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Santa Ana Tech Company Moves HQ to Fremont

Identiv Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters from Santa Ana to Fremont as part of a series of corporate initiatives to improve its financial standing that also included a reverse stock split on Tuesday.

Blizzard Scores With New Kind of Game

Already 10M Users of Blizzard’s Hearthstone

Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s free-to-play collectible card game has amassed more than 10 million users since its March release, setting the foundation for a potential new franchise and an emerging business model at one of the gaming industry’s most successful and influential companies.

UST Global Buys Wisconsin Company

Aliso Viejo-based information technology provider UST Global Inc. acquired an engineering firm in Wisconsin.

Aliso Viejo-based information technology provider UST Global Inc. acquired an engineering firm in Wisconsin.

Boeing Wins $32.5 Million Radio-Support Contract

System Used by Air Force in Search and Rescues

Boeing Co. has landed a four-year, $32.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for logistics support related to a specialized communications system made at its sprawling Huntington Beach operation.

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UST Global Buys in Midwest

Aliso Viejo-based information technology provider UST Global Inc. has acquired an engineering firm in Wisconsin.

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NB Firm to Provide Wireless Infrastructure for 9/11 Memorial

Newport Beach-based Mobilitie LLC will install one of the nation’s largest underground distributed antenna systems at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

Vizio Part of $5.3M Round for Wearable Tech Firm

MANUFACTURING: Pear has fitness device, app on market

Irvine-based Vizio Inc. has taken a minority stake in a local startup that’s aiming to gain a foothold in the emerging wearable technology market.

ADDENDUM--Week of May 12

Newport Beach-based activist investor Engaged Capital LLC agreed to drop its nominations for Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s board of directors as the clothing retailer announced its own roster of four independent directors for election. Engaged Capital has a 0.5% stake in New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie & Fitch, which has a market capitalization of about $2.8 billion.

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Chief executive of integrated healthcare network created in 2012 by St. Joseph Health System and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Affiliation intended to solve what Afable has called “pressing problems” of healthcare access, cost and quality.

Apple Cofounder Wozniak Sings Oculus VR Praises

Doubts Morphed Into Admiration for Technology

Count Apple Inc. cofounder Steve Wozniak among the backers of Facebook Inc.’s $2 billion buy of Irvine-based startup Oculus VR Inc.

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Oculus Denies Infringement Claims

Irvine startup Oculus VR Inc., which is set to be acquired by Facebook Inc., has denied charges made by a Maryland video gaming company that it infringed on key technology that powers its breakthrough virtual reality headset.

Ingram Adds Verizon Dealers to Mobile List

TECHNOLOGY: Multiyear pact follows Apple pact in Europe

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. has landed one of its largest mobile device distributions deals, adding to its client list in the higher-margin segment targeted by Chief Executive Alain Monie when he spearheaded the priciest acquisitions in the company’s history 18 months ago.

ADDENDUM--Week of May 5

Newport Beach lifestyle healthcare startup Alphaeon Corp. named Bob Rhatigan chief operating officer.

Samsung Galaxy 5 Has New Broadcom Technology

Improves Download Speed, Phone Sales Off to Fast Start

Samsung Electronics Co.’s highly touted smartphone released last month is carrying several Broadcom Corp. technologies, including a key combo chip that enables a clearer and more powerful Wi-Fi signal and increases power efficiency.

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Mixed Quarter for WD

Irvine-based disk drive maker Western Digital Corp. on Wednesday reported March quarter revenue in line with Wall Street estimates and net income that beat expectations.