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This week on Tech on Tap, Michael, Laura and Shannon Cuthrell talk about the most important tech news that you need to know over the last month.

* Google passes over NC for $13B expansion.
https://www.wraltechwire.com/2019/02/14/googles-13b-expansion-plan-skips-north-carolina/
This story looks at the decision by Google to bypass NC in its data center expansion. There are reports that this could be due to privacy laws that may be forthcoming in response to companies like Google Amazon and Apple clustering in cities states lining the coast.
* Meet ‘harbinger of doom’ – the new T.rex courtesy NCSU researchers
https://www.wraltechwire.com/2019/02/21/meet-harbinger-of-doom-the-new-t-rex-courtesy-ncsu-researchers-video/
NCSU researchers have discovered a new, smaller, species of Tyrannosaurus Rex. “With a lethal combination of bone-crunching bite forces, stereoscopic vision, rapid growth rates, and colossal size, tyrant dinosaurs reigned uncontested for 15 million years leading up to the end-Cretaceous extinction – but it wasn’t always that way,” says Lindsay Zanno, paleontologist at North Carolina State University, head of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Sciences and lead author of a paper describing the research.
* ‘What a freaking event!’ – Marshmello’s in-Fortnite game concert sets record
https://www.wraltechwire.com/2019/02/22/what-a-freaking-event-marshmellos-in-fortnite-game-concert-sets-record/
Over 10 Million people logged on and attended a concert hosted within the gaming environment breaking the previous record of over 8 million. Does this set the stage for a new outlet for entertainment and music engagement?

TechWire Skinny – Shannon Cuthrell (TechWire Events Reporter) talks to Michael about the growing number of events in the Triangle and beyond and how business leaders, tech enthusiasts, and startup founders can get involved.

Johnson Automotive Group – Front Seat of Innovation honoree:
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