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Minnesota schools scramble to catch up on computer coding classes

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By Kim McGuire, Star Tribune

“The students in Kirsten Lunzer’s fourth-grade class watch as Codey the Troll crosses their computer screen, guided by the program they wrote to leap obstacles and collect blue jelly beans.

These programming-savvy students in Minnetonka are on the leading edge of a new high-tech era that has Minnesota schools scrambling to respond to student demand for computer science classes that teach them how to develop software, apps, games and websites.”

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Datalink expands west coast by purchase of Bear Data Solutions

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“EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Datalink (Nasdaq:DTLK), a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, today announced an agreement to acquire privately held Bear Data Solutions, Inc. (Bear). The acquisition of San Francisco-based Bear will quadruple Datalink’s West Coast revenue base to more than $200 million, expand its Cisco expertise into strategically important new areas, and add more than 1,000 new midmarket and enterprise customers to whom Datalink can market its comprehensive portfolio of data center offerings.”

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Wayzata homebuilder constructs project management software

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By Jim Buchta, Star Tribune

“As a fourth-generation homebuilder, Sven Gustafson knows he’s not just selling houses. His customers expect far more than that.  “All builders build a pretty nice house,” he said. “As much as they’re buying a new house, they’re buying a really nice experience.”

From start to finish, builders juggle thousands of moving parts and a mind-boggling array of expectations, but there’s no industry wide standard for managing that process.”

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Google names Golden Valley the state’s ‘eCITY’

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By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press

“Google has designated Golden Valley as Minnesota’s 2014 “eCITY” as part of its latest annual survey of U.S. cities that have “the strongest online business communities” along with robust online city services.

“In 1912, the railroad connected Golden Valley to the rest of the country,” Google writes on the 2014 eCITY site. “Now, homeowners connect to an online portal with info and advice on everything from zoning and building permits to home security.”

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Minneapolis wearable tech startup Myo-systems is heady

myo-systemsMinnesota tech entrepreneurs Jon Schoen and Thompson Maesaka consider themselves to be lifelong students of the human condition.

Their Minneapolis startup Myo Systems is developing a wearable device for people who want to optimize their cognitive abilities by combing 175+ year old Brainwave Entertainment (BWE) concepts with modern technology advancements.

Myo’s ‘Attention Directing Headphone Device (ADHD)’, branded as Pure Phones, is designed to intentionally calibrate your brainwaves to a situation:

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Arrow Electronics IoT Roadshow is coming to Minneapolis

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“ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – (Oct. 16, 2014) – Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today announced its Internet of Things Immersions Roadshow that will showcase how “Interconnected Intelligence” is changing the way the world interacts and solves problems with technology.

The Immersions tour will engage the world’s top technology leaders to discuss comprehensive Internet of Things (IoT) building blocks and how businesses can leverage Interconnected Intelligence to improve lives throughout the world.”

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This Minnesota made app takes the angst from meeting new people

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Mingle@By Michael Kassner

Tech entrepreneurs Sam McCaa and Steven Anderson have devised an easy way for like-minded people to meet using their smartphone.

Mingle@ connects you to interesting people nearby, giving you the power and the freedom to meet who you want, when you want, how you want” McCaa says of their approach.

The mobile app is the first of release from parent startup company Here@ Networks.

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U.S. Internet has plans for a broader Twin Cities broadband

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By Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press

“St. Paul is an Internet-access backwater compared with some other Minnesota cities, where fiber-optic connections to residences and businesses are capable of delivering blazingly fast data downloads.

No broadband provider in the saintly city currently offers general availability of such cutting-edge fiber-based Internet service. But by 2020, at least two providers say they will.

U.S. Internet, which provides Minneapolis with WiFi and fiber-to-the-home service, said it has expansion plans that are set to start next summer and are almost certain to eventually include St. Paul.”

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