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

Forget Tariffs; ZTE Ban Could Hit Local Firms Hard

TECHNOLOGY: Chinese giant major OC trading partner

A U.S. ban imposed on China’s second-largest tele-communications equipment maker, lifted on July 13, has already pinched sales at Skyworks Solutions Inc. and is affecting several other Orange County technology companies with headquarters or major operations here.

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Ex-Ingram Exec Snags Airports in Role at New Firm

Kamel Sees Growth At Iinside Via Busy Industry

Sam Kamel, a former senior executive at Irvine-based Ingram Micro Inc., is targeting an industry with big logistical problems in his new role as chief executive at iinside.

Cooling Co. Heats Up

Ice Energy lines up project financing

Mike Hopkins, who led an ownership change six years ago at Ice Energy, is finally beginning to see sales jump in an industry that moves at glacier speed.

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ESPN, Disney to Broadcast Overwatch League

ESPN, Disney XD and its family of networks will broadcast matches of Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s Overwatch League in another major development in the booming esports scene.

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Toshiba Gets Tapped After Year-Long Cage Match

Five-Year UFC Deal A First For MMA Rookie

Lake Forest-based Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. will equip the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization with printers and related services.

$20 Million VC Fund Reaches for Esports Joystick

TECHNOLOGY: Sector vet aims to close ‘language’ gap

Orange County entrepreneur Paul Ward has launched a $20 million venture capital fund dedicated solely to esports.

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Activist Acacia Shareholders Win Board Tussle

Chairman, Fellow Member Replaced By 2 New Faces

In a strong indictment, shareholders of Acacia Research Corp. (Nasdaq: ACTG) overwhelmingly approved the addition of two board members nominated by dissident shareholders, ousting its chairman and a director in the process.

UST Attracts $250M Investment

Aliso Viejo-based IT services provider UST Global has received a $250 million investment from Temasek Holdings Pte. Ltd., Singapore’s state-run investment fund, the company announced today.

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Clean Energy Gets Cash Infusion, Stock Bump

ENERGY: Big Paris oil, gas co. gets 25% stake in green-fuel bet

A strategic investment and new partnership with one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies has improved Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s Wall Street story after years of financial losses.

Local Game Makers Ply Creations at LA Confab

Plus, Qualcomm Faces Lawsuits Over Broadcom

Orange County’s strong contingent of video game publishers and related companies were well-represented at this year’s E3 conference in downtown Los Angeles, a departure from the past few years.

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