NW Minnesota County First in State to Use Video Chat for 911 Calls

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An example of a citizen outreach page of Carbyne's video 911 software.

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Later this month, emergency dispatchers in northwestern Minnesota will be able to get a closer glimpse of what’s happening on the other side of the cellphone during a 911 call. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of installing technology that will allow cellphone callers to stream live video and audio to dispatchers when they call 911 for help.

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Disruptive Payment Solution Sezzle Completes Initial Public Offering On Australian Exchange

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Sezzle“MINNEAPOLISJuly 30, 2019 /CNW/ — Sezzle, Inc. (ASX: SZL), the highest consumer-rated interest-free installment payment solution, today announced it is now a publicly-traded company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The capital raised will fund Sezzle’s continued focus on identifying and capturing future growth opportunities through the expansion of Sezzle’s retail merchant base and product offering, including funding for product development and engineering, sales and marketing, data sciences, merchant and customer support, and general administration.”

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Eagan HQ ConvergeOne Is Doing A Reverse Merger To Go Public On NYSE

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“NEW YORK and EAGAN, Minn., Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Forum Merger Corporation (Nasdaq: FMCI) (“Forum” or the “Company”) announced today that Forum intends to transfer the listing of its common stock and warrants to the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) (NYSE: ICE) from the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) following the completion of its announced business combination with ConvergeOne, which is expected to close on or about February 20, 2018.”

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Target Joins Google In ‘Anti Amazon Alliance’

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By Jason Del Rey, Recode

“Google and the country’s biggest brick-and-mortar retailers have one main problem in common: Amazon. Now both sides are acting like they are serious about working together to do something about it.

On Thursday, Target and Google announced that they are expanding what was a years-old delivery partnership from a small experiment in a handful of cities to the entire continental U.S.”

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Best Buy To Increase Spending To $700m In E-commerce Battle

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By Khadeeja Safdar

Best Buy Co. reported another quarter of rising sales but said it would increase spending on its e-commerce operations and supply chain to continue growing its business in a competitive marketplace.

The electronics retailer said expenses were higher in the June quarter and it planned to make similar investments in shipping, compensation and online operations in the next two quarters.”

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Target Is Plotting To Move Away From AWS As Amazon Takes Over Retail

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By Christina Farr, CNBC

Target is struggling mightily to compete with Amazon in retail, but it’s finding other ways to fight back.

The discount retailer is scaling back its use of Amazon Web Services, according to sources familiar with the matter, as the company aims to take greater control over its infrastructure and stop financing its chief rival. Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is the latest sign of how deep the e-commerce giant is moving into all forms of retail.”

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Target Has A New Digital Dealmaker, Minsok Pak

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“MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) today announced the appointment of Minsok Pak as executive vice president, chief strategy and innovation officer. Pak will be responsible for Target’s enterprise strategy development and retail innovation with the goal of enhancing the guest experience and accelerating growth. He will also oversee business development for the company, including mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and joint venture initiatives. He will report to Target Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell, and serve as a member of Target’s Leadership Team. “

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Target Buys CA Transportation Tech Startup Grand Junction

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Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) today announced it has agreed to acquire Grand Junction, a transportation technology company, to improve and expand Target’s delivery capabilities. The acquisition will also accelerate Target’s investments and ongoing efforts to transform its supply chain.”

“Grand Junction’s technology and algorithms will help Target deliver to guests faster and more efficiently,” said Arthur Valdez, executive vice president, chief supply chain and logistics officer, Target. “This acquisition is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to strengthen Target’s supply chain to provide greater speed, reliability and convenience for guests.”

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Best Buy Fires Back With New Geek Squad Service ‘Assured Living’

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By Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune

“Best Buy Inc. is launching a new “smart home” service this week in the Twin Cities aimed at helping adult children remotely check in on the health and safety of their aging parents.  The service, called Assured Living, offers a free in-home assessment with families to design the most appropriate array of monitors and devices. Geek Squad tech workers install the custom-built systems, and family caregivers can receive information or alerts on their smartphones.”

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Best Buy Just Lost A Billion Dollars On News Of Amazon’s Geek Squad Competitor

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By Jason Del Rey, Recode

“On Monday morning, Recode reported that Amazon was quietly building out its own competitor to Best Buy’s Geek Squad gadget repair and installation service.  Almost immediately, investors reacted by selling out of Best Buy’s stock in a big way — the stock was down more around 7 percent as of 11:30 am ET on Monday. That drop works out to a loss of more than $1 billion in market cap for the brick-and-mortar electronics retailer.”

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