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After working decades in real estate, Katherine Winston (above, right) and Kenya Burrell-VanWormer were tired of statistics showing that a majority of real estate agents were women, while men held most leadership roles. So they launched Equity Angels, a social impact organization aiming to boost diversity in real estate tech by helping underrepresented founders land funding for their startups and get their businesses going. Read more.

Seattle-based satirical news site The Needling is quickly learning that the latest AI models have trouble identifying the searing sarcasm that defines much of its content. Read more

Eighteen is more manageable than 42: It doesn’t take AI to figure out that Washington state’s new 18-member Artificial Intelligence Task Force has a much better chance of succeeding (and even meeting) than the much larger group originally proposed last year. AG Bob Ferguson announced the members of the task force Friday morning. Read more.

Tech Moves: Superhuman hires a Seattle-based CTO; Getty Images co-founder leaves board; Xbox vet joins Unity; and more key personnel changes.

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  • The Seattle City Council approved the expansion of automated license plate reader technology to the Seattle Police Department’s entire fleet of patrol vehicles. (City Council Blog)

  • Washington state lawmakers are considering a “retail delivery fee” that would apply to packages delivered by Amazon and others and generate millions of dollars yearly for road maintenance and other transportation projects. (The Center Square)

  • In her first-ever endorsement of a presidential candidate, Melinda French Gates wrote about why the stakes couldn’t be higher for women and families and why she is supporting President Biden over Donald Trump. (CNN)

  • Seattle startup GitClear researched ways to reduce the number of lines programmers have to review. (Bill Harding

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