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Autobytel Sells Specialty Product

Autobytel Inc. in Irvine sold its specialty finance leads product to El Segundo-based Internet Brands Inc. for $3.2 million.

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Sonendo Funding Tops $100M

Sonendo Inc. in Laguna Hills received $35 million in an extension of a Series D funding round that brings the privately held dental device maker’s total funding to more than $100 million.

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Yamaha Unit Buys Engine Maker

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA in Cypress said its Kennesaw, Ga.-based Outdoor Power Equipment division acquired Subaru Industrial Power Products on undisclosed terms.

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Alloy Maker Names Chief

Liquidmetal Technologies Inc. in Rancho Santa Margarita named Chinese businessman Yeung Tak Lugee Li president and chief executive.

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Conexant Chips for Amazon’s Alexa

Chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc. in Irvine is supplying key audio and voice technology to Amazon.com as part of a deal announced this morning.

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Microsemi Invests in GE Spinout

Chipmaker Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo is part of a consortium of investors putting $18.7 million into an Irvine startup spun out of General Electric’s Global Research Center.

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Vans Boss Moves to Parent Co.

VF Corp. in Greensboro, N.C. promoted Vans Inc. President Kevin Bailey to the same post for the parent company’s Asia-Pacific region.

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Game App Maker Buys Puzzle Firm

MobilityWare in Irvine bought Critical Hit Software in San Diego on undisclosed terms.

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Toshiaki Ogasawara Dies

Manufacturing magnate, Pelican Hill resident and OC’s Wealthiest list member Toshiaki Ogasawara died Nov. 30 in Newport Beach at age 85.

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November Mixed for OC Carmakers

Two out of four Orange County-based automakers beat the national sales pace on new-vehicle sales in November, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Allergan Expands Board

Allergan Plc. said it appointed Adriane Brown to its board of directors, effective in February. Brown is president and chief operating officer of Intellectual Ventures LLC, a privately held company in Bellevue, Wash., that provides invention-related services and buys patents.

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American Vanguard Backs Harvard on Zika

American Vanguard Corp. in Newport Beach said its AMVAC Chemical Corp. subsidiary would help pay for research at Harvard University “to develop and potentially commercialize” technology aimed at killing the mosquito that spreads the Zika and other viruses.

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Edwards in $340M Mitral Device Deal

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. in Irvine will buy Valtech Cardio Ltd in Or Yehuda, Israel, for $340 million in cash and stock in a deal expected to close early next year.

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Link Joins Allegro Board

Allegro Ophthalmics LLC in San Juan Capistrano named Bill Link to its board.

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Acquisition May Stem American Apparel Cuts

American Apparel LLC said a $66 million bankruptcy sale to Gildan Activewear Inc. could help it stave off a round of layoffs, including of 332 workers at its dye house in Garden Grove.