San Diego Business Journal

When it Rains, It Pours: Apple Is Suing Qualcomm

Apple Inc. has sued Qualcomm Inc. for $1 billion, according to published reports.

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University of San Diego Names Managing Director of Supply Chain Management Institute

The University of San Diego’s business school has named Mary Long managing director of its Supply Chain Management Institute.

Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman Contract Worth $140 Million

On the heels of a similar award in December, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a modification to its contract covering Northrop’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node payload, operations and support. The award is not to exceed $140 million and work runs through January 2018.

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Smartphone Comes Ready to Rumble With the Elements

Kyocera Corp. continues to produce smartphones that take a beating if that’s what’s required of them. Its DuraForce PRO can reportedly survive a 30-minute bath in 2 meters of water (that’s 6½ feet). And yes, they take pictures underwater. The phone automatically switches from touchscreen controls to physical buttons when it gets wet.

SDSU Alumnus Hired to Operate Consulting Firm's SoCal Office

The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, a consulting firm based in Little Rock, Ark., has opened a Southern California office in Carlsbad and has hired a San Diego State University alumnus to run it.

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Port-Related Businesses Had $5.4B Economic Impact in 2015

ECONOMY: Varied Sectors Rely on the The Waterfront Asset

The Port of San Diego is a big wheel in business, an economic dynamo. Companies doing business on San Diego’s tidelands generated $5.4 billion in economic output and sustained 43,627 jobs in 2015, according to a study issued by the port district in December. Figures for 2016 were not yet available.

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ViaSat to Launch New Satellite, Endeavors

TECH: Co. Targets Broadband Opportunity, New Markets

A huge rectangular box rises 25 feet above the factory floor at Boeing Co.’s El Segundo satellite plant, making the people below it look like ants. In a few months, the hopes of Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. — a $1.4 billion Carlsbad satellite technology company — will ride with that box into space.

Shareholder Law Firms Add to Tech Giant’s Woes

There seems to be no rest for Qualcomm Inc. After being sued by the federal government, small law firms piled on to give it more headaches.

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Steve Fendley Named President of Kratos Drone Division

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. named Steve Fendley president of its unmanned systems division, announcing the change on Jan. 17.

U.S. Regulators Sue Qualcomm for Alleged Antitrust Violations

U.S. regulators have sued Qualcomm Inc., alleging that the San Diego company violated antitrust law.

GA ASI Receives $24 Million Foreign Military Sale Contract

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., the maker of unmanned military aircraft, received a $24 million delivery order for logistics support to company customers in France.

GA ASI Receives $24M Foreign Military Sale

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., the maker of unmanned military aircraft, received a $24 million delivery order for logistics support to company customers in France.

Larry Paulson Named President of Qualcomm India

Qualcomm Inc. announced this week that it appointed Larry Paulson as president of Qualcomm India.

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BAE’s New Dry Dock Readies for Big Role in S.D. Ship Repair

SHIPS: It Will Have Greatest Capacity of California Facilities

A photograph can’t convey how big the new BAE Systems dry dock really is.

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Exit Planning San Diego Can Update Economic Playbook

It could hardly be called surprising, but the San Diego Chargers have now made it official: the football team is leaving for Los Angeles after more than a half-century in San Diego.

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It’s Not ‘Like a Rock,’ But Foam Car Aims to Pick Up a Following

AUTO: Three-Wheel Vehicle Made Difficult Journey to Marketplace

For Lon Ballard, it has been a long odyssey in a tiny car. The nine-year trip has taken him from Thailand to the Philippines, back and forth from China to the United States, and through forests of paperwork and thickets of red tape.

Callaway Golf Acquires Ogio International for $75.5 Million

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. announced on Jan. 11 that it acquired Utah-based Ogio International Inc. for $75.5 million cash.

A Sneak Peek at ViaSat's Newest Satellite

Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. is betting much of its future on a new satellite costing more than $500 million.

In This Ranking, Qualcomm Places 4th

The scientists and attorneys at Qualcomm Inc. have been busy.

Cohu Filing Could Put Big Bucks in Co.'s Hands

A recent securities filing shows Cohu Inc. is keeping its options open, and might want to raise more funds to finance future business opportunities.

PriceSmart Inc. Reports Q1 Results

PriceSmart Inc., the San Diego-based corporation which operates a chain of discount warehouse club stores in Central America and the Caribbean, reported net income of $24.9 million in its first quarter, which ended Nov. 30.

Need a Jump? Poway Tech Firm Has a Solution For That

Poway-based GraceDigital unveiled a pair of new emergency power products under its EcoXGear brand on Jan. 5 at CES, the big consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

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Golf Pro Daniel Berger Signs Deal With Callaway

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. said Jan. 5 that it has signed Daniel Berger to an endorsement deal.

General Atomics Wins $56.7M Contract to Build Unmanned Aircraft for Spain

Spain wants it own unmanned Predator B aircraft and has placed a $56.7 million order for them through its partner, the U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon announced Jan. 4.

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General Atomics Putting a Lot of Energy Into Its Reactor Work

It is a slow process, making the gigantic electromagnetic coils that will one day sit at the center of the ITER nuclear fusion reactor in the South of France.

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Costs Could Snag GA’s New Arresting Gear

DEFENSE: Navy Must Ensure Future Adoption

Congress wants more information on a San Diego defense contractor’s big project before it releases more money for it.

Qualcomm Shows Off Latest Chip and It's Packed

Know the number: 835.

Qualcomm Rolls Out Initiatives on Eve of CES

Hoping to speed its fifth-generation wireless technology to market, Qualcomm Inc. plans to test the novel technology in the United States in cooperation with AT&T Inc. and Ericsson during the second half of 2017, the company said on Jan. 3. Tests will be in the lab and in the field.

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Teledyne SeaBotix Earns Military Contract for Underwater Robots

San Diego-based Teledyne SeaBotix will supply 60 small unmanned underwater vehicles to U.S. military units specializing in explosive ordnance disposal, under a recently announced Pentagon contract.

Navy Awards Five-Year Contract to QED Systems Inc.

QED Systems Inc. received a five-year contract to provide services to the U.S. Navy, a contract that will bring tens of millions of dollars to the San Diego region.

Qualcomm, Meizu Settle Patent Problems

Qualcomm Inc. announced on Dec. 30 that it has signed a patent license deal with a Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. of China, a former opponent in the Chinese courts.

Kratos Receives $17.5M Government Contract

San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. announced Dec. 29 that it received a $17.5 million contract for command, control and communications from a U.S. government agency.

Northrop to Do Some Satellite Link Work in San Diego

Northrop Grumman Corp. will continue work on a military satellite link under a U.S. Navy contract worth $16.9 million and lasting through September 2018.

Qualcomm, Meizu Agreement Settles Patent Problems

Qualcomm Inc. announced on Dec. 30 that it has signed a patent license deal with a Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. of China, a former opponent in the Chinese courts.

San Diego Named a ‘TechHire’ City By the White House

TECH: Program Offers Cybersecurity, Coding Training to Participants

The White House has named San Diego a TechHire city, recognizing the city’s efforts to train people for software development and other new, technology-focused jobs.

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Qualcomm’s Big Moves Show Sector the Need to Constantly Evolve

Economic Trends: Technology

Companies in San Diego’s high-tech electronics and software space made some significant moves in 2016.

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Employment Opportunity Increasing as Cyberthreats Multiply

Economic Trends: Cybersecurity

Events of 2016 pointed out a crying need for cybersecurity specialists, who make up so much of San Diego’s specialized workforce. The year brought the perennial tales of data breaches. Some of the biggest were at Yahoo.

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Optimism On Deck for Growth of Military Forces, Contractors

Economic Trends: Defense

The defense world is like an aircraft carrier. It can’t turn on a dime. November’s election, however, might signal a big, slow turn. The 2016 election will soon put a new set of decision-makers in charge of the Pentagon. President-elect Donald Trump says he’s for a strong defense. That would seem to please a Republican-controlled Congress — the entity that holds the Pentagon’s purse strings.

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Navy Awards $325 Million Contract to General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO received a $325 million deal to help fund the fifth in a series of U.S. Navy support ships.

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S.D. Continues Its Air Superiority in Unmanned Aircraft

Aerospace is in San Diego’s DNA. A local group built Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. In more recent years, the community has developed a capability in unmanned aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Corp. Awarded $17.1 Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy said it awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $17.1 million contract for system software and engineering services related to the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. Work will be done in San Diego.

White House Designates San Diego a TechHire City

The White House has named San Diego a TechHire city, recognizing the city’s efforts to train people for software development and other new, technology-focused jobs.

South Korean Regulators to Fine Qualcomm Inc. $865 Million

South Korean regulators plan to fine Qualcomm Inc. $865 million for alleged anticompetitive behavior, the San Diego wireless technology specialist said in a statement issued Dec. 27.

Kratos Subsidiary Gets Foreign Sales Deal Worth $23.4M

A subsidiary of San Diego-based Kratos Defense plans to supply $23.4 million worth of missile components to Taiwan through 2019, the Pentagon announced on Dec. 9.

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General Atomics Awarded Contract to Sell Oil Refinery Technology to South Korea

General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems unit said it received a contract to supply heavy equipment to a South Korean oil refinery.

S.D. to Get Some Work From Andromeda Systems' Navy Contract

Andromeda Systems Inc. stands to make millions of dollars over five years by providing logistics and technical support services at Naval Air Station North Island.

Qualcomm Inc. Reaches Licensing Deal With Chinese Electronics Manufacturer

Qualcomm Inc. said on Dec. 26 that it has reached a license agreement with a large Chinese electronics manufacturer. With the move, Qualcomm has license agreements with all of the top 10 Chinese players.

GA-ASI Gets $349.1 Million Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a one-year, $349.1 million contract covering support and services for the Air Force’s fleet of Predator and Reaper unmanned aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Receives $55.3M Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $55.3 million, one-year contract modification to operate what one can simplistically call an internet server on a business jet that flies over a battlefield. Work will be split between San Diego and international locations.

BAE Systems Receives $19.7M Order for Aerial Decoys

It looks like a little missile, complete with fins, and its job is to keep an aircraft out of trouble.


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