Kevin Costelloe

Staff Reporter

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Recent Stories

Cannabis Companies Complete Deal

Combined firm to change name to Onyx

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Midday Stock Roundup

Markets down on Apple’s China virus warning

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ViewSonic Displays Digital Classroom Know-How

Electronic ‘Whiteboards’ Part of 20% Growth

Brea-based visual display maker ViewSonic Corp. puts stock in going to school.

Chief Evangelist at SecureAuth Preaches Identity Security

CYBERSECURITY: Harmer says to stop blaming users

Bil Harmer, the recently appointed “chief evangelist” at identity security software maker SecureAuth Corp. of Irvine, wants businesses to safeguard their systems better and stop blaming individual employees for inadvertent data breaches.

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Tech Brings Big Changes To Firm That Checks Job Seekers

Accurate Background Plans Push on CareerBuilder Unit Buy

Technology has greatly changed Irvine-based Accurate Background, which is slated to become one of the largest U.S. employment screening companies with its planned purchase of a CareerBuilder unit.

Mobilitie Touts SF Transit’s New Wireless System

TELECOM: 5G for Bay Area’s ‘Fleet of the Future’

Wireless infrastructure firm Mobilitie LLC expects an ambitious telecommunications project it is working on for the Bay Area’s main public transportation system will lead to similar undertakings elsewhere in the U.S. and overseas.

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Alteryx Crosses $10B

Shares up 50% year to date

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Alteryx Reports Q4 Sales Soar 75%

Easily tops analysts’ consensus

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Windjammer Buys Medical Records Manager

Compex clients include insurance, legal

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Records Management Software Maker Bought

IGS product Virgo for lawyers, paralegals

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Midday Stock Roundup

Skyworks, Ducommun show robust gains

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Boost Mobile Sale to Dish Nearer?

Judge clears T-Mobile, Sprint deal

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Underwater Drone Scours Watery Depths

Uses: Finding Weapons, Inspecting Boat Hulls

Picture a drone—not an ordinary sky-high kind, but one that zips around underwater, inspecting boat hulls, maintaining fish farms, and helping cops find discarded weapons.

UCI Law Tackles Issues Posed by AI

Grant to Boost Tech Curriculum

The University of California-Irvine School of Law aims to help its students and the legal profession as a whole keep up with challenges posed by artificial intelligence, from its impact on bail decisions to product liability and privacy.

Activision Blizzard Rises on Earnings

Irvine-based unit makes ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘World of Warcraft’

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Vizio Bolsters Ads Push

Bergman to guide sales for TV spots

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Accurate Background to Buy CareerBuilder Unit

Fast-grower screens workers, prospects

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Midday Stock Roundup

Stocks rocket on China's coronavirus promise

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Allied Esports Goes Mall Shopping

GAMING: Brookfield joins Simon as investor

Allied Esports Entertainment Inc. Chief Executive Frank Ng is optimistic about the future of his company that operates venues and live events for video gaming enthusiasts, and the Irvine-based entertainment firm has new real estate-related deals to bolster his point.

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Spy Satellite Work Boosts Rocket Lab

HQ Move to Long Beach in Midyear

Small-satellite launcher Rocket Lab, which recently said it’s moving operations about 10 miles from Huntington Beach to a spot near Long Beach Airport, sees a future in national security missions like the one it’s carrying out for the U.S. spy satellite agency.

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Markets recoup after Monday’s plunge

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Panasonic Avionics Ups Air Entertainment Experience

Lake Forest Firm Explores Console Gaming

Lake Forest-based Panasonic Avionics is doing its part to improve air travel—at least in terms of in-flight entertainment options.

Defense Drive For New L Squared Unit

AEROSPACE: $60M war chest could increase

Derek Coppinger, the newly appointed chief executive of Raptor Scientific LLC, is pursuing an aggressive rollup strategy of small to midsize companies to consolidate the testing and measurement sector of the aerospace and defense industry for his recently formed company’s owners, Newport Beach-based investment firm L Squared Capital Partners.

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OC Unemployment Rate Falls

Professional services adds 4,900 jobs

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Razer Expands in OC

Adding workers

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Latest Microsemi Alum Joins Lantronix

Holliday takes on worldwide sales

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Midday Stock Roundup

Five Point slips after last week’s surge

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Syntiant Gets Word Out On Next-Gen Chips

CHIPMAKERS: CEO Busch courts new investors for 2020

... and that word is 'ubiquitous AI'

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Jabara-Backed ioXt Aims For Internet of Secure Things

Alliance Has 120 Members; Separate Product Company

In an increasingly interconnected world, the Newport Beach-based industry group known as the ioXt Alliance is trying to set the global security standard for products that consumers buy and use every day.

Konka Plants US Roots In Irvine

China’s US Outpost Hires Former Toshiba Exec

Scott Ramirez, senior vice president for the recently formed North America unit of Chinese television giant Konka Group Co., is quickly getting to business from his new outpost in Irvine.

China TV Maker to Irvine

Takes temp digs near Spectrum

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Enevate Licensing Fast-Charge Battery Tech

Irvine firm working with manufacturers

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Rocket Lab Will Leave Huntington Beach

New production complex, HQ in Long Beach

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Midday Stock Roundup

FivePoint up on homesites sale

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OC Execs: 2020 Starts On Upbeat Note

ECONOMY: D.C. disputes, trade tops list of concerns

Orange County executives are heading into the new year with a fresh dose of optimism, while they’re still keeping a wary eye on the how political turmoil in the nation’s capital may affect their companies, California State University-Fullerton economists said in their latest business expectations survey.

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Advantech Eyes Larger OC Base

IoT Firm Could Double Footprint

Irvine-based Advantech Co., a maker of industrial PCs and embedded Internet of Things devices, is looking to build a new campus in Orange County that will strengthen its operations in California and will serve as North American headquarters.

Epson Projectors Offer Big-Screen Streaming

Move to OC On Track for Summer

Epson Inc., best known for its printers and scanners, has introduced a new family of big-screen streaming laser projectors for improved at-home viewing of their favorite television shows and online content, at what the company thinks is an advantageous price.

BlackBerry: Cylance Cybersecurity Key

TECHNOLOGY: CEO Chen talks machines at CES

BlackBerry Ltd. Chief Executive John Chen said the company’s Irvine-based BlackBerry Cylance cybersecurity unit will become increasingly important for the Canada-based company.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Yum will buy Habit for $375 million.

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Palmer Luckey’s 2nd Act: OC’s Newest Unicorn

TECHNOLOGY: Contract Wins for Defense Disruptor

A quick recap of some, but certainly not all, of Palmer Luckey’s more notable activities in 2019:

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Ingram Shuffles Exec Team; Cloud Focus

TECHNOLOGY: Bay takes over key revenue unit

Paul Bay has taken over operations of Ingram Micro Inc.’s worldwide technology solutions business, which last year accounted for about 90% of the Irvine-based tech wholesale distributor’s revenue.

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Veritone Scores with Italian Soccer Club Work

Inter Milan Using AI To Manage Game, Media Data

Professional soccer club Internazionale Milano has enlisted Veritone Inc. (Nasdaq:VERI) to help manage its archived footage.

Cisoshare CEO: Cybersecurity Training Lacking

OC’s Standing As Hub Could Suffer

Mike Gentile, CEO of San Clemente-based cybersecurity company Cisoshare, says Orange County’s technology industry is well placed to benefit from new developments but needs the right professional training programs—and more of them.

Midday Stock Roundup

Markets lower in last trading day of 2019 (keep reading)

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2020 Economic Preview

Slower Growth Forecast in OC, Tech Jobs Lag

Predictions for the Orange County economy in 2020 vary, but one thing people agree on is the need to watch the tight, and potentially troublesome, local labor market.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Stocks generally lower in shortened Christmas Eve session

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Alteryx’s New COO: More Growth on Docket

TECHNOLOGY: Partnering, acquisitions possible

Data analytics software maker could pursue partnerships, licensing, buys.

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OC’s Advantages

With a move to larger Irvine headquarters on the docket for 2020, Alteryx Inc. is expected to see an already rapid hiring push continue in Orange County.

2020 Preview: TECHNOLOGY

Automation, AI, Aerospace, 5G Push the Pace

Orange County’s tech companies will be focusing on automation, artificial intelligence and more ways to speed up tedious, routine office processes in 2020.

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