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TECHNOLOGY

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Contract Electronics Makers’ Job Count Flat Again

Biggest Here Combine For Workforce of 2,728

Local employment growth has evaded Orange County’s largest contract electronics makers for another year, despite a boost in global sales for the industry.

OC’s Gaming Roots Run From Early Versions to VR

Older Firms Programmed Play for Today’s Innovators

Orange County’s influence in the video game industry traces back decades, from trailblazing studios in the early 1980s to today’s innovators of virtual reality.

Long-Anticipated ‘Wasteland’ Game Sequel on Way

Producer Waited 10+ Years To Get Money for Follow-Up

It’s taken Brian Fargo more than a decade to get the band back together for a follow-up release to the smash hit “Wasteland.”

Regulator Charges AirTouch, Ex-Execs in Fraud Case

Alleges They Reported Fake Earnings for Device

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Newport Beach-based equipment maker AirTouch Communications Inc. and its former chief executive and chief financial officer with misstating revenue and defrauding an investor.

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Kofax Acquires German E-Signature Company

Irvine-based software maker Kofax Ltd has agreed to pay $34.7 million in cash for Softpro GmbH, a German company that specializes in electronic signature software and services.

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Kia Adds to EV Charging Network

Irvine-based Kia Motors America plans to add 17 “fast-charging” electric vehicle charging stations to its 198 in California to support the Kia Soul EV that goes on sale later this year.

Billabong to Sell Swell.com in Irvine

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. said it plans to sell its surf apparel retailer Swell.com in Irvine to a consortium of investors in a spinoff that also includes a 51% sale of SurfStitch, its other e-commerce business.

Kia Hamsters Bring on Geek Chic With New Ad

Brains, Female Enter Mix Of Popular Marketing Stars

Ever wonder who designed Kia Motors America Inc.’s first electric vehicle?

ViewSonic Shows Off HQ as It Makes OC Its Home

Brea Building Showcases Tech Firm’s Offerings

ViewSonic Corp.’s new 25,000-square-foot headquarters in Brea was designed to showcase the company’s new line of touch-screen projectors and virtual desktops that are drawing strong demand in the classroom and at businesses.

AllDigital Holdings CEO Dies Suddenly

Paul Summers, the chairman and chief executive of Irvine-based AllDigital Holdings Inc., has died unexpectedly.

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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.