Chris Casacchia

Technology Editor/Reporter

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

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Recent Stories

Broadcom Cuts 1,100 Jobs

San Jose-based Broadcom Inc., which maintains a sizeable operation in Irvine, has issued another round of deep job cuts following an acquisition.

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H&X 1 Year Old and Mapping Out OC Expansion

Subsidiary of Japanese Audio Equipment Makera

The Irvine-based H&X Technologies, part of Hibino Corp. in Tokyo, was launched about a year ago to establish a foundation in Southern California to sell and lease its suite of high-res LED displays and products through the U.S.

Alteryx Shares Customers’ Props at Annual Conference

Says Software Boosts Cos., Even Fights Malaria

The influence and future of data analytics was on full display at Alteryx Inc.’s annual convention at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Arbonne Polished Self With Tech 911 Job

RETAIL: Beauty, nutrition co. was handicapped by crashes

A digital transformation and IT overhaul launched five years ago helped Arbonne International LLC move from a stagnant retailer to a coveted takeover target.

End of an Era: ‘Jimmy P’ And Microsemi Corp.

TECHNOLOGY: New owners cut quickly, eye ‘synergies’

Microchip Technology Inc. Chief Executive Steve Sanghi has ousted the entire management team at Microsemi Corp. following its $10.3 billion acquisition, according to sources close to the matter.

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Rome Calls on Clones in Hall Push

Jim Rome, who’s attracted millions of listeners with his hot takes on sports and pop culture and his confrontational demeanor, has been nominated for the National Radio Hall of Fame.

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It Survived – Now It Wants to Thrive

Telematics Specialist CalAmp Expands Services

The beeps intensify, and the directional signal from the LoJack stolen-vehicle recovery system is pointing north.

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Henry Samueli Turns Up His Nose at Esports Team

Keeps His Money; Maybe He’s Just Partial to Hockey

Broadcom co-founder and Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli passed up an opportunity to buy a professional video gaming team.

Opposing Sides Prep for Acacia Shareholder Meeting

Activist Investors’ Picks Challenge Chair, Director

Acacia Research Corp.’s annual shareholder meeting next week could determine the direction the Newport Beach-based company will take after several years in choppy waters.

Athletes First’s Historic Deal With NBA Union

SPORTS: NFL superagency crosses over to the NBA

The National Basketball Players Association bucked tradition and decades of history in selecting a new subsidiary formed by Athletes First LLC in Laguna Hills to handle licensing and other partnerships for its star players rather than the league that helped make it the most powerful union in professional sports.

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Toshiba Flash Unit Sale Gets Final Needed Approval

China Gives Nod to $18B Deal to Kingston Group

Chinese regulators approved the $18 billion sale of Toshiba Corp.’s lucrative flash memory unit to a consortium that includes Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology Co.

Still In The Picture

Cuts at Headquarters Meant to Fuel Growth

Vizio Inc. has downsized its Irvine operation and is in jeopardy of losing its long-held No. 2 position in flat-panel TV sales in North America.

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Mortgage Modernizer Raises $50M in Latest Capital Round

STARTUPS: Cloudvirga pledges OC’s growing fintech fraternity

Irvine-based startup Cloudvirga Inc. has attracted big-name customers and backers as it aims to modernize a mortgage industry steeped in manual processes more than a decade old.

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Veritone’s Q1 Mixed as It Tries to Leverage AI

Revenue Rises Over 40%, Mostly on Media Business

Veritone Inc.’s latest quarterly report produced a mixed bag of results for the wildly traded Costa Mesa company trying to crack into the booming but highly speculative artificial intelligence market.

Legacy Tech Vets Go AI With Chip Startup

TECHNOLOGY: Raise $5M, plan new VC round with big backer

An Irvine-based startup led by former Broadcom, Mindspeed Technologies and Lantronix Inc. executives has emerged with backing from the world’s largest chipmaker and its first deal.

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Cloudvirga Raises $50M

Irvine startup Cloudvirga today announced it closed a $50 million Series C funding round led by private-equity firm Riverwood Capital in Menlo Park.

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Chipmakers Grew as Group, a Few Rapidly

Modest Job Gains As Microsemi Sale Looms

This year’s roundup of Orange County’s largest chipmakers is defined by the deals that got done and the one that got away.

Largest Makers Held Payrolls Steady

Early Returns on Major Moves At Big Three Coming Soon

The largest consumer electronics makers in Orange County shrank payrolls slightly compared to last year.

$83M Investment in Clean Energy

Shares of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. surged after the Newport Beach company said it received an investment and launched a new leasing program for natural gas heavy duty trucks.

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Alteryx Beats Q1

Analytics software maker Alteryx reported first quarter revenue and operating income that beat Wall Street expectations.

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Safety in Numbers for Cybersecurity Companies

TECHNOLOGY: NY buyout house merges OC firm, 3 more

A Lake Forest security services provider is gaining global resources and deep pockets as a result of a four-company merger led by private equity firm The Riverside Co.

Olloclip’s O’Neill Ponders More In-Kitchen Creations

Post Shows He’s Ready For Next Challenge

Olloclip founder Patrick O’Neill has left the Huntington Beach company he established in 2011, a company that brought consumers quality attachable lenses to improve smartphone photos.

Blizzard Posts Mixed Q1

Presales for Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s next World of Warcraft expansion helped boost revenue in the first quarter, though operating income decreased as it rolled out new business lines.

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What Happens In Vegas

Kingston Player In New Esports Arena

Las Vegas, built on gambling and embellished with rock-star residencies, Broadway musicals, magic acts, adult entertainment and exclusive nightclubs, has a new game in town with a different demographic.

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HB Sand Volleyball Tourney Goes Global

SPORTS: AVP event to host overseas and US teams

The Association of Volleyball Professionals will open its season this week in Huntington Beach with international flair.

Engineer Goes All-In on Coding School Enterprise

Opens OC Outpost Of Small-Classes Concept

Engineer-turned-entrepreneur Jim Shen is bringing an educational concept developed in Silicon Valley to Orange County.

CalAmp Posts Record Quarterly Revenue

CalAmp Corp. (Nasdaq: CAMP) topped Wall Street estimates in revenue and operating income in the February quarter, reporting after the market closed.

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Ducommun Closes $30.5M Buy

Santa Ana-based Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO) has acquired Certified Thermoplastics Co. LLC for $30.5 million.

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Sales Schedule Out for Coveted BlizzCon Tickets

$199 Passes Sell Fast; Virtual Versions an Option

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. will hold its annual fanfest Nov. 2 and 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Seasoned Business Builder Gets VC Cash for New Co.

$11.7M to Software Maker That Saves Firms Money

Serial entrepreneur Tracy Price has been running down a dream for more than two decades.

Titan Lands Hefty Security Deal

‘$900M on High End,’ Says Founder

App developer Titan Health & Security Technologies Inc.’s new contract with a global security services firm has propelled the Newport Beach-based startup into the nation’s upper tier of emergency communication providers.

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Ready to Launch

Surf City Unicorn Aims to Scale Space

­­Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab will open a 14-day window this week on its first commercial orbital launch.

Avionics Vet Found Own Way in Men-Led Field

Meets Worker Shortfall Challenge as Work Builds

Kathryn Brewer is charting the next leg of growth for Leading Edge Avionics.

Acacia Proxy Fight Heats Up With Board Namings

Big Shareholder Cries Foul, Cites Skills Dearth

Acacia Research Corp. has appointed two additional independent directors to its board, much to the consternation of one of its largest shareholders, which has pressed the Newport Beach-based company to replace its chairman and another board member.

Angels’ Value: $1.8B

The value of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rose 3% in the past year to $1.8 billion, according to Forbes’ latest annual estimates.

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Verizon Bundles Telematics Buys Into Verizon Connect

$5B Rollup Included Homegrown Telogis

The long-awaited integration of Verizon Communications Inc.’s telematics unit, which featured a key acquisition in Orange County, is complete.

SendGrid Adopts Design-Centered Tack at New Digs

Mass-Emails Specialist Triples Its OC Space

Denver-based SendGrid spent more than a year designing its new 22,000-square-foot office at 400 Spectrum Center in Irvine.

Filing Reveals 2017 Alteryx Purchase Information

10-K Also Lays Out Customer-Base Diversity

The financial terms of Alteryx Inc.’s two acquisitions last year were among the disclosures included in the recent 10-K filing by the Irvine-based analytics software maker.

Acacia Now Finds Itself in Proxy War

New York Investors Don’t Buy New Business Strategy

One of Acacia Research Corp.’s largest shareholders is waging a proxy battle to oust the company’s chairman and another director up for re-election.

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Tech Venture With Urgency

Lawyer Leveraged Scary Incident Into Lifesavers

Software engineers at Newport Beach-based startup Titan Health & Security Technologies Inc. are developing two mobile features to improve communication and geolocation for its patented Next Gen 911 app system.

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Officials Say They’re Working to Better Secure Polls

OC Voter Agency Works With State, Feds on Efforts

Orange County’s congressional districts will have some of the most hotly contested primaries in the nation—in cyberwarfare.

Forging Unique Successes

His Hybrid Firm’s Teams Breed, Grow Ideas Together

Anderee Berengian has developed a unique business model at Cie Digital Labs for employees and the companies they help fund and grow.

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Forward to Fusion

As It Pursues Energy’s Holy Grail, TAE Seeks to Market Decades of R&D

TAE Technologies Inc., one of Orange County’s most funded and promising technology companies, has launched its first commercial application through a newly formed subsidiary.

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Failed Broadcom Bid for Qualcomm Familiar Story

Feds’ Disapproval Based On Overseas Concerns

President Donald Trump’s presidential order blocking Broadcom Ltd.’s attempted hostile takeover of rival Qualcomm Inc. marks the second time in less than three years that the federal government has intervened to halt a transaction with deep ramifications in Orange County.

Clean Energy Posts Big Q4 Sales Drop

Newport Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. in the fourth quarter recorded a steep sales drop and wider losses.

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Qualcomm Bid Blocked

President Donald Trump scuttled Broadcom Ltd.’s attempted hostile takeover of rival Qualcomm Inc., signing a presidential order Monday prohibiting the bid due to national security concerns, according to news reports.

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Hoag Takes Classic Sponsorship

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach has assumed the title sponsorship of Orange County’s only PGA Tour event, renaming it the Hoag Classic.

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Artificial Intelligence Startup Rides Bumpy Segment

Veritone Shares Dive In ‘Revolution’s First Inning’

Veritone Inc.’s fourth-quarter results were as volatile as the company’s roller coaster ride on Wall Street in its first year as a public company.

How Jim Peterson Made Microsemi a $10B Company

Deal After Deal While Bleeding Orange

Jim Peterson’s 31st deal at the helm of Microsemi Corp. will likely be his last, cementing a legacy that extends well beyond Orange County’s business community.

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Toshiba Looking to Glass In High-Stakes PC Play

Teams With Microsoft on Smart Glasses

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. has launched a smart-glass, augmented-reality PC for enterprise customers in its first technological breakthrough in years.

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