Data ‘Nerd’ Sues Bloomington To Keep It Transparent

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By Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune

Tony Webster has been called a nuisance, a harasser and “an apparent agent of Black Lives Matter,” among other things. He says he’s just a policy wonk with a desire for government transparency.

“I’ve called myself a data nerd, and I don’t mind the term nerd,” said Webster, 28.

Webster is the local guy who recently sued the city of Bloomington, accusing it of violating the Minnesota Data Practices Act by refusing to give him information about the December protest at the Mall of America, which he believes is public under the law.”

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Stratasys 3d Printers Ramp Up Healthcare Applications

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

“When twins Lincoln and Nolan Potts were born in November, their heads were perfectly shaped.

By April, it was clear that weeks of lying in cribs and strollers had caused a condition known as flat head syndrome. They’d each require a specially fitted helmet to reshape their skulls over a critical 14-week growth period.”

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CEO Clay Collins Has Big Ambitions For LeadPages

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

Clay Collins of LeadPages looks to be that rare co-founder of a technology company who can stay in the top job all the way through an initial public offering or sale that will make pretty much everybody involved rich.

This is a risky call, I suppose, a little like Gophers coach Jerry Kill seeing an All-America linebacker after watching a sixth-grader play flag football. It’s true that LeadPages is still mostly a start-up.”

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Entrepreneurs Saw Opportunity In Health Law Requirements

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

“Tucked away in a Minnetonka office park is a new software company called Health E(fx) [HealthCare Impact Associates] that looks like it’s on its way to being a big success, another reminder that our vibrant market economy really does come up with solutions to vexing problems.

What’s remarkable in this case is that Health E(fx) is the kind of ­business that common sense suggests probably shouldn’t exist at all.”

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A New Sensor Made In Golden Valley Will Advance Digital Gadgets

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By Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune

“…At an annual conference of chip equipment makers, Golden Valley-based CyberOptics Corp. will unveil a sensor product that lets chipmakers measure the vibration, leveling and humidity inside the machines turning plain silicon wafers into chips. It’s an advance from a previous product that combined two measurements.”

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Accenture Quietly Sells Minneapolis Software Unit for $830m

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By Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune

“A Minneapolis-based unit of Accenture PLC that helped fuel the rise of low-cost airlines around the world has been sold for $830 million, one of the largest deals in Minnesota this year.

The Accenture business, called Navitaire, emerged out of technology systems created separately for Northwest Airlines and Morris Air more than two decades ago.”

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CoCo’s Next Coworking Space Will Be In Northeast Minneapolis

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By Adam Belz, Star Tribune

CoCo, the co-working company with three locations in the Twin Cities, is opening a new space in northeast Minneapolis.

The company will open for business in the Van Buren building later this month, in offices formerly occupied by Sport Ngin, which moved to a building on Broadway Ave.”

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Data On Minnesota Cyberattacks Hidden From Public

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By James Eli Shiffer, Star Tribune

“The theft of private information on millions of people from a federal database has triggered another debate on whether we’re losing the war against hackers.

…Take, for example, MN.IT Services, the agency that oversees state government’s computer operations. It coordinates security of the vast databases that handle billions of dollars and store volumes of sensitive information on patients, drivers, students, vulnerable citizens and others.”

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JAMF Software Has A New CEO

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By Neal St. Anthony Star Tribune

“JAMF Software said Thursday that it hired a new CEO to lead the fast-growing, Apple-only developer through its next stage.

Dean Hager, a veteran technology executive who most recently was CEO of the larger Kroll Ontrack, will succeed longtime co-CEO Zach Halmstad, who founded the company in 2002, and co-CEO Chip Pearson.”

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