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The effort to get high-speed Internet access in every school got a boost Wednesday from the philanthropy of two technology gurus - Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates. Zuckerberg's Startup: Education and Gates' foundation have contributed a combined $9 million to the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to improve connectivity in schools.
"We are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data," Microsoft says. "Government snooping potentially now constitutes an 'advanced persistent threat' alongside sophisticated malware and cyberattacks."
Online shoppers - especially at Amazon, eBay and through Google - drove traffic to record levels and ended up making nearly $2 billion in purchases, according to Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor and Internet research firm ComScore.
The NC Chamber Foundation has launched a software tool designed to help track North Carolina's progress meeting economic benchmarks. Read more about how the dashboard software works.
The changes to Google Compute Engine service are aimed at attracting corporate customers away from Amazon, Microsoft and others that are betting businesses will access computing power from large, centralized data centers instead of their own systems.
Tracking of how consumers made purchases online over the Black Friday weekend by ChannelAdvisor finds that 40 percent used mobile devices. That percentage runs counter to a new survey from research firm Ovum, which says are likely to remain dominant. But "Cyber Monday" data might skew ChannelAdvisor's findings. Meanwhile, overall Cyber Monday traffic shows a big bump.
Retailers catering to smartphone and tablet users are especially benefiting, with mobile traffic accounting for 30 percent of the total, an increase of 58 percent from last year, IBM reports. Meanwhile, Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor reports big increases for Google, Amazon and eBay.
Apple pays more than $200 million for Topsy, said people with knowledge of the deal, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The San Francisco-based startup's service is used by companies to analyze consumer sentiment on Twitter, be it responses to TV shows or politics.
When Jud Bowman decided to further ramp up his global expansion efforts at Appia, the veteran entrepreneur chose to do so by raising another round of debt financing rather than sell some equity. Bowman says he wants to avoid getting "really diluted." With the new funding, he plans additional hiring as Appia expands locally and internationally.
Now in its third year, the 12 Days of Broadband begins this week highlighting a dozen innovations in 2013 directly impacted by the expanding reach of high-speed connectivity in North Carolina.
With six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and New Years in 2013, retailers were counting on getting a big boost from turkey day shoppers. Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisors reports the online "baskets" were filled,
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden succeeded where President Barack Obama couldn't -- getting Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! to upgrade computer security against hackers.
Bitcoins, which exist as software and aren't regulated by any country or banking authority, surged to a record $1,044 today, up more than 80-fold from a year earlier. The currency has rallied on growing interest from investors in China and the U.S., while merchants are starting to accept Bitcoins for everything from Gummi bears to tuition fees.
The N.C. Chamber and RTI International have developed a software dashboard that will measure the state's progress on various economic indicators as the state approaches 2030, the year when North Carolina is projected to reach 12 million in population. The "dashboard" will be unveiled next week.
Katie Couric is joining as Global Anchor, Yahoo said Monday, giving Marissa Mayer another recognizable name to draw viewers and advertisers as the CEO tries to jump-start a turnaround. Since September, Mayer has brought aboard gadget reviewer David Pogue, political reporter Matt Bai, and editor Megan Liberman, all from the New York Times Co.
A day does not go by without a new report emerging about the growth of the national security state. As more NSA spying stories emerge, a new report from the World Wide Web Foundation criticizes the United States for "lack of adequate safeguards to protect users' privacy from extensive electronic surveillance."
A breakup of Time Warner Cable, which Comcast and Charter Communications are said to be considering as part of a joint bid, would let the industry consolidate while potentially sidestepping regulatory hurdles.
Stan Druckenmiller, who has one of the best track records in the hedge-fund industry over the past three decades, said he's betting against shares of IBM while wagering on younger technology companies such as Amazon.com.