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  • Best Buy puts $2.1 billion into European cell phone retailer
    U.S. consumer electronics giant Best Buy is paying $2.1 billion for a 50 percent stake in a joint venture with Europe's largest cell phone retailer.May 8, 2008
  • Desktop fabricators allow users to print 3D objects
    Bluprints for desktop fabricators are available now on the Internet. The devices allow computer users to print out objects, clothing, even food, based on the chemicals and substances placed in the printers.April 30, 2008
  • IBM announces new Rochester-built servers.
    IBM has introduced a new line of servers designed and built in Rochester, Minn. aimed at small to medium businesses.April 2, 2008
  • Bill declares MySpace and the like off-limits to sex offenders
    A plan to banish sex offenders from social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook is moving through the Minnesota House.March 12, 2008
  • Minnesota tries to keep a med tech edge
    If you work in the medical technology or bioscience field, chances are you work for a small company. An alliance of the state and private sector attempts to nurture smaller companies with the next big ideas. But do these incubators really work?Midmorning, March 6, 2008
  • The meaning of a Microsoft, Yahoo merger
    Microsoft and Yahoo are in preliminary stages of a possible merger that would be enormous by standards of the tech industry. The two companies combined may challenge dominant Google, but they are like all Internet-driven companies as they try to devine the next great uses of the Web.Midmorning, February 14, 2008
  • Hormel Institute buys Minnesota-made supercomputer
    The Hormel Institute in Austin has purchased the fastest computer in the world for its cancer research.February 6, 2008
  • New techniques can make physical therapy a game
    New technology is helping people who are paralyzed a chance to use of their arms and legs again. Studies show the device called Bioness, works with stroke patients. A Sioux Falls rehabilitation center is testing how it works with patients suffering from a spinal cord injury.January 28, 2008
  • Performances take new leaps with digital technology
    This weekend fans of the Irish supergroup U2 can enjoy a new view of their favorite band. "U23D" is a three dimensional film that plunges a viewer into a huge stadium concert. It's just one new way that digital technology is being used to present performances.January 25, 2008
  • Olga Viso looks to develop the Walker's strengths
    There's been a changing of the guard at many of Minnesota's arts institutions. At the Walker Art Center, 41-year-old Olga Viso is assuming control at a pivotal time in the life of the museum.January 24, 2008
  • McCollum calls for investigation into government sales of tapes
    Rep. Betty McCollum has asked a government agency to reopen an investigation into privacy and national security risks when the federal government sells used magnetic data tapes, saying a Minnesota company, Imation, has demonstrated that sensitive material can be pulled off the tapes.January 23, 2008
  • Power line technology allows for bigger loads
    More efficient power lines are helping some utilities meet increased electric demand. The new lines use a composite material that allows them to carry two or three times more electricity than a traditional power line.January 18, 2008
  • Agency investigating improper use of driver's license data
    The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is disciplining two employees for improperly viewing information in the state driver's license database. The department is mailing letters of apology to those affected.January 4, 2008
  • Orchestral fans take a swing at conducting a virtual orchestra
    While such video games as Guitar Hero and Rock Band offer the chance for players to act out rock star fantasies, an installation at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis gives classical music fans the opportunity to try out their dreams of conducting a symphony orchestra.December 18, 2007
  • Digital divide still an issue in Minnesota
    A new report by the University of Minnesota's Institute on Race and Poverty shows that while the digital divide remains a problem in Minnesota, community technology centers can help bridge the gap.December 17, 2007

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