RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — It’s hard to believe, but Local Tech Wire will soon turn a year old. But we’re not standing still. In fact, we are already implementing some major changes for incorporation into the web site in January that we believe will make it more useful and valuable to our readers..

To celebrate the birthday a little early, LTW today is offering access to all content free of charge through the end of the year.

All readers have to do to gain access is register.

LTW was launched on Jan. 25 of this year as a subscription-based service ($9.95 a month). The extended free trial offered now is one way for LTW to expand its reach and to better promote our content.

Nearing 3,000 mark

We soon will publish our 3,000th story. Who says tech is dead? Certainly not us – and the team of writers who contribute so faithfully to our efforts.

LTW provides exclusive and in-depth reporting of technology, software, venture capital, and the life science and biotech sectors every business day. On average, we offer more than 10 stories daily — from briefs to exclusives.

LTW will expand its offerings and improve the organization of the site shortly after the new year.

Among coming additions are newsletters focused on particular sectors of the tech business — starting with venture capital and financing as well as another dealing with biotech and life science.

The lineup:

LTW also will be modifying its daily lineup to some extent. Here’s what you can expect to see:

Mondays: Venture capital updates and commentary; week-in-review; and a regular rotation of technology trends and our “Breaking Glass” feature which focuses on issues of particular concern to women and minorities in high-tech.

Tuesdays:An executive Q&A and biotech updates and ‘Atlanta Beat,’ which will focus on the tech leaders and emerging companies in Georgia.

Wednesdays: ‘Charlotte Beat’, a regular feature focusing on tech leaders and emerging companies in the Queen City.

Thursdays:‘RTP Beat’, a regular feature focusing on tech leaders and emerging companies in the Triangle.

Fridays:Biowatch, a column written by LTW co-founder Allan Maurer which focuses on the latest trends and leaders in biotech and life science.

LTW also will continue to feature “The Daily Skinny”, a look at the people, issues and companies that make the tech/biotech world as exciting as it is.

Other features and changes are planned. Our archives will be improved; we also will begin including reader’s forums for discussion of major stories each day; and our tech calendar will include more events than ever.

Also, look for revised and expanded daily e-mail “blasts” of the latest news, beginning with the daily 8 a.m. “First Edition”.

We welcome your thoughts, criticisms and ideas about how to improve LTW. Send them my way at

Rick Smith is managing editor of Local Tech Wire.