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

Midday Stock Roundup

The three major U.S. indexes all fell more than 1% in the first trading session after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, fueled by dips in energy and industrial stocks and ongoing global economic growth concerns.

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OC’s CES Contingent Pitch the Future at Vegas Event

TECHNOLOGY: Motion sensor headsets; driving stress detectors

For many companies trying to cut through the clutter, CES is as much about showcasing developing technologies than highlighting ones in use today.

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Veritone’s Latest Chapter: Apis Pulls $198M Bid

Investor Cuts Stake; AI Firm Questions Credibility

Apis Capital Management has pulled its unsolicited $198 million cash offer for Costa Mesa-based Veritone Inc.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 1% in midday trading to 2,608.28

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OC Tech Cos. Show Off Wares at CES

TECHNOLOGY: More than 100 presenters at Vegas show

More than 100 Orange County-based companies demonstrated their newest products last week at the world’s most prominent technology trade event.

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BlackBerry Closer to Approval for Cylance Purchase

Ingram Micro to Apollo?; $7.5B Asking Price

BlackBerry Ltd.’s pending $1.4 billion acquisition of Irvine-based security software maker Cylance Inc. has crossed its first hurdle.

The CEO Who Engineered the $10B Sale

Jimmy P Built Microsemi Into Computer Chip Giant

Jim Peterson, often known as “Jimmy P,” dressed in jeans and a black holiday shirt, with forearm tats exposed, is looking comfortable and relaxed these days.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The three major U.S. indexes all fell more than 1% in the intraday session following lowered guidance by Apple Inc. related to dampened iPhone sales this quarter and growing economic uncertainty in China.

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Stuart Frost Loses $16M Arbitration

TECHNOLOGY: HQ for startups shuts doors

Stuart Frost, founder of a San Juan Capistrano-based startup incubator that’s helped launch more than 20 tech-focused firms since 2010, was ordered to pay $16 million to investors after losing an arbitration case, the Business Journal has learned.

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Experian Targets 1B Asians Without Financial Access

OC Engineering Fair Set; HyperX’s Very Big Logo

Experian PLC is opening a DataLabs location in Singapore, the fourth location of its type that the company says helps businesses solve strategic marketing and risk-management problems through advanced data analysis.

2019 Preview: TECHNOLOGY

Same as it ever was: OC’s tech industry will continue to be affected by consolidation, a long-running theme here since coming out of the Great Recession.

Cylance, Microsemi Sales Take Center Stage

Two blockbuster sales and the return of tech star Palmer Luckey grabbed big headlines in an overall strong year for OC’s diverse technology sector.

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AI Firm Veritone Balks at Buyout

TECHNOLOGY: Apis Capital makes unsolicited bid

Apis Capital Management really likes Veritone Inc., to the point of offering to buy it at an 82% premium.

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Netwrix Buys UK Company To Cut Compliance Costs

Broadcom Axes More Jobs; Clean Energy Hits Turkey

Netwrix Corp. has made its first acquisition under Chief Executive Steve Dickson, who took over the top post this past March at the Irvine-based security-focused business software maker.

Midday Stock Roundup

The major U.S. indexes all fell more than 1% in another volatile trading session, fueled by economic concerns about China and Europe, and blue chippers like Johnson & Johnson, Adobe Inc., and Costco Wholesale Corp

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was flat in midday trading at 2,637.04.

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Spireon’s New Owner To ‘Accelerate Growth’

TECHNOLOGY: Sees tracking potential in every new vehicle

Vehicle-location services provider Spireon Inc. found itself being tracked in the past year.

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Microchip Executives Blast Microsemi’s ‘Extravagance’

WDC Names Alexy; Irvine App for Inspectors

Executives at Arizona-based Microchip Technology Inc. are still blaming some of its corporate problems on the $10.3 billion acquisition in May of Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo.

Kingston’s HyperX Wins Naming Rights to Esports Arena

GAMING: Post Malone to promote products

HyperX is closing 2018 like a rock star.

Midday Stock Roundup

The major indexes all fell today amid heightened recessionary fears, doubts on the U.S. trade agreement with China and an overall down day for tech stocks.

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OC’s Carmakers Unveil Latest at LA Auto Show

Automotive: Hyundai unveils flagship SUV

Orange County’s cadre of automakers revealed the global launches of several models and concept designs last week at the largest auto show on the West Coast.

Karma Picks Drive Motors’ Online App to Spur Sales

VERI’s Wild Ride Endures; Microsoft Vets InXile

Irvine’s luxury automaker Karma Automotive LLC struck a deal with San Francisco-based Drive Motors Inc., which specializes in online checkouts that help auto dealerships boost sales.

Obsidian, InXile Join Microsoft Games Juggernaut

GAMING: Software giant buys independent OC studios

Microsoft Corp.’s new quest to become the Netflix of video game streaming and original content picked up steam and talent with the recent buy of two local independent studios.

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Kofax CEO Explains $400M Document Imaging Buy

TECHNOLOGY: Bish’s patience leads to biggest catch

It took Reynolds Bish six years to catch his biggest fish.

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Universal Electronics Announces New AI Remotes

Ducommon Sales Up 15%; Diablo Fans Mad as Hell

It’s earnings season, and here’s a snapshot of the most recent quarterly performances and outlooks of several local technology companies traded on the big boards.

Blackberry’s $1.4B Bet on Cylance Security

TECHNOLOGY: Shock sale of high-flying Irvine Co.

Cylance Inc. has grown into one of the most trusted names in software security, and a deep-pocketed buyer in the midst of a big corporate reinvention has taken notice.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 fell 0.5% to 2,709.38.

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ConversionPoint Buys AI Firm; Plans to Go Public

TECHNOLOGY: Ad services company grows fast

ConversionPoint Technologies Inc. made quite a statement last week.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,734.92.

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IT Provider Impact Opens Anaheim Store, Sponsors Ducks

Skyworks in CityTouch; Crowdstrike $3B+ IPO

An Illinois-based IT service provider’s aggressive expansion in Orange County includes a showroom in Anaheim and a sponsorship deal with the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center.

New Mobile Offering Takes Center Stage at Blizzcon

‘Diablo’ Game Under Watch of New President

Blizzard Entertainment Inc. will release its first multiplayer, action role-playing video game for mobile devices in another evolutionary turn for the Irvine-based publishing giant.

Skyworks Shares Down on Guidance

Shares of Skyworks Solutions Inc. are down after the chipmaker provided December quarter revenue and earnings targets below Wall Street expectations.

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Alteryx Q3 Revenue Up

Alteryx Inc. reported revenue increased 59% year-over-year to $54.2 million while posting a narrower loss of $244,000, compared to a loss of $3.3 million in the same period a year ago.

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Midday Stock Roundup

All three major indexes increased more than 1% in midday trading in the first session following the midterm elections.

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Slow Progress On Gender Front

Women Make More Inroads On Public Co. Boards as Law Ups Pressure

Orange County’s most valuable public companies are taking steps to increase the diversity of their boardrooms.

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Samueli Finds a New Calling: Healthcare Advocacy

Broadcom Founder Gives Insight Into New Focus

Henry Samueli is best known as the billionaire brains behind chipmaker Broadcom Inc. and the owner of the Anaheim Ducks. Nowadays, the 64 year old with an engineering doctorate, while still committed to his strategic role as chief technical officer at Broadcom, is a healthcare advocate.

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Acacia Research Takes $5.5M Hit on Veritone Shares

Oculus Co-Founder Iribe Excited for ‘Next Chapter’

Sometimes investing in a neighbor doesn’t work out as planned.

Syntiant Draws Investment from Tech’s Heavy Hitters

TECHNOLOGY: Raises $25M from Microsoft, Intel

Irvine-based chip startup Syntiant Corp. attracted some of tech’s biggest names in its second funding round.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.8% 2,662.44.

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Airworthy Cabin Prepares for Takeoff in Business

Luckey Tweets New Jobs; BMC Vet Joins Veritone

Airworthy Cabin Solutions LLC’s new production facility in Anaheim gives the aircraft interior products maker a lot more legroom.

Iteris Revenue Speeds Up, Then Hits Red Light

Shares of Santa Ana Firm Stalling

Iteris Inc. (Nasdaq: ITI) grew its top line 23% in the past two years as more local and state governments installed “smart” transportation systems.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.9% to 2,716.10.

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Aerospace, Defense Firms Add Few OC Employees

Seeing Pickup as Pentagon Expands Military Budget

Local employment at Orange County’s largest aerospace and defense contractors was flat in the past year in a wave of industry consolidation and increased spending on national defense.

Broadcom Fights ‘Fake’ Memo on CA Tech Purchase

Cylance Teaches Classes; Soccer Club Hires Gamers

San Jose-based Broadcom Inc., which has more than 1,000 workers at its Irvine operations, says a memo claiming the Department of Defense is probing its pending deal for CA Technologies is fake.

Angels Opt Out of Lease

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim today opted out of their lease at Angel Stadium, where they have played home games since 1966.

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Microsemi Executives Sue Microchip for Libel

TECHNOLOGY: Suit confirms bitter split

The honeymoon between executives at Microsemi Corp. and Microchip Technologies Inc. is officially over, four months after a $10.2 billion megadeal that began the two chipmaker’s marriage.

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Midday Stock Roundup

U.S. stocks jumped on a broad rally across all 11 sectors of the S&P 500, which rose 1.5% in midday trading to 2,791.69.

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Investors Hear Pitches From Clean-Tech Companies

Palo Alto Networks Exec Joins Alteryx’s Board

More than 70 investors, from seed backers to established venture capitalists, lined up on Oct. 3 to hear the latest pitches by companies in the clean-technology industry.

Chargers’ Spanos Dies

Los Angeles Chargers majority owner Alexander Gus Spanos died Tuesday morning. He was 95.

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Microsoft May Buy Irvine Gaming Studio

Irvine-based independent gaming studio Obsidian Entertainment Inc. is set to be sold to tech giant Microsoft Corp., according to published reports.

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