloud competition; Mark Zuckerberg's net worth soars; and why social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are among the lowest-scoring companies in the nation when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Updated 7:41 a.m. yesterday

NeoNova expands national footprint to 41 states

Growth continues for the Raleigh-based cloud services provider as NeoNova now is working with customers in 42 states with latest signing in South Dakota.

NeoNova NeoNova

6:34 a.m. yesterday

Incubator farms nurture agriculture entrepreneurs

Incubator Farms A physicist from Armenia, a juice-maker from Bermuda and a Burmese sushi chef are crafting new careers in agriculture under a program that applies the business incubator model to farming.

Updated 6:16 a.m. yesterday

Get the pulse. WRAL TechWire now on LinkedIn

WRAL TechWire is expanding again, this time with a new LinkedIn site. From its launch 12 years ago, Local Tech Wire as it was known then has offered a daily email blast. Adding a news feed on Twitter brought on more readers. We've recently added a PM email blast, too. With Facebook, readers have a new channel to follow our news. Now there is LinkedIn as well.

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Updated 6:13 a.m. yesterday

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Contribute to WRALTechWire WRALTechWire is continuously expanding its content lineup, and we want you to participate. We are looking for news and analysis about all things tech and life science from people who know their business.

6:11 a.m. yesterday

Your 50 WRAL TechWire headlines from last week

Week in review Some local websites run one or two tech stories per day. Others a few more but mixed with a variety of business news. At WRAL TechWire, tech and life science make up the menu with 50 stories published over the last five business days. Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire last week.

July 25

Square 1 shares climb 5% as earnings surge 30%

Square 1 Bank   Shares in Durham-based venture capital bank Square 1 surged 5 percent Friday after the firm reported a 30 percent increase in quarterly earnings. The report was the second for Square 1 since the bank went public in March.

July 25

Meet the new ThinkHouse Fellows: Fashion, robots, music, social enterprise ...

Eight new fellows join Raleigh's ThinkHouse as of Aug. 1, reports Sarah Headley of ExitEvent. ThinkHouse graduated its first seven "fellows" who built five startups in June.

Raleigh's "ThinkHouse" Raleigh's "ThinkHouse"

Updated July 25

Citrix expands Startup Accelerator program, partners with HQ Raleigh

Citrix, which has a large presence in Raleigh after acquiring ShareFile in 2011, is bringing its Startup Accelerator Innovators Program to the Triangle. Its local partner is HQ Raleigh, which was co-founded by former ShareFile CEO Jesse Lipson.

Citrix Startup Accelerator Innovators Program Citrix Startup Accelerator Innovators Program

July 25

Investment firm buys Charlotte-based AGDATA

software deal Charlotte-based agricultural data company AGDATA has been purchased for an undisclosed sum by a large national investment firm, San Francisco-based Vista Equity Partners.

July 25

Raleigh EdTech startup heads to NYC for prestigious Kaplan-Techstars Accelerator

ExitEvent Karl Rectanus, founder of Lea(R)n, an education technology startup in Raleigh, is off to New York City to participate in the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman reports the details.

Updated July 25

Premium Lock Look for Amazon's 'cloud' to deliver more enterprise wins

Amazon.com  Inside Amazon's earnings: Price cuts hit Amazon's AWS, or cloud services, revenue but revenues surge 48 percent. Plus, launches of higher-level services position AWS for more growth, writes analyst Jillian Mirandi of Technology Business research.

July 25

Research firm: Tablets far from dead but iPad share declines, Lenovo's grows

Research firm IDC reports that tablet sales are a long way from heading into a death spiral with sales growing 11 percent over a year ago. Plus, the recently announced IBM-Apple deal could drive enterprise sales. But Apple's share is declining and Lenovo climbs to No. 3.

Tracking tablet sales at IDC Tracking tablet sales at IDC

July 24

Texas governor's $205M startup fund is not all it seems

Dollar sign Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state. But a closer look at the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, one of Perry's signature initiatives in his 14 years as governor, reveals that some of the businesses that received money are not all they seem.

Updated July 24

American Underground doubles space at downtown Durham location

The operator of startup campuses in Durham and Raleigh (and owner of ExitEvent) reveals a plan to double the size of its space on Main Street in downtown Durham by January, making room for 50 additional companies and meeting a 2012 goal of housing 200 companies by 2015.

American Underground   American Underground

July 24

GSK seeks regulator approval for malaria vaccine

Fighting malaria The experimental shot is the most advanced candidate vaccine for malaria but results from previous trials have been disappointing. Research published in 2012 showed the shot only reduced malaria cases by about 30 percent in babies aged six to 12 weeks, the target age for immunization.

July 24

Premium Lock Lenovo's smart glasses partner is a CES-winner, costs $999

So what are the M100 Smart Glasses that Lenovo will soon begin selling in China through a new partnership with New York-based Vuzix? Here are some details.

The M100 smartglasses The M100 smartglasses