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

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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Cylance Taps New Market

TECHNOLOGY: Looks to protect the home and all in it

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

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.

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.

Re-Boost: Cell Carrier Seeks Lost Customers, Mojo

Boost Mobile LLC’s new retail concept and expansion will add a few hundred jobs in Orange County as the low-cost carrier tries to reverse deep customer losses of the last few years.

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NB Cybersecurity Startup Gets $9.5M

Newport Beach start-up Obsidian Security has raised $9.5 million in Series A funding led by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Greylock Partners.

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Alteryx Buys, Bows Service

Irvine-based analytics software maker Alteryx Inc. bought a Brooklyn, N.Y. company and debuted a new service developed from another recent purchase.

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Veritone Brings Acacia Along for Bouncy Ride at IPO Party

Licenser to Own Stock, ‘Significant Control’

Veritone Inc.’s $37.5 million initial public offering last month has tied the company’s fate with another Newport Beach technology company.

Netlist Bets ‘Huge Investment’ in Patent Case

Case Alleges Chipmaker Infringed on 5 Patents

Netlist Inc., an Irvine-based storage equipment maker, has concluded its patent infringement argument against chip giant SK Hynix Inc. before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington D.C.

Toshiba Parent Fallout Claims New OC Victim

TECHNOLOGY: Telecomm unit to close; more local layoffs planned

Financially troubled Toshiba Corp. will shutter its U.S. commercial phone service division based in Irvine in the second local business closure enacted by the Tokyo conglomerate in a year.

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How Broadcom Shook OC Tech, Real Estate Markets

Company’s Legacy Even Includes Chargers Team

With news that Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd. could sell its campus at Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods for $443 million back to FivePoint Communities Inc., here’s a look at how the chip giant has shaken up the local tech and real estate landscape.

Ex-Energy Sec. Joins Board

Former Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has joined the board of a nuclear fusion company in Foothill Ranch.

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CrowdStrike Gets Another $100M

Irvine-based CrowdStrike Inc. has raised $100 million in its latest funding round, the second time the security software maker has hit that investment benchmark.

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Rare View From the Top

Ability, Support, Sacrifices Fueled Her Rise at Public Consultancy

Kate Duchene wants to get Resources Global Professionals back on a growth spurt.

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District Court Judge Sides With D-Link in FTC Battle

Denies Security Breach Claims in Allegations

U.S. District Judge James Donato has instructed the Federal Trade Commission to dismiss a case against Taiwan-based D-Link Corp., leaving its U.S. subsidiary D-Link Systems Inc. in Fountain Valley as the sole defendant in a case alleging it “failed to take reasonable steps to secure the software for their routers and IP cameras” against hacking methods.

Consumer Electronics Makers’ Employment Flat

18 Biggest Marketers, Makers Employ 4,618

A headquarters move and an axed sale were the big headlines generated recently by Orange County’s largest consumer electronics makers as employment held steady.

Chipmakers’ Employment Flat After Deep 2016 Cuts

Biggest Combine to Trim 15, Leaving 3,947 in OC

Orange County’s biggest chipmakers in the 10 months through the end of April staved off deep job cuts that have defined the sector following Broadcom Corp.’s $37 billion sale to Singapore-based Avago Technologies Inc. last February.

Veritone Raises $37.5M in IPO

Newport Beach-based start-up Veritone Inc. began trading today on the NASDAQ Capital Markets after raising $37.5 million in an initial public offering.

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Alteryx Beats Street in Q1

Irvine-based Alteryx Inc.’s first quarterly financial report as a public company beat Wall Street expectations.

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Vinny Smith Grows VC Fund 33%, Diversifies

FINANCE: Now at $800M; several deals foreseen in coming weeks

Billionaire entrepreneur and Business Journal OC 50 influencer Vinny Smith (see related stories, this page and page 8) continues to grow and diversify Orange County’s largest venture capital fund

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Students Inventors for 3-D Printing Competition

Mogul Chung Searches For Battery Plant Site

More than 200 students will submit projects for the fifth installment of the ocMaker Challenge, which is billed as one of the few school-based 3-D printing competitions in the world.

Free-to-Play Blizzard Game Reaches Player High

TECHNOLOGY: Hearthstone’s 70M buy card sets, accessories

Another game, another milestone for OC 50er Michael Morhaime and his Irvine video game publisher, Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

Kush Bottles Buys Distributor

Santa Ana-based Kush Bottles acquired CMP Wellness in a cash and stock deal valued at about $21 million.

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