Dave Matthews Plays at 25th Anniversary Festival, ViaSat Partners with JetBlue for Inflight Wi-Fi, Oceanhouse Media Adds 3 Berenstain Bears Titles, & More San Diego BizTech News

9/27/10Follow @bvbigelow

Short and sweet: it was a busy week, but not exactly an avalanche of local tech news. The countdown has begun, and your wrap-up of local developments begins in 3, 2, 1:

—San Diego’s PCN Technology has developed technology that converts an existing copper-wire control system or power line that was installed before the Internet era into an Internet-capable communications network using standard TCP/IP communications protocols. PCN Technology says its proprietary technology can be used with a wide variety of conductive wire, including energized AC power lines (below 600 volts).

Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), the San Diego wireless giant, hosted a 25th anniversary festival that included the opening of a new Qualcomm museum, an employee recognition ceremony, fireworks, and … oh yeah, a concert by rock legend Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. Lynn Mattoon, who was there, sent me an e-mail clarifying that Dave Matthews appeared without his band. She says Matthews and Reynolds have been touring as “Dave and Tim” since 2007.

—JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) plans to add advanced inflight Wi-Fi to its 160 aircraft by late 2012, courtesy of antenna components, modems, and satellite-based services from Carlsbad, CA-based ViaSat, (NASDAQ: VSAT). “Rather than invest in current technology, designed to transmit broadcast video and audio, we elected to partner with ViaStat to create broadband functionality worthy of today’s interactive personal technology needs,” JetBlue chief executive Dave Barger said in a statement.

—Encinitas, CA-based Oceanhouse Media, which landed e-book rights for the entire catalog of 44 Dr. Seuss books for the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch, is expanding its portfolio with the popular Berenstain Bears children’s books.

Qualcomm said it has promoted Steve Mollenkopf to executive vice president and group president, recognizing his oversight responsibilities of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), Qualcomm Internet Services (QIS) and Qualcomm MEMS Technologies.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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