September 24

Duke Energy has key role in mammoth $8B wind power project

Wind power  Duke-American Transmission Co. plans to play a key role in building power lines that would be part of an $8 billion project to bring electricity from a wind farm to an underground storage facility. The power would be used for over 1 million households in California.

September 24

Duke's grand entrepreneurship experiment (and its 16 test subjects)

A few weeks ago, I entered a classroom filled with a very unlikely group of Duke students. There were intellectuals pursuing vastly different interests--Pratt School of Engineering students, literature enthusiasts, Econ stars, global health/political science double majors. But even though the textbooks we carried couldn't have been more dissimilar, we gathered for one singular purpose: how can we further Duke's mission of knowledge in the service of society, and how will the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Certificate help us do that?

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Updated September 24

Novartis dedicates $1B vaccine plant with VIP flu shots as NC exec who recruited the firm will watch

It's probably a safe bet that Gov. Pat McCrory has already received his flu shot for the 2014-5 season, but he and other VIPs can line up for vaccinations today as Novartis formally dedicates production at its mammoth $1 billion plant in Holly Springs. But there's also an interesting back story to the event: The N.C. Biotechnology Center exec who helped recruit Novartis to N.C. way back in 2006.

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Updated September 24

Cisco starts layoffs in RTP, across company; 6,000 expected to be cut in all

Cisco Systems began laying off employees at its Research Triangle Park campus on Tuesday. The company confirmed it is cutting jobs but would not disclose how many. It also is continuing to hire at the site, and laid-off workers can apply for open positions, the company says.

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Updated September 24

$10B deal? Sale talk drives Salix shares to record high

Salix    Raleigh-based Salix Pharmaceuticals is talking a possible deal with Allergan, according to multiple media reports. A deal would be worth $10 billion or more as speculation drives up the price of Salix shares to a record high.

September 24

Premium Lock No Google Fiber news soon for RTP, but digging is furious in Austin

While Google Fiber mulls where to deploy its gigabit Internet network in coming months, its project in Austin, Texas, is well underway with machines burying cable and technicians stringing more fiber from utility poles. But what has WRAL TechWire been told about Google Fiber in the triangle? Our Insiders find out.

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September 24

Lenovo loses PR exec; HCL hires ex-IBMer for marketing; WebAssign's new CTO; Oracle targets Red Hat in cloud

Bulldog In today's technology wrapup: Lenovo's top communications director quits; HCL, which is expanding in Cary, hires a new chief marketing officer; WebAssigns names Railinc exec as CTO; Oracle teams with Canonical against Red Hat in OpenStack cloud.

September 23

#WTWTrends for Tuesday: Cisco layoffs, Fiber in the Triangle, and Biotechies top social conversations

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 as curated by @WRALTechWire.

Updated September 23

Premium Lock What's up at EMC? A Cisco-EMC marriage with VMware as wedding gift?

Wall Street analysts and journalists are having a field day with reports that EMC is looking for a merger partner. One analyst says a Cisco-EMC marriage makes sense with VMware as a wedding gift. EMC owns 80 percent of Vmware. Meanwhile, Forbes says an EMC-HP deal "would have been a disaster."


September 23

Who is Mort O'Sullivan ... and why would you vote for him as NC's Tech Exec of the Year?

NCTA's new awards NC Tech Awards is Nov. 6 and you can vote between now and Sept. 30 for the Tech Exec of the Year. The N.C. Technology Association is running interviews with each of the contenders throughout September. The first interview features Mort O'Sullivan of ARCA.

September 23

Networking advice: Why you want biotechies to come to your parties

Ricky Spreo Why do you want biotech industry representatives at your networking event? Ricky Spero, co-founder and VP of Product Development at Rheomics, offers his thoughts in a post written for ExitEvent.

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