Nissan Delivers First Leaf EVs, San Diego’s Drop Down Deals Launches Website, Connect Issues its Most Innovative New Product Awards, & More San Diego BizTech News

San Diego’s BizTech news was slowing down as Christmas approached, so this week’s roundup will be short and sweet.

Drop Down Deals, a San Diego startup funded by a private investment group called Sambreel Holdings, launched a new website to complement the free downloadable Web browser plug-in the company introduced last month. Once loaded on your computer, the Drop Down Deals plug-in remains hidden until you visit an online shopping site for which coupons or deals are available. Then a window drops down on the right-hand side of the screen that shows the coupons and discount codes available for that retailing site.

Nissan delivered its first production models of its new Leaf all-electric vehicle in San Francisco, San Diego, and Phoenix, AZ. La Jolla resident Tom Franklin, who was the first San Diego resident to sign up for the electric vehicle, drove his blue Leaf off the lot at Mossy Nissan in Kearny Mesa.

Connect, the San Diego nonprofit group supporting technology and entrepreneurship, gave its 2011 Otterson Award to Intuit for its TurboTax software, a product that was initially developed by San Diego-based ChipSoft before it was acquired by Intuit. Connect also gave its “Distinguished Contribution Award” to life sciences consultant Julia Brown and Provide Commerce CEO. Check out the complete list of winners from Connect’s 2011 Most Innovative New Product Awards here.

—San Diego’s Avalon Ventures is celebrating the holidays with extra verve, after two of its portfolio tech companies got acquired. Rackspace Hosting acquired San Francisco-based Cloudkick, and AOL purchased Pictela.

—San Diego’s Novatel Wireless filed a patent infringement lawsuit against San Diego’s Franklin Wireless and China’s ZTE Corp. over five Novatel patents covering its MiFi mobile hot spot technology, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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