Al Franken Just Gave the Speech Big Tech Has Been Dreading

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By Nitasha Tiku, Wired

“Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) delivered some of the sharpest criticism yet about the dangers of tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon during a speech on Wednesday, encouraging regulators, as well as lawmakers in both parties, to better police the market power of dominant online platforms.”

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MnDOT Will Start Tapping Into Drivers Mobile Device Data

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StreetLight Data, Inc., the mobility analytics company that brings real-world travel patterns to light, today announced the company has been selected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for a pilot subscription. MnDOT will utilize a Regional Subscription to the StreetLight InSight® platform to transform Big Data into useful mobility Metrics to tackle transportation, event and development projects statewide, including major events like the Minnesota State Fair, the Renaissance Festival and Super Bowl LII.”

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Local Software Veteran Rob Juncker Joins Code42 As SVP Of Product Development

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Rob Juncker photo.Via News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Code42, the leader in cloud-based endpoint data protection and recovery, today announced that Rob Juncker has joined the company as senior vice president of product development. Juncker brings more than 20 years of experience in security, cloud, mobile, and IT management. In previous roles, he helped evolve companies from IT management technologies to security-focused solutions.”

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MN Startup CoreBiome Touts Microbiome Profiling Using Artificial Intelligence

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Newly Launched CoreBiome Touts Microbiome ‘Profiling’ ServicesBy Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business

Less than two months after raising $800,000 in a seed financing round, University of Minnesota spinoff CoreBiome Inc. officially announced its launch as a new player in the burgeoning field of microbiome-related research and development.

The firm’s CEO is Dan Knights, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering in the U’s College of Science and Engineering who has attracted attention as an entrepreneurial innovator. Knights also holds a faculty position with the university’s BioTechnology Institute.”

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Upcoming CodeSwitch Hackathon Seeks Social Impact

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CodeSwitch is happening again in Minnesota on September 23-24 at the historic Union Depot in downtown St Paul.

“CodeSwitch harnesses inclusion, data, and technology, empowering people to solve problems for their own communities in new ways. Creative minds come together at CodeSwitch to create smart, simple, sustainable solutions with positive social impact,” explains Casey Helbling of Software For Good, an event organizer.

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