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New Seattle incubator for AI startups: Washington state lawmakers approved $800,000 in funding for the City of Seattle to lease space for a new tech startup incubator — focusing in particular on artificial intelligence. State Sen. Joe Nguyen (above) who helped spearhead the funding, spoke about the initiative during a Seattle AI Week event. Read more.

Seattle startup Flyhomes is beefing up its real estate search capabilities with the acquisition of technology from ZeroDown, a San Francisco startup backed by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman that develops AI-fueled software for prospective homebuyers. Read more.


The Bill Gates-backed nuclear power company TerraPower
broke ground in Wyoming on its first commercial power plant. The Microsoft co-founder (above, center) said, “I’ve been waiting for this day for 20 years.” Read more. 

“We are at a pivotal point in history. Anybody who’s asleep, you’re going to miss it.” TrueMedia.org founder Oren Etzioni and other longtime tech and AI leaders spoke about the future of artificial intelligence, encouraging experimentation and education. Read more.

Seattle cooking startup Homemade is raising more cash to boost its live streaming and TV series efforts and fuel chef/CEO Joel Gamoran’s dream of creating a product to help people lead healthier lives through cooking classes. Read more.

Tech Moves: Microsoft CVP Saurabh Tiwary joins Google; Remitly hires Spyro Karetsos as compliance chief; and more personnel changes.

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  • Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit filed six lawsuits against online services that it alleges attempted to circumvent its product approval process. (Amazon)

  • Why one tech CEO believes Microsoft handing over development of its best AI tools and software to OpenAI is a good thing for Google. (CNBC)

  • Proteins designed at the University of Washington direct human stem cells to form new blood vessels in the lab, a step toward more effective regenerative medicines. (Baker Lab)

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