Brad Graves

Reporter

Email: bradg@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6586 Extension: 3115

Recent Stories

Data Show Drowsiness Runs Up the Score Against Sanitation Truck Drivers in Football Season

Mondays and Tuesdays in the fall are bad days for trash truck drivers.

From Assays to Hair Removal, Co. Plays Big and Small Roles

NanoComposix Inc. is growing on the strength of some very small products.

Fire Scouts Getting Some Flying Time

The Navy is pushing the envelope with Northrop Grumman Corp.’s remotely piloted Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, which the Navy is deploying aboard its Littoral Combat Ships (there are two Fire Scouts on the San Diego-based USS Coronado). Northrop (NYSE: NOC) manages the Fire Scout program in Rancho Bernardo.

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Pentagon Official Informed of S.D.’s Capabilities

The Pentagon’s acting chief information officer, John Zangardi, was in San Diego last week to tour eight San Diego tech companies. More than 20 senior military, government and international leaders in information warfare also participated in the tour Aug. 14-15.

Systems Successfully Tested

The recently commissioned aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford trapped and then catapulted its first aircraft using next-generation “digital” systems designed and built by San Diego-based General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems. The events took place July 28 in the Atlantic Ocean near Virginia.

Flux Power Holdings to Conduct Reverse Stock Split

Flux Power Holdings Inc. of Vista said it plans to conduct a reverse stock split on Aug. 18.

Chris Pond Named President of Burwood Cloud Services

Burwood Group Inc. — a Chicago-based business with an operations center in Scripps Ranch — has named Chris Pond president of Burwood Cloud Services.

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Carl Wright Joins AttackIQ

AttackIQ has named Carl Wright as chief revenue officer. The San Diego-based cybersecurity software maker announced the move on Aug. 17.

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Cubic Says R&D Expenses Will Pay Off

Research-and-development costs for future transportation projects as well as other charges dragged down Cubic Corp.’s financial results for the first three quarters of fiscal 2017, though the company promised shareholders good things ahead.

From Hair Removal to Assays, Co. Plays Big and Small Roles

BIOTECH: Use of Nanoparticles May Aid Organ Donation

NanoComposix Inc. is growing on the strength of some very small products.

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Qualcomm Acquiring Dutch AI Company

Qualcomm Inc. is buying Scyfer BV, a Dutch artificial intelligence business founded by a professor at the University of Amsterdam.

Federal Grant to Power Development of Morphine Sensor

CARI Therapeutics, a business in residence at UC San Diego, has received federal funds to develop an implantable biosensor that could detect opioids in the bodies of patients recovering from drug problems.

Encinitas Firm's Tech Behind GoDaddy Telephone Service

GoDaddy Inc. has rolled out a small business telephone service called SmartLine using technology developed with the help of its recent acquisition, Encinitas-based Freedom Voice.

Escondido Construction Firm Awarded Pentagon Contract

Herman Construction Group Inc., a small business based in Escondido, recently received a $9.4 million contract modification to design and build a structure at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County.

Businessmen Say 200-Plus Support Temporary Housing Plan for Homeless

Two San Diego businessmen who advocate a plan to build temporary housing for San Diego’s homeless population released a list of more than 200 supporters on Aug. 14.

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Cheap Backwoods Assay Would Pinpoint Insidious Disease

Encounters with ticks are a bad byproduct of a pleasant walk in the woods. A San Diego company is harnessing technology found in home pregnancy tests to help hikers and outdoor enthusiasts determine if a tick bite presents a risk for Lyme disease.

Navy Awards Two Contracts

The U.S. Navy awarded Soltek Pacific Construction Co. a task order to design and build the Special Operations Forces Human Performance Training Center at Naval Base Coronado — part of the 10-year plan to build an $800 million campus for the Navy SEALs.

Navy Adds Possible $123 Million to ViaSat's Radio Systems Contract

he U.S. Navy cleared the way for ViaSat Inc. to produce more software-defined radios called MIDS JTRS, and sustain those electronics. The development could be worth more than $100 million to ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT).

Turtle Beach Reports Net Revenue of $19.2M in Q2

San Diego-based Turtle Beach Corp., which makes gaming headsets and accessories, reported a net loss of $7.1 million on net revenue of $19.2 million in its second quarter, which ended June 30.

Navy Adds $123M to ViaSat's Radio Contract

The U.S. Navy cleared the way for ViaSat Inc. to produce more software-defined radios called MIDS JTRS, and sustain those electronics. The development could be worth more than $100 million to ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT).

Turtle Beach Corp. Reports Net Revenue of $19.2M in Q2

San Diego-based Turtle Beach Corp., which makes gaming headsets and accessories, reported a net loss of $7.1 million on net revenue of $19.2 million in its second quarter, which ended June 30. The business reported its financial results on Aug. 10.

Those Software-Engineer Dollars Do Well in S.D. Comparatively

ECONOMY: ‘Real Earnings’ Locally Top San Francisco, L.A.

San Diego doesn’t have the most software engineering job openings in the nation. The ones it has, however, are definitely worth grabbing.

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LRAD Reports Q3 Revenue of $4.1 Million

LRAD Corp., the Rancho Bernardo business that makes specialized acoustic products for the military, governments and industry, reported a net loss of $528,000 on revenue of $4.1 million in its third quarter, which ended June 30.

The Myths of Cloud Computing

Figuring Out the True Costs, Risks And Complexities of the Cloud

Cloud computing is awash in myths and assumptions. The technology — which goes by the name “Software as a Service” or other names — is still poorly understood in many quarters.

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S.D. Defense Contractor Says It Could 'Protect and Defend' U.S., Japan and South Korea

Amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, a San Diego defense contractor is asserting that remotely piloted aircraft such as the ones it manufactures might have a role to play in missile defense.

Saudi Arabia Awards 4-Year Contract to Kratos

The government of Saudi Arabia awarded San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. up to $46.2 million worth of business over the next four years.

U.S. to Review Qualcomm's Complaint About Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Aug. 8 that it will follow up on a complaint filed by Qualcomm Inc. and will launch an investigation into Apple Inc.

Amid Restructuring, Inseego Corp. Reports Q2 Net Loss of $12M

Inseego Corp., the San Diego business formerly known as Novatel Wireless, reported a second quarter net loss of $12.0 million, or 21 cents per share, on net revenues of $59.9 million. The business made its quarterly results public on Aug. 7; the quarter ended June 30.

Padres Marketing Exec: 'Control the Controllables'

Wayne Partello realizes he has no control over the baseball games at Petco Park — at least what happens on the field. But the executive sweats the details about the rest of the ballpark experience.

Judge Approves Settlement Reached in Qualcomm Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

A federal judge has approved settlement of a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit filed in July 2016 by seven women against Qualcomm Inc.

Sempra Reports Revenue of $2.53 Billion for Q2

Sempra Energy reported earnings of $259 million, or $1.03 per share, on revenue of $2.53 billion in the quarter ending June 30.

Settlement Reached in Qualcomm Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

A federal judge has approved settlement of a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit filed in July 2016 by seven women against Qualcomm Inc.

Callaway Golf to Acquire TravisMathew for $125.5 Million

Continuing to plant its flag in markets adjacent to its core business, Callaway Golf Co. said Aug. 3 that it agreed to buy clothing retailer TravisMathew LLC for $125.5 million in cash.

Cubic Reports Q3 Net Loss of $22 Million

Cubic Corp. reported a net loss of $22.0 million on sales of $361.9 million for its third quarter, which ended June 30.

Navy Issues Draft RFP for Carrier-Based Drone

The U.S. Navy has taken another small step toward building its first production aircraft that will launch from an aircraft carrier deck.

Company Looks to Meet the Threat of Militarized Drones

DEFENSE: SkySafe Gets Defense Contract And $11.5M in Series A

It’s now common to hear about small quadcopters nearly colliding with commercial airliners. On a more ominous note, militants in the Middle East have reportedly equipped mass-produced quadcopters to drop grenades on their enemies.

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Mitek Systems Posts Q3 Revenue of $11.8 Milion

Mitek Systems Inc. reported net income of $616,000 on revenue of $11.8 million in its third quarter, which ended June 30.

Peregrine Semiconductor Appoints Two Vice Presidents

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. has named two vice presidents.

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Callaway General Counsel Brian Lynch Also Named CFO

Callaway Golf Co. said on July 31 that its general counsel, Brian Lynch, will take on the additional role of chief financial officer.

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Kratos Reports 10.4% Increase in Q2 Revenue

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. reported a net loss of $6.2 million but strong revenue growth in its second quarter of 2017.

Kratos Reports Revenue Increase of 10.4% for Q2

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. reported a net loss of $6.2 million but strong revenue growth in its second quarter of 2017.

Pala Casino Plans $170 Million Expansion

Pala Casino Spa & Resort unveiled plans for a $170 million expansion and renovation of its property.

Darin Andersen Named CEO at NXT Robotics

San Diego-based NXT Robotics Corp., a business working to commercialize robots for security, announced on July 27 that it named Darin Andersen as its CEO.

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Qualcomm Licenses Vehicle Charging Tech

Qualcomm Inc. said July 25 that it signed an agreement licensing its wireless electric vehicle charging technology to Japan-based Nichicon Corp. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chinese Drones Are on The Shelf And In the Air

Drones Made Easy in the Morena district of San Diego is now an authorized retailer for Chinese drone maker DJI.

EvoNexus Welcomes a Dozen Startups

EvoNexus just announced the names of a dozen startups that will enter its business incubators in downtown San Diego and University City.

Robot Interrogator Could Change the Face of Security

TECH: Kiosk Avatar Used to Analyze Pupils, Voice and Responses

A business school professor at San Diego State University is working on a big change in how we’ll cross borders in the future. How big? So big, it might make the upcoming, 57-hour closure of the San Ysidro point of entry look puny in comparison.

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Shoe Co.’s New Line Takes Untraditional Path

APPAREL: DSW Distribution Cuts Out Some Retail Costs

Kevin Gordon brings a fascination for history to work with him.

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InfoSonics Corp. to Acquire Cooltech Holding

San Diego-based InfoSonics Corp., which manufactures wireless handsets and tablets, said on July 26 that it plans to acquire Cooltech Holding Corp., an Apple reseller in Latin America. InfoSonics (Nasdaq: IFON) said Cooltech will become a wholly owned subsidiary of InfoSonics in exchange for 62.5 million shares of InfoSonics common stock.

Andrew Kerzmann Named VP of Hotel Operations at Sycuan Casino

Sycuan Casino said July 26 that it hired Andrew Kerzmann as vice president of hotel operations.

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