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11:24 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Is 'connected cars market' the next big venture play?

Investors and entrepreneurs on the lookout for the next big opportunity just could be considering the so-called "connected car market." As automakers strive to make motor vehicles smarter, apps makers and communications companies are linking up. But how big is the opportunity? According to research firm Allied Market Research, the market will be ...

Global Connected Car Market forecast Global Connected Car Market forecast

Updated 11:25 a.m. Tuesday

Despite layoffs at GSK, raise a glass (at least) half full

Veteran journalist Jim Shamp sees upside and downside in the recently announced job cuts at GlaxoSmithKline. After all, he notes, cuts in the past as GSK evolved locally from Burrough Wellcome to Glaxo to Glaxo Wellcome and today have produced a harvest of new companies, new ideas, and products. "Yes, a shakeup like GSK's cutback announcement is shattering," he writes. "But these are smart, talented people who will get back on their feet and contribute greatly to North Carolina's life science future."

GSK Headquarters      GSK Headquarters

10:13 a.m. Tuesday

Does color affect you at work and what you buy?

Google              Google and other major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.

7:12 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock IBM study: Hackers are winning corporate 'cyber war'

The unfolding details about the devastating hacker attack at Sony is just one example of the increasing challenges companies face. Chief Information Security Officers tell IBM that they are "outgunned in the cyber war."

CISOs say they are "outgunned" CISOs say they are "outgunned"

Tags: Internet, IBM
Updated 7:14 a.m. Tuesday

UNC struggles to meet unprecedented computer science demand

ExitEvent's new logo After experiencing unprecedented enrollment over the past several years, the computer science department at the University of North Carolina has been stretched to the limit, reports Aaron Scarboro for ExitEvent.

6:00 a.m. Tuesday

12 Days of Broadband, Day 9: Progress report on modernizing Communications Act

Day 9 On the ninth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we provide an update on two lawmakers leading efforts in Washington this year to update the regulations that govern the nation's communications networks.

1:54 p.m. Monday

#WTWTrends for Monday: American Underground, 3M, startups, 12 Days of Broadband 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, Dec. 15, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

Updated 3:42 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock How can I keep control of my privacy? Here are 10 hints

Internt and privacy don't mix With more stories breaking almost every day about companies and websites getting hacked, how can you better secure your own privacy? We've got 10 tips from a social media executive - and some may surprise you.

11:19 a.m. Monday

NC Bankers eco forecast set; NY's new $50M VC fund; net gear firm going private; Google faces privacy fines

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: N.C. Bankers lineup set for annual economic forum on Jan. 5; New York launches $50 million venture capital fund; Riverbed Technology is going private; and Google faces fines over privacy in the Netherlands.

10:19 a.m. Monday

RTP drug firm launching clinical trial of possible Ebola treatment

Ebola RTP-based BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is launching a clinical trial of a potential treatment for Ebola with funding support from the U.S. government. Durham-based Chimerix and GSK also are involved in the Ebola battle.

9:25 a.m. Monday

Looking for work? 'Big Top' job fair is Jan. 13; 461 positions now open

Help wanted sign    Chris Hevily, best known as co-founder of The Startup Factory accelerator in Durham, also puts on what he calls "reverse job fairs" where employees make hiring pitches to prospective workers. His next event is coming in January. Plus, his current jobs list offers 461 open positions.

9:04 a.m. Monday

French government to ban Uber under new law on Jan. 1

Uber Uber's low-cost ride ride-hailing service will be banned in France from the start of next year, the government said Monday as hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads around Paris to protest what they claim are its unfair business practices.

Tags: Startups
Updated 9:48 a.m. Monday

3M is selling manufacturing plant in Sanford

Jobs  3M is selling its Static Control business which operates a manufacturing plant in Sanford. 3M says "substantially all" of the Static Control group workers "are expected to transfer" to buyer Desco Industries. Some 175 people are employed at the Sanford plant, including contractors.

Updated 3:41 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock What you might not have seen in American Underground report

If you caught one of the articles last week summarizing the American Underground's annual report of the state of startup as it exists within their universe, you likely got the notion that all is well for entrepreneurs here in the Triangle. If you actually read the report, a breezy, taut, and quite informative infographic covering everything from dollars raised to pizza consumed, you definitely felt better about where we're headed as a startup region. But is that the entire story? WRAL TechWire Insider columnist and entrepreneur Joe Procopio offers his own analysis exclusively for our subscribers.

An infographic breaks down AU growth An infographic breaks down AU growth

Updated 7:58 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Fast-growing AvidXchange: 'We're changing the way business is being run'

The "Help Wanted" sign is up at rapidly growing AvidXchange in Charlotte. Why? "We're changing the way business is being run, helping companies migrate from paper to electronic processing and saving them a lot of money as a result," its CEO tells WRAL TechWire in an exclusive interview for our Insider subscribers.

AvidXchange CEO Michael Praeger AvidXchange CEO Michael Praeger

7:40 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Help wanted: Where AvidXchange is hiring right now

AvidXchange is growing fast and is hiring with hundreds of jobs to be added over the next three years. Here's a look in what areas the company is hiring right now. And you don't necessarily have to live in Charlotte.

How AvidXchange works How AvidXchange works

7:12 a.m. Monday

NC IDEA winner: EMPLOYUS, a crowdsourced talent recruiting app

ExitEvent's new logo In the latest profile of winners in NC IDEA's latest grant awards program, ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman talks with Ryan O'Donnell, co-founder of EMPLOYUS, a crowdsourced talent recruiting app.

6:42 a.m. Monday

Identity theft victims face months of hassle to recover

Although banks often absorb bogus charges, it's up to victims to clean up their credit histories and recover stolen funds. On top of lost time, money and emotional energy, victims face the frustration of rarely seeing anyone pay for the crimes. And the process can take months.

Identity theft victim  Identity theft victim

Updated 6:44 a.m. Monday

Your info has been hacked - now what do you do?

Cyber Security   Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft -- and most of them are free.

Updated 6:27 a.m. Monday

12 Days of Broadband, Day 8: Broadband can solve global development gap

Day 8 On the eighth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we look back to March when the Broadband Commission for Digital Development called broadband infrastructure the "universal catalyst" needed today for developing countries.