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

TCL Brings Alcatel Smartphones to Verizon

$100 Phones for Sale

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd., which has U.S. headquarters in Irvine, has inked its first deal with Verizon Wireless to distribute its Alcatel brand of smartphones.

New Marketing, Media Firm Geared for Gamers

Esportz Network Will Focus on Gaming News

Orange County’s esports hub has another player.

Employment Flat for Consumer Electronics Makers

WD Cuts in Irvine, While ViewSonic Doubles Size

Last year, Orange County’s consumer electronics sector was marked by mergers and acquisitions, relocations and other major corporate developments.

Anduril Works With Gov’t-Backed Wireless Co.

Luckey Vouches for New Oculus Quest Product

Closely watched defense contractor Anduril Industries has endorsed another technology-related company, while the Irvine-based firm’s founder, Palmer Luckey, has given the thumbs-up on his old firm’s latest virtual reality headset product.

Samsung Ramps Up Commercial Business Efforts

7,500-SF Irvine Spot Highlights Digital Displays

The world’s largest consumer electronics maker, Samsung Electronics Co., is looking to boost its commercial business in the Western U.S., and it’s using a site near John Wayne Airport as its base for those efforts.

Blizzard’s Esports Draw Dollars; User Base Shrinks

TECHNOLOGY: $500M+ from ‘Overwatch,’ other leagues

Blizzard Entertainment Inc. continues to bring in big league sponsors and deep-pocketed investors for its fledgling esports league, although questions remain about the health of the Irvine-based video game giant’s core business.

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OC’s Chipmakers Grow Amid Buys, New Uses

Marvell, Microchip, And Skyworks See Big Gains

The largest chipmakers in Orange County boosted local employment significantly in the past 12 months, buoyed by big takeovers amid ongoing global consolidation.

Chipotle Customers Hacked

No Database Breach, Company Says

Customers of Newport Beach-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) said their online and app accounts were hacked in the last month or so, and are posting on forums like Reddit to complain.

ConversionPoint AI-Driven Buy, IPO Moving Ahead

TECHNOLOGY: Inuvo voting $75M deal this week

This week promises to be a busy one for ConversionPoint Holdings Inc., in its bid to be Orange County’s first company to go public this year.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in midday trading at 2,892.17.

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