8:07 a.m. yesterday

Earnings: CommScope, LendingTree beat Street

Earnings    Good news for investors in CommScope and LendingTree: Their latest earnings beat Wall Street estimates earlier this week.

Updated 6:33 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Life science giant battle continues: QuintilesIMS raising $1.5B; LabCorp acquires labs group

QuintilesIMS   A pair of life science giants - and rivals - are making moves. QuintilesIMS is raising nearly $1.5 billion in capital, perhaps in part for future acquisitions. Meanwhile, LabCorp makes a buy to expand its services network.

Updated 6:50 a.m. Tuesday

Corning to expand NC optical fiber plants, add 410 jobs

Fiber optic network                      Corning Optical Communications already employs more than 3,000 people in five North Carolina facilities, including two of the world's largest fiber manufacturing sites in Midland and Wilmington and two of the largest fiber cabling plants in Winston-Salem and Hickory.

Updated February 16

Lucerno launches massive PET/CT scan tracer study

Lucerno Dynamics, a Morrisville company developing noninvasive sensor technology that can show the effectiveness of radiotracer injections in patients undergoing PET/CT scans, has launched a nationwide study to demonstrate the benefits of its system.

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Updated February 16

Premium Lock Verizon brings back unlimited data, but T-Mobile's One strategy still a step ahead

Wireless    Analysis: Verizon has announced a return to unlimited data plans, but T-Mobile remains a step ahead of competitors through its T-Mobile One strategy, says Technology Business Research Analyst Steve Vachon.

Updated February 16

Despite big changes, Google Fiber says it's 'here to stay in Triangle'

Google Fiber is reaching out to assure Triangle customers - and potential ones - that the company is "here to stay in the Triangle." GF issued the statement Wednesday afternoon following a report of major changes within the company.

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February 6

Premium Lock FCC chair wasting no time in making changes, moves to address digital divide

"We want to make sure that our regulations match the realities of the modern marketplace," says new FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. He also takes steps to address the "digital divide."

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Updated February 1

Google Fiber expands to North Hills, opening service center in Raleigh

Google Fiber begins offering ultra-fast Internet and TV service in Raleigh's North Hills as of Wednesday. Plus. GF is opening a customer and retail center in Downtown Raleigh while also preparing to provide service to The Oaks community.

January 31

Premium Lock As fiber expansion continues AT&T gears up for ultra-fast AirGig trials

Project AirGig - utilizing patented technology to transmit data at fiber-like speeds over power lines - is coming closer to reality at AT&T with "at least" two trials coming this fall. Meanwhile, the communications will continue expanding its fiber network in the Triangle and elsewhere while also testing next-generation wireless broadband (5G).

January 31

Premium Lock Google Fiber expanding high-speed Webpass Internet service

Google Fiber, which recently paused its nation-wide expansion plans, is adding new markets again. But this time it's through high-speed point-to-point service called Webpass. No word on RTP expansion at this point, but gigabit Internet could be coming to a building near you for $60 a month.

January 30

Premium Lock In his own words: New FCC chair pledges to address 'digital divide'

Editor's note: Ajit Pai, recently named to be the new chair of the FCC, talks about his vision for the future of the agency in a speech at the FCC headquarters last week. At the top of his list: The "digital divide in this country."

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January 30

Premium Lock Loud and clear: Voice-control digital assistant's imminent disruption of the devices market

Voice-controlled digital assistants are set to usher in a new computing era, says Technology Business Research Analyst Jack Narcotta. And Lenovo is among the early adopters through its deal with Amazon to utilize Alexa.

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January 24

Premium Lock Analysis: What a Trump administration means for broadband, telecom industries

The Broadband Report       Editor's note: Analysts from Technology Business Research see major changes ahead in the telecom industry's future under a Donald Trump Administration. In the second of a multi-part report, the analysts predict what will happen under the FCC.

January 24

Premium Lock Pai 'deeply grateful' to be new FCC chairman

Ajit Pai Tweets Ajit Pai: "There is so much we can do together to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans and to promote innovation and investment."

January 23

Premium Lock Guest opinion: How to make the FCC great again

FCC        Expect Republicans to reverse quickly the most controversial decisions of the Obama FCC. They will change fundamentally how the agency works -- including a renewed emphasis on bipartisanship. After outgoing Chairman Tom Wheeler rammed through more 3-2 votes than all the last five chairmen combined, any attempt at consensus would be a breath of fresh air.

January 23

Premium Lock Analysis: Trump administration likely to tip scales in telecom industry's favor

Fiber optic network                      Analysts from Technology Business Research see major changes ahead in the telecom industry's future under a Donald Trump Administration. In the first of a multi-part report, the analysts predict what will happen under the FCC.

January 23

Premium Lock 'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai reportedly is Trump's FCC choice + Who is he?

President Donald Trump has reportedly picked Ajit Pai, a son of Indian immigrants and a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections.

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January 20

Premium Lock Cost of progress: Gas, water lines cut, holes left behind in fiber installation

Cut water lines, no power, gas leaks - these are just some of the issues that homeowners across the Triangle have reported as more and more communities upgrade to offer faster internet speeds using fiber optic cable.

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Updated January 19

Premium Lock Report: Pay TV subscribers shrink; streaming services, antenna-only households grow

You may be surprised to find out that the number of antenna-only households for TV service in the U.S. is growing. So, too, are Internet streaming subscribers. Suffering the consequences? A drop in pay TV subscriptions, says a new report.

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January 17

Premium Lock First customer signs on for fiber Internet in Holly Springs

Fiber optic network                      "Crazy fast fiber Internet" as Ting describes its service goes "live" today in Holly Springs with its first residential customer.

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