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3:43 p.m. Wednesday

#WTWTrends for Wednesday: More from #AGBioSummit, Bill Gates, LGBT and NCWX 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 Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

Updated 7:58 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock AgBio keynote: Only a 'green revolution' can prevent global food crisis

Joel Bourne, Jr., an award-winning reporter for National Geographic and a graduate of N.C. State, warns at the AgBio Summit that time is running out to prevent a food crisis by the year 2030. Food production must double but solutions are "on the shelf," he says. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer has the in-depth report for our Insider subscribers.

Joel Bourne warns of global hunger threat Joel Bourne warns of global hunger threat

11:04 a.m. Wednesday

Scientists discover two subatomic particles

CERN Scientists at the world's largest smasher said Wednesday they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe.

Updated 8:07 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Population bomb: 'The mother of all wicked problems'

Feeding a world population the United Nations estimates will hit 9 billion by 2050 is only one of the social problems caused by an increasing number of people, the director of of the US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture tells the AgBio Summit in Raleigh. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer reports the details for our Insiders.

Talking population problems at AgBio Summit Talking population problems at AgBio Summit

7:19 a.m. Wednesday

Bill Gates helps fund Durham drug firm's Ebola fight

Billionaire Bill Gates and his foundation are providing financial support to Durham-based Chimerix, helping it ramp up production of a potential vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus.

Bloodmobile leaves RDU for Liberia Bloodmobile leaves RDU for Liberia

Updated 6:41 a.m. Wednesday

AT&T, Cisco team for conferencing; IBM's new email collaboration; Google buys wind power; Nokia's comeback; Netflix expanding

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup: Cisco and AT&T team up for new conferencing product; IBM unveils 'cloud' email collaboration suite; Google buys wind power; Nokia launches comeback; and Netflix plans to expand.

6:17 a.m. Wednesday

WhatsApp encrypts text messages from beginning to end

Facebook  WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting users' conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping.

6:12 a.m. Wednesday

Facebook's newest app unbundles Groups feature

Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.

Unbundling Facebook Groups Unbundling Facebook Groups

3:38 p.m. Tuesday

#WTWTrends for Tuesday: #AGBioSummit and GMO, Uber, COCG 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 Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

3:03 p.m. Tuesday

Ride-sharing, home-rental services on NC lawmakers' radar

"The sharing economy" is an emerging a market segment that is posing big questions for N.C. lawmakers as participants are frequently falling through cracks in tax, insurance and health and safety laws.

A screen shot from Uber shows fare estimate A screen shot from Uber shows fare estimate

Updated 3:11 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock AgBio Summit food fight: Debating mandatory labeling of GMO products

Should the government make labeling food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) mandatory? Both sides have their say at the opening day of the AgBio Summit in Raleigh. WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer reports exclusively for our Insiders.

Washington Post's Tamar Haspel moderates GMO debate Washington Post's Tamar Haspel moderates GMO debate

Updated 11:54 a.m. Tuesday

Analyst forecasts $89B in online sales over holidays

ecommerce       Forrester Research expects U.S. consumers to spend $89 billion online in November and December. That's up 13 percent, or about $10 billion, from a year ago.

7:35 a.m. Tuesday

Uber regulation coming in NC?; IBM's $1.25B outsourcing deal; GSK Ebola vaccine update; FTC says TRUSTe deceived consumers; SAP to pay Oracle $359M

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of tech and life science news: A N.C. General Assembly committee is to discuss possible Uber regulations; IBM lands a $1.25 billion outsourcing deal with Lufthansa; GSK's Ebola vaccine is safe in early tests; the FTC settles complaint with TRUSTe; and SAP will pay Oracle $359 million to settle a long legal battle.

Updated 7:52 a.m. Tuesday

FCC chair wants phone fee hike to expand schools' Internet access

Fiber optic network                 The U.S. should spend $1.5 billion more a year to make sure every child has access to high-speed Internet connections at school, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday in a proposal endorsed by the Obama administration that would increase slightly the fees consumers pay each month on their phone bills. Two republican FCC members indicate they oppose the move.

6:39 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Just call North Carolina 'the Mecca, the hub for agbio'

Agbio As NC State prepares to host the AGBIO Summit, the dean of the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences says the event will help showcase North Carolina as the "Mecca, the hub for agio." The theme of the event: Feeding a world of 9 billion people in 2050. And action is required, reports WRAL TechWire's Allan Maurer.

Updated 6:44 a.m. Tuesday

Syngenta faces dozens of lawsuits over genetically modified seed

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.

Growing better corn at Syngenta's new lab Growing better corn at Syngenta's new lab

3:35 p.m. Monday

Huge solar plant in California desert doesn't hit power targets

Solar energy    The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected.

3:25 p.m. Monday

#WTWTrends for Monday: Immigration, Raleigh, startups, #GEW and 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, Nov. 17, 2014 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

12:43 p.m. Monday

Immigration reform may finally have a chance in U.S.

Immigration Analysis: It's time for the political quagmire and stalemate to give way to compromise and good governance. Immigration reform surely cannot wait. President Obama should turn his party's Senate defeat into a victory for America, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa.

Updated 12:12 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock A resurgence in core business fuels Cisco's return to revenue growth

Cisco's campus on Kit Road in RTP Analysis: While the service provider and emerging market headwinds will persist for the next several quarters, TBR expects Cisco's revenue growth to accelerate in 4Q14, reaching midsingle digits due to momentum in Switching and continued growth in key segments such as Services, Security and Data Center.