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it has delivered the first set of its innovative Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to the U.S. Navy for installation aboard the new aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford. The ship, which is under construction by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, VA, will be the first to use electromagnetic systems to launch and recover aircraft.

—Almost four weeks after a massive security breach at its San Diego data center, Japan’s Sony Corp. says it has begun restoring service for its PlayStation and Qriocity networks in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand. Sony said confidential information for roughly 100 million customer accounts was compromised in a hacker attack that was discovered April 19.

San Diego Gas & Electric said it added two more 25-year contracts with French-based Soitec that will supply a total of 125 megawatts from solar energy sites using Soitec’s Concentrix CPV (Concentrating Photo-Voltaic) solar panel modules. The two deals follow three previous contracts for 30 megawatts of CPV-generated solar power, with all five projects to be developed near SDG&E substations in San Diego County.

—San Diego’s Chumby Industries has raised half of a planned $3 million financing round, according to a regulatory filing last week. The company makes a compact device that can act like a clock radio, but which also uses a wireless Internet connection to fetch information from the Web, whether it’s music, box score, or animations.

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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