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John David Wicker Named Athletic Director at SDSU

San Diego State University has named John David Wicker as athletic director. Wicker was previously deputy athletic director at SDSU from 2011 to 2015, when he took a job in the athletic department at Georgia Tech.

Ostendo Technologies Raises $41.8 Million

Carlsbad-based Ostendo Technologies Inc. recently raised $41.8 million for its business leveraging a novel technology that it has developed. Ostendo makes a microchip that gives a smartphone the ability to project an image on a wall.

GA ASI Gets $310 Million Army Contract

The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $310 million contract for one year of logistics to sustain the Army’s Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft.

WD-40 Co. Reports $52.6 Million in Net Income for 2016

WD-40 Co. reported a 20 percent increase in profits for fiscal 2016.

Abacus Data Systems Inc. Rolls Out New Brand: Abacus Next

San Diego-based Abacus Data Systems Inc. has taken a new name: Abacus Next.

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New, Advanced Arresting Gear for Carriers Gets Its First Jet

New, Advanced Arresting Gear for Carriers Gets Its First Jet Its technology bound for a new generation of aircraft carriers, General Atomics’ advanced arresting gear trapped its first jet on Oct. 13. The contractor and its U.S. Navy partner are still taking baby steps with their new technology, so the trap was on dry land (specifically a runway in Lakehurst, N.J.) rather than the moving deck of a ship at sea. Video released by the Naval Air Systems Command, aka NAVAIR, showed a gray F/A-18E Super Hornet touching down, dragging its tail hook along the ground, catching a cable stretched across the runway, and making a quick stop as the cable — connected to the GA arresting gear — absorbed all the energy of a flying jet.

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Contractors Look to Be The One to Land Lucrative Deal for Aircraft-Carrier-Based UAV

It’s a military aircraft project easily worth billions of dollars, perhaps north of $10 billion, with a good chance of going to a San Diego vendor.

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Talent Pool

SPORT: Aqua Lung Looks To Pass Competitors With The Help of Michael Phelps

Quick. Name one of the biggest French companies in San Diego’s North County. One that balances showy, high-stakes athleticism with the silence of military covert operations. One built on a legacy of undersea exploration.

Qualcomm Bringing 5G Modem to Market

Qualcomm Inc. said it is bringing a fifth-generation modem to market, offering a way for wireless devices to communicate at ultra-fast speeds over dedicated radio frequencies.

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Alex Rogers Named President of Qualcomm Technology Licensing

Qualcomm Inc. appointed Alex Rogers as president of its intellectual property arm, Qualcomm Technology Licensing. Rogers, a 15-year employee, has led Qualcomm’s licensing arm since March and has led its litigation department since 2007.

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