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Callaway's CFO, Robert K. Julian, Leaves Golf Company

Robert K. Julian, chief financial officer of Callaway Golf Co., has left the company after less than two years, Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY) announced on April 25.

By Brad Graves April 25, 2017 11:48 a.m. share »

Sale of Novatel Wireless Hits Government Snag

Inseego Corp. announced on April 24 that it has still not received U.S. government approval for its $50 million sale of its Novatel Wireless business to a Hong Kong company. San Diego-based Inseego (Nasdaq: INSG) warned that it may have to pursue other options with the business.

By Brad Graves April 24, 2017 5:25 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Signs Licensing Agreement With Smartron India

Qualcomm Inc. announced on April 24 that it signed a licensing agreement with India-based Smartron India Pvt. Ltd. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

By Brad Graves April 24, 2017 4:04 p.m. share »

SDG&E Signs Contracts for Five Energy Storage Facilities

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said it signed contracts for five new lithium-ion battery storage facilities, meant to store electricity from wind, solar or fossil fuel plants for future use.

By Brad Graves April 23, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »

ViaSat Receives $13.7M Pentagon Contract

The Pentagon said it awarded Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. a $13.7 million contract to produce ground transceivers for its Blue Force Tracker 2 program.

By Brad Graves April 23, 2017 12:59 p.m. share »

Cubic Global Defense to Share $231 Million Army Contract

Cubic Global Defense is among 10 contractors that will split a five-year, $231 million U.S. Army contract announced on April 19.

By Brad Graves April 20, 2017 5:05 p.m. share »

Canadian Government Awards Cubic Corp. $4.5 Million Contract

Cubic Corp. said on April 20 that it received a $4.5 million contract from the government of Canada to replace an obsolete data communications network and exercise control center.

By Brad Graves April 20, 2017 4:43 p.m. share »
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Casinos Are Betting Big

The East County casino scene is experiencing a burst of activity.

By Brad Graves April 20, 2017 1:28 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm Predicts Clear Sailing Despite Choppy Waters

We are leading the way to 5G. We’re expanding to more corners of the smartphone. Choppy waters? We’ve sailed through them before.

By Brad Graves April 20, 2017 12:49 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Q2 Earnings Exceed Expectations

Qualcomm Inc. reported second-quarter earnings of $1.34 per share on April 19 — well above the $1.25 that it put at the high end of its guidance in late January, and a 29 percent improvement to its earnings from the same quarter one year ago. Revenue was $6.0 billion.

By Brad Graves April 19, 2017 5:47 p.m. share »

Navy to Steer Work to Four Small Construction Firms

The U.S. Navy put four San Diego construction companies on a short list to complete for millions of dollars’ worth of projects. The work, at Navy and U.S. Marine Corps bases in California and the western United States, is specifically set aside for small businesses.

By Brad Graves April 19, 2017 4:32 p.m. share »

Guess the Celebrities With Costumes on Display in East County

Most casinos in San Diego County have fancy steakhouses where gamblers can celebrate their winnings.

By Brad Graves April 19, 2017 4:30 p.m. share »

NASSCO Awarded $22.7 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $22.7 million deal to perform dry dock work on the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth, which is based in San Diego.

By Brad Graves April 18, 2017 4:23 p.m. share »
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Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford Donates $28M to National University System

South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford presented a $28 million gift to the National University System to fund three programs. It is the largest donation in the system’s history.

By Brad Graves April 18, 2017 4:11 p.m. share »

Fresh Out of College, a Future CEO Changed His Course

Steve Mitgang didn’t always see himself as a tech industry leader.

By Brad Graves April 18, 2017 12:59 p.m. share »
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Cooley Law Firm Recruits Partner From DLA Piper

An attorney specializing in venture debt finance has made the jump from DLA Piper, where he was partner, to Cooley LLP, where he also will be partner.

By Brad Graves April 17, 2017 5 p.m. share »
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Scott MacDonald Donates $400,000 to Endow USD Scholarship

Del Mar resident Scott MacDonald has donated $400,000 to endow a scholarship program at the University of San Diego.

By Brad Graves April 17, 2017 12:33 p.m. share »

Pentagon Funding 2 Projects at UCSD as Part of MURI Program

The Pentagon plans to fund two advanced research projects at UC San Diego.

By Brad Graves April 16, 2017 1:06 p.m. share »

ESET Appoints a Global Security Evangelist

ESET, the cybersecurity software company with offices in San Diego, said April 13 that it has hired Tony Anscombe to fill a new position within the company: global security evangelist and industry partnerships ambassador.

By Brad Graves April 16, 2017 1:02 p.m. share »

ESET Names Anscombe to Fill New Role With Company

ESET, the cybersecurity software company with offices in San Diego, said April 13 that it has hired Tony Anscombe to fill a new position within the company: global security evangelist and industry partnerships ambassador.

By Brad Graves April 14, 2017 12:11 p.m. share »
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Ricardo Flores Named Executive Director at LISC San Diego

LISC San Diego has named Ricardo Flores executive director.

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 4:17 p.m. share »
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Chemical Company’s Success in Sustainability Put It in Demand

What San Diego company shares the industrial process of the craft brewing sector, the genetic engineering know-how of the local University of California campus and the business model of a big local wireless company — all while offering a sustainable alternative to petrochemicals?

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 2:37 p.m. share »
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Design, Build and Operate

Swinerton Builders didn’t see itself operating and maintaining renewable energy plants when it entered the solar industry nine years ago. As a general contractor, it just wanted to build them.

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 2:28 p.m. share »
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GA-ASI Looking for Other Markets for Predator Family

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is working to widen its customer base for its Predator family of unmanned aircraft.

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 2:23 p.m. share »
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Co.’s Gray Water System Can Weather the Recent Storms

Chiara Dorigo looks to gray water as a promising way to irrigate landscapes in the increasingly parched Southwest. So promising, in fact, that she’s prepared to build a business around it.

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 1:49 p.m. share »

Arbitrator Rules Qualcomm Owes BlackBerry $814.9 Million Refund

An arbitrator ordered Qualcomm Inc. to pay BlackBerry Inc. $814.9 million, plus interest and attorney’s fees, the two companies announced on April 12.

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 9:33 a.m. share »

Graphic: Flight Club: GA-ASI Shoots for New Predator Customers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is working to widen its customer base for its Predator family of unmanned aircraft.

By Brad Graves April 12, 2017 6 p.m. share »

BAE Systems Awarded Air Force Contract Potentially Worth $42.9M

The U.S. Air Force awarded BAE Systems in San Diego a contract that could be worth as much as $42.9 million.

By Brad Graves April 12, 2017 3:12 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Counterpunches in Court Fight With Apple

Qualcomm Inc. is seeking unspecified damages against Apple Inc. in U.S. District Court. The move comes in the wake of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) filing multiple lawsuits against Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) earlier this year, saying Apple is owed $1 billion.

By Brad Graves April 11, 2017 4:09 p.m. share »

WD-40 Co. Reports Q2 Net Income of $12.4M

Chemical maker WD-40 Co. reported second quarter net income of $12.4 million on net sales of $96.5 million. Its second quarter ended on Feb. 28 and the business reported financial results on April 6.

By Brad Graves April 11, 2017 4:02 p.m. share »

Feeding San Diego Names Vince Hall Its New CEO

Feeding San Diego announced April 7 that it has named Vince Hall as its CEO.

By Brad Graves April 10, 2017 4:01 p.m. share »

San Diego-based FlyDive Continues Its Buying Spree

San Diego-based FlyDive Inc. has completed its third acquisition in three months, taking on rental operators SoCal Hydrosports and AquaFlyboarding in March.

By Brad Graves April 9, 2017 1:06 p.m. share »

DEI Holdings Names Harper to CFO Post

DEI Holdings Inc. and Sound United announced April 6 that they have named Pete Harper as chief financial officer.

By Brad Graves April 6, 2017 4:03 p.m. share »
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Social Unrest Has ViaSat’s Satellite Launch on Hold

The ViaSat-2 satellite will not go into space on its previously announced launch date, April 25, because of civic unrest near the launch site in French Guiana.

By Brad Graves April 6, 2017 1:44 p.m. share »
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Callaway Golf Creates a Force to Be Reckoned With in New Driver

Why didn’t I think of that? Some innovations seem so simple that a person might say that to himself. Callaway Golf Co.’s new top-of-the-line driver, dubbed Great Big Bertha Epic, comes with a novel set of reinforcing bars that prevent the golf club from deforming as it makes contact with the ball. The Carlsbad-based company says the reinforced face increases ball speed and distance.

By Brad Graves April 6, 2017 1:17 p.m. share »
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Sign Co.’s Vision Is to Make Others Look Good

There is an “Alice in Wonderland” quality to the Federal Heath Visual Communications factory on North Avenue in Oceanside. In this cavernous room, things are out of scale. Giant C shapes bent like macaroni pasta sit nearby; they will soon go together to form a complete circle emblem outside a Target Corp. discount store somewhere.

By Brad Graves April 6, 2017 1:03 p.m. share »
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Four Things Callaway Golf Co. Looks for in a New Product

There are four important questions company officials ask when considering a new product or product feature...

By Brad Graves April 5, 2017 4:18 p.m. share »
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Social Unrest in French Guiana Delays ViaSat Launch

The ViaSat-2 satellite will not go into space on its previously announced April 25 launch date because of civic unrest near the launch site in French Guiana, ViaSat Inc. confirmed April 4.

By Brad Graves April 4, 2017 4:22 p.m. share »

What’s Behind Company’s $1.3M Hunt for Waste and Inefficiency

Cut waste. That’s the mantra of lean manufacturing.

By Brad Graves April 3, 2017 3:44 p.m. share »
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UCSD Develops ‘Glove Test’ That Detects Deadly Agents

The University of California, San Diego says it has developed a “lab on a glove” to detect sarin, VX and other deadly nerve agents. In addition to defense uses, the invention could be used in agriculture to detect a related family of organophosphate pesticides, according to the American Chemical Society. Joseph Wang, a professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, led a research group that published its findings recently in the journal ACS Sensors.

By Brad Graves April 3, 2017 9:03 a.m. share »
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Profits Expected at Tail End of App

At 1½ years old, Nessie the black Lab is a 60-pound bundle of energy. Her attention wanders in what seems to be a world of wonderful smells and unfamiliar people, but she comes when called by owner D.J. Todd and follows his commands — mostly.

By Brad Graves April 3, 2017 8:25 a.m. share »

It's Game Over for Mad Catz Interactive

San Diego videogame peripheral maker Mad Catz Interactive Inc. has closed its doors.

By Brad Graves April 2, 2017 1:05 p.m. share »

RQ-DPR Joint Venture Gets $48.1M Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded the RQ-DPR Joint Venture a $48.1 million contract to build underground infrastructure to serve its Silver Strand Training Complex South at Naval Base Coronado.

By Brad Graves April 2, 2017 1:03 p.m. share »

Mad Catz Shuts Down

San Diego videogame peripheral maker Mad Catz Interactive Inc. has closed its doors.

By Brad Graves March 31, 2017 10:02 a.m. share »

Navy Awards Contracts Worth $500 Million Over Five Years

The U.S. Navy presented six construction companies with contracts that could collectively amount to $500 million over the next five years.

By Brad Graves March 30, 2017 4:58 p.m. share »
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Four Things Preventing Virtual Reality From Reaching its Potential

Virtual reality is a technology that lets a person put on a pair of goggles and feel like he or she is in another world. In several ways, however, the technology needs to mature. Here are three issues San Diego companies are working on solutions for, and a fourth issue that a San Diego giant is putting money into:

By Brad Graves March 29, 2017 5:20 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm Executive Adds Duties of Chief Technology Officer

James H. Thompson, executive vice president of engineering with Qualcomm Technologies Inc., has been appointed to the additional position of CTO or chief technology officer.

By Brad Graves March 29, 2017 5:16 p.m. share »
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Rest Assured, These Engineers Are a Firefighter’s Best Friend

The classic, World War II walkie-talkie is the firefighter’s best friend, even today. With its flexible antenna and its simple, push-to-talk operation, the “handy talkie” is a more rugged communication device than a smartphone. In fact, if the need arises, you can use it to smash things.

By Brad Graves March 28, 2017 4:54 p.m. share »

Rolf Ziesing Named VP for Programs at General Atomics

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has named Rolf Ziesing vice president for programs.

By Brad Graves March 28, 2017 4:44 p.m. share »
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Sycuan Band Announces Plans to Build 12-Story Hotel

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation announced plans to build a 12-story, 300-room hotel adjacent to its current casino on its reservation east of El Cajon.

By Brad Graves March 28, 2017 4:11 p.m. share »

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