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

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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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$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

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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Midday Stock Roundup

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

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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.

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.

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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