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

Notable local news stories from last week included: North Carolina life sciences icon Sam Taylor died at age 64; AOL Founder Steve Case joined a virtual Clubhouse conversation with local startup leaders; Cary-based Epic Games lost the latest round of legal battles against Apple and Google; Ireland-based ICON acquired Raleigh’s PRA Health Sciences in a $12 billion deal that will move the life science firm’s headquarters to Dublin; RTP-based Locus Biosciences successfully completed a first-of-its-kind clinical trial of its genetically enhanced antibiotic product; the CEO of Raleigh-based insightsoftware explained in a Q&A why the firm has made 16 acquisitions in two years; Raleigh startup Pendo plans to hire 400 people in 2021.

Several North Carolina companies secured new funding last week, including Durham-based Courtroom5, Morrisville-based SmartSky Investco ($26.9 million) and Raleigh-based Real Magic ($8 million). Catch more local startup news in our weekly Startup Rewind edition.

And, in national news: Microsoft joined publishers in the fight to push Google and Facebook to pay for news, as Facebook struck a deal with Australia and later agreed to invest $1 billion to support the news industry over the next three years; the price of Bitcoin continues to soar; leading tech companies say evidence from the recent SolarWinds hack points to Russia; GameStop shares rallied over the course of the week, along with the rest of the market; Best Buy laid off 5,000 workers and is planning to close more stores this year; Coinbase filed to go public.

Keeping with our Monday “TechWire Rewind” tradition, here’s a look back at 68 local, state and national headlines as reported by WRAL TechWire last week:

MONDAY | Feb. 22 Headlines:

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