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IACI turns lawmaker directory into an app

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, one of the state’s more prominent business and lobbying organizations, has turned its state legislative directory into a free smartphone and tablet app. The app also includes a bill tracker useful for anyone ...

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Sales contract for Grand View solar plant terminated (access required)

Electric utility Idaho Power and the developer of what’s been billed as the state’s first big solar electricity plant have agreed to scrap a power sales contract that required the plant to be online in January. Terms of the new ...

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Boise startup launches software app for woodworking designs (access required)

A former Microsoft executive has turned his woodworking hobby into a Boise startup.  Sawtooth Ideas, Inc.’s website allows customers to buy and download digital woodworking designs much the way Apple’s iTunes lets customers browse and purchase music, videos and smartphone ...

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Micron lays off 30 workers

Micron Technology confirmed reports that the memory company is narrowing its focus and will trim its workforce by about 30 people. According to Micron spokesman Dan Francisco, all of the layoffs will occur in its light emitting diode, or LED, ...

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Blackfoot Telecom expands Idaho footprint (access required)

Charlotte, N.C.-based FairPoint Communications, Inc. has agreed to sell its Idaho operations to a Montana company. That means more than 5,000 residential and business customers in eastern Idaho will likely make the transition to a new telecommunications provider in the ...

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HP takes $8.8 billion charge, printer revenue down (access required)

The 2011 purchase of a British software firm turned sour for the Hewlett-Packard Company, but HP, a major Boise-area employer, is trying to recoup at least some of the loss. In a year-ending conference call with analysts on Nov. 20, ...

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INL has 365th fastest supercomputer (access required)

Idaho National Laboratory’s Fission supercomputer was one of the 100 fastest in the world just 17 months ago, but in an era of constant technological improvements, it has dropped to 365th on the latest Top500 list released Nov. 12 by ...

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FTC releases consumer privacy guidance (access required)

With the use of facial recognition technology on the rise, the Federal Trade Commission has released a report with recommendations on how companies can protect consumers’ privacy. “Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technology” notes that ...

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Tokyo court rejects plan by some Elpida creditors to stop sale to Micron (access required)

A Japanese court has decided to send Elpida Memory’s bankruptcy reorganization plan to creditors for approval.  Elpida announced the decision on its website Oct. 31. Boise-based Micron Technology reached a $2.5 billion agreement with Elpida in July to buy the ...

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