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

Chipmaker 2nd to Edwards in Public Company Ranks

Skyworks, Now Run From OC, Increases Sales

Skyworks Solutions Inc., which is run from Irvine, enters 2018 as Orange County’s second-most valued public company, with a recent $18.5 billion market cap.

CES 2018: Universal Creates for DISH

Universal Electronics Inc. helped develop a new voice remote control for DISH Network Corp., the Santa Ana-based company said this week in Las Vegas at CES, the nation’s largest electronics trade show.

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CES 2018: D-Link Gets More Connected

D-Link Systems Inc. in Fountain Valley introduced several connected-home devices this week in Las Vegas at the CES consumer electronics show.

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CES 2018: Insteon Pairs With Google Products

Irvine-based Insteon said its line of connected home devices is compatible with Google Assistant-enabled products, such as Google Home speakers and select Android and Apple smartphones.

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CES 2018: Kia’s EV Concept Car

Kia Motors Corp. and its Irvine-based North American unit Monday in Las Vegas introduced a concept electric vehicle that can travel 238 miles on one charge.

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Firms Full of Anticipation About CES Appearances

TECHNOLOGY: Small OC group plan debuts, hope for deals

CES, the largest trade show in the country, kicks off this week in Las Vegas with dozens of Orange County tech companies angling for a strong start out of the gate in the new year.

Toshiba Unit Keeps Big Printer Contract as Diversifies

Two-Year LAUSD Deal Worth $60 Million

Lake Forest-based Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. will remain the multifunction printer provider for the Los Angeles Unified School District until at least November 2019.

Boardriders to Buy Billabong

Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. has signed a deal to acquire all shares of Billabong International Ltd., creating one of the world’s largest action sports companies.

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OC Lawyer Named Interim U.S. Attorney

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has named Orange County lawyer Nicola Hanna as interim U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, which encompasses Orange and Los Angeles counties.

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Hyundai Sets Date to Go Autonomous

Hyundai Motor Co. in Seoul today announced a partnership with Palo Alto-based Aurora Innovation Inc. to bring an autonomous vehicle to market by 2021.

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So Much 2017 Tech News, We Needed Another Issue

Year Brought Deluge of Deals, Raises and More

Last year Orange County’s diverse tech sector produced big headlines, some of which we highlighted in our recent year-in-review issue.

BPOY 2017 Technology: Dean Stoecker

How Alteryx and Dean ‘Stoecked’ an OC Industry and Its Dormant IPO sector

A March initial public offering, two acquisitions, and three strong quarters.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was flat in midday trading at 2,682.18.

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Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom Nominees

The board of San Diego-based Qualcomm Corp. won’t nominate any of the 11 candidates recommended by rival Broadcom Ltd. and investor Silver Lake Partners, the latest turn in the hostile takeover attempt.

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Time for Ephesoft Boss to Run His Own Company

Kavas Founded Software Maker With $1,000 in 2010

Ike Kavas, who took the top post last week at the Laguna Hills software company he co-founded seven years ago, has laid out an aggressive strategy to ramp up Ephesoft Inc.

2018 Preview: Technology

Two of Orange County’s closely watched technology stories of 2017 should find resolution in the new year.

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TTM Envisions Growth Via Anaren Purchase

TECHNOLOGY: Would bring new markets, bolster others

TTM Technologies Inc.’s proposed $775 million buy of Anaren Inc. from affiliates of New York private equity firm Veritas Capital would bolster product offerings in the aerospace, defense and networking communications sectors while providing growth opportunities in the industrial, medical and automotive markets.

Hyundai Gets Smart With On-Demand Service

Allows Providers To Remotely Access Vehicles

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley and Silicon Valley-based Smartcar Inc. will launch a pilot program early next year in Southern California to provide Hyundai car owners with on-demand services from various businesses, including mobile car washes, and grocery and fuel deliverers.

Toshiba Unit’s StubHub Win May Lead to Bigger Deals

TECHNOLOGY: Digital work makes up for print decline

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.’s multimillion-dollar contract to outfit the StubHub Center in Carson with ultra-high-definition scoreboards and digital ribbon displays highlights one of the few growth markets in an otherwise flat sector challenged by the dwindling life of print.

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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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