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Analysts in Holding Pattern on Facebook’s Oculus Buy

Prescient Move or Fateful Bet on Virtual Reality?

Wall Street appears to be taking a wait-and-see approach on Facebook Inc.’s $2 billion cash and stock buy of Irvine startup Oculus VR Inc.

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Diablo III Expansion Sells 2.7M Units

The newest title of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s popular Diablo franchise has sold more than 2.7 copies since its March 24 release.

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OCVA to Open Dubai Office

The Orange County Visitors Association has announced plans to open a sales office in Dubai.

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Newport Film Festival Starts Ad Campaign

The Newport Beach Film Festival, less than a month from curtain call, has launched an ad campaign to “celebrate the power of film and its ability to change people in unexpected ways.”

Facebook’s OC Focus

$2B Deal on Heals of Google Hookup With Oakley

Orange County gave Silicon Valley and the rest of the world plenty to talk about in a 24-hour burst last week.

McKernan to Join Horatio Alger’s OC Contingent

HONORS: Auto Club chairman due in D.C. for this week’s ceremony

Life got more humbling for Thomas McKernan as this week’s Horatio Alger Award ceremony in Washington, D.C., approached.

Zuckerberg’s Reality

Facebook Inc.’s eye-popping $2 billion acquisition of Irvine startup Oculus VR Inc. is a long-term bet on the future of computing, Mark Zuckerberg told analysts last week.

Gordon’s Opus

From Recapitalization to $4B in Assets, Eye on More

Stephen Gordon was unabashedly proud of the company he kept at the Business Journal’s 13th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

Map of American Dream

Sunil Tolani Eyes Coast-to-Coast Portfolio of Hotels

A U.S. map on the wall of Sunil Tolani’s office in Fullerton is dotted with pushpins marking the hotels his company owns and operates.

Call Your Mom!

Incipio’s Fast Growth Keeps Fathollahi Busy

Andy Fathollahi characterized Incipio Technologies Inc. as “the famous case maker that makes everything and cases.”

New Mission

Planning Helped Yogurt Chain Take Off, Founder Refocuses That Skill

Phillip Chang stepped down as chief executive of Irvine-based Yogurtland Franchising Inc. at the end of last year, but he’s not slowing down.

Tourism Promoter Starts Site in Chinese

A new website of the Orange County Visitors Association promoting the county’s tourism industries and attractions to Chinese travelers is now running.

Vans Skatepark Project Investment in Its ‘Heritage’

Partners With City to Give Back to Fans, Donates $2M

The Vans Off the Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach opened March 22, thanks to a $2 million investment from the Cypress-based shoe and apparel company.

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Hotel Happenings: Renovation Celebrations; Embassy Suites GM Switches

The 335-room Wyndham Irvine-Orange County Airport held a launch party Thursday evening following the completion of several property improvements.

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Local Corp. Tests Retail Ad Tool in 2 Markets

Irvine-based advertising technology provider Local Corp. introduced a new mobile ad service for retailers at ad:tech in San Francisco.