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UCI Hopes Campus Collaboration Leads To Cybersecurity Institute

TECHNOLOGY: Computer science, law, engineering schools drive effortUniversity of California-Irvine is in the early stages of establishing a cybersecurity research institute that will become the first of its kind in the state with a national scope and profile.

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HB Luxury Hotel Adds to Developer’s High-End Tilt

Pacific Hospitality Walks Line Between Resorts and Chains

This week’s opening of Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach marks the seventh high-end property out of 10 in owner-operator Pacific Hospitality Group’s stable.

Theme Park Company Buys NY Property

Apex Parks Group LLC in Aliso Viejo bought Martin’s Fantasy Island theme park in Grand Island, N.Y., on undisclosed terms.

Augmented Reality Product Picked for China Pitch

CandyBAR Delivers Images to Mobile Devices

Irvine-based Candy Lab, which has developed an augmented reality product intended to help businesses attract consumers, is one of eight companies selected by the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale to pitch to venture capitalists, angel investors, and government officials in China.

Pyott Slated to Return to Spotlight at Eye Conference

Will Be Interviewed By Another Company Veteran

David Pyott, retired chief executive and chairman of Allergan Inc., now Allergan PLC, will be the headliner next month at the annual Ophthalmology Technology Summit put on by OCTANe, an Aliso Viejo-based booster group for life sciences and other forms of technology.

Vietnamese Style, Heritage Celebrated at Fashion Week

Event Showcased SoCal, Vietnam-Based Designers

Viet Fashion Week, showcasing designers of Vietnamese heritage, was held over the weekend outside the Westminster Mall.

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UCI Eye Institute Gets $2M

University of California-Irvine’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute received a $2 million gift from the Discovery Eye Foundation in Los Angeles.

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New Civil Justice Institute Gets Cash

New York-based litigation funder Bentham IMF committed $300,000 over the next three years to the newly launched Civil Justice Research Institute at the University of California-Irvine School of Law.

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Palace Parent Goes Public

Newport Beach-based Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC’s $430 million in debt is expected to be repaid as a result of its parent company’s recent initial public offering.

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OCVA to Nab China MICE

The Orange County Visitors Association in Irvine has added a “Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions” effort to its Beijing office.

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New Managing Partner at EY

Kim Letch will become the Managing Partner for Ernst & Young’s Orange County office on July 1.

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Theme Park Owners Report Results

Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. said revenue at its parks and resorts—a division that includes Disneyland Resort in Anaheim—grew 4% in the company’s most recent quarter to $3.92 billion, up from $3.76 billion in the same period last year.

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Online Law School Graduates 1st Class

Newport Beach-based St. Francis School of Law has graduated its first class, with three law students.

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Autobytel Shares Crater on Q1 Results

Autobytel Inc. in Irvine reported mixed results for its March quarter, exceeding Wall Street expectations on revenue but delivering below forecasts on earnings

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Clean Energy Q1 Beats Wall Street

Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. after the close of trading reported revenue and adjusted profits in the first quarter that blew away Wall Street expectations.

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Argyros Family Gives $7M for Hoag Nursing Program

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian today received a $7 million gift from Orange County philanthropists George and Julia Argyros to support its nursing program.