Retailers Eager to Lodge Antitrust Complaints Against Amazon and Google

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Via Bloomberg

“A leading U.S. retail group, whose members include Walmart Inc., is eager to aid antitrust enforcers that are poised to investigate whether Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google are harming competition.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which also represents Target Corp.and Best Buy Co. among others, said it’s prepared to present their concerns to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, which have carved up antitrust oversight of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies.”

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Twin Cities App Founder Suing Facebook Over Copyright Violation

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Via Star Tribune

“The mobile app St. Louis Park-based entrepreneur Blair Sargent created took off thanks in part to advertising on Facebook. But now he’s suing the social media behemoth in federal court, saying the company stole the name of his app, Lasso, and is tanking his business.

“I didn’t want it to come to this,” he said. “I’d like them to stop using the name.””

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[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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