Amazon Takes Office Space In T3 Building In North Loop

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By Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-8-47-57-am“Amazon.com Inc. has signed on to lease space in the T3 building in the North Loop of Minneapolis, becoming the first major office tenant in the new brick-and-timber building.

The Seattle-based internet retailer will house its local technology development office at T3 and eventually move people from an existing office at the Fifth Street Towers, according to people close to the deal. The company has said it will eventually employ 100 workers in Minneapolis.”

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Seagate Shrinks Again In The Twin Cities, Lets Go Of 155

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“Data-storage company Seagate Technology Inc. has cut 155 jobs at its Shakopee facility. The December layoffs were part of a broader workforce reduction Seagate announced over the summer, a spokeswoman said. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company announced in July it would eliminate 6,500 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. Those cuts came on top of a roughly 3 percent workforce reduction in June.”

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Amazon In Minneapolis Focused On ‘Uber For Trucking’

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By Eugene Kim, Business Insider

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-8-47-57-am“Amazon is building an app that matches truck drivers with shippers, a new service that would deepen its presence in the $800 billion trucking industry, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Business Insider.

The app, scheduled to launch next summer, is designed to make it easier for truck drivers to find shippers that need goods moved, much in the way Uber connects drivers with riders. It would also eliminate the need for a third-party broker, which typically charges a commission of about 15% for doing the middleman work.”

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Mall of America Pilots Watson AI Bot

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hermey-puppetBy Khari Johnson, VentureBeat

“IBM today announced the launch of a pilot program to deploy its artificial intelligence inside Mall of America. Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. covers 5.6 million square feet, making it the largest retail space in the U.S. The Experiential List Formulator (E.L.F.) can now help guests manage their options by suggesting ways to spend time at the mall’s more than 500 stores and theme parks.”

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Hennepin County Deploys New Data Deletion Policy

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By Tim Nelson, MPRNews

“The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office has started deleting some emails after just 30 days in a move that has some government watchdogs concerned. A new policy of deleting emails that are more than 180 days old will take effect countywide next year, but the sheriff’s office policy already is moving more quickly than that.”

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