March 18

Premium Lock Google's 'X' future vision, gender bias, more highlight SxSW

Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor.

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March 18

Premium Lock HTC promises to replace new 'One' phones if damaged

HTC Damaged Phones Starting next month when new phones go on sale, HTC will replace damaged phones free of charge during its normal 12-month warranty period -- no questions asked. The offer expands on HTC Corp.'s current pledge to replace cracked screens for the first six months.

March 18

Premium Lock With tax season upon us, are you aware of all the tax reform that may impact your taxes this year?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The United States Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly have made some significant tax reforms over the past couple of years that may have a considerable impact on your taxes this year. It's important for you to understand how these changes may impact you so that you can properly budget your personal finances and potentially implement some tax planning strategies.

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Updated March 18

Premium Lock AT&T slashes ultra-fast Internet prices, expands services in Triangle

Fiber optic network                   AT&T is expanding the markets in the Triangle where it is offering ultra-fast Internet service and at the same time is slashing prices to as low as $70 per month from the previous $120. Current AT&T customers also may see automatic increases in speed by March 31. Plus, AT&T is boosting Wi-Fi speeds.

March 18

Premium Lock GSK invests $25M in global Alzheimer's venture fund

Brain power  GlaxoSmithKline, Biogen, other major drugmakers, the British government and a top Alzheimer's research charity are pooling more than $100 million to create a global fund to accelerate efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for the mind-robbing disease within a decade.

March 18

Premium Lock Facebook mobile e-pay; Buffett-Airbnb home deal; Adobe new subscriptions; Blue Cross hack exposes 11M; more Kardashian games

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Facebook's app makes for easier e-payments; Warren Buffett's childhood home available for rent; Adobe updates subscription offerings; another Blue Cross hack; and more Kardashian game entertainment is coming.

Updated March 17

Premium Lock Crowdfunding event: Takeaways you can use

Jim Verdonik The WRAL Crowdfunding event was an education in the latest startup funding tool, and that's exactly what the experts at the event stressed entrepreneurs need. Do your homework before embarking on a crowdfunding venture if you want to succeed.

Updated March 17

Premium Lock Crowdfunding event: Resources for entrepreneurs

Mark Easley Mark Easley, an angel investor says that if North Carolina passes the Paces Act it could ease the early-stage funding gap.

March 17

Premium Lock GOP says Obama aides meddled in 'net neutrality'

​Lawmakers are getting their chance this week to weigh in on the "net neutrality" debate that has pitted Internet activists against big cable companies and prompted a record number of public comments filed to U.S. regulators.

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March 17

Premium Lock Female senior partner: No discrimination at Silicon Valley investment firm

Silicon Valley Sexual Discrimination  ​One of the most powerful women in venture capital and a well-respected tech investor says she never saw or experienced gender discrimination at the firm at the center of a $16 million gender bias lawsuit.

Updated March 18

Premium Lock Crowdfunding event: NC is 'out of business' without incentives, Commerce Secretary says

Crowdfunding Event 21 Right now, North Carolina is "Out of business," when it comes to having a toolbox of incentives to offer job-creating companies the state might want to attract, said North Carolina Commerce Secretary John Skvarla keynoting at the WRAL Crowdfunding event in Raleigh Tuesday morning.

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