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6:30 a.m. yesterday

UNC-Chapel Hill Innovation Summit set for Friday

UNC-CH The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has invited entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other thought leaders to help advance innovative solutions to local and global challenges at "Outside In: 2015 Chancellor's Innovation Summit" on Friday, Oct. 9.

6:14 a.m. yesterday

New Bern's Wheatstone Corp. acquires VoxPro

VoxPro audiio editor Wheatstone Corp. has acquired Audion Labs and with it, the industry's VoxPro digital audio editor, a PC based software program with optional control panel surface developed to facilitate rapid-fast audio editing.

5:58 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Operators will focus on connected devices in 2H15 to gain subscribers in the saturating smartphone market

Mobile carriers are struggling to generate wireless service revenue growth in the U.S. due to the ongoing pricing war and the saturating smartphone market. To offset declining service revenue, operators are focused on expanding their connected device offerings and increasing equipment revenue through unsubsidized device purchases, According to TBR's 2Q15 U.S. & Canada Mobile Operator Benchmark.

T-Mobile T-Mobile

Updated 10:19 a.m. yesterday

Jobs' widow objects to Sorkin-penned bio-pic

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin penned bio-pic Steve Jobs' widow tried to halt the new film about her husband written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and based on the Walter Isaacson 2011 biography, which she also disliked.

Updated 1:58 p.m. Monday

Raleigh's K4Connect hires former Startup America managing director as president

 K4Connect, a Raleigh-based startup, which wants to take smart home and health technologies to senior living facilities, has named former Startup America Partnership Managing Director Derek Holt as president.

8:40 a.m. Monday

Gardner headlines Startup Grind event, CEO Forum features Arianna Huffington, Sprint layoffs likely

Bulldog In today's Bulldog Update of technology stories: life science industry fuels hot Triangle real estate market; Startup Grind to host David Garner of Cofounders Capital; NC CEO Forum set for November; Sprint layoffs likely.

8:04 a.m. Monday

Durham named a top 10 city for Millennial entrepreneurs

The Durham Innovation District Durham has gained repeated national attention for it burgeoning startup culture, fueled by multiple downtown incubators and hundreds of fledgling companies throughout the city. A new report from Thumbtack.com lists Durham as number 9 on a list of the top ten cities for Millennial entrepreneurs.

6:17 a.m. Monday

AT&T wants WiFi callling, says rivals offering it without FCC approval

AT&T                AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission to speed up approval of its waiver to offer WiFi calling on its network, saying T-Mobile and Sprint are already doing so without FCC approval.

Updated 9:35 a.m. Monday

AtriCure acquiring Morrisville-based nContact for up to $149M

nContact Ohio-based AtriCure Inc. (Nasdaq:ATRC) has agreed to acquire Morrisville-based nContact Inc., a developer of innovative cardiac ablation solutions in a deal worth almost $150 million. Both companies are developing treatments for atrial fibrillation (Afib), a serious heart rhythm disorder.

5:32 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Smartwatches will wrest attention from PCs and mobile devices

Technology Business Research, Inc.'s 2Q15 Devices and Platforms Benchmark illustrates how wearables will disrupt the device landscape as consumer mindshare and revenue shift from PCs and smartphones.

Apple's smartwatch Apple's smartwatch

Updated October 2

How do you prepare for a cybersecurity attack?

Cybersecurity   Businesses suffered nearly 43 million known security incidents in 2014. This increased 48 percent compared with 2013 and equals some 117,000 attacks daily. And still, many boards and executives don't have the information and resources they need to make effective business decisions on cybersecurity.

October 2

Residents sue to stop Amazon wind farm

Residents want to block Amazon wind farm Construction crews are ready to pour concrete foundations for wind turbines for the Amazon wind farm in Eastern North Carolina, but a group of local residents are attempting to block the project.

October 2

UNC researcher teams with California firm to develop HPV test

Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, DDS, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and a professor in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and UNC School of Dentistry. A UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher is working to fight a growing type of head and neck cancer by partnering with a California company to develop a rapid oral test for HPV, a virus linked to cancer.

Updated 5:44 a.m. today

NCSU job fair today; Facebook building 3rd data center in NC, Cisco RTP healthcenter; GE HQ move

Bulldog In today's Bulldog update of technology news: Job fair today at NC State's McKimmon Center; Facebook building third $200M data center in NC; Cisco opening RTP healthcenter for employees, NC on shortlist for GE HQ?

October 2

AT&T offers tips on storm readiness for customers and businesses

AT&T  AT&T* says it is ready for Hurricane Joaquin with an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel on standby. It offers tips to customers and businesses on storm readiness.

October 2

UNC-CH chemistry professor wins $250K award

Joseph DeSimone Joseph M. DeSimone, chancellor's eminent professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named the recipient of the inaugural $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine. He won for his invention and use of PRINT, a breakthrough technology that has been used to make advances toward the development of new cancer treatments, inhalable therapeutics and next generation vaccines for malaria, pneumonia and dengue.

October 2

Premium Lock Growing interest in analytics propels spending on BI professional services

Technology Business Research Inc.'s (TBR) 3Q15 Business Intelligence Professional Services Customer Research report shows business intelligence (BI) professional services demand continues to grow, with at least 90 percent of BI software purchasers surveyed using or evaluating services.


Updated October 2

Hackers nab personal data of 15M T-Mobile customers

T-Mobile Hackers got away with the personal information of 15 million T-Mobile customers by breaching the company that processes its credit checks.

October 2

M&A value strong, but market volatility drags down venture-backed IPO activity

NVCA Ninety venture-backed M&A deals were reported in the third quarter, 20 of which had an aggregate deal value of $5.1 billion, increasing 39 percent compared to the second quarter and marking the strongest quarter for M&A exits this year, according to the Exit Poll Report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Biotech companies accounted for more than three-quarters of the IPOS.

October 2

Icagen 'Home Again' at Durham HQ

Icagen HQ returns to Durham Welcome home, Icagen. Well, actually, the Durham drug development company never completely left, but now its once-relocated headquarters is returning to North Carolina from the Boston area with one relocating employee, bringing the head count at its Emperor Boulevard site to 20.