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Measure P puts future of oil drilling at stake

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Green Coast, Law, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Measure P puts future of oil drilling at stake

Measure P would ban the use of techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and acid stimulation, which aren’t currently in use in the county. But it would also ban practices such as cyclic steaming, which is in use at about one-third of Santa Barbara County’s nearly 1,200 wells.

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The posting police: Social Intelligence roots out workers’ comp fraud

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on The posting police: Social Intelligence roots out workers’ comp fraud

Santa Barbara-based Social Intelligence, a firm that combs social media and other sites for red flags about potential employees, has inked a new deal to help combat workers’ compensation fraud.

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Governments, businesses band together on better broadband

By   /  Friday, September 5th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Columns, East Ventura County, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Governments, businesses band together on better broadband

The Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast has been launched to bring the region’s Internet up to speed. The effort is a collaboration between public- and private-sector officials in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and has received an initial $300,000 in grant funding for its first two years from the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Transphorm secures GaN patents

By   /  Thursday, September 4th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Technology  /  Comments Off on Transphorm secures GaN patents

Goleta-based Transphorm, an energy-efficiency company spun out of UC Santa Barbara, said it has been granted two patents that it believes could cover as much as 60 percent of its target market in power-conversion electronics.

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Ventura County ex-Sheriff loses supplemental pension lawsuit

By   /  Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Ventura County ex-Sheriff loses supplemental pension lawsuit

A Ventura County judge has denied former Sheriff Bob Brooks’ request for a $75,000 supplement to his existing $283,000-per-year pension.

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Google taps UCSB for quantum computing

By   /  Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Google taps UCSB for quantum computing

Google has selected a UC Santa Barbara lab for a new quantum computing initiative just a short distance from where Microsoft has an outpost, setting up a battle among tech giants on the South Coast.

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Atara Biotherapeutics angles for $92M, but jobs are scarce

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Atara Biotherapeutics angles for $92M, but jobs are scarce

Atara is among a new breed of “virtual” biotech startups. Such firms operate with barebones staff and outsource research and manufacturing operations to contract organizations. They are becoming increasingly common as investors seek to mitigate the huge risks of bringing drugs to market, a process that can cost as much as $1.8 billion, according to industry estimates.

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