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May 19

Tweet this: What Twitter's privacy changes mean for you

Twitter Twitter's new privacy policy suggests ambitions of becoming more like Facebook -- more tracking of users and more targeting of ads to rake in more money. Here's a look at the changes - and what they mean for you.

Updated May 19

Pig model study to help research on human knee growth, injury treatment

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published research on how the knees of pigs compare to human knees at various stages of maturity - a finding that will advance research by this group and others on injury treatment in young people.

Stephanie Cone examines MRIs of pig knees. Stephanie Cone examines MRIs of pig knees.

Updated May 19

Swoboda to quit as chair, CEO, board member at Cree; stock surges 7%

Chuck Swoboda, the chair and CEO at Cree where he also is a member of the board, is stepping down. He will leave when a successor is found, the Durham-based LED and semiconductor firm says.

Cree's Chuck Swoboda    Cree's Chuck Swoboda

Tags: Cree
May 19

Moogfest day one recap: Highlights, photos, videos

The ExitEvent team is Chronicling the art, music, technology and conversations taking over downtown Durham during Moogfest, which runs through the weekend. Here's a recap of day one.

Talib Kweli onstage at Moogfest Talib Kweli onstage at Moogfest

May 19

FDA approves esophagus treatment device developed in Winston-Salem

A medical device developed by Cook Medical's endoscopy business unit in Winston-Salem is now being used to help newborns avoid surgery to repair a rare birth defect of the esophagus.

How Cook Medical device works How Cook Medical device works

May 19

Small cell tower compromise moves ahead in General Assembly

An industry-backed proposal to limit local regulation of small cell tower installation is moving ahead in the North Carolina House, but the latest version preserves some local oversight

Debating cell towers Debating cell towers

May 19

Resident group proposes Airbnb rules for Raleigh

Resident group proposed Airbnb rules for Raleigh The Raleigh task force resident group proposed official Airbnb regulations at a meeting Thursday evening, voting to recommend allowing short-term rentals in Raleigh through sites like Airbnb.

Updated May 18

FCC: Move to end 'net neutrality' a step toward 'ending utility-style regulation' of internet

FCC        The FCC has voted to kick off the repeal of "net neutrality" rules designed to keep broadband providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from interfering with the internet. The FCC says the move could mean "ending utility-style regulation of the internet."

May 18

Premium Lock Cisco's 55 consecutive quarter growth of service revenue is over, but ...

Analysis: Cisco services revenue growth hits a pothole after 55 consecutive quarters of year-over-year expansion, but security and data analytics are coming to the rescue, says Technology Business Research Analyst Kelly Lesiczka.

Snapshot of Cisco's earnings Snapshot of Cisco's earnings

May 18

Premium Lock WannaCry ransomware & The perils of shoddy attribution: It's the Russians! No wait, it's the North Koreans!

Speculation detracts from real and meaningful conversations about inherent software vulnerabilities that result from manufacturers' refusal to incorporate security-by-design into software development, the failure of organizations all over the world to protect their systems and client data according to their value and potential for harm, and governments' responsibility to manage, secure, and disclose discovered vulnerabilities.

Ransomware attack: 'Ooops ..." Ransomware attack: 'Ooops ..."

May 18

Four Triangle startups among six landing NC IDEA grants

NC IDEA Four startups in the Triangle as well as one in Greensboro and another in Charlotte are the latest emerging ventures to receive seed development grants from the NC IDEA Foundation.

May 18

ExitEvent video: Take a tour inside Raleigh startup Betabox

Raleigh-based Betabox is fulfilling its mission to increase public access to innovative tools, equipment and technology--every month delivering retrofitted shipping containers to schools and campuses in and outside of the Southeast. Here's a video overview from ExitEvent.

May 18

NCSU researchers utilize molecular dynamics, machine learning for drug discovery

Researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated that molecular dynamics simulations and machine learning techniques could be integrated to create more accurate computer prediction models. These "hyper-predictive" models could be used to quickly predict which new chemical compounds could be promising drug candidates.

Charting drug discovery Charting drug discovery

Updated May 18

Premium Lock Lenovo teams with Google for truly mobile virtual reality (+ video)

Lenovo makes headlines at Google's annual tech product demonstration with news that it is working with Google and HTC Vive to develop what the partners are calling a truly mobile virtual reality headset.

Updated May 18

Former FDA chief takes on new roles at Duke, Duke Health, Google's Verily Life Sciences

Rober Califf Dr, Robert Califf Cbecomes vice chancellor for Health Data Science at Duke Health and director of a newly created cross-campus center focused on integrated health data science. On June 1, he will also join the senior management team for Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet [Google] company. His time will be evenly split between his Duke and Verily responsibilities.

Updated May 18

Cisco announces 1,100 more layoffs; stock plunges 7.5%

Cisco's campus on Kit Creek Road in RTP  Cisco Systems said Wednesday that it is laying off 1,100 more workers, deepening job losses at the internet gear maker battling declining revenue. But Cisco's top exec says the tech giant is making progress as the company continues to make acquisitions.

May 17

Premium Lock Red Hat opens first Innovation Lab in Europe, third overall

Red Hat Raleigh-based Red Hat opens a new Innovation Labs in London, its first outside the U.S. The Innovation Labs are designed to put customers and Hatter experts side-by-side to "jump start innovation" and develop software solutions.

Tags: Linux, Red Hat
Updated May 18

RTP's G1 Therapeutics goes public with $105M IPO

G1 Therapeutics, a clinical-stage oncology company based in Research Triangle Park, became a publicly traded entity today with a $105 million initial public offering of seven million shares of stock priced at $15 a share.

G1 targets cancer G1 targets cancer

May 17

Crowdfunding 101, part 3: Risks, rewards of investing in NC businesses using NC PACES Act

This is three of our series on using the NC PACES Act investment crowdfunding law. These are high risk investments in private companies and any investor could lose all their money. The PACES Act and the rules describe the disclosure requirements, reporting requirements, filing requirements, escrow requirements and limits that help make this exemption safe and fair for both North Carolina small business and North Carolina investors, but there are no guarantees.

Crowdfunding  Crowdfunding