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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[UPDATED] PRM Sues DEED & GreaterMSP Over Withholding Of Amazon HQ2 Bid

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Updated 8/13: PRM has added GreaterMSP to an amended lawsuit on multiple counts while DEED still maintains it “never collected, received, maintained or disseminated the unsuccessful proposal that is the subject of the complaint.”

“Minnesotan’s deserve to know…” Ehling told Minnesota Lawyer in a recent article.

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St. Cloud HQ Netgain Continues Growth Via Acquisition With Afinety Purchase

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Via News Release

“ST. CLOUD, Minn., Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Netgain Technology, LLC, a leading provider of secure and specialized cloud services to highly regulated industries, has continued its aggressive nationwide expansion with the acquisition of Afinety, Inc., a rapidly growing and leading provider of cloud services and IT resources to law firms.”

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[UPDATED] Investors Sue Duluth Startup GeaCom

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Updated 5/4/2018via Law360 (published on April 9, 2018, 7:37 PM EDT paywalled) — An Illinois federal judge whittled down a shareholder suit on Friday accusing Minnesota medical device manufacturer GeaCom Inc. and its executives of misrepresenting the company’s financials and mishandling investors’ money, tossing the bulk of their complaint but giving the stockholders a second chance to refile.

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Duluth Restaurant Caught Cooking The Books With ‘Zapping’ Software

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By Tom Olson, Duluth News Tribune

“A Duluth restaurant and its owners have pleaded guilty to tax fraud and will be required to pay nearly $300,000 in uncollected sales taxes. Authorities said Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steak House used illegal computer software to erase cash sales from its records, removing thousands of line items from receipts in order to under-report monthly sales.”

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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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New Documents Reveal FBI Paid Geek Squad As Informants – For A Decade

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By Zack Whittaker, ZDNet

“The relationship between the FBI and employees of Best Buy’s computer and device repair unit Geek Squad is more complex than first thought, according to newly released documents.

Records posted Tuesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation following a freedom of information lawsuit filed last year reveal that federal agents would pay Geek Squad managers who pass on information about illegal materials on devices sent in by customers for repairs.”

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Vugo Prevails In Lawsuit, Proceeds With Rideshare Advertising In NYC

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“NEW YORK — A judge gave the green light Thursday to a Minnesota company [Vugo] that wants to put advertising in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft in New York City. U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams released her written ruling in the First Amendment case brought by a company that was blocked from putting ads in vehicles affiliated with companies summoned by electronic devices. She said the city was unable to justify its regulations.”

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