A roundup of the latest high-tech news “Hot Off the Wire” from The Associated Press and Local Tech Wire:

Pamlico Capital takes ATX Networks from Miami investment firm

Local Tech Wire

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trivest Partners said Thursday that it had sole ATX Networks Inc. for an undisclosed sum to Charlotte-based Pamlico Capital, the former Wachovia Capital Partners.

ATX, based in Ajax, Ontario, sells equipment used by nearly all North American and many international cable providers to manipulate radio frequency signals for the distribution of video, Internet applications, and voice services to subscribers.

Novella Clinical taps Kershner to lead clinical reporting

Local Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. —  Ron Kershner has been named global head of clinical reporting for Novella Clinical Inc., the company said Thursday.

Kershner “will work closely with existing Clinical Reporting management across all U.S. operations, including the Boulder, Columbus, and Research Triangle Park offices, to ensure Novella has the resources and processes in place to meet the ongoing needs of clients,” the announcement said.

Kershner has a doctorate in biostatistics from Cornell University and has over 25 years experience in clinical trials. He had been at Inveresk Research and has worked at Fujisawa, Centocor and Quintiles.

Verizon chief: 4G would make variable pricing possible

Local Tech Wire

Verizon Wireless may introduce a tiered pricing process that would vary charges according to data speed or data volume on the carrier’s new 4G network, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said in a widely reported Wall Street Journal interview published Thursday.

Seidenberg gave no time frame for such a structure and did not say it was definitely how the “hear me now” network would go. He explained that the  Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology driving the next-generation system makes the approach possible.

Tiered pricing does not, however, mean flat pricing would go away, Seidenberg told the newspaper.

“I don’t think the world’s that simple,” he said. “We need to get into it, figure out what the customer thinks is fair, and go from there,” he said.

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