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A proposal to put at least 30 digital kiosks along sidewalks in downtown Seattle — to increase community engagement, wayfinding and more — was met with a mix of enthusiasm and concern during a Design Commission meeting. Public safety officials argued that the IKE Smart City kiosks would aid first responders. Others expressed apprehension over the bright displays as potential light polluters that would further clutter Seattle’s urban landscape with unwanted advertising. Read more. 

This just in: Microsoft said it is updating a controversial new AI-powered feature called Recall that takes regular screenshots of user activity. Read more.

Melinda French Gates wrote a farewell letter on Friday to colleagues and alumni at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more.


Way better than sitting at the airport gate:
A fledgling Seattle startup, Sanctum, is developing pods with doors that provide fully enclosed, private spaces in airports and other public settings, for work, rest, or relaxation. Fun fact: its founders met at a GeekWire event. Read more.

Following a milestone launch earlier this week, Boeing’s Starliner capsule and its two-person NASA crew arrived at the International Space Station today after mission managers coped with some post-launch glitches involving the spacecraft’s propulsion system. Read more.

Tech Moves: Lexion leaders start new roles at Docusign following acquisition; Spectrum Effect names president; and more key personnel changes.

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  • Microsoft unveiled Aurora, described as the first large-scale foundation model of the atmosphere. (Microsoft)
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