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Investor Gets Observer Status on Viasat Board

Viasat Inc. said on Oct. 3 that a major investor, the Baupost Group LLC, will get a presence on its board as a non-voting observer. As of Oct. 4, Baupost had an $861 million stake in the Carlsbad company.

Acadia and FDA Confident in Parkinson’s Psychosis Drug

Acadia Pharmaceuticals is flying higher after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reaffirmed its drug in uncharacteristically public fashion.

Sempra Unlikely to Be Hurt Initially By China’s Tariffs on LNG

ENERGY: Co. to Serve Other Customers; It May Hurt Facility Construction

The Chinese government’s new schedule of tariffs should be no concern for San Diego’s Sempra Energy, according to at least one industry analyst.

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Mobile Voting Company Buys S.D.-Based Everyone Counts

Everyone Counts, an electronic voting registration company, was acquired by an Ohio company that specializes in mobile and blockchain voting.

Judge Rules Against IPhone Ban, But Says Apple Violated Qualcomm Patent

Judge Thomas Pender issued his final determination on Sept. 28, stating that banning the import of iPhones would be against the public interest.

NASA, General Atomics to Look Down on Air Pollution

NASA has awarded General Atomics a $38.5 million contract to host a NASA instrument on a GA Electromagnetic Systems Group satellite, which is scheduled for launch in 2022.

20 S.D. Cos. to Join MetroConnect Program to Boost Reach

Participants include small- and mid-sized companies in a variety of sectors, including biotech, defense, manufacturing and consumer goods. To date, 45 companies have participated in the program, generating $15 million in new export sales.

Sempra to Sell Solar Assets for $1.54B

Sempra Energy has agreed to sell its U.S. non-utility solar energy generation assets, one wind facility and certain battery storage facilities to Consolidated Edison Inc. for $1.54 billion in cash.

Mobile West Growth Shows It Can Hold the Alcohol

BREWING: Canning Co. Adds Sleeves to Its Services

When Matt Woempner wanted a change in career from the high-tech world a few years ago, he didn’t turn to his financial advisor. Instead, he tapped a couple of buddies from his soccer team for guidance.

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Co. Puts La Jolla Beach Vibe to Work Selling Apparel, Adventure

RETAIL: Co. Branches Out, While Sticking With Plan for Sustainable Brand

Fashion brands have always tried to harness the California lifestyle, but very few actually live it.

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Sempra, Activists Strike Deal for Board Change, Business Review

Sempra Energy has signed a deal with activist investors Elliott Management Corp. and Bluescape Energy Partners LLC, agreeing to seat two new board members among other provisions.

Martin Named Sempra Chairman

The board of directors at Sempra Energy has named CEO Jeffrey Martin chairman, effective Dec. 1.

Sempra Declares Dividends

Sempra Energy’s board of directors declared quarterly dividends for three classes of stock on Sept. 6.

$65M Pledged for Drug Development Partnership with UC San Diego

A New York investment management firm has pledged $65 million to a new venture with UC San Diego to bridge the divide between basic research and clinical trials.

Bots Bring Design, Data and New Possibilities To Role in Security

A former truck repair lot next to an unassuming three-bedroom on a backstreet in El Cajon has been transformed into a testing site for a two and a half foot tall, ATV-like robot that thanks to a pair of front-facing lights brings to mind the lovable Pixar character Wall-e.

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