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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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Yogurtland to Enter Thailand

Irvine-based Yogurtland Franchising Inc. said a new franchisee in Thailand plans to open 15 stores there.

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Freedom Adds Duties to Publisher’s Plate

Rich Mirman, interim publisher of the Orange County Register, will take on similar duties at the Riverside-based daily Press-Enterprise, according to Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. in Santa Ana.

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Johnny Rockets Seeks Savings With Own Software

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets Group Inc. said it and franchisees would save about $450,000 a year systemwide with new back-office operations software the retro burger chain developed in-house for $25,000.

Agency Bakes Up Videos Featuring Pretzel Mascot

O’Leary Produces Five Pieces Starring Tiny Baker

O’Leary and Partners, in its latest assignment for Wetzel Pretzels LLC, has brought the Pasadena-based chain’s blue baker mascot to life.

Tech Firm Acquires Cloud-Gaming Spinoff Assets

Aims to Fill Sector Niche Void After Recent Shifts

Fast-growing Irvine company Numecent has acquired employees, customers and intellectual property from Approxy, a joint venture it spun out in 2012 with private investors to deliver “cloud paging” for next-generation cloud-gaming services.

Hotel Irvine Transformation Starts on Ground Floor

HOSPITALITY: New amenities, look for lobby, all 536 rooms

A yearlong renovation has Hotel Irvine ready for its interior close-up—with makeovers of meeting spaces and outdoor amenities scheduled for completion in January.

How South Coast Repertory Works Neighborhoods

NONPROFITS: Program adapts to schools’ needs

She was about 10 years old, a painfully shy girl with huge brown eyes and a mop of shiny brown hair. She had a nice smile—when it could be coaxed to appear.

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Taco Bell in International Push

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. plans to add 1,300 restaurants with an aim of adding $2 billion in sales overseas by 2023, according to a report in Nation’s Restaurant News.

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Cat, Dog Magazines Set For Redo

I-5 Publishing LLC in Irvine said it will replace its long-standing Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy magazines with print versions of its websites Dogster.com and Catster.com “to meet the needs of the contemporary marketplace.”

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OCVA, “The Voice” in $5M Deal

The Irvine-based Orange County Visitors Association said it got $5 million worth of media exposure for Orange County in 12 Middle Eastern countries through a recent contest for viewers of TV show “The Voice.”

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Hyatt HB Names New GM

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa named Peter Rice its general manager, effective Dec. 2.

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Register Parent to Cut 100 Jobs

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. will cut about 100 positions, including executives, according to a report today in the company’s flagship publication, the Orange County Register.

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Casa Laguna Changes Hands

Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, a boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, has sold on undisclosed terms.

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NB Restaurant Chain Sold to Applebee’s Operator

Newport Beach-based restaurant chain Roy’s is set to be sold on undisclosed terms by parent company Bloomin’ Brands, according to a report in Nation’s Restaurant News.