Editor’s note: The Bulldog wrapup of technology news, which has been a staple of WRAL TechWire for years, is taking on a new look. We are expanding it to incorporate Triangle and regional headlines, not just news from The Associated Press and other wires. In effect, the Bulldog will become the new home for other occasional posts such as Triangle Headlines. No one publication in the Triangle can adequately cover all the tech and life science news that’s happening daily – well, make that hourly. The Bulldog, which draws its name from an old newspaper term for early editions and from WTW Editor Rick Smith’s late bulldog Roxie, will attempt to bring you a daily wrapup of highlights.

Today’s details:

  • FTC sues Qualcomm alleging monopoly of semiconductor device

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly maintaining a monopoly over a key device used in cellphones and other electronics.

The agency said Tuesday that Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, imposes “onerous” licensing terms on manufacturers and weakens its rivals.

The FTC is seeking a court order to undo and prevent Qualcomm’s methods.

In a statement, San Diego-based Qualcomm said it believes that the FTC complaint is flawed and advances the interests of companies that have earned billions of dollars made possible by “innovators” such as itself. The chipmaker also noted that the FTC filed its complaint even though only three of five FTC commissioners are in place.

The FTC lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

  • Cary’s BlueLine Associates picks Fla. for expansion

The Triangle Business Journal reports that BlueLine Associates is moving its headquarters to Tampa, Fla.

The professional services firm also plans to expand, adding 150 jobs.

Read the details at:

bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/01/17/cary-firm-to-move-hq-to-tampa-create-150-jobs.html

  • Wolfspeed’s new auto energy tech

Durham’s Wolfspeed, which is part of Cree, has developed new energy technology that it believes will give a boost to the power of electric vehicles, according to the Durham Herald Sun.

“The technology is an energy transistor for high-powered batteries, which operates similarly to the way a cylinder works in a gas-powered vehicle,” the paper reports.

For details, see:

http://www.heraldsun.com/business/wolfspeed-introduces-technology-to-boost-efficiency-of-electric-cars/article_d7236f56-d9e6-11e6-82a7-bf9937052228.html

  • ExitEvent’s SalesJam returns

ExitEvent is teaming with Durham’s RevBoss for another SalesJam event.

“For version 2.0, we’ll cover the sales pipeline, with sessions on prospecting, recruiting and training, advancing and closing and customer success. There’s a panel for company founders/entrepreneurs, and a keynote address by Cindy Whitehead, who famously sold the FDA on approving the first female libido-enhancing drug and then sold her company Sprout Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion,” ExitEvent reports.

For details, see:

http://exitevent.com/article/salesjam-back-with-20-170113