Technology

The Real Star Of This Edit Is Carlsbad

by The Editors on October 29, 2013

Sure, this little edit may be all about the EcoXGear waterproof, bluetooth speaker, however, if you watch closely you’ll see that the real star is Carlsbad.

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Arkeia Software Sold To Western Digital

by The Editors on January 22, 2013

ArkeiaArkeia Software, the Carlsbadistan (and Paris, France) based data backup software company has been acquired by digital storage giant Western Digital for an undisclosed amount, according to a story in the Orange County Business Journal.

Western Digital will fold Arkeia into its small- and medium-business unit, and expects the addition to boost its portfolio with products designed for the “larger SMB customers,” according to Western Digital’s Executive Vice President Jim Welsh. . . Arkeia provides data backup software, as well as other services such as data de-duplication. Its products are used on more than 150 platforms, including Windows and Linux.

We’re guessing everyone is very happy about the sale. But that would, of course, just be a guess.

[Link: OC Business Journal]

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Carlsbad Company Suing Facebook

by The Editors on March 21, 2012

27871 Sambreel-LogoSambreel, Carlsbad based social media company, has filed an antitrust lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California lawsuit against Facebook for unfair competition and interference with contract.

“We believe that Facebook engaged in a pattern of anticompetitive behavior in order to drive a competitor out of the market,” says Arie Trouw, CEO and President of Sambreel. “Although we attempted to work with Facebook to address each other’s concerns, those discussions did not progress, so we are moving forward with litigation. In addition to violating the law, we think Facebook’s actions — particularly its gating — violate its own first guiding principle: ‘People should have the freedom to share whatever information they want, in any medium and any format, and have the right to connect online with anyone — any person, organization or service — as long as they both consent to the connection (http://www.facebook.com/principles.php).’”

According to a story on the Courthouse New Service, Sambreel “offered a product known as PageRage, which challenged Facebook for sale of Internet display ads through the web browser add-on platform Yontoo.” For the rest of Sambreel’s side of the story, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Carlsbad Man Creates PR Nightmare

by The Editors on December 29, 2011

ChristoforoCarlsbad’s self-proclaimed social media marketing and SEO expert Paul Christoforo has proved one thing for certain–he knows how to make a name for himself and his Carlsbadistan based company Ocean Marketing using social media. Unfortunately, it is for all the wrong reasons, according to a story titled Ocean Marketing Disaster in the International Business Times.

Christoforo, who was handling customer service for a company called N-Control replied to a customer who was complaining about not getting his video game controller with the following email:

“Really … Welcome to the Internet ? Son Im 38 I wwebsite as on the internet when you were a sperm in your daddys balls and before it was the internet, thanks for the welcome to message wurd up,” Christoforo said. “Grow up you look like a complete child bro. I Don’t have my controller so I’m gonna cry to the world … Really ?? Hey take that free time and do something more productive. All you had to do was check the like everyone else , people have inquired but you’re the douchiest of them all J.”

When the customer posted his email exchange to Reddit things really began to snowball for Chrisoforo, resulting in more international media coverage than anyone in Carlsbad has gotten in a while, all for being reprehensible to customers.

There is much more to the story, but in the end Chrisoforo was apologizing to anyone and everyone for the way he’d handled things and he lost the N-Control account.

For a complete interview with Carlsbadistan’s most infamous web celebrity, click here, or follow the jump for some of the viral creativity Christoforo has inspired.

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Free Face Fighter For St. Patrick’s Day

by The Editors on March 16, 2011

Facefighterlogogreen450 348Our favorite Carlsbadistan-based mobile development company Appy Entertainment has announced that they are making their best-selling game FaceFighter for iPhone free “in the interest of maintaining public order.:”

“Our Secret Worldwide Headquarters is directly above an Irish pub,” said Appy Brand Director Paul O’Connor. “We’ve seen — and done — terrible things down there when people are under the influence. Tomorrow is going to be a riot. Offering up FaceFighter for free is our way of making the world a more polite place.”

Keep things safe on St. Patrick’s Day and do your fighting on your phone. Things go better that way.

[Link: FaceFighter]

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Life Technologies’ $500 Million Buy Back

by The Editors on January 11, 2011

LifetechOur favorite Carlsbadistan based life sciences company Life Technologies Corporation announced that they will be using $500 million to repurchase shares on the open market “or in privately negotiated transactions.”

“The company remains committed to our long-term growth plan and our balanced capital deployment strategy,” said Gregory T. Lucier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Life Technologies. “Given our continued outlook for significant free cash flow generation, we believe the Company is in strong financial position to meet both our capital requirements to invest for future growth, while also returning excess cash to shareholders.”

Gotta do something to drive that share price up right? Follow the jump for the rest of the details.
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Appy Entertainment Launches Trucks & Skulls

by The Editors on November 21, 2010

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Our favorite Carlsbadistan based mobile app developer Appy Entertainment has just launched their latest game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It’s called Trucks & Skulls, and like everything they do, it is a cleverly odd mix of weirdness and fun.

Trucks & Skulls sports features that are new to the physics-based puzzler genre, including a tongue-in-cheek heavy metal theme, pits of bubbling lava, amped-up action with plenty of mayhem and secondary explosions, and (for our iPad version) a fully-featured level editor so players can construct and share their own explosive Trucks & Skulls levels!

We really can’t explain it. You’ll have to click here to download it yourself.

[Link: Appy Entertainment]

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Life Spends $375 Million On Ion Torrent

by The Editors on October 7, 2010

LifetechOur favorite Carlsbadistan based life sciences company Life Technologies Corporation just purchased a Connecticut based DNA sequencing company for $375 million in cash and stock.

Ion Torrent has revolutionized DNA sequencing by enabling a direct connection between chemical and digital information through the use of proven semiconductor technology. The result is a sequencing system that is simpler, faster, less expensive and more scalable than other sequencing technologies. As previously announced, the first product using this technology will be the Personal Genome Machine (PGM) sequencer, which will launch in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The reports that the purchase will be two cents dilutive to the Life Tech stock in 2010, neutral in 2011, and will start brining in the cash in 2012. Guess we have to play a bit of a longer game on this one. Follow the jump for all the details. [click to continue…]

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A New Doc At Life Technologies

by The Editors on October 5, 2010

LifetechOur favorite Carlsbadistan based life sciences company, Life Techonologies Corporation, has created the new position of Chief Medical Officer and named Dr. Paul R. Billings as the first to fill it.

Dr. Billings has had a distinguished career as a physician and researcher. He has been a founder or chief executive officer of companies involved in genetic and diagnostic medicine, including GeneSage, Omicia and CELLective Dx Corporation. Previously, he was senior vice president for corporate development at Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp). He has held academic appointments at some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as a physician at a number of medical centers throughout the country, including the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of nearly 200 publications and books on genomic medicine. Dr. Billings holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in immunology, also from Harvard University.

Sounds like a nice addition to the team and to Carlsbadistan in general. Welcome, Dr. Billings. Follow the jump for all the details.
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ViaSat Introduces New Fangled Tech Gizmo

by The Editors on September 28, 2010

Ips-250 001-1We love the fact that Carlsbadistan is loaded with business so tech that we’ll never understand exactly what they produce or how they produce it. For instance, Carlsbadistan based satellite technology company ViaSat today announced the release of the AltaSec IPS-250 inline network encryptor.

The new product enables U.S. warfighters and government agencies to create secure IP networks without the expensive logistics and lifecycle costs associated with handling and accounting for Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI). The IPS-250 is designed to secure networks to Secret and Below levels, and provide interoperability between CCI and CHVP/Non-CCI IP encryption devices. . . In accord with NSA CHVP guidelines, ViaSat is developing this new class of products based on its NSA-certified Type 1 cryptographic and cyber security product line.

Huh? Exactly. Follow the jump for more information.
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