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Is the price right? New SLO company tells you what it’s really worth

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Features, Technology  /  Comments Off on Is the price right? New SLO company tells you what it’s really worth

You’ve got an old digital camera sitting around and you want to sell it online, but you have no idea how much to ask. Chances are, you search eBay, Amazon and Craigslist to see what similar devices fetch. You scribble it all down on a notepad, do some rough math and come up with a Read More →

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UTC takeover looms for Clipper Windpower

By   /  Monday, October 11th, 2010  /  Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on UTC takeover looms for Clipper Windpower

After rocky sales timing put Clipper Windpower in a cash crunch, its largest investor is in position to take control of the Carpinteria company just as its long-term prospects brighten. In December, multinational conglomerate United Technologies Corp. acquired a 49.5 percent stake in Clipper in a transaction that pumped $206  million in new capital into the Read More →

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Sale of Veeco’s Goleta unit closes

By   /  Friday, October 8th, 2010  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Sale of Veeco’s Goleta unit closes

The sale of Veeco Instruments’ metrology business, which includes its facility in Goleta, closed on Oct. 8, the company announced. Massachusetts-based Bruker Corp. now owns the metrology unit, which includes offices in Goleta and Tuscon, Ariz., and will combine it with its Bruker Nano division. The company paid $229.4 million in cash in the deal, Read More →

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Major shareholders file suit against Occam

By   /  Thursday, October 7th, 2010  /  Banking & Finance, Latest news, Technology, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Major shareholders file suit against Occam

A group of shareholders who between them own about 19 percent of Occam Networks filed suit Oct. 6 against Occam’s board of directors to stop the proposed acquisition of the company by Calix. In a news release announcing the suit, the investors — who include legendary hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt — claim the $171 Read More →

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A smarter brand: IQMS grows and profits in Paso Robles

By   /  Monday, August 9th, 2010  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on A smarter brand: IQMS grows and profits in Paso Robles

Think of Paso Robles, and golden hills, grazing cattle and some of California’s best wines come to mind. Add to that list a global software firm. Twenty-one years ago, Randy and Nancy Flamm mortgaged their house to found IQMS, a company headquartered in Paso Robles that delivers software in eight languages to more than 400 Read More →

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Planting seeds in San Luis Obispo: New venture fund looks for student entrepreneurs

By   /  Monday, June 7th, 2010  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on Planting seeds in San Luis Obispo: New venture fund looks for student entrepreneurs

A tech hub takes the right mix of a great university, eager entrepreneurs and money and mentoring. For a long time, San Luis Obispo County has had plenty of the first two and not enough of the latter. That could change with the establishment of SLO Seed Ventures, a fund built by San Luis Obispo Read More →

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Testing the breaking point

By   /  Monday, April 5th, 2010  /  Technology  /  Comments Off on Testing the breaking point

A young company spun out of technology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has developed a machine that could for the first time measure the strength of bones in living patients. Founded in 2007, Active Life’s device creates a micro-crack about 100th of a millimeter wide in patients’ bones. Now in early trials in Read More →

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