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Updated 8:42 a.m. Thursday

Infineon CEO, board member warn $850M Wolfspeed buy from Cree in jeopardy

Wolfspeed  Infineon warns for the second time in a week- this time in words direct from its CEO and a board member - that the German tech firm's $850 million purchase of Cree's Wolfspeed semiconductor power business might be blocked by the U.S. government due to security concerns.

6:54 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Inside Cisco: Look for more M&A in '17 as hardware revenue declines

Cisco's headquarters      After reviewing Cisco's latest financial results, Technology Business Research Analyst Patrick Filkins says the networking giant is likely to accelerate mergers and acquisitions in an attempt to counter declining hardware sales. Cisco has a major campus in RTP.

6:46 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Inside NetApp: Earnings show years of turnaround efforts paying off

NetApp A review of NetApp's financial results shows that years of effort produce positive, but tenuous financial improvement, says Technology Business Research Analyst Stephanie Long. NetApp has a major presence in RTP.

Updated 6:40 a.m. Thursday

Duke oncology startup led by former Trimeris CEO raises $4M

Cancer research  Former Trimeris CEO Dani Bolognesi is among the leaders of an emerging oncology startup targeting brain cancer. Istari Oncology has raised nearly $4 million in new capital.

2:37 p.m. Wednesday

Yahoo issues new warning of potential email account breach

Yahoo!  Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data several years ago.

1:44 p.m. Wednesday

NCSU researchers help create system making it harder to track bitcoin transactions

Bitcoins      Researchers from North Carolina State University, Boston University and George Mason University have developed a Bitcoin-compatible system that could make it significantly more difficult for observers to identify or track the parties involved in any given Bitcoin transaction.

1:21 p.m. Wednesday

Investor Scot Wingo takes over as CEO of Spiffy in $5M round

Durham VC fund Bull City Ventures leads first institutional round for on-demand car wash startup in which Scot Wingo, the co-founder and former CEO of ChanelAdvisor, has been an investor.

Spiffy's car wash vehicle you summon via a mobile app. Spiffy's car wash vehicle you summon via a mobile app.

1:05 p.m. Wednesday

American Underground picks 6 startups for retail-focused incubator program

Startup Stampede Six retailed-focused startups will participate in the "Startup Stampede" incubator program at the American Underground.

7:58 a.m. Wednesday

TechWire@15: NC took lead in 'cloud' with biogrid 'moonshot'

WRAL TechWire Long before there was the "cloud" or "big data," leaders in North Carolina helped establish what was then called grid computing to form the "North Carolina Bioinformatics Grid". It was a "moonshot," backers conceded. But their efforts helped researchers collaborate in new ways. Here's a look back at the launch of that pioneering effort.

Updated 8:09 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Verizon brings back unlimited data, but T-Mobile's One strategy still a step ahead

Wireless    Analysis: Verizon has announced a return to unlimited data plans, but T-Mobile remains a step ahead of competitors through its T-Mobile One strategy, says Technology Business Research Analyst Steve Vachon.

Updated 7:21 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Inventors Hall of Fame selects NCSU professor for biosensor research

Frances Ligler, a professor at NC State's College of Engineering, is among the latest scientists selected for the National Investors Hall of Fame. Ligler is being recognized for her work in developing optical biosensors which are used to identify pathogens, toxins or explosives among other threats.

Frances Ligler Frances Ligler

6:41 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Filings: Convergys laying off 169 in Greenville; Canopy Financial raises $1.2M

North Carolina Business News Wire In the latest N.C. securities filings news: Convergys, a customer experience outsourcing company, will lay off 169 employees at its Greenville location later this year, and Canopy Financial Advisors raises $1.2 million.

1:22 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Charlotte in-flight internet provider SmartSky Networks raises nearly $67 million + Video, what SkyTech offers

SmartSky plans to roll out its air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G, later this year, with nationwide coverage slated for 2017. Customers will be able to use their own devices to send and receive emails with large attachments, send text messages and make phone calls.

Updated 6:51 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Cary IT service firm Samanage lands $20M; Salesforce is among backers

Samanage, a provider of IT management services, lands $20 million in new capital. The firm, which raised $16 million last May, also launches a new "Enterprise Service Desk" at the Salesforce AppExchange.

Updated 9:48 a.m. Tuesday

QuintilesIMs reports $178M loss in first post-merger quarter

QuintilesIMS   QuintilesIMS, the life science giant that emerged from the October merger of Durham-based Quintiles and IMS, reported a $178 million quarterly loss for its first three months as one company.

6:49 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Fundings: Idea Fund raises $105K; Avadim lands $1.2M

Venture Capital Durham-based Idea Fund Partners and Asheville-based Avadim Technologies have raised additional capital, according to securities filings.

Updated 6:26 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Netflix: Nearly half couples cheat - but it's not what you think

Netflix   Just in time for Valentine's day, we learn that no relationship is safe. According to a new study* released today by Netflix, nearly half (48%) of streaming couples in the U.S. have "cheated" on their significant other, but it's not what you think.

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6:21 a.m. Tuesday

Joe Procopio's 'The Show:' What's your biggest weakness, entrepreneurs?

Joe Procopio In the latest episode from "The Show," veteran entrepreneur, blogger and author Joe Procopio shares a panel discussion about "our weaknesses ... not necessarily our failures" in the world of startups.