San Diego Business Journal

Novatel Device Targets Usage-Based Insurance

TECH: Local Co. and Others Envision a Market Going Places

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless Inc. is out to help drivers ease into a new world of automobile insurance.

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Sharing the Ride

TRANSPORT: Taxis Say New Cos. Have Unfair Edge

Christina Murphy recently sat behind the wheel of her 2010 Nissan Altima at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Grand Avenue. With the Pacific Beach AleHouse to the south and beach to the west, the spot is a magnet for revelers — and independent contractors such as herself who offer rides via smartphones.

On-Ramp Wireless Inc. Adds Seidenberg to Its Board

On-Ramp Wireless Inc. has added Ivan Seidenberg, the former chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications Inc., to its board of directors. On-Ramp made the announcement on March 27.

Site Aims to Give Chefs a Valuable Professional Link

A San Diego company has started a website that it is billing as “LinkedIn for chefs.”

La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians Reportedly Has Plans to Open Casino and Hotel

The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, which previously operated a small casino on its reservation near Palomar Mountain in northern inland San Diego County, has plans to get back into the business — with a casino and a hotel.

E-Commerce Site GovX.com Names McCue Its President

GovX.com has appointed Eric McCue as its president, the business announced March 25.

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Navy Completes Initial Test Flights for Northrop Unmanned Aircraft

The U.S. Navy finished initial flight tests for its Northrop Grumman Corp.-built Triton unmanned aircraft on March 13 in Palmdale.

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Bilbro Construction Nabs $11 Million Construction Contract at Marine Corps Installation

Bilbro Construction Company Inc. was awarded an $11 million contract to build Marine Corps facilities at Twentynine Palms.

Flux Power Holdings Inc. Appoints Collins as Executive Chairman of the Board

Flux Power Holdings Inc. of Vista said that it appointed Timothy Collins as executive chairman of the board.

Flux Power Holdings Appoints Timothy Collins as Executive Chairman of the Board

Flux Power Holdings Inc. of Vista said that it appointed Timothy Collins as executive chairman of the board.

Our Newest Cluster Must Be Ready to Take On All Challengers

It’s official. Cybersecurity is the region’s newest industry cluster. San Diego civic leaders inaugurated the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence recently in ceremonies in La Jolla.

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China’s Data Decision May Favor Qualcomm

TECH: Royalties From Chips Could Increase for the Company

A wildly shifting variable affecting Qualcomm Inc.’s well-being — China — may have dealt the San Diego technology company a break earlier in the month.

Proposed Navy Budget Bodes Well for Locals

Defense: Unmanned Planes Able to Land on Carriers Sought

The U.S. Navy has charted a spending course that could bring plenty of opportunity to San Diego County’s defense contractors. Opportunities in 2016 and beyond include fleet replenishment oiler ships, unmanned surveillance aircraft and unmanned jets that can work from aircraft carriers.

Epsilon Systems Solutions Navy Contract Potentially Worth $53M

San Diego-based Epsilon Systems Solutions said it recently received work from the U.S. Navy that could be worth up to $53 million over three years if the customer exercises all of its options.

Spy Inc. Reports Q4 and Yearly Results

Spy Inc., a Carlsbad maker of sunglasses and goggles, reported a net loss of $1.27 million, or 10 cents per share, on net sales of $8.62 million during the fourth quarter of 2013.

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General Atomics ASI Receives $57.5M Delivery Order From the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force said that it ordered $57.5 million worth of electronic equipment from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway.

Indus Technology to Compete for Navy Contracts Potentially Worth Up to $36.8M

Indus Technology Inc. has a new opportunity to go after U.S. Navy electronics work.

General Dynamics Nassco Gets $62.6M Navy Contract Mod for Dry Dock Work

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Nassco a $62.6 million deal to put the USS Pearl Harbor into dry dock for maintenance and alterations

Job Fair at Camp Pendleton Targets Military Spouses

More than 45 employers will be on hand to meet employment-seeking military spouses during a job fair and a pre-event networking reception next week at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

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Qualcomm Names New President From Within

Derek Aberle has been named president at Qualcomm Inc., filling the job vacated by the company’s new CEO, Steve Mollenkopf.

Part of Exelis’ $91.7M Defense Contract Work Will Be Done in San Diego

The Defense Department recently awarded Exelis Inc. a $91.7 million contract modification, exercising an option to build and deliver 42 signal-jamming systems for U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

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Region Earns a Reputation for Being Startup Friendly

Forbes recently named San Diego as the No. 1 city in which to launch a startup.

Part of Exelis’ $91.7M Electronics Work Will Be Done in San Diego

The Defense Department recently awarded Exelis Inc. a $91.7 million contract modification, exercising an option to build and deliver 42 signal-jamming systems for U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

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Region Has Reputation of Being Startup Friendly

Forbes recently named San Diego as the No. 1 city in which to launch a startup.

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Students Go for the ‘Technical Knockout’ In Robot Competition

The public address announcer invites the crowd to get ready to rumble, but it’s robots that are “rrrumbling” on the floor of this familiar San Diego venue.

Co. Seeks to Boost Its Presence In U.S. Electronics Market

TECH: InfoSonics Finds Latin America Profitable for Second Consecutive Quarter

InfoSonics Corp. wants to raise its profile in its own country, and it’s starting by making a profit.

Nassco Delivers Newest MLP, Gets Work Modification

General Dynamics Nassco delivered the auxiliary ship USNS John Glenn to the U.S. Navy March 12, the same day that the Pentagon announced a $128.5 million deal for work on the John Glenn’s sister ship.

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Qualcomm’s Beacons Help Apple Make the Sales

TECH: Tracking Users Helps Further Customize Customer Service Options

Apple Inc.’s retail stores have a silent partner in Qualcomm Inc.

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Australia to Buy Several Northrop Grumman Triton UAVs

The Australian government said it plans to buy several Triton unmanned surveillance aircraft built by Northrop Grumman Corp. in a deal likely to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Education Seminar to Address Role of Stem and Steam in Region's Well-Being

Educators and business people plan a gathering to discuss Stem — that’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics — with a helping of the arts.

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Nassco Delivers USNS John Glenn to Navy, Gets Contract Modification for Sister Ship

General Dynamics Nassco delivered the auxiliary ship USNS John Glenn to its U.S. Navy customer on March 12 while separately on the same day, the Pentagon announced a $128.5 million deal for work on the John Glenn’s sister ship.

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Kratos Reports Net Loss of $37.2M for 2013 Fiscal Year

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, which makes electronics for military and commercial customers, closed out its fourth quarter with a net loss of $7.4 million on revenue of $235.7 million.

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Leidos Awarded Multimillion-Dollar Navy Contract to do Behavioral Health Research

Leidos Inc. has received a prime contract from the Naval Medical Logistics Command that could worth be $7.3 million if the U.S. Navy exercises all its options.

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AT&T Highlights Investments in San Diego Market

AT&T Inc. has invested more than $725 million in its San Diego network from 2011 through 2013, the company said in a March 7 news release.

Website Offers Platform for ‘Selfies’ to Break Down Social Barriers

TECH: A Rating System Invites Comment to Open Dialogue Among Strangers

Some businesses depend on great technology or a great location. Duncan McLaren’s Encinitas-based business rides on the strength of the selfie.

Foreign Sales Show Co. Goes Extra Mile

DEFENSE: Datron’s ‘Loaners’ Also Part of Marketing Strategy

Few San Diego County companies view Afghanistan as a business opportunity.

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Qualcomm to Provide Proximity Beacons at 20 Major League Ballparks

Qualcomm Inc. said on March 6 that it will provide proximity beacons to 20 Major League Baseball parks for the 2014 season.

Survey Seeks Your Input on Leadership Succession Planning

As baby boomers start retiring in waves and millennials step in to fill the void, business owners might be puzzling over management succession. Some take a very formal approach to the problem; others approach it casually.

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Rebranding Results in Harrah’s Resort Southern California, aka, Harrah’s SoCal

Caesars Entertainment Corp. and the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians have put a new brand on their casino-resort as they get ready to open their second hotel tower.

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El Al to Use ViaSat’s In-Flight Internet Service

ViaSat said that El Al will be the first customer for its Exede in-flight Internet service in Europe, adding that the airline plans to launch service within a year.

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New Qualcomm Leader Is Officially in Charge

Qualcomm Inc. announced an historic management transition as well as a $5 billion increase in its stock repurchase plan on March 4, the day of its annual shareholder meeting.

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Maxwell Technologies Sees Stock Jump 38% During 3 Trading Days

Shares of Kearny Mesa ultracapacitor-maker Maxwell Technologies Inc. rose 38 percent in three days of trading on Feb. 28, March 3 and March 4, closing at a 52-week high of $12.23.

Part of Lockheed Martin Work on New Navy Ship to Be Done in San Diego

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $10.8 million contract option covering the post-delivery support for one of its new ships, the future USS Milwaukee.

Contract Options Awarded Include Work at Naval Air Station North Island

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command has awarded contract options to four businesses, which will provide services at command headquarters at Patuxent River, Md. as well as outlying locations including Naval Air Station North Island.

Websense Is Taking Texas Goody Bag and Going

It’s official: Websense is moving its headquarters to Austin, Texas.

FMT Opens Office in Century City

Citing an uptick in its Los Angeles business and seeking to build on those gains, Carlsbad-based FMT Consultants LLC has opened an office on Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City.

Websense Takes Texas Goody Bag

It’s official: Websense is moving its headquarters to Austin, Texas. The Austin Chamber of Commerce announced the move Feb. 28.

FMT Consultants Opens Office in Century City

Citing an uptick in its Los Angeles business and seeking to build on those gains, Carlsbad-based FMT Consultants LLC has opened an office on Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City.

Being in the Right Place at the Right Time Is Everything in Tech

Technology Column

Dot-what? Lawyers and business executives recounted two sprawling technology stories during two evening presentations in late February.

Plug and Play Accelerator Seeking a Brick-and-Mortar Site

TECH: Property for Program Must Bring Proper ‘Lifestyle’

An organization concerned with getting young companies on their feet is now thinking about putting a roof over its own head. Plug and Play San Diego, which has had a virtual presence in town, plans to be in its own quarters during the first half of 2015, its leaders said.