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Panel’s Prediction: Predictive on Rise

Industry Execs Caution on Trade-Off of Privacy

The chief marketing officer of the future could look more like Star Trek’s Captain Kirk than the guys from the “Mad Men” show.

Ad Agencies Top $1 Billion, Led by Gains at Top

Newcomers Help Boost List’s Total, Account for 40%

Orange County’s largest advertising agencies posted an estimated 9% gain in revenue last year, enough to push the group over the $1 billion benchmark.

Aitken on Angels; Segerstom Memorial; OC-China Update

Anyone who doubts Wylie Aitken’s will probably hasn’t seen him in a court of law.

Sun’s AVP Inks Deal With NBC

SPORTS: Broadcast, cable streaming part of picture

Donald Sun has inked a new broadcasting deal with NBC Sports Group, ensuring his Costa Mesa-based Association of Volleyball Professionals with a significant chunk of revenue and exposure before players hit the sand next month for the 2015 tour opener in New Orleans.

Toshiba Unit in Irvine All Over New Arena in Vegas

MARKETING: Joins Coke as “co-founding partner”

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.’s sponsorship of AEG and MGM Resorts International’s $375-million Las Vegas Arena comes with the sort of perks that are in the spotlight lately.

Irvine Firm Buys 35 Pilates Studios

Irvine-based LAG Fit Inc. acquired Club Pilates, a franchised chain of 35 Pilates studios in the U.S. and Australia.

Autobytel Brings ‘Digital Concierge’ to Scion Website

Has Stake in Firm That Developed Technology

Online car shopping does not have to be a solitary experience, according to folks at Autobytel Inc.

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Southwest to Set New JWA Flights

Southwest Airlines said it seeks two new routes from John Wayne Airport with flights to begin in November.

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Toshiba Unit Sponsors Vegas Arena

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. signed on as the founding sponsor of the yet-to-be-completed $375 million Las Vegas Arena.

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WonderCon to Leave Anaheim in 2016

WonderCon will move from the Anaheim Convention Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center in March 2016, according to several news reports.

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JWA Sees More Flights, Fliers in February

John Wayne Airport reported increases in the numbers of fliers and flights in February compared with the same month last year, the first time both numbers have increased on a year-to-year basis in about six months.

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Taco Bell Japan to Open

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. has set an April 21 opening for its first restaurant in Japan under a franchising deal with Tokyo-based Asrapport Dining Co. Ltd., according to the Wall Street Journal.

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DOT Approves New JWA-Mexico Flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved Seattle-based Alaska Airlines to begin flights between Mexico and John Wayne Airport in October.

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JWA Permits Two Ride Share Firms

John Wayne Airport issued permits this afternoon for two “transportation network companies”—an industry term for taxi-like, ride-sharing operators such as Uber—to operate there, an airport spokesperson said.

OC Drones On

Newfangled Flying Machines Figure Into Local Landscape

Within hours of capturing a pair of gray whales recently in an early morning swim, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching had the video posted on YouTube and emailed to subscribers of its digital newsletter.