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Sensors’ Price, Size and Power Source Are Right for IoT

After Qualcomm Inc. bought his first startup for $300 million, a company that made wireless chipsets, Wilocity founder Tal Tamir had another big idea. His newest company, Wiliot, is focused on making tiny, sticker-sized Bluetooth sensors that can be sold at less than a cent apiece.

Qualcomm Spins Off Wireless Car Charging Tech

Qualcomm sold its Qualcomm Halo IP assets to WiTricity.

Another S.D. Unicorn: TuSimple Tops $1B Valuation with $95M Funding Round

TuSimple, a self-driving truck company, became the latest San Diego startup to be valued above $1 billion.

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Sempra to Sell Wind Assets for $551M

Sempra Energy said on Feb. 12 that it has agreed to sell its wind generation assets to American Electric Power for $551 million in cash. It's part of a wider effort to divest of its generation and natural gas storage assets.

Sony Seeks Workforce That Is ‘Ready Now’

LEADERSHIP: Recruitment, Inclusion Efforts Vital to Success

As chief operating officer of Sony Electronics in Rancho Bernardo, Mike Fasulo has one focus: developing the next generation of talent and leadership at Sony.

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Qualcomm Sells Mobile Health Subsidiary

Qualcomm Life was sold to private equity firm Francisco Partners. It will be renamed Capsule Technologies.

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Contest Offers $1 Million Prize for Healthcare Innovation

The Alliance Healthcare Foundation is offering a $1 million prize for health innovations for vulnerable populations in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Viasat Grows Revenue, Orders Third ViaSat-3 Satellite

Satellite communications specialist Viasat Inc. reported a net loss of $10.4 million, or 17 cents per share, on total revenues of $554.7 million during its third quarter, which ended on Dec. 31. The Carlsbad-based corporation reported “exceptional performance” that set revenue records for its three business segments.

Teradata Boosts Subscription Revenue as it Continues Turnaround

Teradata saw a larger portion of its revenues come from subscriptions last year, as the company pushes toward a SaaS model.

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Report: Apple May Enter Modem Business

Apple may look at developing its own modems, according to a Feb. 7 report.

Italian Air Carrier to Offer Viasat Wi-Fi

Viasat said it has reached an agreement with the Italian airline Neos S.p.A. to provide in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity to Neos’ fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Financial terms of the deal, announced Feb. 5, were not disclosed.

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Techstars Anywhere Returns for Second Startup Cohort

After graduating its first cohort of startups last April, Techstars Anywhere will return for a second year.

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Tesla Agrees to Buy Maxwell Technologies for $218M

Tesla Inc. has agreed to buy Maxwell Technologies, a San Diego company specializing in industrial-grade and vehicle-grade capacitors. Tesla has agreed to pay $4.75 per share of Maxwell (Nasdaq: MXWL) stock in an all-stock deal. The price is a 55 percent premium over Maxwell’s $3.07 closing share price on the previous trading day, Feb. 1.

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Cubic Chooses CIO From Within

Cubic Corp. announced on Feb. 4 that it promoted Dan Hedstrom to chief information officer. He replaces Jan Marshall in the job. Hedstrom will manage the information technology team for Cubic (NYSE: CUB), which has more than 5,600 employees at 75 locations worldwide.

Seismic Passes $100M Revenue Mark, Plans to Hire 300

Seismic Software passed $100 million in revenue at the end of 2018.

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