Chris Casacchia

Technology Editor/Reporter

Chris Casacchia covers technology, aerospace and defense and sports. He can be reached at

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Recent Stories

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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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.

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.

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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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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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?

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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A Win and a Wait-and-See on Plush Plane Seats Push

Seat Producer Gets Indian Work as Rockwell Waits

It doesn’t appear that the local operations of Rockwell Collins Inc. will benefit from the recent push from domestic and international airliners to install plush and pricey premium seating.

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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Swiss Subsidiary Joins OC Cyber Hub

TECHNOLOGY: Threat solver in early talks with Cylance

A burgeoning concentration of cybersecurity companies and plenty of potential corporate customers has led a Swiss security software maker to establish its North American headquarters in Newport Beach.

Firms Fight Terrorism With Tech

Public Safety and Security Soon $500B Market

Two Orange County technology companies are trying to cut down emergency response times when seconds can mean the difference between life and death.

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OC’s Top Software Firms Added Jobs, Grew Ranks

Six List Newcomers in Hot Spaces: AI, Gaming

A mix of new and established companies helped Orange County post solid job growth in the software sector for the second consecutive year.

UCI Institute Helps the Helpless Fight Cybercriminals

New Clinic Walks Victims Through Cleanup Process

Bryan Cunningham’s vision, crafted over the past year to create one of the country’s top cybersecurity policy and prevention centers, is taking shape at the University of California-Irvine.

Business Journal Hears Update on the Reserved Tsaos

Arts, Charity, Mentoring The Focus, Not Retirement

The Business Journal recently caught up with Victor Tsao, who splits his time between Asia and Orange County.

Startups Build OC Into Front in Cybersecurity War

Obsidian, Veracity, Others Step Into Breach for Firms

Early this year, Glenn Chisholm was contemplating leaving the chief technology officer role at security software maker Cylance Inc. in Irvine.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.1% in midday trading to 2,428.25.

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T-Mobile Leads Telecom Job Gains Amid ‘Disruption’

TECHNOLOGY: Mobilitie grows on 5G buildout

Employment in Orange County’s telecommunications sector was buoyed by strong gains from the local operation of T-Mobile USA Inc. for the second consecutive year.

New Public OC Company Gets Boeing Contract

Ducommun to Make Body Of Converted Freighter

Ducommun Inc., which recently relocated its headquarters from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, has begun manufacturing aluminum aircraft structures for the Next-Generation 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter program.

Irvine Software Maker in $1.2B Sale

Irvine-based software maker Vision Solutions Inc. has changed hands again as part of a $1.2 billion sale between two private equity firms.

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PE Firm Buys Burbank Manufacturer

Newport Beach private equity firm JW Hill Capital has acquired an aerospace parts manufacturer in Burbank.

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CEO: Microsemi Surge Reflects Market Share Gain

Chipmaker’s Sales Rose In Three of Four Segments

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. turned in a strong June quarter, growing sales in three of its four key markets.

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Businessman Eric Davidson, Breakers Live the Dream

SPORTS: Team rewards owner, fans, sponsors with televised title

Orange County’s professional tennis team is looking to build momentum off the court after winning the Mylan World TeamTennis championship under first-year owner Eric Davidson.

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With Partner H.I.G., Trace3 Could Go Big

TECHNOLOGY: ‘Very deep pockets ... a very good thing’

Irvine IT services provider Trace3 could change its long-held growth strategy under the financial muscle of new private equity owner H.I.G. Capital.

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Irvine, Other OC Cities Top US Gaming Markets

Study Shows Strong Personal Tech, Training

C’s three largest cities scored high marks in a new study rating the best gaming markets in the country.

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Sharing the Wealth

Toba’s Smith ‘Invests for Impact,’ Others Give Directly to Education, Children

Vinny Smith knows how to make a mark in business.

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OC Gains Public Co. in 167-Year-Old Firm’s Move

AEROSPACE: Ducommun HQ to Santa Ana office

Orange County’s public company ranks will gain another member with the recent headquarters move of Ducommun Inc., Los Angeles’ oldest company.

Phone Deal Step Toward Hopeful Crackberry Revival

TCL Dials Up Sprint For 1st Distribution of Relaunch

The BlackBerry smartphone, relaunched by Irvine-based TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd.’s North American operation, has lined up its first distribution deal with a major U.S. carrier.

Kingston’s HyperX Hosts Esports Stars

TECHNOLOGY: 10,000 watch live Jenga Match on Twitch TV

It’s early afternoon at HyperX’s Fountain Valley headquarters.

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Vizio’s China Outlook Impacted by Failed Venture

Lawsuit Against LeEco Lays Out Accusations

Vizio Inc. will have to reboot its efforts in China after its planned joint venture with LeEco never materialized.

Ephesoft Lands Cash To Fuel More Growth

TECHNOLOGY: Ex-Kofaxers’ software firm doubled sales in ’16

A fast-growing business software maker with a management team stacked with former Kofax executives has attracted its first venture capital investment.

Kofax Extends Sales Streak

TECHNOLOGY: Irvine software firm sold for 3rd time in 3 years

They say good things come in threes.

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Conexant Taps Into China Market With Voice Deal

To Release Kits, Designs For AI Devices Like Siri

Irvine-based Conexant Systems LLC has connected with China’s largest internet search provider in another strategic deal involving voice recognition and command.

Vizio Seeks $110M in Damages from LeEco

Vizio Inc. filed two separate lawsuits today against LeEco, contending the Chinese conglomerate made false financial statements and claims in the run up to its proposed $2 billion acquisition, which ultimately collapsed in April.

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Supreme Court Ruling Latest Blow to Acacia Research

Friendly Courts Likely To Hear Fewer Patent Cases

A recent Supreme Court ruling regarding where patent lawsuits can be heard is another bruising hit for Newport Beach-based Acacia Research Corp. and could affect the local economy.

Cylance Taps New Market

TECHNOLOGY: Looks to protect the home and all in it

Security software maker Cylance Inc. is entering the consumer market.

Blizzard Blazes Cultural Trail, Profits With ‘Overwatch’

Content Creators Move in More Inclusive Direction

Blizzard Entertainment Inc. has taken plenty of flak over the years for developing characters that feed into certain stereotypes.

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ADOMANI Market Value Tops $1B

Shares of ADOMANI Inc. surged last week closing at $15.69 on Thursday, the highest price in its short public history on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

Western Digital, Toshiba to Argue in Court Over Flash

WD Seeks Injunctive Relief Over Sale to Asian Firms

Circle July 14 on the calendar.

ADOMANI Market Value Tops $1B

Shares of ADOMANI Inc. surged in afterhours trading Wednesday and opened at $17.30 this morning, the highest price in its short public history on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

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Turning Over a Familiar Leaf

Infrastructure Connectivity Consultancy His 2nd Family-Owned Firm

Dan Leaf has moved Leaf Communications Consulting LLC to the fast lane in the early going, trying to replicate a track record that ultimately led to the sale of his first company.

Ex-Iteris Exec Returns to Transportation Driver’s Seat

Mohaddes Now Heads Anaheim Manufacturer

Abbas Mohaddes is back in the tech transportation business.

Mesa Verde Tees Up $7.3M Upgrade

Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa is getting a makeover.

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Kingston ‘Shoots for the Top’

Solid-State Drives Fuel Growth

Kingston Technology Inc. is working its way up the global leaderboard in a key product category that has vastly improved the performance of personal and corporate computers.

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Arbitech’s New Irvine HQ, Warehouse Adds 10K SF

Ranks No. 87 On List Of Largest Private Cos.

Arbitech LLC’s new headquarters and warehouse near the Irvine Spectrum were renovated to push more product while paying homage to its beachy roots.

Toshiba Unit’s New Printer Works Environmental Magic

Special Toner Can Be Erased Via Internal Heat

Irvine-based Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. has released an eco-conscious commercial printer and scanner that can erase print so that a sheet of paper can be used multiple times.

Fight Club OC Sold

New York-based Alliance MMA Inc. has acquired Fight Club OC and other entities under the banner of Roy Englebrecht Promotions in Costa Mesa on undisclosed terms.

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NB Manufacturer a Crowdfunded First on NASDAQ

Shares of Newport Beach-based ADOMANI Inc. surged this morning on its debut on the NASDAQ Capital Market after becoming the first equity crowdfunded company to list on the tech heavy exchange.

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Black is Back: BlackBerry Relaunches in US With KEYone

TECHNOLOGY: $5B Irvine distributor still seeking carrier retailer

Steve Cistulli has delivered this elevator pitch about the BlackBerry KEYone countless times:

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Octane Event Draws Record Crowd to Talk Business

Said to Be Biggest SoCal Confab of Its Type

Octane’s efforts to boost Orange County’s diverse tech scene were evident as Silicon Valley venture capitalists mingled with local entrepreneurs and executives at the organization’s flagship conference.