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N&O Innovation and Technology Newsletter: September 24, 2021
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Tim Sweeney, founder of Cary-based Epic Games, has become one of the largest private land owners in North Carolina over the last decade -- buying up tens of thousands of acres of land from the mountains to the coast.
Almost all of it has been for the purpose of conserving natural habitat in the face of potential development.
We looked at land records to see where Sweeney’s purchase has been concentrated, as well as what his largest land donations have been.
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(A worker inside of Cree’s Durham campus.)
Tech news from the Triangle
Tim Sweeney buys 270 acres in Chatham County for preservation. [N&O]
Get a shot, win a Tesla? Why Durham semiconductor maker Cree hopes incentives will boost vaccination rates among workers. [N&O]
Flexible lab space provider BioLabs is coming to the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. [N&O]
Apple bans Fortnite from App Store until appeals in Epic Games lawsuit are finished. [N&O]
Raleigh gene therapy startup treating blindness raises $19M, aims for clinical trials. [N&O]
Research Triangle Foundation moves its HQ, opening up land in heart of RTP. [N&O]
How Red Hat is trying to simplify finding data on climate risks for companies. [N&O]
$2.2B Downtown South project is making ‘slow’ progress, developer says. [WRAL]
What I’m reading
EU plans to make common charger mandatory for Apple iPhones and other devices. [CNBC]
US and EU pledge 30% cut in methane emissions to limit global heating. [The Guardian]
Google to Spend $2.1 Billion on Manhattan Office Building. [NYT]
Apple Is Working on iPhone Features to Help Detect Depression, Cognitive Decline. [WSJ]
The world’s largest maker of cigarettes bought the maker of products that treat respiratory disease. [Axios]
Other Triangle business
Raleigh neighborhood with racist link debates renaming itself. It hasn’t gone well. [N&O]
Financial pain begins for Duke, UNC Health workers who missed COVID vaccine deadline. [N&O]
Carolina Hurricanes on track to host this NHL outdoor game at NC State next season. [N&O]
‘Black history is literally everywhere.’ Archaeologists search Raleigh site for clues. [N&O]
Let me know what you’re seeing. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tweet me @zeanes. Call me at 919-829-4516.
Zachery Eanes is the Innovate Raleigh reporter for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He covers technology, startups and main street businesses, biotechnology, and education issues related to those areas.
This newsletter was produced with financial support from a coalition of partners led by Innovate Raleigh as part of an independent journalism fellowship program. The N&O maintains full editorial control of the work. Learn more; go to bit.ly/newsinnovate