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The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged four people last week, alleging that they deceived a prominent San Diego technology firm in 2015 when the firm invested $150 million in the defendants’ startup Abreezio, which purported to offer innovative new microchip technology based on inventions by a Canadian grad student.

Defendants Karim Arabi and Ali Akbar Shokouhi were taken into custody in San Diego, and authorities arrested Sanjiv Taneja in the Northern District of California. The fourth defendant, Sheida Alan, was taken into custody in Canada. Authorities will seek her extradition to the United States for prosecution.

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With COVID-19 cases surging to all-time highs, tech giants like Google and Microsoft are among those who have decided they won’t be physically present at CES 2022, the massive annual consumer electronics trade show being held this week in Las Vegas.

But the show must go on. Whether they’ll be there in person or participating virtually, some of Southern California’s most notable tech firms will be taking part in CES—including using the opportunity to unveil new products and services.

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