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Microsoft showed new integrations between its Copilot artificial intelligence technologies and its Windows PC operating system at a media event on Monday in advance of the company’s annual Build developer conference in Redmond. It also previewed a new class of personal computers designed to further integrate AI capabilities into its longtime software platform. “We believe AI will be distributed,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (above). “The richest AI experiences will harness the power of the cloud and the edge working together in concert.” Read more.

Overland AI, a University of Washington spinout developing off-road self-driving tech for the U.S. military, raised $10 million from top venture capital firms. The 2-year-old startup recently inked a deal with the U.S. Army and has found a niche in the autonomous vehicle industry. Read more.  

A spark for Seattle’s startup scene? An entrepreneur and investor with roots in the defunct Techstars Seattle program plans to launch a new invite-only organization and shared workspace that supports tech founders by surrounding them with fellow entrepreneurs and experienced startup mentors. Read more.

Former Expedia CTO Rathi Murthy issued a statement following her abrupt departure last week from the Seattle travel giant. Read more.

 

Blue Origin writes another page in space history: After a 21-month gap, Jeff Bezos' space venture is back to flying suborbital space travelers — and one of them had been waiting 60 years for his ride. Read more.

Seattle science-fiction pioneer Vonda N. McIntyre blazed a trail with her writing and with her advocacy for diversity in the genre. With a new anthology, fellow author Una McCormack is shining a spotlight on McIntyre’s legacy for a new generation. Read more and listen to GeekWire contributor Alan Boyle’s latest “Fiction Science” podcast.

WeWork plans to hold onto five more of its co-working spaces in the Seattle area as part of an ongoing restructuring related to its bankruptcy. Read more.

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  • Inflection AI announced a new leadership team following the departure of its CEO and about 70 other employees to Microsoft. (VentureBeat)

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