Websense Partners With Facebook, Qualcomm Shuffles Top Execs, ViaSat Satellite Set for Launch Next Week, & More San Diego BizTech News

10/11/11Follow @bvbigelow

There’s been a lot of tech news in San Diego over the past week, from Web 2.0 startups like SocialIQ that are identifying and measuring social media influencers, to changes in the executive leadership at established companies like Qualcomm. Our roundup begins now.

—San Diego’s Websense (NASDAQ: WBSN) said it has installed its network security technology on the Facebook platform under a new partnership that’s intended to help protect Facebook users from uploading malware from malicious websites. Websense said its security technology would kick in whenever a Facebook user clicks on a URL posted within Facebook. Websense said its cloud-based technology is designed to analyze such links in real time and warn users of unsafe websites.

Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced a series of executive changes that will become effective on Nov. 12. The San Diego wireless giant promoted executive vice president Steve Mollenkopf to president and chief operating officer. Steve Altman, who has served as president for the past six years, will become vice chairman. Derek Aberle was promoted to executive vice president & group president. In addition to overseeing Qualcomm’s divisions, business operations, and other areas, Mollenkopf will continue as president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT).

—Carlsbad, CA-based ViaSat said the launch of ViaSat-1, the first high-capacity satellite dedicated entirely to Internet service, has been scheduled on Oct. 19 from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The broadband satellite, which will enable non-urban Internet providers to provide basic service at 10 megabits per second (compared to existing capacity of 512 kilobits per second), represents a more-than-billion-dollar bet by the company.

—San Diego-based Legend 3D, which had almost 400 employees here in February, said it has reduced its workforce by “less than 10 percent,” according to a note relayed from Barry Sandrew, the company’s founder and chief technology officer. The layoff, which follows a 15 percent reduction in July, leaves Legend 3D with a local headcount of nearly 250 artists and engineers—close to the size of its workforce in mid-2010. Yet Legend 3D said it is still the largest 3D conversion studio for Hollywood films in the United States.

—New York-based Enterproid, which won Qualcomm’s incentive QPrize earlier this year, said it closed on $11 million in Series A funding to extend its engineering capabilities, expand distribution, and launch a series of global partnerships. San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures (NASDAQ: QCOM) joined in the round, which was led by … Next Page »

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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