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9:14 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock With 2000+ patents, Red Hat reaffirms, broadens 'Patent Promise"

Red Hat, its own technology largely based on Open Source development, is expanding its "Patent Promise" through which the Linux software giant promises not to use "our patents offensively" even as its intellectual property portfolio has grown immensely. Plus: Read the full text of the promise.

Red Hat broadens "Patent Promise" Red Hat broadens "Patent Promise"

Tags: Red Hat, Linux
7:50 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock PrecisionHawk CEO: 'Unconventional wisdom' learned while building a $2B company

Michael Chasen, CEO of Raleigh-based drone company, PrecisionHawk, previously founded, built the e-learning company Blackboard into a nearly $2 billion enterprise. He shared five pieces of "unconventional wisdom" he discovered along the way with the CED Tech Venture Conference Wednesday.

Michael Chasen, CEO of Precision Hawk, at the CED Venture Tech Conference. Michael Chasen, CEO of Precision Hawk, at the CED Venture Tech Conference.

Updated 8:19 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Durham startup aiming to improve cognitive skills, raises $700K, launches Kickstarter campaign(+ video)

A Durham startup believes it has developed technology that provides alternatives to drugs for treatment of disorders such as ADHD. has raised $700,000. And NeuroPlus wants more.

Updated 7:19 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock At last: It's ready, set, go for crowdfunding in NC

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall says the state's crowdfunding law has "All the required governmental stuff completed." The first company to take advantage of it will be announced soon, she said. Plus: Check out the "Crowdfunding 101" series from WRAL TechWire.

NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall

Updated 7:11 a.m. Thursday

Google buys HTC's Pixel team in $1.1B bet on devices (+ video)

Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. Plus: Watch CNET's report about the deal.

1:33 p.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock What a top venture capitalist looks for in an entrepreneur

When Steve Nelson interviewed John Doerr at the CED Venture Conference Tuesday,, the venture capitalist who saw potential in Amazon's Jeff Bezos and the Google founders before anyone else faced the question that inevitably came up: what does he look for in an entrepreneur? The answer included stories about Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and the Google founders.

The legendary John Doerr after his talk at the CED Venture Conference The legendary John Doerr after his talk at the CED Venture Conference

12:36 p.m. Wednesday

Accelerator exec: Dynamic change coming in agtech

The next five years will see more dynamic changes in agriculture technology than seen in the last 25 years, said John Dombrosky, CEO of the Ag Tech Accelerator at the 8th annual NU Tech Roundtable earlier this week.

A rendering of the AgTech Accelerator A rendering of the AgTech Accelerator

11:10 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock John Doerr blasts gender inequality, climate change deniers, NC General Assembly

John Doerr, who backed many of the most successful digital entrepreneurs as a partner with Silicon Valley venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers in the U.S., including the Google and Amazon founders, expressed some controversial political opinions at the CED Tech Venture Conference Tuesday.

Steve Nelson engages John Doerr in a fireside chat. Steve Nelson engages John Doerr in a fireside chat.

9:33 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock FoodLogiQ lands 2nd venture round, aims to 'map world's food chain'

FoodLogiQ dashboard FoodLogiQ, the emerging entrepreneurial firm based in Durham that is helping the food industry better track food supplies, is getting a second round of financing.

Updated 8:28 a.m. Wednesday

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

Facebook  The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion users.

Updated 9:08 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Venture legend John Doerr on what's the next big thing

What's going to be the next big thing in technology? The legendary John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who has backed some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs, including Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt of Google; and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, offered answers at the CED Tech Venture Conference Tuesday.

Steve Nelson with the legendary John Doerr at the CED Venture Conference Steve Nelson with the legendary John Doerr at the CED Venture Conference

Updated 7:23 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Melinda Gates: VC industry 'needs to clean up its act' (+ video)

Only 6% of VC partners today are women, Melinda Gates says, and a mere 3% of companies led by women get VC funding. The venture capital community "needs to clean up its act," she says.

Updated 6:47 a.m. Wednesday

Startup profile: FoodLogiQ, taking food industry management to the cloud (+ video)

Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Start-ups, Durham-based FoodLogiQ is taking the food industry's management to the cloud.

6:19 a.m. Wednesday

Startup profile: eMind Science, a mobile app to measure stress

Greenville startup eMind Science says its mobile app measures stress, anxiety and depression - in real time, thus empowering individuals in helping to manage their health.

eMind Science eMind Science

Updated 5:43 a.m. Wednesday

Startup profile: Yanay, bringing AI to customer engagement

Yanay How do businesses better engage customers and improve their happiness? Yanay says it helps owners sleep better by providing AI-based, data-recommended actions based on reviews of media channels.

Updated 5:25 a.m. Wednesday

Startup profile: Sportscale, helping athletic organizations improve weigh-ins

Sportscale's name says it all about the mission of this two-year-old startup: Providing a patented device to improve weigh-ins by sports organizations so they can meet federal requirements.

Weighing in with Sportscale Weighing in with Sportscale

Updated 5:06 a.m. Wednesday

Startup profile: Broadvine, standardizing financial data for hospitality industry

Emerging Raleigh-based Broadvine is aiming to bring standardized financial management to the hospitality industry, helping hotel operators and others focus on their guests.

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