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Wang’s Way

Business Failure Led Vizio Co-founder to ‘Innovate Myself Out of This Situation’

William Wang owes as much to his failures as his successes.

WD Stake Pushes OC-China Ties to New Level

TECHNOLOGY: $3.8B deal catches Wall Street by surprise

China continued to make waves in Orange County last week with a $3.8 billion deal that will give Unisplendour Corp. Ltd. a 15% stake in Irvine-based Western Digital Corp.

Morris in Motion

Telogis Hooks Up With AT&T on Software for Automakers

Telogis Inc.’s new deal with AT&T Inc. marks another significant turn for the Aliso Viejo-based logistics software maker under the leadership of co-founder Newth Morris.

Rare Investment Method Behind MTAB Acquisition

Search Fund Acquires Local Software Maker

Poplar Capital Partners LLC’s recent buy of Yorba Linda-based business software maker mTAB LLC was backed through a rarely used investment mechanism: a search fund.

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TTM to Shutter 3 Plants

TTM Technologies Inc. will shutter three manufacturing plants and lay off 550 workers as part of a global integration plan following its $927 million June acquisition of Viasystems Group Inc., the Costa Mesa-based printed circuit maker announced today.

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NextVR to Stream Democratic Debate

Laguna Beach-based startup NextVR will stream the Democratic presidential debate next month in Las Vegas on CNN, adding to its list of firsts in the developing virtual reality segment.

Microsemi Aboard NASA Spacecraft for Pluto Mission

Space Unit Targets Niches In Mission-Critical Work

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. has supplied several key components on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which was sent in part to study Pluto in a mission launched nearly a decade ago from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Santa Ana Software Maker Names CEO

Technology industry veteran Joe Bergera was named chief executive of Iteris Inc., a Santa Ana-based data provider and traffic management software maker.

Out of Ordinary for Newport Beach: Factory Upgrade

TECHNOLOGY: Chipmaker to put $15M or more into plant on Jamboree

Israel-based Tower Semiconductor Ltd. is investing $15 million to $20 million to upgrade its Newport Beach manufacturing plant to meet growing demand for new generations of chips for smartphones and other wireless devices.

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Iteris Names New CEO

Technology industry veteran Joe Bergera has been named chief executive of Iteris Inc., the Santa Ana-based data provider and traffic management software maker said this morning.

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