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Seattle tumbled to No. 20 in an annual ranking of global startup ecosystems, dropping 10 spots from last year. The report from Startup Genome cited fewer large exits and a slowing of Series A deals, but said Seattle is still a “top-tier hub for innovation” with an “incredible depth of talent.” Read more. 

New Xbox consoles: Microsoft unveiled its gaming plans for this fall, including three new editions of Xbox hardware and updated versions of "Call of Duty" and "Flight Simulator." Read more.

Generative AI in the hospital: Providence developed a new tool to prioritize incoming messages from patients and support the medical assistants who lead the responses. Read more.

A husband-and-wife team with startup and Microsoft experience is getting into the skincare business with a Heyday franchise in Kirkland, Wash. Garrett Vargas co-founded and was CTO at LegUp, a Seattle-based child care enrollment startup. Read more.

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  • Microsoft is launching a cybersecurity program to aid rural hospitals that are increasingly under attack. (Microsoft)

  • Google’s “Project Green Light” system, which uses AI to improve traffic flow in cities including Seattle, could radically reduce the time drivers spend idling at red lights. (Wall Street Journal)

  • Seattle startup Dopl Technologies won the Washington State Black Angel Network’s first Dreamward Event Fund. (LinkedIn)

  • Honeywell is running tests in Washington state on new in-flight technology that could help airplane pilots avoid runway collisions. (Seattle Times)

  • E-bikes and e-scooters can now be used on trails in Seattle’s King County. (Urbanist)

  • The Seattle Aquarium experience “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is hitting the road for stops at aquariums across the country. (Nintendo)
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