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

Notable news stories from last week included: Cary-based Epic Games is now valued at $17.3 billion after closing a $1.78 billion funding round; food coloring firm CNT USA will invest $30 million in a new facility in Gaston County; CED’s interim CEO, Kelly Rowell, shared her plans for the future in an exclusive interview with WRAL TechWire; seven Black-owned businesses in NC received $10,000 grants from WeWork’s Black-owned Business Grant program; Charlotte ranked No. 1 in a new STEM jobs index, with Raleigh following at No. 5; NC companies reported their quarterly results: here’s a summary.

A few local companies landed new funding last week, including Raleigh-based SynchronoSure ($2.6 million), Raleigh-based Bryn Pharma ($11 million) and Durham-based ServiceTrade ($30 million). Read more local startup news in last week’s Startup Rewind here.

And, in national news: Microsoft confirmed it is considering acquiring the U.S. arm of TikTok, as the Trump administration plans to ban the app by September 15; Apple is now the most valuable publicly-traded company; the U.S. added 1.8 million jobs in July, indicating that hiring has weakened from May and June.

Keeping with our Monday “TechWire Rewind” tradition, here’s a look back at 73 local, state and national headlines as reported by WRAL TechWire last week:

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