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Fresh Roxy Style at the Beach—Venice Beach, That Is

New Quiksilver Video Part of ‘Season of Freedom’

Apparel manufacturer Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach has launched a one-minute video, “Loving Lost in Venice.”

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Vans’ Revenue Up 21%

Vans Inc.’s revenue rose 21%, its parent VF Corp. reported in its second quarter financials.

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Kia Recalls 51,641 Vehicles

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling some 51,641 Soul vehicles produced from July 21, 2013 through Jan. 17, 2014 because of potential loss of steering, according to a letter automaker sent to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Kaiser Aluminum EVP for Strategy Resigns

Kaiser Aluminum Corp.’s executive vice president of strategy resigned a month after his promotion to the post, according to company’s July 11 filing with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Chipmaker WiSpry Raises $8M

Irvine-based chipmaker WiSpry Inc. has raised $8 million in a funding round, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fashion Label Likes Look of Competition

APPAREL: Irvine-based Z Supply feeds off challenges of fast-fashion

Forget about the doom-and-gloom projections that women’s retail is boring, merchandising is dead, and Forever 21 killed the category.

No Local Changes Seen After Medtronic Buy

HEALTHCARE: Q4 closing expected for $42.9B deal

Medtronic Inc. is likely to keep its Orange County operations basically intact, even after it wraps up a multibillion-dollar acquisition that could make it one of the top five medical device makers by local employment.

Toshiba Aims to Print Up New Image for Irvine Unit

MEDIA: Eyes role as manager of information in mobile world

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc., an Irvine-based print product powerhouse, has seen the writing on the wall for some time now—advances in mobile technology are changing the way companies communicate, a shift that’s pushing its once-legacy business toward oblivion.

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Quiksilver in License Deals

Huntington Beach-based apparel maker Quiksilver Inc. entered into licensing agreements for several product categories, according to Chief Executive Andy Mooney.

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Western Digital Arm Leads $20M Funding Round

Western Digital Capital, the investment arm of Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital Corp., has led a $20 million funding round for a Pittsburgh cloud storage provider.

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Medical Weight Loss Co. Gets $4 Million

San Clemente-based ReShape Medical received $4 million in debt financing to support its efforts to gain approval for a medical device to treat obesity.

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Western Digital Adds Director

Irvine-based memory products maker Western Digital Corp. has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of finance veteran Paula Price.

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Fastest-Growing Private Companies Wanted for Annual List

The Business Journal is looking for Orange County-based companies that have seen their yearly sales grow rapidly from mid-2012 to mid-2014 for our annual list of fastest-growing privately held companies.

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Newport Media Sold for $140M

Lake Forest-based Newport Media Inc. has been acquired by San Jose-based chipmaker Atmel Corp. for $140 million in cash.

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Mazda Sets Launch Date for New Miata

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations said it’s skipping the auto show arena and plans to instead unveil its revamped 2016 MX-5 Miata on Sept. 3 during simultaneous events in Japan, Spain and Monterey, Calif.