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Groundwater rules and mandatory sick leave in spotlight

By   /  Friday, October 10th, 2014  /  Columns, Latest news, Law, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Stephen Nellis

While the water law will introduce formal management to many basins in the region for the first time, it doesn’t fundamentally change the idea of proprietary groundwater rights. In employment law, starting next summer, California businesses of all sizes will have to give all employees ­— part-time, full-time or even temporary, exempt or non-exempt — at least three days a year of paid sick time.

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Nellis bids farewell with final thoughts about tech corridor

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Columns, East Ventura County, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

Stephen Nellis

Today is my final day at the Pacific Coast Business Times. By the time you read this, I’ll be working at a startup in San Francisco. But for the past seven years, I’ve had the pleasure of covering technology and innovation in the Tri-Counties. I’ve reported on everything from semiconductor firms that have been in […]

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ParentSquare software helps connect classrooms

By   /  Friday, October 3rd, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Santa Barbara-based startup ParentSquare is making a communication system that hopes to reach all parents, regardless of what kind of communication technology they have at home or what language they speak.

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News Corp. to buy Move for $950M

By   /  Tuesday, September 30th, 2014  /  Real Estate, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

News Corp., the global media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, plans to buy Move Inc. for $950 million in an all-cash deal. Move is based in Silicon Valley, but its largest facilities and most of its operations are in Westlake Village.

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SLO telecoms to merge

By   /  Monday, September 29th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Latest news, Technology  /  No Comments

Norcast Telecom and Blue Rooster Telecom, two San Luis Obispo-based firms that provide voice and data service to about 2,500 Central Coast business customers, are merging.

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$86.2M Sientra IPO plumps up public-company ranks

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off

With Santa Barbara-based breast implant maker Sientra’s Sept. 19 announcement that it plans to raise up to $86.2 million, the IPO has returned to the Tri-Counties in a big way. Sientra’s filing is the fourth initial public offering announced in the region this year, joining completed deals at Goleta-based Inogen and Santa Barbara-based Resonant for […]

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SpendSmart snaps up TechXpress for $1.6M

By   /  Friday, September 26th, 2014  /  Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off

Alex Minicucci, CEO of San Luis Obispo-based SMS Masterminds. (Business Times file photo)

It has only been a few months since Alex Minicucci took the reins of publicly traded SpendSmart Networks, but he has already masterminded the acquisition of fellow San Luis Obispo firm TechXpress and expanded SpendSmart’s headcount from 12 to 40.

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