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Tech author to reveal what your phone knows about you

By   /  Monday, June 9th, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology  /  Comments Off on Tech author to reveal what your phone knows about you

Authors Robert Scoble and Shel Israel detail the convergence of five forces: social media, mobile computing, data, sensors and location. Those technologies combine to give technology companies a picture of who you are, where you are, what you’re doing and what your preferences are with a degree of accuracy previously unimaginable.

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Resonant taps $16.2M for Skyworks deal

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Resonant taps $16.2M for Skyworks deal

Santa Barbara-based semiconductor firm Resonant, which has a key development deal with a major supplier to the mobile phone industry, has raised $16.2 million in an initial public offering.

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Natural Café banks on new locations for growing chain

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Columns, Real Estate, Restaurants, South Coast, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Natural Café banks on new locations for growing chain

Kelly Brown is the first to admit that he let the success of his restaurant empire cloud his judgement. As a free-spirited young chef, Brown lived on a boat in the Santa Barbara harbor so that he could build equity to start his own business. Twenty-one years ago, he launched Natural Café in Santa Barbara, hoping to offer a laidback sit-down restaurant focused on affordable, unpretentious and health-conscious food.

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Get a move on: StartupWeekend winner taps sharing economy for moving

By   /  Friday, June 6th, 2014  /  Small Business, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Get a move on: StartupWeekend winner taps sharing economy for moving

Moving is never fun, but a Santa Barbara startup is hoping to make it a little less stressful by connecting people who need to move with nearby truck owners looking to earn extra money. NextMover bills its service, which launched earlier this year, as “your friend with a truck.”

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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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