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Updated July 21

NC Biotech Center awarded $2.5M to universities and companies

Biotechnology The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 36 loans and grants totaling nearly $2.5 million to universities and bioscience companies during the fourth quarter of its 2015-2016 fiscal year ending June 30.

July 20

Spotify headed for IPO, Valencel, Samsung deal, Facebook

Bulldog In today's update of technology news: Spotify aims for IPO next year; Valencel inks deal with Samsung; and Facebook messenger service hits 1 billion users.

July 20

Emerging tech will boost industry revenue to new highs

Drones Broader adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and enthusiasm for emerging technology will drive the U.S. consumer technology industry to new highs in retail and wholesale revenue as emerging tech categories push the entire industry forward,according to the Consumer Technology Association's (CTA) semi-annual forecast.

July 20

Premium Lock Microsoft cloud strategy good for the longerm, analyst says

Accelerating cloud adoption presents near-term financial struggles, but long-term revenue gains for Microsoft, says TBR analyst Kelsey Mason.


July 20

Number of biotechs likely to use a CRO increasing

Worldwide Clinical Trials A recent survey by Morrisville-baed Worldwide Clinical Trials revealed that 62 percent of respondents are more likely to engage a clinical research organization (CRO) partner for clinical research than they were five years ago. That means business for many NC firms.

July 20

EMC shareholders approve $60 billion Dell merger deal

EMC Digital storage company EMC Corp., which employs about 1,600 in NC, most in the Triangle, said Tuesday that its shareholders have approved its $60 billion merger with Texas-based Dell Inc.

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Updated July 20

Premium Lock Triangle firm's Quantum Molecular drug design could revolutionize drug discovery

A Triangle-based biotech company may have the answer to both vastly reducing the cost of new drug discovery while also significantly speeding up the process of finding successful drug candidates to fight a wide range of indications, including cancer, central nervous system disorders and heart disease.

Edward Addison, CEO, chair, Cloud Pharmaceuticals Edward Addison, CEO, chair, Cloud Pharmaceuticals

July 20

Shaw University to offer CAPE at American Underground in Durham

Shaw University Raleigh -based Shaw University has entered a new strategic partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub, American Underground, Durham. It will be home to Shaw's adult degree program, CAPE (Center for Alternative Programs in Education.)

July 19

Joan Siefert Rose: Unlikely places delivering great startup investment value include RTP

Joan Siefert Rose Recent analysis of investment data from venture capitalist Fred Wilson and PitchBook confirm that the Research Triangle is among the best regions for returns on VC. And the CED is finding new ways to unlock more deals through its Connections to Capital program, writes Joan Siefert Rose.

July 19

Groundwork Labs to offer condensed entrepreneur program

Groundwork Labs Groundwork Labs, which focuses on helping entrepreneurs develop skills needed for building successful startups, is offering a condensed program for those who can't take part in a full-time offering.

Updated July 19

Premium Lock Report: As consumers building own video bundles, cable firms suffer

A new report finds that consumers are becoming more comfortable building their own bundles of video services. That's bad news for traditional cable companies.

Cable penetration in top 10 markets Cable penetration in top 10 markets

July 19

Premium Lock Inside IBM earnings: Analytics, cloud software sales a big bright spot

IBM Watson avatar    Analysis: IBM's revenue has now declined 17 consecutive quarters but Technology Business Research analyst Sanjay Medvitz sees a big bright spot as IBM continues its transition: Big Blue's Software Solutions are up, driving by cognitive solutions, Watson and analytics.

Updated July 19

IBM's revenue declines now for 17 consecutive quarters

IBM                          IBM beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and net income in its latest earnings report Monday. And there are signs IBM's new focus on cognitive and cloud computing as well as analytics may be paying off. However, Big Blue's income has now declined for 17 consecutive quarters. Plus: See a grpahical view of the stock.

July 19

Premium Lock Despite big layoffs and cost cuts, Yahoo is in 'downward spiral'

New Yahoo! logo Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says Yahoo has kept a promise to slash its work force but losses keep mounting. Yahoo is "stuck in a downward spiral," says The Associated Press. Plus: A graphical view of its stock.

July 19

'Pokemon Go' boosts Nintendo; SpaceX launch; space virus hunter; Netflix woes (+ graphical view)

In today's Bulldog wrapup of science and technology news: Pokemon Go is a huge boost for Nintendo stock; SpaceX launches space station docking port; first virus-hunter in space heads to space station; and Netflix facing tougher times (plus a graphical view of its performance).

SpaceX launch to space station SpaceX launch to space station

Updated July 19

Startup Bee Downtown buzzing with new Innovate Raleigh video (Watch it!)

Bee Downtown, the startup bringing honey bee communities to urban areas, hopes to generate plenty of buzz about its efforts through a new promotional video unveiled Monday by Innovate Raleigh and Centerline Digital.

Bee Downtown Bee Downtown

Updated July 19

NC RIoT is taking its Internet of Things message to Charlotte

NC RIoT North Carolina Regional Internet of Things, or NC RIoT, is expanding its footprint to Charlotte with an upcoming program in the Queen City. NC RIoT co-founder Matthew Davis talks about the move and what the group sees as North Carolina's new economic opportunity.

July 18

Softbank's $32B ARM buy; Tesla Autopilot upgrades; filtering porn on Wi-Fi; Vine sweeps Japan biz

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology headlines: Sprint owner Softbank buys ARM for $32 billion; upgrades set for Tesla Autopilot; McDonald's and Starbucks to filter Wi-Fi porn; and Japanese businesses caught up in Vine.

Updated July 18

Durham startup Teamworks lands first outside investment capital

Durham startup Teamworks, a fast-growing venture launched by a former Duke University football player that provides mobile collaboration and communications software targeting athletic organizations, has closed on its first outside funding in its 12-year history.

A sample from Teamworks A sample from Teamworks

July 18

Tech calendar highlights: NCTA-BIG event in Charlotte, Scot Wingo at Startup Grind

Social networking The North Carolina Technology Association and the BIG Council are putting on an event highlighting Charlotte's tech community, and ChannelAdvisor co-founder/angel investor Scot Wingo presents at Startup Grind to highlight upcoming tech events.