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Updated 6:30 a.m. Thursday

Shrinking ad prices cut into Google's earnings

Google logo Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

5:50 a.m. Thursday

Fired former No. 2 Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

Yahoo! Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. CEO Marissa Mayer dumped de Castro in January after concluding he wasn't executing on her plan for reviving Yahoo's lackluster ad growth. De Castro had been in charge of ad sales.

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1:22 p.m. Wednesday

Raleigh signs on to AT&T ultra-fast Internet plan

The Raleigh City Council on Wednesday authorized the city manager and attorney to contract with AT&T to bring the communications provider's next-generation internet and cable service to local residents.

Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP

11:23 a.m. Wednesday

Duke students launch world's first free mobile lottery

ExitEvent ExitEvent news: A new app gives lotto-players a free chance to walk away with a jackpot. ExitEvent's Laura Baverman has the details.

11:14 a.m. Wednesday

FDA approves once-a-week GSK injectable diabetes drug

Diabetes GlaxoSmithKline has won FDA approval for its new diabetes drug which is injectable and will be used once a week. It will compete with Novo Nordisk's Victoza, which is injected daily.

7:05 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Med device firm TransEnterix expects to net $46M from stock offering

RTP-based medical device firm TransEnterix pulled off its $50 million stock offering and moved its shares to a different exchange on Tuesday. The company expects to net $46 million from the transaction.

TransEnterix TransEnterix

Updated 9:13 a.m. Wednesday

Smartphone kill switch coming? Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

New iPhones       A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

6:34 a.m. Wednesday

Biotech patent holders: I hate to say I told you so, but ...

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued new guidelines to its Patent Examiners to assist them in determining which patent claims are not eligible for patenting. The guidelines create hurdles that patent applicants must overcome in their quest for patentable claims.

Updated 7:21 a.m. Wednesday

Wake Forest is test bed for gigabit internet

RST Fiber began installing the fiber Tuesday that the company says will bring internet speeds up to 100 times faster than cable to Triangle-area homes.

RST network map RST network map

4:28 p.m. Tuesday

Twitter buys its data analytics partner Gnip

Twitter    Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day -- to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers.

4:18 p.m. Tuesday

Bees get a sweet boost in Bayer CropScience 'Care Center'

Bayer CropScience on Tuesday unveiled the 6,000-square-foot building to promote honey bee health and well-being through public education exhibits for visitors, a conference room and a research lab. The vision is to have students mingle with company scientists and other bee experts to study ways to reverse the decline in the important pollinators' populations.

The new Bee Care Center The new Bee Care Center

4:08 p.m. Tuesday

ExitEvent news: Can UNC students transform the media business?

ExitEvent A group of students at UNC-Chapel Hill could be in the process of changing how media operate in the future. ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman focuses in on the Reese News Lab.

Updated 4:07 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock What's future of Paradoxos? It's 'still an open question,' co-founder says

For the second year, Paradoxos attracted more than 1,000 people to participate in more than twenty established cultural events in the heart of downtown Durham. Organizers were targeting more than 2,000 people across the twenty events, and seem to have missed that mark by quite a bit. So what happens next?


5:37 a.m. Tuesday

Drone wars? Like Facebook, Google acquires a drone maker

Drones to deliver Internet access Both Google and Facebook have launched ambitious projects that aim to get everyone on the planet online. Google's Project Loon sends giant balloons bearing Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere. Facebook, meanwhile, leads Internet.org, a coalition of companies that wants to get everyone in the world access to basic Internet service.

5:30 a.m. Tuesday

Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has an edge

Smartphone packs a kill switch  Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds.

5:24 a.m. Tuesday

Netflix's Comcast streaming deal improves quality of video

Netflix Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to a recent deal that bought Netflix a more direct connection to Comcast's network. The data released Monday by Netflix Inc. may become another flash point in a debate about whether the Federal Communications Commission should draw up new rules to ensure that all online content providers are treated the same by Internet service providers.

Updated 5:40 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Report: Clean energy has positive impact on NC's economy

Clean energy investments have attracted billions of dollars and created thousands of jobs in recent years throughout North Carolina, according to a new study released on Monday.

Clean Energy ROI in North Carolina Clean Energy ROI in North Carolina

3:22 p.m. Monday

Study shows increase in online information thefts

How safe are you? The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday.

Updated 5:50 a.m. Tuesday

Bribery investigations continue to surface for Glaxo

The BBC is reporting that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland, making this the third country to have an investigation currently ongoing.

GSK's HQ in London     GSK's HQ in London

2:23 p.m. Monday

Lenovo returns to Raleigh for annual sales meeting

Downtown Raleigh For the last five years, the world's largest PC maker has hosted its annual sales meeting in Raleigh and is expecting to draw more than 3,000 Lenovo employees this year including CEO Yuanqing Yang.