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TECHNOLOGY

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Newport Corp. Sees Potential Amid Tumult in Israel

TECHNOLOGY: Bought fiber laser maker as conflict flared The recent growth of Newport Corp.’s operations in Israel underscores the tenuous balance of investing in a global technology hub that’s under constant threat of warfare.

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UCI Computer Science Prof to FCC

University of California Irvine computer science professor Scott Jordan has been named the chief technology officer of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Western Digital Taps New CFO

Irvine-based memory products maker Western Digital Corp. has named Amgen Inc. executive Olivier Leonetti its next chief financial officer.

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Patent Office Weighs in for Netlist

Shares of Netlist Inc. jumped Monday after the Irvine-based computer memory products maker announced it had prevailed in a long-running patent feud with a competitor in Santa Clara.

Blizzard Plays Cards Right With Hearthstone

TECHNOLOGY: Free game on pace to bring in $100M in 1st year

Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s first foray into free-to-play video games is turning into a big moneymaker.

Telecoms Drop Employment After 2 Years of Gains

630 Jobs Lost As Verizon, Time Warner Cut Costs

Two cost-cutting moves fueled a significant drop in local employment among Orange County’s largest telecommunications companies in the past year.

Trace3 Names New Chief Executive

Irvine-based IT consultancy and service provider Trace3 promoted Tyler Beecher to chief executive.

New Social Networking Site Aims to Pay It Forward

Allocates $1M to Award Money, Resources to Users

A software entrepreneur in Irvine has launched a social networking site to make users’ dreams become reality through crowdsourcing.

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New CEO for Trace3

Irvine-based IT consultancy and service provider Trace3 has promoted Tyler Beecher to chief executive.

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808 Begins Trading Wednesday

Garden Grove-based power plant owner and operator 808 Renewable Energy Corp. will begin trading Wednesday on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board.

OC Notches Another Billion-Dollar Company

TECHNOLOGY: ViewSonic moves 90 workers from LA

Orange County has reeled in a big fish in the technology industry with the addition of ViewSonic Corp. to its strong corporate base.

Irvine Firm Builds on YouTube Business With New Unit

FINANCE: Semaphore rollout helps ‘Tubers’ brand and more

Irvine-based financial services firm Semaphore is betting on the growing field of YouTube entertainment and its increasing capacity to attract brands to advertise to the younger crowd.

Software Maker to Apparel Companies Branches Out

TECHNOLOGY: For growth, adds ‘lite’ product for startups

Innovative Systems LLC grew up with local brands such as Volcom Inc. and Hurley, licensing software to help manage inventory, accounting, warehousing, merchandising and other aspects of the companies’ apparel business.

Firms Acquire Stake in Movie Company

Two Orange County-based investment firms have partnered to acquire a majority stake in Mob Scene LLC, an entertainment marketing and production company in Beverly Hills.

Phone Case Maker Nets Kate Spade Deal

Incipio Technologies Inc. signed a licensing agreement with fashion designer Kate Spade & Co. in New York.

Summer Travel Extended In PacSun-Volcom Campaign

Seeks Photos Illustrating What Fans Are ‘True To’

The summer is all but gone, but two Orange County-based brands are offering a chance to keep it alive in a social media contest.