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5:31 a.m. yesterday

WTW in review: Last week's 70 headlines (Part One)

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire last week. We published so many stories last week, we had to post this in two parts.

5:29 a.m. yesterday

WTW to go: New mobile iPhone/iOS app available

WRAL TechWire, a comprehensive source of coverage of companies in the Carolinas and beyond with a focus on the growth industries of broadband, life sciences, and on entrepreneurs and venture funding, announces the release of the WRAL TechWire app for iOS devices.

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Updated 5:29 a.m. yesterday

Making news? Have an opinion? Share it with WRAL TechWire

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.

5:26 a.m. yesterday

Like, follow, link to us: Connect with WTW across social media

WRAL TechWire is social media friendly. 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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February 28

Obama pitches privacy bill, but Democrats say it falls short

Internt and privacy don't mix ​Amid "rapid growth" in the collection of data on Americans, the White House on Friday proposed legislation that calls on businesses to do more to help consumers protect their personal information.

Tags: Internet
Updated February 28

FCC explains its 3-2 vote in favor of Wilson's broadband network

The FCC in a 3-2 vote on Thursday overrode North Carolina law, granting The City of Wilson to expand its Greenlight broadband service beyond the city's jurisdiction. Here's the ruling in full detail.

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February 28

Google Blogger: Why we reversed our policy on porn

Google              In a blog post on Friday, Internet giant Google reversed a change in policy about pornography that it had only announced on Tuesday. "A ton of feedback" triggered the reversal. Here's what Google had to say at Google Blogger.

February 28

Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy on real science, not only science-fiction

Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world as Mr. Spock on Star Trek fame, he also left his mark on science itself.

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February 28

Google reveals new HQ design

Google's new headquarters will mix work space with hiking and biking trails, all under a kind of biosphere dome.

Tags: Google
February 27

So what did the FCC pass: 'Key provisions' of 'Open Internet Order'

Internet     There's been a great deal of discussion about the "net neutrality" vote at the FCC. So what are the details included in the commission's 3-2 vote on Thursday to regulate the Internet? Here are the key provisions as provided by the FCC.

Updated February 27

Internet activists celebrate, oppoents lament FCC net vote

Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

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Updated February 27

Lenovo offers free security service after adware debacle

Lenovo banner at a trade show     Wracked by the "Superfish" adware debacle last week, ensuing criticism worldwide and then hacked earlier this week, Lenovo on Friday issued a public "promise" to deliver "a cleaner, safer PC." Plus, it is offering free service to a McAfee security service.

Updated February 27

Crowdfunding seminar draws a big, enthusiastic crowd

Despite all the bad weather Tuesday night, a big and enthusiastic crowd turned out for a seminar on crowdfunding in North Carolina. Veteran entrepreneur and investor Bill Warner provides an inside report exclusively for WRAL TechWire.

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February 27

The 'net neutrality vote:' What it means; what's likely to happen next

FCC      Internet activists scored a major victory after the Federal Communications Commission agreed to rules that would ban service providers from creating Internet fast lanes. The Associated Press offers a look at what "net neutrality" means and what is likely to happen next

Updated February 27

Highly skilled immigrant spouses can soon work in US

Immigration debate The Obama administration this week announced a visa rule revision that will let spouses of some highly skilled immigrants apply to work in the United States starting this year.

Updated February 27

Ads for Android apps; Uber's hotel deal; Cempra's big 2015; Nickelodeon app; WhatsApp ban

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of business and technology news: Google places ads in Android apps store; Uber strikes a deal with hotel chain; Cempra looks for big 2015; Nickelodeon's new app; WhatsApp suspended in Brazil.

February 26

GSK slices CEO's pay again; new chair to take control early

Andrew Witty     Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline has cut the compensation package for CEO Andrew Witty a second straight year. This time, it's much larger: 46 percent. Plus, GSK is shaking up its board with a new chair assuming control earlier than planned and two members not standing for election.

Updated February 26

FCC votes for Internet regulation; lawsuits likely

Tom Wheeler  The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to regulate the Internet in a decision that is likely to trigger lawsuits from big Internet service providers.

February 26

Facebook adds new gender option for users: 'Fill in the blank'

Facebook  Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: "Fill in the blank."

Tags: Facebook
Updated February 26

FCC OKs Wilson to sell high-speed Internet outside city limits

The Federal Communications Commission is siding with the City of Wilson against North Carolina, voting Thursday that its Greenlight fast Internet service can be sold outside Wilson's city limits. N.C. law has prohibited that.

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