Chris Casacchia

Technology Editor/Reporter

Chris Casacchia covers technology, aerospace and defense and sports. He can be reached at casacchia@ocbj.com.

Email: casacchia@ocbj.com
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Recent Stories

OC Sports Marketer, Ex-Pro Moon Named in Suit

One of Orange County’s most recognized marketing firms is at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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TTM in $775M Deal for NY Manufacturer

TTM Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $775 million to affiliates of New York private equity firm Veritas Capital for East Syracuse-based Anaren Inc.

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Sky’s the Limit as Irvine Chipmaker Enters China

TECHNOLOGY: Skyworks’ auto IoT gambit lauded by analysts

Skyworks Solutions Inc.’s latest design wins with Shenzhen-based ZTE Corp. will boost its position in the world’s largest market for connected vehicles and elsewhere amid a diversification effort welcomed on Wall Street.

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Aria Rolls Out Lighter, Faster FXE

AUTOMOTIVE: Supercar’s developers target world’s elite

Clive Hawkins believes in two ways to mark any 21st birthday.

Drone Servicer Acquisition Affords Arts Access

HB Presence Meets Sky-High Filming Needs

The Huntington Beach operation of drone services provider Measure should get a lift from the company’s expansion into the arts and entertainment industry.

Hyundai Bows Kona

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. today unveiled its small utility vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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New Blizzard League Tests Esports' Boundaries

HB Commissioner, a Former Pro, Pursues Global Goals

Rumors are swirling as free agency opens up in Blizzard’s new Heroes Global Championship.

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Acorns Sprouts Retirement Saving App With Buy

TECHNOLOGY: Micro- investing startup adds IRAs

The first acquisition by Acorns Grows Inc. will plant the Irvine startup in the retirement-planning business.

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Toshiba Unit Hunts for Buys Anew Under CRO

Made First Acquisition Of Reseller in Nearly Decade

Larry White told the Business Journal about a month ago that he was promoted to chief revenue officer at Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. with a charge from Chief Executive Scott Maccabe to revive an acquisitions strategy dormant for nearly a decade.

Never ‘Another November’ at iBASEt

Wife, Son Defend vs. Enemies Foreign and Domestic

The Poonian’s story is filled with loss, heartbreak, perseverance and success.

Digital Maps Buys Up Cos., Buys Out Angels

Irvine Software Firm Grows Jobs, Sales; Outgrows HQ

Irvine-based Digital Map Products Inc. closed its second acquisition in four months as it expands product offerings throughout North America.

Karma to Open NB Showroom

Irvine-based Karma Automotive LLC will open a showroom and its first company-owned dealership on Monday along the Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.

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Toshiba America Acquires NorCal Dealer

Lake Forest-based Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. has acquired an equipment distributor and reseller in Northern California.

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Razer Games IPO Market in Hong Kong

Accessories Maker Could Grow Local With Proceeds

The local operations of Razer Inc. could get a boost after the company’s planned initial public offering this week in China.

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Appeals to Nostalgia, League Hype Top Blizzcon 2017

Free Wings for Members Of the Blizzard Family

It was a record year at Blizzcon 2017, though the annual convention lacked the momentous announcements from previous years.

Alteryx Beats Street in Q3

Irvine-based Alteryx Inc. reported third quarter sales and operating profits that beat Wall Street expectations and provided modestly improved guidance for the current quarter.

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Copyright-Protecting Software Firm to Public Crowdfund

Image Protect Follows Path of Two Others in OC

Another Orange County company plans to raise capital through a new crowdfunding mechanism.

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Cybersecurity Player Shifts to Silicon Valley

TECHNOLOGY: CrowdStrike follows talent, money to new HQ

One of Orange County’s hottest and highest valued private companies has moved its headquarters from Irvine to Silicon Valley.

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Chargers on Long Drive Deep In New Territory

SPORTS: Hoag deal, civic deeds vs. poor optics

The business challenges facing the Los Angeles Chargers front office in Costa Mesa midway through the season haven’t changed much since owner Dean Spanos moved the franchise north in January.

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Clean Energy Tanks on Q3

Shares of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq; CLNE) plummeted in afterhours trading after the Newport Beach company reported a steep sales drop and loss for the third quarter, and a big charge-off related to underperforming and unprofitable stations.

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Broadcom Charter to Delaware

Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd. plans to move its official headquarters to the U.S. from Singapore, the company announced today at a press conference that included Broadcom Chief Executive Hock Tan and President Donald Trump.

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Ducommun Q3 Mixed, Invokes Restructuring

Santa Ana-based Ducommun Inc. reported mixed results for the third quarter and announced a restructuring plan.

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Pricespider Climbs to Bigger HQ, Doubling Space

Move to Grow Web-Insight Specialist Workforce 20%

A fast-growing software service provider for brand manufacturers has moved to a larger headquarters at the Irvine Spectrum as it preps a product launch.

Irvine’s Terra Tech Still Growing Sky-High

Losses and Stigma Still Block the Stock

Terra Tech Corp.’s game plan in the budding recreational and medicinal marijuana industry aims to bring seed to sale under one roof.

Smartlabs Gets Bid To IoT Big Dance

TECHNOLOGY: Coming home to Microsoft’s voice-activated assistant

Smartlabs Inc. Chief Executive Rob Lilleness entered a meeting this past summer at Microsoft Corp. headquarters expecting software development work.

Microsemi in $130M Strategic Buy

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi Corp. has reached a deal to acquire the timing device business of Vectron International for $130 million.

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Life at Toshiba After Nuclear and Flash

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. has moved its North American headquarters from Irvine to Lake Forest, where executives are mapping an acquisition strategy last implemented nearly a decade ago.

CEO, Moved by Storm Victims, Offers Free Service

Gives Equipment, Own Data Center for Recovery

An Irvine company is offering free data storage for the next six months to businesses affected by hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria.

Heeeere’s Blizzard!

Esports Arena Debuts at Johnny Carson’s Old Studio

Studio 1 looked every bit its age before the demolition crews arrived.

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HyperX Nets First NBA Sponsorship

The gaming division of Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology Inc. has been named the official headset partner of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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D-Link Gets Break in FTC Security Claims Case

Judge Dismisses Counts Against FV Subsidiary

A federal judge dismissed three counts against D-Link Systems Inc. in Fountain Valley levied by the Federal Trade Commission alleging security lapses in its consumer router and IP cameras.

Zero-Emission Innovator Moves to Riverside

MANUFACTURING: Firm gets first LA Unified bus order

ADOMANI Inc., the first equity crowdfunded company to list on the Nasdaq, has moved its headquarters from Newport Beach to Corona in Riverside County and landed its first contract to build an electric school bus.

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Aerospace and Defense Reverse Job Slide in ‘17

M&A, Growing Business Lines Highlight Sector

Two big takeovers and a headquarters move to Orange County shook up the local landscape for the largest aerospace and defense contractors with operations here.

Ducks Digs Shine for New Season

Millions in Upgrades; New Seating Options

Multimillion-dollar upgrades at Honda Center during the off-season were in clear view for Anaheim Ducks fans as they walked through the turnstiles of the south entrance before last Thursday’s home opener against the Arizona Coyotes.

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App Maker to Grow Reach With Sale to NM Firm

Microsoft Partner Absorbed by IT Provider

Irvine fast grower Xelleration LLC will gain access to new markets and regions with its recent sale to Albuquerque-based IT services provider Speridian Technologies.

Veritone Rises With Artificial Intelligence’s Profile

Shares Up 39% as It Strikes Deals, Gets Props

Wall Street in about the past month is liking the story of artificial intelligence and media firm Veritone Inc.

NY Hedge Fund Latest to Bet on Alteryx

TECHNOLOGY: Some insiders sell; sales stay hot in hot ‘BI’ space

Life in the public eye got intriguing for one of Orange County’s best tech stories in years, Alteryx Inc., the Irvine software maker that made a splashy Wall Street debut in March.

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Free to Innovate

Tech Manufacturing Founder Found His Spot After Flight from Vietnam

A two-year push in software development at Virtium Technology in Rancho Santa Margarita has led to a product offering designed to ease storage and transfer of huge data files in industrial networks.

Bill Would Standardize Government IoT Security

At Least One Exec Says It Doesn’t Go Far Enough

A recently introduced U.S. Senate bill that’s garnered bipartisan support is one of the first to address the Internet of Things, a booming segment entangled throughout industrial networks, consumer electronics and government infrastructure, among other applications.

SecureAuth Merger Grows Cyber Cluster

TECHNOLOGY: Name, HQ stay; Vinny keeps winning

Software security maker SecureAuth Corp., one of the closely watched companies in Orange County’s developing cybersecurity hub, has agreed to a $200 million sale to El Segundo-based private equity firm K1 Investment Management.

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$18B: Gang of Six Outbids WD for Toshiba Chip Unit

TECHNOLOGY: Bidders include OC storage king Kingston

Kingston Technology Inc. has quietly joined forces with a consortium of global giants aiming to buy Toshiba Corp.’s flash memory business for $18 billion

Sonendo Raises $50M

Sonendo Inc. in Laguna Hills raised $50 million in a growth investment round by New York private equity firm General Atlantic.

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Downey’s Flying High Again After C&D Aerospace

AEROSPACE: EnCore Group ‘has that same flavor’

The seat-manufacturing unit of Huntington Beach-based EnCore Group has lined up three launch customers as it awaits clearance for one of the toughest certification approvals in aviation.

Toshiba Unit Slides Into Ducks Document Deal

Arena, Other Facilities To Hum With Printers

Irvine-based Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. has been named the official document solutions provider for the Anaheim Ducks.

Moorad to Run Law Firm’s Sports Practice

Sports agent and attorney Jeff Moorad has been named chairman of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s new global sports business.

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Ducommun Closes HB Buy

Santa Ana-based aerospace manufacturer Ducommun Inc. closed its $60 million cash buy of LS Holdings Company LLC, the company said today.

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Palmer Luckey Takes to Twitter About Possible Buy

Says He’s Considering Picking Up Headset Maker

Is Palmer Luckey seriously contemplating a bid for virtual reality headset maker HTC Vive?

Chronicling the Slide of Acacia

TECHNOLOGY: Patent enforcement ‘not what it used to be’

Acacia Research Corp.’s prolonged downward spiral on Wall Street has been propelled by recent changes in intellectual property rights and litigation.

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Rockwell in $30B Sale to UTC

The local units of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins Inc. could be in line for another shakeup in the wake of its planned $30 billion sale to United Technologies Corp.

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OC Responds to Harvey

Some Businesses Here Suffer Losses; Many Open Hearts and Wallets

While several Orange County companies assess the damage of operations, equipment and property from Hurricane Harvey, others are pulling resources to provide relief for as many as 30,000 displaced residents in southeastern Texas and the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

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