In today's Bulldog roundup of tech news: Snapchat closes $537M funding; GOP opposes FCC plan to subsidize Internet access for the poor; French server firm picks Chapel Hill for HQ; Google+changing but not dead yet; gifs on Facebook; Amazon same-day delivery.
Lenovo announced several new products, including a smartwatch with two screens, a smartphone with a built-in laser projector, and a personal digital assistant for Windows 10 PCs at Lenovo Tech World. It also demonstrated "breakthrough" product concepts intended to change the way people interact with technology.
In today's Bulldog wrapup of tech news: SciQuest names new CFO; SimliVity adds Raleigh support center; FDA approves drug from Salix buyer Valeant; Chromebook sales to increase; Winston-Salem holding improv event.
Padmasree Warrior, Cisco Systems chief technology and strategy officer, will keynote the 2015 CED Tech Venture Conference slated for September 15-16 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Registration for the event is now open.
A genetic testing laboratory recruited to the state in 2011 with help from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center is about to expand. The Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, a $19 million Morrisville laboratory opened in 2012, will be taking over operations of a sister lab that the company is closing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Apple, Facebook, and Google, which all own data centers that consume considerable quantities of energy in North Carolina, have asked state legislators not to freeze the state's renewable energy standard.
Healthcare technology firm Allscripts will relocate from North Raleigh to a 12-story office tower in the Park District at North Hills adjacent to I-440 and near Midtown Park when it is completed in about two years.