As Monday morning rolls in, we’re providing TechWire readers with a quick recap of the past week’s news headlines.

Hot stories for July 22-27 included: North Carolinians are expected to receive $5 million out of Equifax’s $700 million data breach settlementhere’s what to do if you were affected; New Jersey-based pharma firm Merck is expanding to Durham and Wilson, promising 425 jobs with $60,000 starting pay for roles that don’t require a college degree; high-tech job openings are on the decline in NC for the third consecutive month; an in-depth report from WRAL dissects Raleigh Police’s use of search warrants to obtain Google data in murder investigations.

These North Carolina startups announced new funding rounds last week: Chapel Hill’s ETON Solutions, Wilmington-based Kwipped, Durham-based Baebies and Charlotte-based ThreatSwitch Inc.

And in national news: Facebook gets hit with a $5 billion fine for privacy violations; new Department of Justice antitrust probe targets “big tech”; Tesla’s stock is declining fast, with $408 million lost in three months leading up to June; the T-Mobile-Sprint “mega-merger” has been approved by the Justice Department.

Here’s a look back at 79 local, state and national headlines as reported by WRAL TechWire last week:

MONDAY July 22 Headlines:

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