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Catching up with SMHeuristics, as it adds products to its marketing services (access required)

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It’s not unusual for technology startups to hire people to help develop the initial product, but SMHeuristics is on the opposite side: Startup companies, and some established ones, hire it to help find customers. Some people call such companies “growth ...

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Real or artificial? Tech titans declare AI ethics concerns

The biggest tech companies want you to know that they’re taking special care to ensure that their use of artificial intelligence to sift through mountains of data, analyze faces or build virtual assistants doesn’t spill over to the dark side. ...

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Umpqua adds personal banker to banking app (access required)

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Correction: This story has been updated to correct the number of digital bankers. There will be 250, not 200. The story also incorrectly stated that personal bankers are not available in Boise. A new banking app from Umpqua Bank will ...

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Marlene Tromp named Boise State University’s seventh president

The Idaho State Board of Education has named Marlene Tromp the seventh president of Boise State University. She will be the institution’s first woman president. A first-generation college graduate from Wyoming, Tromp is currently campus provost and executive vice chancellor at ...

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Idaho, Forest Service partner to plant trees on private land

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — Money generated from an Idaho partnership with the U.S. Forest Service involving timber sales on federal land is being used for the first time on private land for wildfire restoration work. The Idaho Department of Lands ...

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US new-home sales climbed 4.5% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes increased 4.5% in March, the third straight monthly gain as the housing market appears to be cautiously recovering from a mortgage rate spike last year that caused homebuying to slump. The Commerce ...

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Idaho Ed Board approves tuition hikes at 4-year institutions

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Students attending any of Idaho’s four-year colleges or universities will pay several hundred dollars more next year under a newly approved tuition hike. The Lewiston Tribune reports the Idaho State Board of Education approved the tuition ...

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Expanding culinary scene in downtown Boise an indicator of economic growth (access required)

The Downtown Boise Association recognized the growing momentum of the city’s culinary scene – as well as Idaho’s agricultural bounty – at its 32nd State of Downtown annual meeting on April 17. As development continues and new hotels, apartments, retail ...

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Boise real estate agencies merge (access required)

Two Treasure Valley real estate firms have joined forces. Boise-based residential real estate company Amherst Madison has merged with Front Street Brokers. The combined brokerage will have 100 real estate agents, according to a spokesman. The merger “brings with it ...

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