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Updated 10:37 a.m. Monday

Going inside Iron Yard Durham 'Code School' Demo Day

Iron Yard Durham graduated its first "Code School" graduates on Friday at a special "Demo Day." And WRAL TechWire was there. Insiders Jason Parker and Joe Procopio provide in-depth coverage and analysis of the event. Their stories are now available for Insider subscribers.

It's celebration time at "Code School." It's celebration time at "Code School."

7:17 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Argos formally picks Durham for HQ, signs 10-year lease

Argos Therapeutics, which went public earlier this year, has formally committed to making Durham its headquarters. In an SEC filing, the company discloses it has signed a 10-year lease at $61,750 for a new building.

Argos' immunotherapy process Argos' immunotherapy process

6:47 a.m. Monday

'Cutting-edge' NCSU professor receives 'Medal of Honor' for semiconductor research

From the White House to London, NCSU professor Jayant Baliga has received multiple awards for semiconductor research. He added another on Saturday - the highest award in his field - the Medal of Honor from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Jay Baliga, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University Jay Baliga, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University

Updated 7:39 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock New Startup Factory 'cohort' shows accelerator's expanding reach

The Startup Factory accelerator is funding five emerging companies, and a sixth is likely to be added. Of the new group, three are from outside the Triangle as co-managing directors Chris Heivly and Dave Neal cast a wider net in their search for investments.

The Startup Factory The Startup Factory

Updated 7:00 a.m. Monday

Study: America leading in broadband economic costs, activity

The Broadband Report: How true are fears that the United States is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband? Not so much, according to a new study from George Mason University.

Tracking broadband economic activity Tracking broadband economic activity

Updated 6:52 a.m. Monday

Sony PSN Attack; Opinion-Entrepreneurship; mobile commerce; tablet tipping point; Windows 9 in Sept.?

Bulldog In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: Hackers attack Sony PlayStation Network; Opinion-Entrepreneurship: Impacting a vital Wilmington; the future of mobile commerce is commerce; Tablets hit tipping point; and Why Microsoft needs to reveal Windows 9 sooner than later.

5:42 a.m. Monday

Former IBM chief John Akers dies at 79

Dec. 28, 1934 - Aug. 22, 2014 John Akers, chief executive officer for IBM during the 80s and early 90s, died Friday. He was 79 years old.

5:19 a.m. Monday

Roche to buy biotech firm InterMune for $8.3 billion

Switzerland Roche InterMune Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune Inc., a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases.

Updated 5:15 a.m. Monday

Make a connection with WRAL TechWire on LinkedIn

WRAL TechWire is expanding again, this time with a new LinkedIn site. 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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5:10 a.m. Monday

Your 51 WRAL TechWire headlines from last week

Week in review Some local websites run one or two tech stories per day. Others a few more but mixed with a variety of business news. At WRAL TechWire, tech and life science make up the menu with more than 50 stories published over the last five business days. Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire last week.

August 22

Doctor who survived Ebola: 'Please continue to pray for Liberia and the people of West Africa ...'

As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus.

Americans Ebola Americans Ebola

August 22

Premium Lock Exclusive: New Biotech Center CEO will 'push the envelope with new ideas and programs'

In the second part of an exclusive in-depth Q&A with Doug Edgeton, the new CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the veteran life science executive talks about his goals, his background, and the Center's commitment to development of the sector across the state.

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Updated August 22

Valley loses, Triangle gains: Report cites options for vexed SF startups

Innovation Widely read tech publication CNET gives a big shout-out to the Triangle in an in-depth report about alternative destinations other than traditional tech hubs such as San Francisco. Growing "clashes" in the Golden Gate are driving entrepreneurs to pursue alternative destinations, CNET says. And Triangle is one of them.

Updated August 22

Growing number of states clear way for crowdfunding

Note: WRAL TechWire has covered aggressively the issue of crowdfunding legislation in North Carolina. the NC JOBS Act failed this week. Other states, however, are moving ahead. This story recapping efforts elsewhere was published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Crowdfunding Crowdfunding

August 22

Forget business networking - build personal relationships

ExitEvent Thoughts on networking from ExitEvent Founder Joe Procopio: I've seen a rash of thought-expert pieces lately on the art of networking. Some of them are quite smart. Others are straight garbage.

Updated August 22

Lenovo exec, a former IBMer, says union claim about massive Big Blue layoffs in '05 is 'not true'

Alliance at IBM, which is seeking to represent Big Blue employees, on Thursday issued a statement in which it warned current IBMers who will transition to Lenovo as part of the $2.3 billion x86 server transaction, about layoffs. it claimed big layoffs were part of the initial IBM-Lenovo PC deal in 2005. A senior Lenovo executive and a former IBMer involved in that deal says the union's claim is "not true."

IBM's x86 server business operates globally IBM's x86 server business operates globally

August 22

Premium Lock Exclusive: New Biotech Center CEO lays out future vision

Life science veteran executive Doug Edgeton, who once ran the Piedmont Research Park in Winston-Salem, spells out his vision for where he hopes to take the North Carolina Biotechnology Center as its new CEO in an exclusive Q&A with WRAL Tech Wire. He says N.C. has a fight on its hands to grow one of the nation's largest biotech industry clusters. But Edgeton believes he's ready for the job. Restoring state budget cuts is a "top priority" as well as recruiting and helping build new businesses. "We have to be creative in finding ways to bring technologies to the marketplace that will improve lives, create well-paying jobs and create wealth for the people of our state," Edgeton explains.

Doug Edgeton Doug Edgeton

August 21

Premium Lock Major RTP angel investor supports GroundFloor's move, says lack of crowdfunding will hurt NC startups

One of the Triangle's most active angel investors with money wagered on Wedpics, Adzerk, Groundfloor, Offline Media, Rocketbolt, SnapYeti, and Trinket, says the lack of crowdfunding is going to hurt startups in N.C. But he also supports GroundFloor's move to Georgia where its crowdlending model already is being rolled out. WRAL TechWire Insiders get the exclusive story.

Mark Easley Mark Easley

August 21

Vivek Wadhwa: Changing Silicon Valley's frat boy culture, part 2

Vivek Wadhwa Things are changing for the better. There is outrage at the sexism that is coming to light in Silicon Valley; solutions are being discussed and implemented; women are beginning to help each other; and the venture-capital system is looking at itself critically and mending its ways.

August 21

Building a startup in the Ukraine? Yes, Durham entrepreneurs say

Groundwork Labs graduates William and Galyna Tate prepare to return to the U.S. and launch their startup after six months in the war-torn nation. Galyna is a native of the Ukraine and still has family there. They discuss their startup and the challenges they have faced in a Q&A.

William and Galyna Tate William and Galyna Tate