San Diego Business Journal

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 »

NSA Certifies ViaSat Encryption Device

ViaSat Inc. announced an important seal of approval for a device that handles classified data.

By Brad Graves March 27, 2017 4 p.m. share »

Air Force Awards GA-ASI Two-Year, $39.5 Million Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a two-year, $39.5 million contract to provide ground control stations for medium-altitude unmanned aircraft.

By Brad Graves March 27, 2017 3:13 p.m. share »

It’s a Natural Fit: A Licensing Deal We Couldn’t Tell You About in August

WowWee, a business with an office in La Jolla’s historic downtown village, specializes in tech-inspired toys such as the CHiP robotic dog we wrote about last year.

By Brad Graves March 27, 2017 11:36 a.m. share »

Airgain Inc. Names Waadt Director of Investor Relations

Airgain Inc., the antenna maker that made news in August by launching the first San Diego IPO in more than a year, hired Alexis Waadt as its director of investor relations.

By Brad Graves March 26, 2017 1:01 p.m. share »

AT&T Expands Fiber-Optic Network

AT&T Inc. said in late March that it has expanded its fiber-optic network, introducing 1 gigabit per second data speeds in more San Diego neighborhoods and adjoining cities, including Escondido and Santee.

By Brad Graves March 23, 2017 5:07 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm Helps Make Those Flip Phones a Bit Smarter

Qualcomm Inc. has unveiled a low-end chip meant for the phones you thought everyone was getting rid of: those limited function, “candy bar” models.

By Brad Graves March 23, 2017 1:51 p.m. share »
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TVPage Closes $3M Funding Round; Warner Bros. Exec Joins Team

TVPage Inc., which lets businesses easily create TV channels for their websites and supports clients’ e-commerce initiatives, said this week that it closed a $3 million funding round. The round closed in January.

By Brad Graves March 23, 2017 1:01 p.m. share »

Navy Awards Cubic Contract Worth $20 Million

Cubic Corp. said that its Mission Solutions division received a U.S. Navy award for delivery of a person-portable common data link. The deal could ultimately be worth more than $20 million.

By Brad Graves March 22, 2017 5:11 p.m. share »

3 Things Spurring Fast-Growing Tech Sector

Companies that operate trains, trucks and other fleet vehicles are installing internet-connected systems that collect video on drivers, and video on road conditions. Competitors Lytx and SmartDrive, both privately held, boast impressive growth (details below) though neither reveals sales figures.

By Brad Graves March 22, 2017 4:28 p.m. share »

GA-ASI Moves to Next Phase of Gremlins Competition

Poway-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is going on to the next phase of the Defense Department’s Gremlins competition.

By Brad Graves March 21, 2017 4:48 p.m. share »

Navy Awards $13.3 Million Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded New Hampshire-based Environmental Alternatives Inc. a contract covering engineering and technical services for disassembly and radiological inspection and cleaning of LM2500 single-shank turbine gas generator assemblies. The Navy uses such turbines to drive surface ships such as Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers.

By Brad Graves March 21, 2017 3:44 p.m. share »
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A More Compact Power Source Increases Railgun’s Punishing Possibilities

General Atomics is packing a lot of oomph into a small package, with the hope of better powering a futuristic weapon called a railgun.

By Brad Graves March 16, 2017 3:36 p.m. share »
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Orca Robotics Is Chasing an XPrize To the Bottom of the Sea

Phillip Rhyner wants to deploy a trio of swimming robots for about $180,000 to do a job that a professional services firm might charge millions for.

By Brad Graves March 16, 2017 2:37 p.m. share »
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Advertising Platform Finds Perfect Host

f you run a restaurant in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, your hostess needs a podium as she converses with the crowd on the sidewalk. If you offer valet parking in the Gaslamp — or anywhere else — you need a podium.

By Brad Graves March 16, 2017 2:22 p.m. share »

Using a More Compact Power Source Adds to Railgun's Punishing Possibilities

General Atomics is packing a lot of oomph into a small package, with the hope of better powering a futuristic weapon called a railgun.

By Brad Graves March 12, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »

Inseego Reports Net Loss of $60.6 Million for the Year

Inseego Corp. — the business formerly known as Novatel Wireless, which is trying to transition its business model from hardware to services — reported financial results for the fourth quarter and the year on March 9.

By Brad Graves March 12, 2017 1:03 p.m. share »

A More Compact Power Source Adds to Railgun's Punishing Possibilities

General Atomics said it has created a new power source for electromagnetic railguns — one that does more with less.

By Brad Graves March 10, 2017 4:05 p.m. share »
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Factors That Formed Little Italy Hard To Duplicate

Phenomenal growth. Gentrification. A line of tourists riding Segway scooters. Those are three things that show how Little Italy has become a runaway redevelopment success story.

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 2:43 p.m. share »
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In East Village, Good Ideas Will Need Help Changing the Landscape

The development of East Village might best be described by one of its residents, a man who approached me at Park Boulevard and Market Street and asked for 10 cents. “10 cents?” I said, incredulously.

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 2:39 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm Gets Its ARM in the Door With Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. showed off a version of its Windows Server software for data centers running on hardware built with Qualcomm Inc.’s new Centriq chip.

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 2:07 p.m. share »
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Here's What ScaleMatrix Did With Extra Space

Computer data center, plus wet lab, equals … more business? That’s what the owners of Kearny Mesa-based ScaleMatrix are hoping. Here's What ScaleMatrix Did With That Extra Space

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 2:02 p.m. share »

Carlsbad-Based NTN Buzztime Reports Q4 Earnings

NTN Buzztime Inc. reported a net loss of $459,000 on revenue of $5.98 million during its fourth quarter.

By Brad Graves March 9, 2017 1:19 p.m. share »
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Cubic Corp. Introduces Fold-Up Satellite Antenna

Cubic Corp. rolled out two new products in its GATR Technologies military satellite line on March 7.

By Brad Graves March 7, 2017 3:08 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Increases Quarterly Dividend

Qualcomm Inc. increased its quarterly dividend by 7.5 percent to 57 cents per share, the business said March 7.

By Brad Graves March 7, 2017 2:21 p.m. share »

ViaSat Closes Joint Venture With Eutelsat Communications

ViaSat Inc. said on March 6 that it closed its joint venture with Eutelsat Communications, originally announced in February 2016.

By Brad Graves March 6, 2017 3:21 p.m. share »

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