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8:34 a.m. Tuesday

Restaurants love Triangle startup Stealz, but will customers?

The founders of social media engagement app Stealz came together to start a nonprofit organization to help school systems raise more money. In the process, they met owners of restaurants, bars and venues and learned of a key problem in marketing and growing their businesses. They didn't have the time, or the content, to take advantage of social media. Stealz helps. But is Stealz a steal for users? ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman takes an inside look at the company, its growth and its challenges.

The founding team of Stealz The founding team of Stealz

8:16 a.m. Tuesday

Robotic surgery firm TransEnterix secures $25M loan

TransEnterix TransEnterix, a developer of robotic and flexible instrument technology for use in surgery, has landed a loan worth up to $25 million. The deal provides "up to three quarters of additional capital to satisfy our operating cash requirements," says CEO.

7:53 a.m. Tuesday

eBay splitting off PayPal as separate company

EBay Almost a year after billionaire Carl Icahn opened a proxy fight pushing for the spinoff of PayPal, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe said Tuesday that, "The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges."

7:32 a.m. Tuesday

RTP happenings: 'Reverse' job fair, Internet of Things meetup

Tech Jobs Under the Big Top More than 80 open jobs will be available Tuesday evening at the Big Top Reverse Job Fair in Durham. Meanwhile, advocates for the emerging Internet of Things will gather in Raleigh.

6:56 a.m. Tuesday

Subject of $10B merger talks, Salix wins FDA OK for bowel drug

Salix   Raleigh-based Salix Pharmaceuticals, which is reportedly the target of merger talks in a deal worth more than $10 billion, may have become a more likely takeover target Monday. Why? The FDA OK'd additional use for a constipation treatment.

3:28 p.m. Monday

#WTWTrends for Monday: CellBreaker, IBM, Lenovo, Durham Innovation District trending in the Triangle

Trending in the Triangle Trending in the Triangle: Get the pulse of technology in the Triangle with the best in local technology, venture, biotech, and life science news on Monday as curated by @WRALTechWire.

Updated 7:56 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Source: Murdock making $50M-plus gift to NC Research Campus

The billionaire founder of the North Carolina Research Campus will make the gift announcement Tuesday to continue supporting operational expenses and recruit top scientific talent to the state. It's his second large donation by the 91-year-old in the last 16 months.

David Murdock David Murdock

1:24 p.m. Monday

IBM x86 employees go to work at Lenovo on Wednesday

IBM                  With Lenovo and IBM wrapping up their $2.1 billion x86 server deal, the first Big Blue workers will head to a Lenovo operated facility on Wednesday morning. While some workers and facilities will transition in coming months, a large number switch to Lenovo's two buildings in RTP and take orientation in coming days, says Lenovo's top North America exec Jay Parker.

Updated 1:44 p.m. Monday

Lenovo exec: 'FUD spread by our competitors is over'

Gerry Smith, who runs the Americas Group for Lenovo and will oversee the merged IBM-Lenovo System X business unit when the deal closes Wednesday, threw down a proverbial gauntlet to competitors on Monday. "The FUD spread by our competitors is over," he declares. Lenovo defied critics in buying IBM's PC business in 2005 and will do so again in servers, he promises.

Gerry Smith Gerry Smith

Updated 1:43 p.m. Monday

Lenovo's Yang: 'We will win' global server market

Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing spells out an aggressive strategy to make the company No. 1 in the global server market once the $2.1 billion deal for IBM's x86 business closes on Wednesday. Yang aims for $5 billion in revenue and profitability in one year for the newly branded "Systems X" business.

Lenovo's System X branding Lenovo's System X branding

10:38 a.m. Monday

Duke spin-off Regado Biosciences cuts workforce - again

Regado The termination of clinical trials of its blood clotting drug REGULATE-PCI in July coupled with struggling stock prices prompts the company to rethink its strategic direction.

Updated 11:21 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock CRO Chiltern expands into Asia-Pacific with latest acquisition

Chiltern The acquisition of Pacific Clinical Research in Singapore comes after Chiltern's purchase of Ockham in July, expanding the company's operations and therapeutic depth in Asia-Pacific.

Updated 9:59 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Red Hat: 'Bash,' 'Shellshock' malware attack underway; fix updated

Writing code   Red Hat says a malware attack exploiting vulnerabilities it disclosed last week and now known as "bash bug" and "shellshock" is underway. The company is telling firms to make sure their systems are "fully patched" to defeat the attack. Meanwhile, Red Hat also updates its patches which it knows says were "incomplete."

Tags: Linux, Red Hat
Updated 11:56 a.m. Monday

Massive redevelopment project coming to downtown Durham

A team of developers led by Longfellow Real Estate Partners from Boston, Duke University and Durham businessman Hank Scherich will unveil formal plans Wednesday for the "Durham Innovation District." The project is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and cover 1.7 million square feet of office space.

The Carmichael Building The Carmichael Building

Updated 8:00 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Durham startup CellBreaker makes national news - How'd they do it?

The interest in young startup company CellBreaker came from ABC World News as their producers were investigating how consumers might save on their cell phone contracts. The news sent traffic skyrocketing at CellBreaker's website. So how did this all come about? WRAL TechWire Insiders get the details.

A snapshot of Cellbreaker's web page A snapshot of Cellbreaker's web page

7:16 a.m. Monday

Influence game: Government takes on the Internet

Internet Fast Lanes Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster?

7:13 a.m. Monday

MCNC to celebrate 30 years of connectivity in North Carolina

MCNC will mark the 30th anniversary of the North Carolina Research and Education Network during their annual Community Day celebration on Nov. 5-6 on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh.

NCREN Community Day 2014 NCREN Community Day 2014

Updated 7:39 a.m. Monday

Goodnight No. 60 on Forbes' richest Americans' list with $7.7B fortune

Jim Goodnight, co-founder and chief executive officer of SAS software in Cary, is No. 60 on the latest list of the richest people in America, according to Forbes. John Sall, who co-founded SAS with Goodnight, ranks No. 133.

Jim Goodnight Jim Goodnight

6:50 a.m. Monday

Latest news on Cisco Intercloud, Windows 9, Ello goes viral, Yahoo! Directory and Healthy Selfies

Bulldog In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: Cisco Intercloud partner ecosystem expanded with $1 billion in new financing; Microsoft offers first look at new Windows this week; Anti-Facebook social network Ello goes viral; Yahoo! Directory is shutting down this year; and what can doctors can learn from our Selfies?

6:39 a.m. Monday

Ahead of release, China continues to bust smugglers of iPhone 6

Apple's bigger-than-ever iPhones  Chinese officials have busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release, reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones on Sunday in Shanghai.