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Facebook to Pay $2B for Irvine Startup

Irvine-based start-up Oculus VR Inc. has agreed to a $2 billion sale to Facebook Inc.

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OCVA Website for Chinese Travelers Goes Live

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

Wall Street Backer for Cruttenden’s Main Street Micro-Investing App

FINANCE: Looks to link mass market, money managers

Walter Cruttenden, an investment banking pioneer in Orange County, has secured $5.5 million in funding from a Wall Street fund manager to bring his latest business venture to market.

Robinson Eyes GM; Santa Ana Name Game; OC Hoop-La

Don’t be surprised if Mark Robinson surfaces once again as a key player on the national stage, now that General Motors is facing the legal music on a defect in ignition switches that appears to have kept some airbags from working and has been linked to 12 deaths.

Startup Raises $4.5M in 1st Round

Irvine startup Bitvore Corp., which mines information from email, social media and websites for business customers, closed a $4.5 million inaugural fundraising round.

5 Entrepreneurs Honored for Excellence

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners of the Business Journal’s 13th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards last week.

OCBJ Calendar

This week's business and other event listings

• SoCal Insider hosted by Rick Reiff (KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal) Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Repeats Friday 7 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m., Monday 5:30 p.m. Guests: TBA

Fighter Gets Vulnerable for Boost Mobile Webisode

Talks About Strength in Adversity for Video Series

Boost Mobile LLC in Irvine released the latest installment of its “Be Heard” mini documentary series. The two-minute webisode, which can be seen on the brand’s YouTube channel, features mixed martial athlete Marlon Moraes, who competes for the World Series of Fighting in the bantamweight division. He speaks candidly about his struggles to succeed, as well as praying for his father’s recovery from cancer.

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Residence Inn Irvine Spectrum Names GM

The 112-suite Residence Inn Irvine Spectrum announced the appointment of Julie Buettner to general manager.

Concierge Association Releases ‘Preferred Vendor’ List

The Newport Beach-based Orange County Concierge Association recently released its annual list of preferred vendors.

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Advantage Sales Buys Texas Brokerage

Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC in Irvine said it has acquired Longhorn Food Brokers LP, a San Antonio, Texas-based food brokerage company.

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Voila Hotel Rewards Adds Central, Eastern Europe Properties

Hotel loyalty program Voila Hotel Rewards, whose Americas headquarters are in Newport Beach, said it added Mamaison Hotels & Residences to its roster of member properties.

Digital Divide Brings Dividends to DGWB

MARKETING: Takes tech manufacturer’s message global

DGWB Advertising & Communications’ latest mission: help bridge the digital divide across rural America, where some 40% of residents don’t have high-speed broadband access.

Walker Early to OC; Doti Direct; RMV’s Next Generation

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will get a dress rehearsal for any presidential ambitions he might harbor—at least the part where a candidate hits up OC’s vaunted base of GOP donors.

Vizio Sticks With ‘Beautifully Simple’ for Marketing

MARKETING: Targets Hollywood with ultra-HD

Vizio Inc.’s marketing strategy for 2014 is just like its latest ad campaign: “beautifully simple.”