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Joint Venture Puts New Light on WD in China

TECHNOLOGY: Follows sale of stake to same companyWestern Digital Corp.’s ongoing push into more lucrative storage products geared for corporate customers got a boost last week in another deal with China-based information technology provider and electronics manufacturer Unisplendour Corp.

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Microsemi to Buy PMC-Sierra for $2.5B

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi Corp. said it had a “definitive agreement” to acquire Sunnyvale-based semiconductor maker PMC-Sierra Inc. for $2.5 billion in cash and stock.

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Microsemi Ups Bid for Chipmaker

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. increased its bid for PMC-Sierra Inc. this morning to roughly $2.39 billion.

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Irvine Cloud Service Gets $15.5M

Irvine-based Numecent received $15.5 million in Series B funding that included $4.5 million from an investor from a previous round.

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Kia to Recall Soul Vehicles

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine is recalling 256,459 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles, citing the potential for loss of steering, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mobilitie's Move

$325M in Funding, Hiring Spree Point to National Network of Small Cell Base Stations

A just-completed $325 million fundraising deal for Mobilitie LLC comes as the Newport Beach-based wireless infrastructure company is gearing up for what it is calling the “largest network deployment initiative in the U.S.”

Oculus Backer Leads $30.5M NextVR Round

Laguna Beach-based virtual reality startup NextVR Inc. raised $30.5 million in a Series A funding round that included a mix of sports- and entertainment-related firms.

Startup Gets $6 Million in VC Funds

Irvine-based startup Pop raised $6 million in venture capital funding.

Karma Lands BMW Deal for Components

Costa Mesa-based Karma Automotive notched a deal to integrate BMW components into its vehicles.

Saunders Touts Innovation Amid Allergan-Pfizer Chatter

HEALTHCARE: Also talks up leadership on aesthetics

Brent Saunders, chief executive and architect of the “new” Allergan PLC, stayed on the go during a visit to Orange County earlier this month.

Webinar Software Provider Adds App-Connecting Tech

AnyMeeting Customers Can Sync With Other Tools

Web conferencing and webinar software company AnyMeeting Inc. in Huntington Beach is using Sunnyvale-based Zapier Inc.’s technology to help customers connect its products to popular business apps, including Salesforce, HubSpot, Constant Contact, Eventbrite, LinkedIn, and more than 400 others.

Blizzard Game Favorite Headed for the Big Screen

‘Warcraft’ Movie to Debut In Theaters Next June

The long-awaited release of the movie version of flagship Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s franchise game “Warcraft” will hit movie theaters in June.

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Karma to Get BMW Batteries

Costa Mesa-based Karma Automotive has notched a deal to integrate BMW components into its vehicles.

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NextVR Raises $30M

Laguna Beach-based virtual reality startup NextVR Inc. has raised $30.5 million in a Series A funding round led by mix of sports- and entertainment-related firms.

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Broadcom Shareholders Approve $37B Sale

Broadcom Corp. shareholders today approved the Irvine-based chipmaker’s $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies Ltd. in Singapore.