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FindTheBest wins patent battle costs

By   /  Monday, June 2nd, 2014  /  Law, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on FindTheBest wins patent battle costs

Summerland-based FindTheBest has won what a federal judge called a “frivolous” and “objectively unreasonable” patent lawsuit against it and will recoup its costs from its opponent. Last summer, Delaware-based Lumen View Technology sued FindTheBest over a patent on matching user preference data. That patent was invalidated late last year, and Judge Denise Cote ruled on Read More →

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QAD shares soar on narrower Q1 loss

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on QAD shares soar on narrower Q1 loss

Shares of software firm QAD shot up almost 7 percent in midday trading on Friday after the company reported a smaller first-quarter loss. Santa Barbara-based QAD posted a quarterly loss of $76,000, or 1 cent per Class A share and break-even for Class B shares, compared to a loss of $1.3 million a year earlier. Read More →

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Isla Vista tragedy shows the dark side of paradise

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Isla Vista tragedy shows the dark side of paradise

The densely packed student community has been rocked by two high-profile gang rapes, drunken riots quelled with tear gas and, on May 23, a bloody killing rampage that killed six innocent people and injured 13 others.

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Isla Vista shooting spree reignites gun control debate

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  South Coast, Top Stories  /  1 Comment

Questions about guns and the ease with which mentally ill people can obtain them have been thrust into the center of the debate about what caused Friday night’s massacre in Isla Vista.

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In the line of fire: IV Deli owners vow to ‘be strong’ after tragedy

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on In the line of fire: IV Deli owners vow to ‘be strong’ after tragedy

“As much as our hearts are broken, it’s time to move on and be strong,” said store owner Sam Hassan. “If you fall down, just get up, lick your wounds and keep going. That’s how you defeat the evil of what happened here.”

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InTouch says court decision strengthens its patent portfolio

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  Health Care, Law, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on InTouch says court decision strengthens its patent portfolio

A federal appeals court has handed down a mixed result in the legal battle InTouch Health waged against a lower-priced competitor, finding that the Goleta company’s patents were valid but had not been infringed.

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New Venture Competition hands out prizes to UCSB startups

By   /  Friday, May 30th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on New Venture Competition hands out prizes to UCSB startups

A technology to make mobile phone GPS more accurate, a new seafood distribution system and a novel way to brand beer growlers at craft breweries were among the top winners at UC Santa Barbara’s annual New Venture Competition on May 22.

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