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6:51 a.m. yesterday

Latest news on wearable medical devices, wireless growing pains, Facebook and muni broadband

Bulldog In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: Wear your medicine; Wireless operators' growing pains; Facebook says if you like it, buy it; and Mr. Wheeler, tear down these walls.

Updated 6:41 a.m. yesterday

Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

Amazon.com  Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you'll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted.

Updated 6:28 a.m. yesterday

Let's connect. 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 6:22 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.

6:19 a.m. yesterday

Your 48 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 nearly 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 18

ArchiveSocial raises $1M from California investor

Anil Chawla Durham-based ArchiveSocial has landed a $1 million investment in capital and marketing services from e.Republic Ventures in California, reports ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman.

July 18

Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service

Amazon.com  Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

July 18

IBM's quarterly profit improves but revenue declines again, down 2%

IBM earnings  IBM is reporting profit that climbed by 28 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations even though revenue continued to decline for the ninth consecutive quarter.

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July 18

Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss

Google        Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue.

July 17

Salix wins FDA approval for drug to treat rare genetic disorder

Salix Raleigh-based Salix Pharmaceuticals has received FDA approval for a drug to treat a rare genetic disorder called hereditary angloedema.

July 17

Vivek Wadhwa: The most powerful way to create innovation is ...

Vivek Wadhwa Remember what drove Charles Lindbergh to fly across the Atlantic? Competition for prizes can drive significant innovation. Unlike traditional venture-capital firms, which back one idea, specific competitions inspire multiple solutions -- often leading to new industries. Such competitions do this by setting a specific target that several teams strive toward.

July 17

A startup founder's please for net neutraility - and why you should care, too

ExitEvent Nick Bhargava, co-founder of Raleigh-based GroundFloor, wants entrepreneurs to take a stance on net neutrality before the FCC's comment period ends on Friday. Bhargava spells out his argument in a blog written for ExitEvent.

Updated July 17

Carrboro, AT&T reach agreement on ultrafast Internet network

Fiber optic network            The Town of Carrboro and AT&T have signed an agreement to open the way for AT&T to build an ultrafast Internet network. The AT&T plan is part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative. All six city governments involved have now signed on to the AT&T plan.

Updated July 17

Microsoft to lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year

Layoffs      Microsoft, which has a large software-related operation in Charlotte, is going to cut its work force by some 18,000 in coming months, the tech giant said Thursday. This would be the largest round of cuts at the company in five years.

Updated July 17

Premium Lock Morrisville-based TyraTech raises $6M, launches head lice product in Europe

TyraTech is rolling out its head lice product in the U.K. and is funding its European expansion with $6 million in new funding. The company, which moved to Morrisville in 2011, says the head lice market is a $150 million a year opportunity.

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Updated July 17

Startup says aloha to name after Hawaii protests; FDA-Pozen update; new Tantalus exec; Apple $400M ebook settlement; Novartis earnings; Visa's new system

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of life science and technology news: A L.A. company changes its name after protests in Hawaii; FDA accepts Pozen application; smart grid firm Tantalus in Raleigh names COO; Apple faces $400M ebook settlement; Novartis earnings; and Visa launches new online payment system.

July 17

Bitcoin 'mining pool' promises to stay small

Bitcoins   The largest group of bitcoin miners, which maintains and processes transactions in the digital currency, is promising to avoid majority control of the currency as a temporary measure to maintain the payment system's credibility.

July 17

Drug firm Merz moving HQ, 250 jobs to Raleigh from Greensboro

Merz bringing HQ, jobs to Raleigh Pharmaceutical company Merz North America is shifting its headquarters from Greensboro to Raleigh and consolidating other operations in the Triangle.

Updated July 16

Josh Hardy, treated with experimental Chimerix drug, is going home

Chimerix, the Durham-based drug company working on experimental medicine that could save the life of a seven-year-old Josh Hardy, was granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to administer the drug to the boy in March. On Wednesday, his mother said he is doing well and going home.

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Updated July 16

Crowdfunding bill clears N.C. Senate Committee

NC JOBS Act North Carolina residents would be able to invest small amounts in new in-state ventures through crowd funding under a bill that cleared the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday. A separate economic development bill also is attached.