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Seattle’s economic strength helps propel it to No. 6 in new ranking of top 1,000 global cities
A new ranking of the top 1,000 largest cities in the world puts Seattle among elite company, thanks largely to the economic strength of the city, driven by its tech sector.
U.S. Army awards $1.6M to Wave Motion for development of Jet Gun technology
Wave Motion Launch Corp. has won a contract worth nearly $1.6 million from the U.S. Army to continue development of its Jet Gun technology.
Expedia Group cites ‘violation of company policy’ for sudden ouster of two key tech leaders
Two of Expedia Group’s top engineering leaders have abruptly exited the company due to what the online travel giant called a “violation of company policy.” The Seattle-based company did not provide further details about the departures of CTO Rathi Murthy and Sreenivas Rachamadugu, senior vice president, core services product and engineering.
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Microsoft’s new ‘Team Copilot’ AI assistant runs meetings, manages projects, assigns tasks
Microsoft will test the limits of artificial intelligence in group collaboration with a new AI assistant that keeps meetings on track, takes collaborative notes, manages large projects, and assigns tasks.
How Seattle science-fiction pioneer Vonda N. McIntyre blazed a trail for diversity
Decades before the current debates over gender and sexuality, the late Seattle science-fiction writer Vonda N. McIntyre flipped the script.
Microsoft unveils ‘Copilot + PC’ initiative in new bid to revitalize Windows with AI
REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft showed new integrations between its Copilot artificial intelligence technologies and its Windows PC operating system, and previewed a new class of personal computers designed to further build AI capabilities into its longtime software platform.
Recruiting software company SeekOut lays off employees in another round of cuts
SeekOut, a Seattle-area startup that sells recruiting software and raised $115 million in 2022, is trimming its workforce for the second time in the past eight months.
OpenAI’s Sam Altman appears at Microsoft Build amid dustup over voice technologies
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman played the role of closing act for the opening keynote at Microsoft’s Build developer conference in Seattle on Tuesday morning, in an appearance that was perhaps more symbolic than substantive.
Blue Origin flies its first crew in 21 months — and writes another page in space history
Blue Origin resumed sending people into space after a 21-month gap — and made a Black aerospace pioneer's 60-year-old dream come true.
UW spinout Overland AI raises $10M for off-road self-driving tech used by U.S. military
A hot Seattle startup developing autonomous driving technology for off-road vehicles announced a $10 million seed round to fuel its growth.
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