San Diego Business Journal

The President of Qualcomm’s Atheros Unit Moves to Intel Corp.

The president of Qualcomm Inc.’s Atheros unit has left his job to go work for Intel Corp.

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Novatel Names New CFO

Novatel Wireless Inc., which is rebuilding its executive suite following a change in the board’s composition, said on Sept. 2 that it named Michael Newman its executive vice president and chief financial officer.

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General Dynamics Nassco Gets $140 Million Ship Work Contract From Navy

The U.S. Navy said that it awarded General Dynamics Nassco a $140 million contract modification to cover dry-dock work on the USS Pearl Harbor.

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General Dynamics Nassco Gets $140M Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy said that it awarded General Dynamics Nassco a $140 million contract modification to cover dry-dock work on the USS Pearl Harbor.

EcoATM Eyes Increase in Deposits as iPhone 6 Launch Occurs

The rumor mill seems to be running at full churn as it anticipates news from Apple Inc. The colossus of Cupertino says it’s making an announcement Sept. 9.

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Military Is On Board With Broad-Reaching Conservation Efforts

DEFENSE: Biofuels, Solar, Water Conservation Among Efforts to Cut Consumption

Military leaders praise characteristics such as honor, sacrifice and love of country. Relatively new ideals of conservation and sustainability also seem to be taking hold at San Diego military bases.

Chinese Regulators, Qualcomm Officials Hold Meeting

Qualcomm Inc. President Derek Aberle and a delegation from the San Diego company met Aug. 21 in Beijing with Chinese regulators in an attempt to resolve concerns raised by the Chinese government.

Peregrine Purchase to Cost Murata $465M

TECH: Deal Is Expected To Close By Early 2015

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. is going under the wing of one its corporate allies, just two years after becoming a public company.

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Bend It Like...eSurface

TECH: Co. Aims to Overcome Limitations Of Circuit Boards

For the people at eSurface Technologies, a flat board of electronics makes about as much sense as a flat Earth.

Viejas Proposes Expanding Hotel, Casino

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is considering an expansion to its hotel and casino on its reservation near Alpine.

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Global Hawk Reaches 100,000 Hours Milestone

Aircraft from Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Global Hawk family of unmanned, high-altitude jets recently passed 100,000-hour mark doing what they were built for: combat and related operational support.

Soltek Pacific Construction Gets Navy Deal Worth $6.8M

The U.S. Navy said on Aug. 27 that it awarded Solpac Construction Inc., doing business as Soltek Pacific Construction, a $6.8 million task order to restore, modernize and reconfigure the interior and utilities in the ophthalmology department at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Internet Poker Legislation Not in the Cards This Session

With the end of the legislative session in sight, the author of the remaining Internet poker bill in the California Legislature called it quits, saying he will try again in the 2015-16 session.

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Qualcomm Delegation Meets With Chinese Regulators

Qualcomm Inc. President Derek Aberle and a delegation from the San Diego company met Aug. 21 in Beijing with Chinese regulators in an attempt to resolve concerns raised by the Chinese government.

BAE Systems Gets Navy Ship Repair Contract Potentially Worth $78M

The U.S. Navy said on Aug. 25 that it awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a contract for dry-dock work to the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Lake Erie.

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Indus Technology Receives Navy Contract Potentially Worth $7.8M

San Diego-based Indus Technology Inc. said that it received a U.S. Navy contract that could be worth up to $7.8 million over five years if the Navy exercises all of its options.

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Peregrine Semiconductor Stock Soars on News of Planned Sale to Japanese Company

Shares of San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. rose 60 percent early Aug. 22 on news that Japan-based Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. planned to buy the company for $471 million.

Two Navy Repair Contracts to Bring Work to Local Shipyards

The U.S. Navy announced two ship repair contracts Aug. 22.

2 Navy Contracts Will Bring Work to Local Shipyards

The U.S. Navy announced two ship repair contracts Aug. 22.

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Port Has Reason to Be Picky With the Kind of Cargo Received

What will the Port of San Diego look like circa 2064? I waded into the port’s effort to create a master plan for its next 50 years (see page 1), and on the way got to thinking about cargo operations.

Triton Put Through Paces By Northrop

DEFENSE: Navy to Buy 68 of the Rugged Aircraft

As the people of Rancho Bernardo went about their business Aug. 19, an operator in one of Northrop Grumman Corp.’s secure office buildings there took control of a U.S. Navy Triton — a large unmanned aircraft — during the middle of its flight over the western United States.

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Co. Plays a Part in New Plane Production

AVIATION: Edge-Tech Supplies Molds and Parts

Edge-Tech Design and Manufacturing has a seat on Icon Aircraft Inc.’s sporty little A5 aircraft — and it hopes to see revenue take off if aircraft sales do.

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Port of Commerce?

PROPERTY: Businesses Ready to Defend Turf as Port Shapes Its Big Picture

A view of the Port of San Diego from 10,000 feet shows a diverse place, with small businesses, heavy industry, hotels and restaurants, U.S. Navy installations, parks, wetlands, marinas, cargo terminals and more.

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Peregrine Stock Soars on News of Planned Sale to Japanese Company

Shares of San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. rose 60 percent early Aug. 22 on news that Japan-based Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. planned to buy the company for $471 million.

Navy Selects 5 Vendors for Next Generation IT Network for Ships

The U.S. Navy chose five vendors to provide the next-generation information technology network for its ships, announcing the winners on Aug. 20.

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Admiral Discusses Navy's Local Needs and Role

Constrained defense budgets and constraints to the Port of San Diego were two domestic topics that Adm. Samuel Locklear III touched on during a visit to San Diego on Aug. 19. The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command has responsibility for the globe “between Hollywood and Bollywood.”

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General Dynamics AIS Gets $19.5M Defense Contract

The U.S. Navy said on Aug. 18 that it awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $19.5 million contract for electronics that protect ships from missiles.

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Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman a $240M Contract for Global Hawks

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $240.7 million contract for three Global Hawk unmanned aircraft of the Block 30 variety, according to an Aug. 15 Pentagon announcement.

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Northrop Grumman Gets $240.7M Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $240.7 million contract for three Global Hawk unmanned aircraft of the Block 30 variety, according to an Aug. 15 Pentagon announcement.

Whistleblower Laws Call for Sound, Clearly Defined Policies

LAW: Proliferation of Lawsuits Emphasizes Scope of the Problem

A tidal wave of new lawsuits claiming retaliation against so-called whistleblowers has been hitting business owners in recent years.

Qualcomm Working to Keep Sixth-Grade Girls Steeped in STEM

Hats, hats and more hats. Nope, this is not opening day at Del Mar. We’re on the top floor of one of Qualcomm Inc.’s buildings in Mira Mesa. The room is alive with the energy of a few dozen sixth-grade girls. They’re assembling short-crowned, wide-brimmed hats with imaginative decorations on top — and computer controls.

App Maker Brings Human Touch to Technological Twists, Turns

TECH: Medium- and Small-Sized Businesses Are Targeted Customers

Wide open. That is how Nathan Keating of BuildFire describes the opportunity for creating smartphone apps.

Calif. Tribes Put Off Pushing Internet Poker Bill

Gaming: Viejas, Brown Agree on New Compact To Change Revenue Sharing

The likelihood of an Internet poker bill passing the California Legislature decreased as the days of August passed, meaning that California’s American Indian tribes will have to stick with conventional revenue sources — traditional casinos — until at least the 2015 session.

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ViaSat Reports FY2015 First Quarter Revenue of $319.5M

ViaSat Inc. reported a net loss of $5.9 million on revenue of $319.5 million during the quarter that ended July 4, its first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Thermo Fisher Gets $9.1M Defense Deal, Work to Be Done in San Diego

The Defense Department said on Aug. 14 that it awarded a $9.1 million contract modification to Thermo Fisher Scientific to acquire reagents and consumables for its DNA Identification Laboratory at the Armed Forces Medical Examiners System at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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General Atomics Receives Contract for Aircraft Carrier Launch and Recovery Sytem

General Atomics of La Jolla said on Aug. 13 that it received an initial, sole-source contract to provide the electromagnetic launch and recovery systems to be installed on the second ship of a new class of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.

$283M Damage Award Favoring ViaSat Set Aside by Judge

A new trial to determine damages in breach of contract case is tentatively set for November.

Callaway Golf to Issue $200M in Securities

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. plans to issue $200 million in new securities.

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Cubic Deal Could Be Worth $57M

Cubic Corp. said Aug. 11 that it received a Pentagon contract to operate the Korea Battle Simulation Center — a deal which could be worth up to $57 million over four and a half years if all options are exercised.

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Novatel Sees Net Loss of $17.4 Million in Q2

Novatel Wireless Inc., the maker of data modems which replaced its CEO and CFO in 2014, offered quarterly look at its finances recently.

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Kratos Reports Net Loss of 49.9 Million for Q2

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., the defense holding company based in the University Towne Center area, said on July 7 that it recorded a net loss of $49.9 million on revenue of $229.3 million during its second quarter, which ended on June 29.

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Novatel Reports Q2 Results

Novatel Wireless Inc., the maker of data modems which replaced its CEO and CFO in 2014, offered quarterly look at its finances recently.

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Kratos Reports Q2 Revenue of $229.3M

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., the defense holding company based in the University Towne Center area, said on July 7 that it recorded a net loss of $49.9 million on revenue of $229.3 million during its second quarter, which ended on June 29.

Drivers REALLY Wanted; Trucking Cos. Look to Fill Positions

It’s Tuesday morning and Stan Ferdyn is holding his regular recruiting meeting in an office building off San Diego Mission Road. He meets a lot of potential employees here, trying to convince at least a few of them to climb into big-rig cabs and take freight across the United States.

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OwnPhones’ Earbuds Aim for Perfect Fit With A Sense of Style

TECH: 3-D Printing Used To Make a Custom Product

A visual artist who spent the last eight years in New York City has detoured to San Diego and into entrepreneurship.

Qualcomm Runs Into Royalty Problems

TECH: China Challenges Affect Analysts’ Outlook

Shares of Qualcomm Inc. touched $80, slid more than 10 percent and have been trying to find their proper level since the company’s earnings call in late July, when executives spoke of the company’s inability to collect all royalties it says are owed by some of its Chinese customers.

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New Commander Takes Over at SPAWAR

Spawar received a new commander Aug. 7 during ceremonies where the U.S. Navy’s top admiral officiated.

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Qualcomm Brainpower Is Behind Timex Smart Watch

Timex said on Aug. 6 that it plans to release a smart watch powered by Qualcomm Inc. technology.

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Microsoft Hires Former Qualcomm Exec

After days of speculation in the technology trade media, Microsoft Corp. confirmed Aug. 5 that it has hired Peggy Johnson, who recently left her job at Qualcomm Inc.

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Broadcom to Layoff Up to 203 Locally

Broadcom Corp. plans to lay off 203 people from its San Diego office beginning in late September, according to the state Employment Development Department.

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