TechWire rewind: Durham makes Inc. ‘Surge Cities’ list; NC startups raise funding + 66 more stories

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

Hot news for December 9-13 included: Durham was ranked 3rd on Inc.’s “Surge Cities” list of the top 50 best cities for startups; a new survey says 70% of Triangle firms are planning to boost hiring in 2020; Raleigh drone tech startup PrecisionHawk raised $32 million from several venture investors, bringing its total financing to $100 million; Truist (the result of the recent BB&T-SunTrust merger) picked Charlotte for its new Innovation and Technology Center; a new report from ApartmentList ranks Raleigh the 9th most-changing metro and 3rd of youngest home buyers; plus, read our Q&A with NC Google Fiber’s Jess George.

Also, here’s an interesting tidbit from Google’s 2019 Year in Search: The most-searched topics among North Carolinians were Hurricane Dorian, the Carolina Hurricanes and Nipsey Hustle.

Several North Carolina startups raised funding last week, including: Raleigh-based WalkMe ($90 million), RTP-based bioMASON ($5 million), Chapel Hill-based Xilis ($3 million), NC State research project Vaccinium Coordinate Agricultural Project ($6.4 million grant), Charlotte-based Passport ($65 million) and Raleigh-based PrecisionHawk ($32 million).

And, some national news: Morgan Stanley is cutting 1,500 jobs; Verizon Media is laying off 150 staffers; YouTube is intensifying its crackdown on hateful and violent speech on the site; Apple shares increased by 70% in 2019; here are the most-searched health questions on Google in 2019; streaming, #MeToo and diversity shaped a decade of change — here’s how.

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

MONDAY December 9 Headlines:

TUESDAY December 10 Headlines:

WEDNESDAY December 11 Headlines:

THURSDAY December 12 Headlines:

FRIDAY December 13 Headlines:

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