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

Gaming Vets Sign on for Own Adventure

TECHNOLOGY: Blizzard, Riot alums plan first release

An Irvine startup launched by a trio of former developers at Blizzard Entertainment Inc. and Riot Games is ready to launch its first title.

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Steelberg Brothers Aim for Hot Tech Sector

TECHNOLOGY: Veritone seeks IPO with revenue issues

Veritone, founded in 2014, sped out of the gate with nearly $14 million in revenue in 2015, its first full year of business.

Alteryx Insiders to Control Direction Following IPO

Top Execs, Investors Will Hold Most Voting Rights

Alteryx Inc. insiders will control the vast majority of voting rights after the company’s initial public offering last week.

Alteryx Shares Rise After IPO

Shares of Irvine-based Alteryx Inc. surged in its first trading session on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Microsemi Closes China Plant

Microsemi Corp. has closed a manufacturing plant in China, the Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker said after the close of intraday trading Tuesday.

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Corent’s Outlook Cloudy and Bright

Aliso Viejo-Based Software Maker Offers Faster Migration

Feyzi Fatehi more than decade ago set out to recreate Intel Corp.’s business model for the software industry.

NB, Irvine Rate as Cybersecurity Hubs

TECHNOLOGY: Amenities, pay help; knock on affordability

Two Orange County cities are among the top destinations in the country for cybersecurity professionals, according to recent report by GoodCall LLC.

Kingston USB Drive Packs Storage Power, Big Price Tag

Caters to Niche Users That Requested Extra Space

Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology Inc. has packed 2 terabytes of storage into a USB flash drive the size of a pack of bubble gum.

Veritone Inc. Files IPO

Newport Beach-based startup Veritone Inc. aims to raise up to $15 million in an initial public offering, according to a registration statement filed yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Alteryx Prices IPO

Irvine-based analytics software maker Alteryx Inc. will sell 9 million shares of Class A common stock valued between $12 and $14 per share under terms of its initial public offering, according to a filing today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Blizzard’s $1B Rebound: Overwatch

New Franchise Basis for Esports League

Blizzard Entertainment Inc. took 18 years to develop a new franchise—the first-person, futuristic shooter “Overwatch.”

TCL Pins Hopes on Return of Coveted Keyboard

Qwerty Awaited By Die-Hard Blackberry Fans

The wait is over for those clamoring for the return of the Qwerty keyboard.

Clean Energy Shares Jump on Q4

Shares of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. surged in afterhours trading after the Newport Beach-based company reported sales and adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter that easily beat Wall Street expectations.

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Alteryx Valuation Could Range to $900M on IPO

Irvine-based Alteryx Inc.’s planned initial public offering could snap a nearly two-year drought in Orange County.

Startup Bases Fast Growth on Customers’ Cloud Needs

Beacon Resources Founders At It Again

A Costa Mesa-based startup launched by two executives with a track record of success in Orange County is off to a fast start.

Clean Energy Sells Unit to BP

Shares of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. surged today after the Newport Beach-based company said it would sell its renewable gas business for $155 million to BP Plc.

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Alteryx Files for IPO

Irvine-based analytics software maker Alteryx Inc. aims to raise $75 million in an initial public offering, according to a filing late Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Vizio ‘Happy Either Way’ With $2B Deal Shaky

A looming deadline for Vizio Inc.’s $2 billion sale to LeEco has cast further doubt the China-based conglomerate can close the deal amid ongoing financial woes.

Broadcom Gets OC-Based Chip Line in Cosemi Deal

TECHNOLOGY: Acquires photodetector technology

A unit of Broadcom Ltd. has acquired the photodetector business of Irvine-based chipmaker Cosemi Technologies Inc.

CrowdStrike’s Effort to Block Industry Report Fails

Disputes Findings Of Competitors Comparison

A Delaware district court rejected arguments by Irvine-based software security maker CrowdStrike Inc. to block the release of a report by NSS Labs that shows results of a test of competitor products.

Charging Ahead

Team’s HQ Bolsters Creative-Office Trend at Hive in Costa Mesa

The Los Angeles Chargers’ new 100,000-square-foot headquarters in Costa Mesa could add some panache to an area just north of the San Diego (I-405) Freeway that’s attracted some sizeable tenants in recent years.

Kingston Adds to E-Sports Lineup

TECHNOLOGY: Segment is small but fast-growing

The strategy behind recent product launches at Kingston Technology Co.’s growing gaming unit is a simple one: visibility in the booming e-sports scene.

Vizio Spying Payment Could Have Bigger Implications

$2.2M Settlement Could Cast Shadow on Sale

Vizio Inc.’s $2.2 million agreement to settle charges that it violated unfair trade practices and consumer protection laws by tracking the viewing habits of smart TV owners without their knowledge or consent could alter William Wang’s business plan after the company’s proposed sale.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.1% to 2,343.22.

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Eye of the Tiger

How Tournament at Riviera Serves Community in Anaheim, Goal of Reaching 1 Million Kids Nationwide

A bunch of fifth graders in a packed classroom at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim are analyzing hair and fingerprint samples from a mock crime scene.

Blizzard Says It Stands By Immigrant Employees

CEO Says Trump Ban Out Of Step With Its Values

The human resources and legal teams at Irvine-based video game publisher Blizzard Entertainment Inc. are providing travel guidance, legal assistance and counseling to employees affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and other would-be immigrants in seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

Laguna Beach Exec Gets Pro Tennis Franchise

SPORTS: Buys Breakers from Canadian entrepreneur

Laguna Beach resident Eric Davidson has taken up a family tradition with his purchase of Orange County’s professional tennis team from Canadian technology and media entrepreneur Lorne Abony.

WD Bids on Toshiba Unit

Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital Corp. has placed a bid for a minority stake in Toshiba Corp.’s flash memory business, according to media reports.

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NB Tennis Team Sold

Laguna Beach resident Eric Davidson has purchased Orange County’s professional tennis team from Canadian technology and media entrepreneur Lorne Abony.

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Menlo Micro Brings Big Backers to Market

TECHNOLOGY: GE, Corning, Microsemi, Paladin Group team up

Irvine-based Menlo Micro Inc. has already hit a few milestones that often take fellow startups years to accomplish.

He Dialed Up Rapid Growth

Molloy Helped Call Center Operator Quadruple in Size

James Molloy has been at the center of the most transformative era in Irvine-based Alorica Inc.’s brief history, overseeing two financial transactions in little more than a year that quadrupled the size of the call center operator.

WD Poised to ‘Protect’ Interest in Toshiba Partnership

CEO Confident Despite JV Partner’s Troubles

Top Western Digital Corp. executives have been in discussions with counterparts at Toshiba Corp. for weeks amid rising speculation that the Irvine-based storage products maker could bid on the conglomerate’s flash memory business.

MSC Sold for $834M

Newport Beach-based MSC Software Corp. will be sold for $834 million to Swedish IT service provider Hexagon AB, the companies said today.

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Razer Buys Phone Maker

Irvine-based video game products maker Razer Inc. has acquired the majority of assets of a San Francisco company that developed a mobile phone that offers unlimited cloud-storage capacity.

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Will Western Digital Benefit From Toshiba’s Woes?

Could Bid on Chunk Of Flagging Firm’s Flash Biz

Speculation is building that Irvine-based Western Digital Corp. is in line to bid on a significant portion of Toshiba Corp.’s flash memory business as the Tokyo conglomerate faces staggering write-downs from its failing U.S. nuclear power business.

Déjá Vu All Over Again for Kofax

TECHNOLOGY: Lexmark puts software operation on block

Reynolds Bish is back at the helm of the software company he positioned for a $1 billion sale to Lexington, Kentucky-based Lexmark International Inc. less than two years ago.

Laguna Beach Outfit Looks to Cash In on Virtual Wall

MEDIA: Shell company takes new tack with acquisition

A Laguna Beach-based shell company has acquired a virtual reality developer that will give backers and opponents of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a chance to purchase portions of a digital version of the edifice—and use the space to express their opinions.

Microsemi Sales Hit Marks

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. reported revenue in the December quarter in line with Wall Street expectations, and an adjusted profit that beat estimates.

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Software Maker Could Be Latest Purchase Target

MSC Talks Possible $800M Sale to Luxembourg Firm

It appears another sizeable Orange County tech company is in play for a takeover.

Big West's Stabilizer

Irvine-Based Conference Commissioner Guides ‘Mid-Major’ in Era of Power 5

The Big West Conference, like its counterparts across the nation, has been in a state of constant evolution since a sweeping round of college athletics realignment was touched off nearly a decade ago.

China-Based Companies Among Biggest of OC’s Foreign Employers

ECONOMY: First entries reflect growing commercial presence here

China’s continued expansion on the world stage and a strong year for hiring among Orange County’s largest foreign-owned companies combined to bring a jump in overall employment in the category here.

Blackberry Revival Plan Runs Through Irvine

TECHNOLOGY: TCL puts brand in hands of unit based in Spectrum

The plan to resurrect the faltering Blackberry smartphone brand in the U.S. and Canada is being crafted in the Irvine Spectrum.

OC Companies Take Advantage of CES Showcase

They See Value as Others Put Resources Elsewhere

With another CES in the books—that’s No. 6 for those following this column—let’s take a closer look at how some OC companies tried to cut through the clutter in Las Vegas at the world’s largest consumer electronics show:

Delay on Close of Vizio-LeEco Deal Raises Questions

Company Reps Pegged Year-End Sale Wrap

Vizio Inc.’s pending $2 billion sale to Chinese conglomerate LeEco failed to close by year-end, indicating a potential wrinkle in a deal that still needs final approval from Chinese regulators.

Hyundai, Google Voice Controls Debut

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley plans to unveil a new feature tomorrow that allows vehicle owners to control various functions through Google Assistant voice commands.

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Newth Deal

Morris Programmed Telogis for Deal That Fetched Close to $900M From Verizon

Look to Aliso Viejo to find a key component of a new digital strategy crafted by the nation’s largest telecom as it integrates several recent buys into a new business unit.

Ingram Micro Shakes Up Leadership in Wake of Sale

Rising Star Mastantuono to CFO, Board Seat

The $6 billon sale of Ingram Micro Inc. last month to Chinese conglomerate Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company Ltd. ushered in some management and board changes at the world’s largest technology products distributor.

CalAmp CFO to Retire

Rick Vitelle, chief financial officer, corporate secretary and executive vice president at CalAmp Corp., is retiring from the Irvine-based company.

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Game Maker Takes Artsy Approach

TECHNOLOGY: Coloring app diversifies revenue streams

The recent acquisition of thousands of digital jigsaw puzzles signals a new turn for MobilityWare as it diversifies revenue streams beyond traditional card games.

2017 Preview: TECHNOLOGY

The past year was marked by a wave of consolidation in the local technology sector as several big-name companies were taken over.