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Updated 8:37 a.m. Wednesday

CommScope broadens communications reach with $3B acquisition

CommScope makes network gear Hickory-based CommScope is betting $3 billion that it can diversify and expand its business by acquiring the telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses of TE Connectivity. Its CEO describes the deal as "transformative."

6:46 a.m. Wednesday

Life in the fast lane: Google Fiber coming to Triangle, Charlotte

Life in the Triangle is about to get faster - at least online. Google officials confirmed Tuesday that Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville, Garner and Carrboro are among the latest U.S. cities to be outfitted with Google Fiber, which promises Internet speeds 100 times faster than existing connections and a high-definition television service. Charlotte also is on the Google expansion list.

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Updated 12:33 p.m. Wednesday

Cree to light up Sunday's Super Bowl with its LEDs

You may have seen ads showing up on TV touting Cree's LED bulbs. But on Sunday Cree's biggest advertisement for its lighting technology takes center stage, lighting up the Super Bowl in Phoenix.

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Updated 6:28 a.m. Wednesday

Apple's blowout quarter; ChannelAdvisor adds Jet; AT&T revenue up 4%; BDSI to relaunch pain drug; Snapchat's media deal

Bulldog Bulletin In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Apple reports a blowout quarter; ChannelAdvisor adds new service; AT&T grows revenue but books $4B loss; BDSI to relaunch pain treatment; Sanpchat to show media news.

Updated 2:50 p.m. Tuesday

Former MCNC top exec: 'Welcome to Gig City'

Joe Freddoso Google Fiber is coming to the Triangle as announced Tuesday, joining networks already being built by AT&T and Frontier Communications. And Joe Freddoso, the CEO who oversaw the building of North Carolina's first statewide fiber network, hails the news. He says a "tectonic shift in broadband access." We are about to "experience the wonder" of what ultrafast Internet means.

11:52 a.m. Tuesday

Groundwork Labs looking for startup applicants

Groundwork Labs Groundwork Labs is a program to help early stage startups reach their next goal. We share many characteristics of an accelerator: mentoring, connections, and advice over an intense two to four month period. But we do not take an equity stake or make an investment. We offer our program at no charge through the support of NC IDEA, a not for profit whose mission is helping startups in North Carolina.

9:18 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Four startups land $150,000 from Innovation Fund NC

Innovation Fund North Carolina Four early-stage startups, including one in the Triangle, have been awarded $150,000 in funding from the Innovation Fund North Carolina. The group has now provided nearly $600,000 in loans and grants over the past two years.

Updated 8:50 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Asheville startup Plum Print lands $1M in financing

Plum Print, a startup focused on turning children's artwork into prints, books and more, has landed $1 million in new financing.

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7:52 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Latest financials show Microsoft is at 'cloud' tipping point

Microsoft Corporation The latest earnings report is in, and it shows that Microsoft is succeeding in navigating the change in IT consumption models, writes Kelsey Mason of Technology Business Research. WTW Insiders get the full story.

Updated 8:24 a.m. Tuesday

Google schedules press conference; paper says Google Fiber coming to Raleigh

Google will host a press conference to discuss "what's in store for our community" in Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon. The Wall Street Journal says the Triangle and three other cities will be announced as Google Fiber expansion sites.

6:27 a.m. Tuesday

Business NC sold; FDA fast-tracks BioCryst drug; Uber caps storm prices; Microsoft earnings don't excite;

Bulldog In today's wrapup of technology and life science news: Business North Carolina magazine is sold; FDA fast-tracks a Biocryst drug; Uber caps pricing during big storm; and Microsoft's earnings don't excite the markets.

6:05 a.m. Tuesday

Facebook: Internal glitch, not hack, caused hour-long global outage

Facebook  Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide. Lizard Squad, a group notorious for attention seeking antics online, also claimed responsibility on Twitter for the outages.

Updated 3:12 p.m. Monday

NCTA's Outlook for IT: Spending to double in '15?

Information Technology       Gartner analyst Michael Smith is keynoting the North Carolina Technology Association's annual IT outlook program on Friday. And he has some good news to deliver in an exclusive interview with free-lance writer Ann Revell.

1:52 p.m. Monday

Triangle firm laying off 319 employees who worked for Cree

Layoffs       A provider of employers for other companies, Green Resources, is laying off 319 employees who had been assigned to work for Durham-based Cree.

11:59 a.m. Monday

Gigabit Internet access will be a boon for Triangle

Digital anatomy classes from the living room. Building a start-up business in the kitchen. That's how NCSU's Marc Hoit sees things with Google Fiber, and he's looking forward to it.

11:53 a.m. Monday

Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV from Dish

Based on a few days of viewing, Sling TV comes across as a good stopgap for those who don't already pay for cable or satellite -- but it's not compelling enough for most people to cut the cord. And that's the point: Dish wants to win over the pay-TV holdouts without cutting into its existing customer base.

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Updated 7:20 a.m. Monday

Duke prof likes bitcoin exchange; Apple HomeKit delay; AT&T buys Nextel Mexico; NFL-YouTube deal

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Duke professor likes the new bitcoin exchange launching today; Apple's HomeKit faces delays; AT&T makes another wireless buy in Mexico; NFL, YouTube strike highlights deal.

Updated 7:04 a.m. Monday

'Rebirth:' Motorola returns to China as part of Lenovo

A Moto X  Now owned by Lenovo, Motorola on Monday officially returned to one of the world's most competitive smartphone markets with the unveiling of three phones to be sold in China. "This is a day of rebirth," said Liu Jun, Lenovo's executive vice president.

Updated 6:16 a.m. Monday

Streaming media use rises in US broadband households

The Broadband Report       The Broadband Report: As the "Internet of Things" movement grows, the networks needed to make all these really cool gizmos go may start to get pretty crowded. But, that's not stopping consumers, based on a new study from Parks Associates.

6:14 a.m. Monday

Use Internet of Things for tipping? Yes, say Triangle entrepreneurs

ExitEvent's new logo Payments startup MiPayWay unveils tech, sets launch. The Wake Forest venture has developed a patent-pending beacon technology and app, says ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman.