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Grupo Gallegos Aims to Win Latino Hearts for Xfinity

‘Perfect for Me’ Ads Highlight Comcast BrandGrupo Gallegos’ latest campaign for Xfinity aims to help Latino-American consumers see the brand as “more human, closer to their hearts rather than their minds,” according to Carlos Tornell, the Huntington Beach-based agency’s creative director.

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South Korea-Based Game Maker Sets Sight on West

TECHNOLOGY: NCSOFT hires 100 in Aliso Viejo

South Korea-based video gaming giant NCSOFT Corp. is pouring big money into expanding its Aliso Viejo operations in a global effort to bring a roster of popular role-playing fantasy games to the West under a new business model.

Concordia Adds 1,700 in 10 Years

Concordia University-Irvine said a trade publication for higher education listed the school as one of the fastest-growing private nonprofit universities nationally as a result of a 132% increase in students over 10 years starting in 2003 to about 4,050.

Will Galaxy Fans Get Kick Out of ‘Big-Screen App’?

Designer Eschews Smart Phones for Larger Screens

DeskSite, an Irvine-based digital media company that develops app-based video entertainment portals, is thinking bigger than a smartphone with a deal it recently signed with the LA Galaxy soccer team.

Incubator Move to OC to Boost Startup Aid Network

Cie Digital Aims For Up To 4 Launches Per Year

Cie Digital Labs’ recent move from Long Beach to Irvine could boost OC’s developing ecosystem of incubators, a mix of real-estate-driven plays, public and private partnerships, and co-working spaces.

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Concordia Student Count Up 132% in 10 Years

Concordia University-Irvine said a trade publication for higher education listed the school as one of the fastest-growing private nonprofit universities nationally as a result of a 132% increase in students over 10 years—from about 2,300 students in 2003 to about 4,050 in 2013.

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July Traffic Jumps at JWA

John Wayne Airport said passenger traffic increased nearly 11% in July compared with the same month last year.

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Eight OC High Schools on Newsweek List

Eight local schools are on Newsweek magazine’s America’s Top High Schools 2015 list.

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Hyundai, Kia Pick New Media Buyer

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley said it will shift its media-buying business to Canvas Worldwide, effective Jan. 1.

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Hotel Irvine GM Shifts to Apartments

Former Hotel Irvine General Manager J.D. Shafer has been named a senior director of community management for Irvine Company Apartment Communities.

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$749M in Hotel Sales in First Half of 2015

Eleven Orange County hotels sold for a total of $749 million in the first half of 2015, according to Irvine-based Atlas Hospitality Group’s mid-year survey of hotel sales.

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Ultra Mobile Tops Inc. 5000

Costa Mesa startup Ultra Mobile has zoomed to the top of the list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S., according to Inc. Magazine.

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HB’s Paséa Hotel & Spa Names GM

Pacific Hospitality Group named Scott Blakeslee general manager of the under-construction Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach.

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Marriott Boutique Hotel for SJC

Rivendell Land Co. said Marriott International will operate Mission Inn San Juan Capistrano, which is set to break ground by early 2016.

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Disney, Knott’s Owners Post Quarterly Results

The Walt Disney Co. and Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.—owners respectively of Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm—posted strong quarterly numbers in reports released after markets closed Tuesday.

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Disney, Knott’s Owners Post Quarterly Results

The Walt Disney Co. and Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.—owners respectively of Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm—posted strong quarterly numbers in reports released after markets closed Tuesday.