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First state opts out as AT&T’s FirstNet proposals reach crucial final weeks

Technology News - 2 hours 11 min ago
With just a little more than two weeks remaining before the deadline, 36 states and territories have opted into the nationwide network for first responders that will be built by AT&T (NYSE: T). But uncertainty remains for the Dallas telecom, which is contracted by the U.S. government’s FirstNet Authority for the job: 19 states and territories have yet to announce their choice, while one recently became the first to opt-out. Last week, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced his state would…

Fintech Robinhood courts more experienced investors with free options trading

Technology News - 2 hours 14 min ago
Robinhood, founded in 2013 by two Stanford students who thought it would be cool to offer commission-free stock trades, has discovered how lucrative it can be to court more experienced investors.  The Palo Alto-based startup debuted commission-free options trading Wednesday, following the introduction of margin lending last year.  Robinhood’s new options trading service follows last month’s debut of Robinhood for Web, which allows investors to use Robinhood on desktop computers, offers analysts’…

Why Netflix is developing its own cybersecurity products

Technology News - 2 hours 15 min ago
Netflix is developing its own security products in response to unique risks to its business. The Los Gatos-based streaming service has released 15 cybersecurity products during the last three years, according to The Information. The company has released the products as open-source, which means other companies can use them for their own purposes without a licensing fee. Netflix currently has a team of about 80 security employees, per the report. Its security products include software that analyzes…

Microsoft's acquisitions chief lays out her rules for closing deals and maintaining relationships

Technology News - 2 hours 21 min ago
Peggy Johnson presided over the Redmond-based company's largest ever acquisition and increased its deal pace to as many as 20 acquisitions per year.

Viewpoint: Departing AIM brought instant messaging to the masses, teaching skills for modern communication

Technology News - 2 hours 21 min ago
Toward the mid-1990s, America Online (by then going by its nickname, AOL) was the company through which most Americans accessed the internet. As many as half of the CD-ROMs produced at the time bore the near-ubiquitous AOL logo, offering early computer users the opportunity to surf the internet for a flat fee – at the time, $19.99 for unlimited monthly access. With nearly half of U.S.-based internet traffic flowing through AOL, the stage was set for a social evolution of sorts that shifted our…

Acronis planning $10 million investment in Scottsdale

Technology News - 2 hours 45 min ago
Acronis is pledging a $10 million investment in Scottsdale with its fourth research and development center and up to 40 high-tech workers to fill the facility within the next three years. Burlington, Massachusetts-based Acronis International GmbH, a hybrid cloud data protection company, opened its first Arizona sales office in Scottsdale’s Quad project in October with 30 employees. The company plans to hire another 30 for the sales office. The new research and development center, to be built…

Lyft hails Denver company to steer education benefit for drivers

Technology News - 2 hours 50 min ago
The move may help Lyft in its competition with Uber.

Hogan lays out economic development initiatives for 2018 legislative session

Technology News - 2 hours 55 min ago
Gov. Larry Hogan says a jobs program he implemented is off to such a good start he wants to expand it. Hogan's program, the More Jobs For Marylanders Act, became law this year after it was passed by the General Assembly. The program provides tax credits to manufacturing companies that create jobs in certain jurisdictions, including Baltimore City and Baltimore County. In the first few months, Hogan said nearly 70 companies have sent letters of intent to the Department of Commerce to participate.…

Weightlifting, dog toys, video games: Top 7 Orlando Kickstarter projects backed in 2017

Technology News - 2 hours 57 min ago
The crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter is still one of the top services for people with ideas to collect the funding needed to bring it to life — and Orlando certainly is filled with a lot of creative energy. Here, we found the top seven Kickstarter campaigns in Orlando funded this year and they include a pretty wide range of projects from dog toys that rip on purpose to an encyclopedia of some of the hottest toys in the '80s and '90s. Here's a link below to each campaign for more information,…

Meet the Bay Area's top tech billionaires under 40

Technology News - 3 hours 12 min ago
The technology industry's explosion in the Bay Area is tantamount to a new Gold Rush, with billions of dollars in venture capital flowing through the region, attracting scores of startups popping up to take advantage of that funding. Among those have been some of the largest and most influential new companies in recent history — and many of them have turned their young founders and executives into billionaires nearly overnight. We compiled a list of the wealthiest Bay Area tech figures under…

Start your business here: Rowan IDEA Center aims to keep entrepreneurs local (PHOTOS)

Technology News - 8 hours 13 min ago
Now, Addison Davis, who is the new project manager of the Rowan IDEA Center, and some other Rowan County, university and chamber leaders want to help ensure that the city or county become the home for local people who want to start or grow a business.

Government contractor appoints new CEO as part of transition plan

Technology News - 8 hours 23 min ago
ManTech International Corp. CEO George Pedersen will hand over day-to-day leadership of the Herndon government contractor to Kevin Phillips, the current president who will become chief executive Jan. 1. ManTech (NASDAQ: MANT) revealed its leadership transition plan Wednesday, with Pedersen becoming executive chairman and continuing to guide the company’s overall strategy, mergers and acquisitions (that alone could keep him plenty busy) and other corporate activity. Phillips will focus on company…

Fast-growing mobile esports startup wins $25M and adds international investors ahead of global expansion push

Technology News - 8 hours 49 min ago
San Francisco startup Skillz – which has seen rocketship growth by carving out a position atop the mobile esports world – has raised another $25 million in funding from investors, including major international telecom operators, to fuel its global expansion. Skillz, founded in 2012, has created a platform for more than 12 million gamers to compete in mobile tournaments and contests and spectate on their devices. Last year the company earned $54.2 million and has seen more than 1,200 percent…

Tesla closes its biggest semi truck pre-order to date and the purchaser is a soft-drinks giant (Video)

Technology News - 8 hours 56 min ago
Tesla’s nascent electric trucking project got a big boost this week from PepsiCo, which placed a preorder for 100 Tesla Semis, Reuters reports. More than a dozen companies have publicly said they intend to buy the new Tesla Semi when it goes into production in 2019. By one count, the company has already presold 267 semi trucks, which will start at roughly $150,000 for the base model. PepsiCo operates a fleet of 10,000 big rigs nationwide, and has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions…

Bay Area cloud-based video security company relocates to Sacramento

Technology News - 9 hours 56 sec ago
A pair of entrepreneurs with River City roots are the latest Greater Sacramento Economic Council recruits to move their company here from the Bay Area.

Western Digital shares jump as it drops lawsuit against Toshiba over chip sale

Technology News - 9 hours 5 min ago
San Jose-based Western Digital Corp. is dropping its lawsuits against Toshiba, clearing the way for the Japanese tech giant to sell its flash memory business to a consortium of companies led by Bain Capital, with backing from Apple and Dell Technologies. The announcement late last night ends months of bitter and unusually public negotiations over Toshiba’s flash memory division, which sold for around $18 billion in late September. The agreement returns Western Digital’s relationship with Toshiba…

A Disney deal with Fox could bring women executives to Amazon Studios

Technology News - 9 hours 5 min ago
The e-commerce giant has reached out to Fox execs Stacey Snider and Dana Walden to discuss leading its movie and television studio.

Big data startup Tamr hires first CFO to reach revenue, profit goals

Technology News - 9 hours 10 min ago
"As we get bigger and we want to scale, Karen has all the capability and all the mojo to get us to our next big milestone,” Andy Palmer, Tamr's co-founder and CEO said of Karen Cambray.

Laura Ipsen named Ellucian CEO

Technology News - 9 hours 12 min ago
Laura Ipsen is the new president and CEO of Reston education software company Ellucian. The company, which provides software and services to institutions of higher education, made the announcement Tuesday. Ipsen steps into the role immediately.  She most recently worked as a general manager and senior vice president for Oracle Corp.’s cloud marketing division. She currently serves on the board of agriculture company Monsanto and is a previous board chair of the District-based Information Technology…

Tampa health IT company lays off 120 in Georgia

Technology News - 9 hours 18 min ago
Greenway Health is moving to unify operations at its Tampa headquarters.

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