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Same Pitchman, New Sheriff in Kia’s Latest Campaign

Replaces Horse in Wild West, Visits Ancient Rome

Kia Motors America in Irvine released a new series of television commercials featuring NBA all-star Blake Griffin.

2015 Will Bring Tech Trends Benefiting Local Firms

Predictions Include a 3-D Printing Revolution

'Tis the season for predictions.

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Aliso Viejo Software Firm Gets $2M

Corent Technology Inc. in Aliso Viejo received $2.1 million in venture capital funding.

Will Vizio’s Garden Grow Smart Sprinkler Startup?

Irvine-Based Brand Kicks In Seed Money, Office Space, Taiwan Connection

A startup launched by two of Skype’s earliest employees with the backing of Vizio Inc. hopes to make its mark in the “Internet of Things” market with the debut of a smart lawn sprinkler at next month’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Early Indicators Point to Strength, Staying Power for OC’s Economy

Is the outlook for business in Orange County hot or strong?

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Brand Affinity in BK, Seeks Bidder

Brand Affinity Technologies Inc. has hired Irvine-based GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC to find potential bidders to acquire the cash-depleted advertising and social media company, according to a filing in bankruptcy court.

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WD’s Former Hitachi Unit in Buy

A San Jose-based unit of Western Digital Corp. has acquired a maker of solid-state storage systems used in scaling cloud and enterprise data centers.

Smart Home for the Holidays

Irvine-Based ‘Internet of Things’ Pioneer Adds Wal-Mart to Distribution

Insteon isn’t a household name, even though its technology powers millions of home-automation devices around the world.

Brand Consultant Celebrates 3 Decades With Book

Images in Tome Are A Retrospective on Its Work

InterCommunications Inc., a brand consulting company that specializes in the real estate and hospitality industries, recently published a coffee table book, “Imaging Places”—a 288-page portfolio of projects the Newport Beach firm has taken on over its 30 years in business.

Fisker Automotive Works on New Grand Plans

Costa Mesa Car Maker In Tests for Karma Relaunch

The deep pockets funding Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC’s revival have led the automaker to test several technologies and features as it prepares to relaunch its luxury hybrid Karma.

VidCon Back to Anaheim for 2015

VidCon will return to the Anaheim Convention Center for its 2015 edition, with a three-day run scheduled to start on July 23, according to the show’s website.

2014 Year in Review: Technology

The Business Journal’s choice of Sailesh Chittipeddi, chief executive of Newport Beach-based chipmaker Conexant Systems Inc., hit the target.

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British Columbia Travel Promo Uses Oculus Rift

Count British Columbia’s tourism agency as the latest enterprise to utilize the breakthrough virtual reality headset Oculus Rift developed by Irvine-based startup Oculus VR Inc.

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Broadcom Up on iPhone Sales, Shareholder Initiatives

Broadcom Corp. shares continued to modestly climb Wednesday, a day after the Irvine-based chipmaker laid out its corporate strategy to analysts for the upcoming year.

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WD: ‘Significant Progress’ With China Regulators

Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital Corp. is a step closer to gaining regulatory approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce to integrate its Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc. subsidiary there.