ViaSat’s Moore Discusses Future of Space-Based Internet Service, High-Tech Jobs Grew Last Year, CommNexus Absorbs EvoNexus Incubator, & More San Diego BizTech News

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Last week’s tech industry news underscored the diversity of innovation in the San Diego area. We’ve got it all wrapped up for you here, from satellite-based Internet service to electric motorcycles, Web 2.0, and electromagnetic railguns.

—Carlsbad, CA-based ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT) will be launching its first satellite, ViaSat-1, in mid-May as part of the company’s strategy to diversify by providing satellite-based Internet service to customers in rural and low-density areas throughout the U.S. ViaSat’s Tom Moore, who is a co-founder and CEO of ViaSat subsidiary WildBlue Communications, told me that ViaSat sees additional opportunities for satellite-based Internet service in Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Africa.

—San Diego’s high-tech industry added 500 jobs from 2008 to 2009, for a total of 111,000, according to a nationwide “cybercities” report issued last week by TechAmerica. San Diego was one of only seven cybercities to add jobs in 2009, which is the latest year that data is available. San Diego’s largest high-tech sector was R&D and testing labs, which employed 28,600 workers in 2009, according to TechAmerica. Telecommunications services followed, with 8,600 workers, and computer systems design and related services was third, with 16,500 workers. San Diego ranked first in the United States in consumer electronics manufacturing, with 2,900 jobs.

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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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