Meet The Man Behind Twin Cities Voter Guide MSP Votes

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By Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

“Sure, it’s a cliche and all, but for Ryan Johnson necessity did breed invention. Johnson is the guy who built and maintains MSP Votes, a data-driven guide to elections created last spring to track the Minneapolis municipal election, and which is now looking to do the same with local races on the ballot this year.”

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Open Government Crusader Webster Prevails In Hennepin County Biometric Data Case

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Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune

“Hennepin County violated state open records laws by failing to comply promptly with a request for information on the sheriff’s use of biometric technology, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in a case tracked by government watchdogs, law enforcement and the media.

In August 2015, open government crusader Tony Webster requested information about Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office use of high-tech tracking methods to identify faces, irises and fingerprints. Almost three years later, Webster still doesn’t have answers, but as of Wednesday, he had a victory from the state’s highest court.”

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Burnsville BI Firm DTN Buys New York-Based EMI

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“MINNEAPOLIS, April 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DTN, an independent source of insight and analysis, and decision-support solutions to customers worldwide in agriculture, energy, commodities and financial analytics, announced today that it has acquired Energy Management Institute (EMI), a leading professional services firm providing insight into the energy future.”

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Best Buy Gets Caught Up In 3rd Party Data Breach

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Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

Best Buy is the latest company to say that some of its customers’ payment information may have been exposed in a data breach of a third-party vendor that runs the retailer’s online chat services. In recent days, Delta and Sears Holdings have also revealed that customer data may have been compromised in a cyberattack on the contractor, [24]7.ai.”

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Mayo Ups Stake In DIY Genetic Testing Startup Helix

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By Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business

“The Mayo Clinic is continuing to make venture capital investments in direct-to-consumer genetic testing, which scholars from its own Center for Individualized Medicine recently determined could be “potentially beneficial” for the public under a new generation of products designed to improve protection of users’ personal information.”

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Burnsville’s DTN Buys Indiana AgTech Firm Spensa Technologies

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“MINNEAPOLIS, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DTN, an independent source of insight and analysis, and decision-support solutions to customers worldwide in agriculture, energy, commodities and financial analytics, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Spensa Technologies, a precision agriculture technology company. Terms of the acquisition were not announced, and the sale is contingent upon Spensa shareholder approval.”

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Small Ball Meets Big Data: Inside the Twins’ Analytics

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By Adam Platt, Twin Cities Business

“On the green fields of Florida, on a temperate winter day, the 150-year-old game of baseball’s reemergence implies permanence and tradition. Kids and adults line up for autographs from star players while minor leaguers, some spending their first year in the U.S., nervously navigate warmups.”

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MinneAnalytics Ups The Ante On Reinvestment This Year

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MinneAnalytics, the nation’s largest regional analytics community and events organization, announced today it has approved $100,000 in investments for data science education initiatives in 2018.

The funding marks an increase from the $62,900 it invested in 2017 and continues the organization’s objective to increase its funding of education initiatives each year.”

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The NFL and US Bank Stadium Are Ready To Make Digital History

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By Teena Maddox, Tech Republic

“It’s not just the brutally cold weather that could make history in Minneapolis during Super Bowl 52 on Sunday. The NFL expects football fans to surpass all previous data usage during the big game, with key moments such as the kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, and Justin Timberlake’s halftime show to result in huge amounts of photo and video uploads to social media.”

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