Friday P.M. Report

Vikings name Dome Dog replacement, drops Coke for Pepsi: The Minnesota Vikings on Friday named a successor to the Dome Dog — a quarter-pound sausage dubbed the “QB Dog.” The new hot dog will be provided by Sheboygan Sausage Co., an Alexandria, Minn.-based division of American Foods Group, which is headquartered in a Vikings’ archrival’s territory: Green Bay, Wis. Read full story

St. Jude teams with Hansen on robotics tech: St. Jude Medical Inc. has partnered with Hansen Medical Inc. to develop products that physicians can use to robotically control catheters. The companies will combine Hansen’s robotics technology with a mapping system developed by Little Canada-based St. Jude. Read full story

Compellent stock surges on 3Par bidding war: Compellent Technologies Inc.’s stock was up more than 14 percent in afternoon trading Friday, a surge sparked by a bidding war over one of the company’s competitors, 3Par Inc. Hewlett-Packard on Friday morning announced it would pay about $2 billion for 3Par, a data-storage firm based in Fremont, Calif. Dell Inc. kicked off the bidding war over 3Par. Dell initially offered to pay $1.15 billion for the firm, but later upped its bid to $1.8 billion. Read full story

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