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Tech Firms’ Hard Drives Named in Espionage Report

Western Digital Mulls Info, Toshiba Denies Any Role

Two storage-product makers in Irvine are connected to one of the most advanced cyber-espionage programs to surface.

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Asics Reaches $1 Billion Sales Mark

Asics America Corp. said it surpassed $1 billion in net sales for the first time last year, a 14.9% year-over-year increase, and expects about 14% growth in 2015.

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DealerSocket Makes Another Buy

San Clemente-based DealerSocket Inc. has acquired a Rancho Santa Margarita company that specializes in software for car dealerships.

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Emulex Shares Jump on News of Sale

Shares of Emulex Corp. soared this morning in the first trading session since the Costa Mesa-based networking equipment maker announced it would be acquired for $606 million by Avago Technologies Ltd.

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Taco Bell to Expand in Japan

A Tokyo-based restaurant operator said it would open franchises of Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. in Japan.

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Iteris CEO Resigns

Iteris Inc. Chief Executive Abbas Mohaddes has resigned from his management and board position to “pursue other opportunities,” the Santa Ana-based company said.

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Aliso Beauty Products Seller for Sale

Pacific World Corp. in Aliso Viejo is up for sale, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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NB IT Firm Buys Broadcast Specialist

Newport Beach IT services provider Bitcentral Inc. has acquired a Connecticut software maker that specializes in broadcast automation systems for the media industry.

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Toba Puts $4M into Kids' Drink Maker

Toba Capital Management in Newport Beach has invested $4 million in Irvine-based True Drinks Inc.

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Solis Gets Stake in Propane Company

Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners LLC has invested in ICOM North America.

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Latino Focus for CSUF Center

The Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center at California State University-Fullerton plans to focus on Latino-American business owners with its third site here.

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Irvine Software Firm Gets $19M

Irvine-based software company Mavenlink Inc. has raised $19 million in a recent funding round.

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Jet Blue Seeks Int’l Flights at Long Beach

John Wayne Airport’s neighbor to the north may add international flights after Long Island City, N.Y.-based JetBlue Airways Corp. asked Long Beach Airport to apply for a federal customs facility, according to a news report.

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Corinthian: Good News, Bad News

Corinthian Colleges Inc. got a reprieve from the California Student Aid Commission for one of its subsidiaries in the state, but its division in Canada filed for bankruptcy protection there after regulators closed the local campuses, according to news reports.

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Fisker Narrows Name to 3 Options

Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC is mulling three options for a possible company name change, according to a source privy to the discussions.