[Updated] UnitedHealth Loses Case To Haven (Amazon, Berkshire-Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase)

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Updated 3/18/19 12:00pm CST: UnitedHealth Loses Case to the Health Venture Begun by Amazon, Berkshire-Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase – AKA Haven.

Original via CNBC on 1/24: UnitedHealth Sues Former IT Exec For Spilling Trade Secrets To Amazon-Berkshire-Chase Joint Venture:

“Health care giant UnitedHealth Group is suing one of its former executives [David Smith] for stealing trade secrets and taking them to a firm they consider a direct competitor — Amazon’s new health venture with Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase.”

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University Of Minnesota Cuts Ties With Funder, Tech Giant Huawei

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Via KSTP

“The University of Minnesota has suspended its relationship with a Chinese telecom giant that’s facing federal charges accusing it of stealing trade secrets, violating sanctions and lying to banks.

A spokesperson for the university confirmed it has suspended its relationship with Huawei and its subsidiaries, and will no longer accept money, enter into contracts or exchange information with Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment company. Huawei funds research at the university.”

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Frontier, Recipient Of Over $100m In Grants, Is Under Investigation In MN

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Via Star Tribune

“Frontier Communications has received over $100 million in federal grants to improve rural broadband in Minnesota over the past four years, yet complaints about its internet service suffuse a state investigation of the company.

Minnesota regulators last year commissioned an inquiry into Frontier after fielding numerous complaints. In January, the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued a report concluding Frontier may have broken at least 35 state laws and failed its customers with shoddy service and inadequate network investment.”

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Minnesota AG Swanson Is Suing Comcast / Xfinity For Fraud and Deception

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Via Minnesota Lawyer

“Minnesota’s attorney general sued Comcast/Xfinity on Friday, alleging that the company has overcharged thousands of consumers for cable TV packages, charged them for unordered equipment and services, and failed to deliver on promised Visa gift cards.

Attorney General Lori Swanson said it took her office more than two years to investigate the case because Comcast failed to cooperate. She also pointed out that Comcast started doing business as Xfinity several years ago, which Swanson contends was an attempt to get away from its low national customer approval ratings.”

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I’m Dennis Dimka, Founder & CEO Of Uptime Legal Systems, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to Minnesota Tech Startup Supporter Fueled Collective for underwriting our entrepreneur-focused How I Work series.

Uptime Legal Systems helps law firms manage and grow their practice with cloud, legal technology, and marketing services. Named an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 – the company is both bootstrapped and growing.

At the helm is CEO Dennis Dimka, who started the company in 2005 and continues to lead a team of ~25 today from Eden Prairie headquarters.

Because he is succeeding as a software entrepreneur, we’re here to learn about work habits and the the way he operates Uptime Legal Systems on a typical day, inside and outside the office:

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What Exactly Did Minnesota Bid for Amazon’s HQ2? We May Soon Know

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Minnesota’s bid to lure Amazon’s HQ2 project died in January when the state failed to make the e-commerce giant’s short list of 20 cities. But the battle to find out what was in the state’s bid package drags on. The specifics about Minnesota’s proposal have never been revealed.”

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Twin Cities’ Mayors Ask Stratasys & Proto Labs To Prohibit Gun Printing

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter joined 29 other mayors from cities nationwide in signing a letter Wednesday urging 3D printer manufacturers to prevent their products from making homemade guns. The letter was addressed to leaders of five companies, including two that are headquartered in Minnesota: Maple Plain-based Protolabs and Eden Prairie-based Stratasys.”

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Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer Proposes New Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Laws

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Via Cryptoslate

“On Friday, Sept. 21st, Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer announced that he intends to introduce three pieces of legislation in support of blockchain technology and digital currencies. Emmer represents Minnesota’s 6th congressional district and was recently named a co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus alongside Bill Foster of Illinois, David Schweikert of Arizona, and Jared Polis of Colorado. “

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