In today’s Bulldog blog wrapup of technology and life science news:

  • Fast Company names Cree a top innovative company
  • Clinverse adds to its software lineup
  • Yelp buys Eat24
  • ​China fines Qualcomm
  • Uber adds a panic button in India

The details:

  • Cree Cracks Top 50 list

Fast Company Magazine chose Cree (Nasdaq: CREE) as one of its Top 50 Most Innovative Companies worldwide and No. 1 in the Energy List.

“As a company on a mission for 100 percent LED adoption, we take pride in being risk-takers and disrupting the lighting industry with breakthrough, innovative products,” said Betty Noonan, Cree chief marketing officer. “At Cree, one of the fastest growing lighting companies in the world, we know innovation isn’t just inspiration; it’s hard work. This concept is engrained in our capabilities, culture and employees, which is why we are honored to be recognized for it by a well-respected outlet like Fast Company.”

Read more at: http://www.fastcompany.com/section/most-innovative-companies-2015 as well as in app form via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning February 17.

  • Clinverse Adds Software

Clinverse is offering a new software suite, ClinPlan, to assist clients with clinical trials management and forecasting.

“Changes in the clinical trial environment today, such as complex study designs and an increasing need to use outsourced vendors, have resulted in significant challenges for effective financial management of trial budgets and forecasting,” says Denis Connaghan, Clinverse CEO. “But for more than 70% of companies, the primary tool continues to be Microsoft Excel. These spreadsheets are already difficult to share and consolidate with other financial forecasting and budgeting data, don’t help forecast subject and site activation, take too long to update, and are prone to error. With ClinPlan, our clients can automate the process of developing a full forecasted expense picture on a routine basis and set the stage for decreasing the variance in expected funds requests.”

  • Yelp Buys Eat24 

The war over takeout is heating up with Yelp’s purchase of Eat24 for $134 million.

Eat24 allows users to order takeout from nearby restaurants online or with an app. It makes money by keeping a percentage of sales from restaurants.

Online review company Yelp will be competing with GrubHub Inc., the leader in the competitive online food ordering market. GrubHub, which also owns the Seamless service, is used by 30,000 restaurants in the U.S. and London.

Yelp says about 20,000 restaurants use Eat24. It plans to expand the service to 1 million restaurants that have been reviewed on its site.

  • China Fines Qualcomm Record $975M 

China fined chipmaker Qualcomm 6 billion yuan ($975 million) in the biggest of a wave of anti-monopoly penalties that have rattled foreign companies.

Qualcomm Inc. abused its dominance in wireless technology to charge manufacturers “unfairly high” licensing fees, a Cabinet agency announced Tuesday. China is the world’s biggest producer of mobile phones and other wireless devices, and Beijing has complained about the high cost of technology licenses.

China has launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations over the past two years against foreign automakers, technology suppliers and other companies in an apparent effort to force down prices. Business groups say the secretive way the investigations are conducted is alienating companies, but regulators deny they are treated unfairly.

Qualcomm, one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile phones, said Monday it also agreed to change some of its practices for licensing technology to Chinese companies.

San Diego-based Qualcomm expressed disappointment with the findings by the Chinese Cabinet’s National Development and Reform Commission, but said it will not contest the matter.

  • Uber to Introduce ‘Panic Button’ in India

Uber says it’s introducing two new safety features for riders in Indiain response to concerns about safety that followed a passenger reporting she had been raped by a driver.

The San Francisco taxi alternative company says it will launch a “panic button” in its ride-hailing app that allows riders to notify the police in case of an emergency, and a “safety net” feature that will allow users to share trip details and their location with as many as five other people.

Uber says it is also creating a local team that will respond to reports by riders and will get a notification when the panic button is pressed.

The company says the new features will be available Wednesday. Uber did not say if the new features will be available in other countries, but said in an email that it will have more updates in the coming months.

Uber, valued at $40 billion, lets passengers summon cars through an app in more than 250 cities around the world. It faces multiples legal and regulatory challenges as it expands in the United States and abroad.

An Uber passenger said she was raped by a driver in New Delhi in December, and she sued the company in January. The lawsuit alleges Uber isn’t doing enough to keep passengers safe, and Uber may also face charges if Indian prosecutors believe it misrepresented the safety of its services.

The company says it plans to improve its safety programs in 2015 and is looking for new ways to screen drivers.

In India, Uber has been banned in New Delhi, the southern technology hub of Hyderabad, and the entire southern state of Karnataka.