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

Here was the hot news for January 13-17: North Carolina ranked 21st in the best states for innovation, up two spots since 2017, the FCC’s new broadband plan could mean faster internet access for 169,000 NC households and businesses; Washington-based Fortive Corporation is launching a new firm with 8,400 workers based in Raleigh; Durham’s American Underground continues to grow after a year of internal changes and mounting competition from other coworking firms.

Several North Carolina companies announced funding rounds last week, including: Raleigh-based Contego Medical ($22.3 million), Garner-based Improved Nature ($1 million), Raleigh-based Valanbio Therapeutics ($421,000), Shiloh’s Five Loaves ($633,079), Cornelius-based MyWorkChoice ($3 million) and Charlotte-based Airwavz ($10 million).

And, in national news: U.S. patent filings hit an all-time high in 2019; the NSA discovered a major security flaw in Windows 10; the U.S. and China reached a trade deal that offers massive export opportunities for U.S. farms and factories; NBC Universal unveiled its new streaming service, Peacock; Alphabet’s market value is now over $1 trillion; Xerox is attempting a hostile takeover of HP Inc.; Microsoft aims to be “carbon negative” by 2030.

Keeping with our Monday tradition, here’s a look back at 78 local, state and national headlines as reported by WRAL TechWire last week:

MONDAY | January 13 Headlines:

TUESDAY | January 14 Headlines:

WEDNESDAY | January 15 Headlines:

THURSDAY | January 16 Headlines:

FRIDAY | January 17 Headlines: