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Virtual Marina

Oculus Co-Founder Luckey Buys HB Bay Club Oculus VR co-founder Palmer Luckey has bought a marina in Huntington Beach.

By Mark Mueller May 23, 2017 9:41 a.m.   $$ Share
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Emerald Expo Reports First Q1

Shares of Emerald Expositions Events Inc. in San Juan Capistrano fell slightly after the tradeshow operator met Wall Street expectations on revenue but faltered on earnings for the March quarter.

By Mediha DiMartino May 25, 2017 3:04 p.m. share »
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JWA Traffic, Flights Down

JWA Traffic, Flights DownJohn Wayne Airport passenger traffic fell to 851,000 in April, from 861,000 in the same month last year—a decline of 1%, or about 10,000 passengers.

By Paul Hughes May 24, 2017 6:01 p.m. share »
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OC’s Pre-Pay: $27M

Orange County will redeem about $27.2 million in airport revenue bonds July 1 after supervisors yesterday approved the move in a 5-0 vote yesterday. A four-fifths majority was required for passage.

By Paul Hughes May 24, 2017 2:11 p.m. share »
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OCVA Focus: Mideast, Mexico

Orange County Visitors Association worked in the Middle East in March and plans new efforts in Mexico, through a California tourism team’s visit, to tell business travelers and tourists they’re welcome locally.

By Paul Hughes May 19, 2017 9:38 a.m. share »
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Irvine Startup Acquires GameWorks

Irvine-based Oomba Inc. and Barington/Hilco Acquisition Corp. said Oomba will buy Chatsworth-based GameWorks Entertainment LLC for $60 million and take the combined company public.

By Deirdre Newman May 16, 2017 12:51 p.m. share »
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Journalist to Join UCI Faculty

Hector Tobar, an author and New York Times contributing op-ed columnist, will be an associate professor in Chicano/Latino Studies and English-Literary Journalism at University of California-Irvine, a UCI spokesman confirmed today.

By Deirdre Newman May 15, 2017 5:01 p.m. share »
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Hotel Developer to Lay Off Staff

FJS Inc. said in a regulatory filing it would cut 121 jobs in Anaheim.

By Paul Hughes May 12, 2017 11:22 a.m. share »
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OCers Get Ellis Island Awards

Several Orange County residents, as well as others with ties to OC, are recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

By Deirdre Newman May 12, 2017 10:57 a.m. share »
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Veritone Raises $37.5M in IPO

Newport Beach-based start-up Veritone Inc. began trading today on the NASDAQ Capital Markets after raising $37.5 million in an initial public offering.

By Chris Casacchia May 12, 2017 10:16 a.m. share »
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OC-Backed Pebble Beach Expands

Pebble Beach Co. in August will open 38 new rooms under the name Fairway One, at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

By Paul Hughes May 12, 2017 9:47 a.m. share »
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Burba Hotel Network Sold

Burba Hotel Network in Costa Mesa was bought by Northstar Travel Group in Secaucus, N.J., on undisclosed terms.

By Paul Hughes May 11, 2017 4:44 p.m. share »
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Disney Parks Unit Results Up

Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts unit led a revenue increase at the Burbank-based entertainment company in its most recent quarter.

By Paul Hughes May 9, 2017 2:13 p.m. share »
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Hotel Manager Adds Three

Twenty Four Seven Hotels in Newport Beach added three management contracts, including a Buena Park hotel scheduled to open in August.

By Paul Hughes May 5, 2017 8:59 a.m. share »
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Advantage Solutions Files for IPO

Irvine’s Advantage Solutions Inc., a provider of sales, marketing, merchandising and digital technology services for packaged goods manufacturers and retailers, has filed plans for an initial public offering.

May 4, 2017 4:13 p.m. share »
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Overwatch Drives Blizzard Sales

Booming sales of the first-person, futuristic shooter “Overwatch” and an uptick in “World of Warcraft” subscribers boosted revenue in the first quarter for Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

By Chris Casacchia May 4, 2017 2:48 p.m. share »