October 1

Microsoft's Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar

Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices.

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Updated October 1

Premium Lock Red Hat raising $700M for stock buyback, possible acquisitions

Red Hat is raising $700 million in new capital with $400 million of that targeted for a stock repurchase plan. The rest of the capital is to be set aside for possible acquisitions and other "general corporate practices," the company says.

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October 1

Hackers plead guilty in $100M hit on Epic Games, U.S. Army, other game firms

Epic Games' "Gears of War 3" was hacked by a team of hackers known as the "Xbox Underground" and so were other firms as well as the U.S. Army, and two men pleaded guilty in the case on Tuesday.

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October 1

Cisco slashes top exec John Chambers compensation 22%

Reflecting a 3 percent drop in revenue and failure to meet revenue targets, networking giant Cisco disclosed Tuesday that it had cut Chairman and CEO John Chambers' total compensation by 22 percent for the past fiscal year. The pay of other top executives also was cut.

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October 1

Making the hunter the hunted: North Carolina gives business owners new tools to combat 'patent trolls'

Ward and Smith, P.A.  TechLaw: Litigation in federal courts under federal law is a primary weapon in the battle to protect patents from infringement. However, because of alleged abuse, certain states, including North Carolina, have taken it upon themselves to establish their own rules of conduct for patent infringement actions.

September 30

Premium Lock GSK pledges $5M for startups; UNC, Duke scientists land grants for BRAIN Initiative

President Obama's BRAIN Initiative - Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies - second year kickoff includes three RTP connections: Funding from GlaxoSmithKline and research grants for teams at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as Duke.

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September 30

Premium Lock Murdock commits $15M 'in perpetuity' to support NC Research Campus

David Murdock, the 91-year-old billionaire founder of the North Carolina Research Campus, sets aside $15 million annually from his estate with the goal of advancing life science research for years to come. But the feisty Murdock says he still aims to live to 125.

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September 30

Premium Lock NC IDEA picks 19 startups for next step in grant process

NC IDEA NC IDEA has selected 19 startups from around North Carolina as semifinalists in its latest rounds of grants. Nearly 100 firms applied for the non-dilutive grants which can be worth as much as $50,000.

September 30

Premium Lock New Windows sneak peak; U-verse to Wilmington; Cisco's $1B cloud move; China OKs iPhone 6; Ireland-Apple tax deal

Bulldog In today's technology news wrapup: Microsoft to offer sneak peak of new Windows; AT&T takes U-verse to Wilmington; Cisco expands cloud network; China OKs new iPhones after security assurances; and the EU presses Ireland about Apple tax breaks.

September 30

Premium Lock Pearl Therapeutics expanding, adding jobs in Durham

IT jobs Pearl Therapeutics, a California-based respiratory drug development subsidiary of AstraZeneca, is hiring and expanding its Durham operations.

Updated September 30

Premium Lock Is 'bendgate' true? Consumer Reports finds iPhones not as bendy as believed

Last week, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything about the uproar was highly unscientific. We don't like unscientific, so we promised then that we would use our lab equipment to find out just how delicate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus really are. We also promised to run the same tests on comparable smart phones. We've done that now, and our tests show that both iPhones seem tougher than the Internet fracas implies.

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