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This week on the GeekWire Podcast: We peel back the layers of Microsoft's hiring of AI pioneer Mustafa Suleyman (above) and colleagues from Inflection AI, and consider the trend of the company striking deals that look a lot like acquisitions, without actually being acquisitions.

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Signs of extraterrestrial life: A team led by a University of Washington researcher has verified that a technique for identifying cellular material in ice thrown up from the surface of Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, just might work — and the technique could be put to the test in the 2030s. Read more.

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  • Master Chief prevails on TV: The television adaptation of Microsoft’s “Halo” video game franchise on Paramount+ is winning praise after its second season finale. (Kotaku)
  • Microsoft is rolling out its Copilot AI assistant to more users on Windows 11, and preparing for a rollout for Windows 10, as well. (Tech Radar)

  • Amazon is appealing a $34.6 million fine by French regulators over a system that monitors employee activity and performance, describing the findings as factually incorrect. (Reuters)

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