Warren Buffett’s bet on Apple gained $1 billion in a single day (AAPL)

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Warren Buffett’s bet on Apple gained $1 billion on Wednesday.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns about 135 million shares of Apple. Apple released its third quarter earnings report after the bell on Tuesday and beat Wall Street’s expectations. Shares of the company rose 5.11% on Wednesday following the strong report to $157.72.

Multiplying Berkshire Hathaway’s 135 million shares by the $7.67 rise in Apple’s stock price nets the holding company $1,035,319,579; more than $1 billion in a single day.

It’s worth noting that Buffett would have to sell his company’s shares at the current stock price in order to realize those gains. Berkshire Hathaway’s holding also could have changed slightly since it last disclosed it as well, which would affect the gains.

Apple was on the rise after reporting higher than expected earnings and revenue numbers. Stronger iPad and Mac sales contributed to the beat. Apple also released guidance for the fourth quarter which would suggest that previously expected delays in the launch of the iPhone 8 won’t be an issue for the company.

Berkshire added 73 million shares, about half of their total position in the first quarter of 2017, according to Bloomberg. The company has also publicized a large holding in Store Capital recently. Shares of Store shot up after Buffett announced his holding, but then got downgraded by one Wall Street firm shortly after.

Shares of Apple are up 35.76% this year.

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My favorite Alexa skill has made the $50 Echo Dot worth every penny (AMZN)

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For the last two months, I’ve been living with five new roommates: Four guys, and an Amazon Echo Dot. 

The Dot was something of a housewarming present purchased by my boyfriend when I moved in at the end of May, and it lives nestled on the bedside table. While I’ve only been living with the Dot for a short time, I’ve already found my favorite way to use the device: Sleep Sounds. 

Sleep Sounds is an Alexa skill that’s free to enable on any Alexa-enabled device. The skill essentially acts as a white-noise machine, playing sounds like cicadas, frogs, city rain, and grandfather clock.

My personal favorite is thunderstorms, which provides a soothing backdrop of steady rain and rolling thunder as I sleep. 

Alexa has 10,000 skills in all, and I’ve only sampled a few. In the months and years to come, I look forward to testing out all the device has to offer and getting used to having another computer in my home. Right now, I’m just slowly working on getting used to talking to Alexa and having her handle basic tasks for me. (Yes, I call it a "her." I live with four guys, it’s nice to have some female company!)

But for now, I couldn’t be more satisfied with the Dot acting as a white-noise machine. Sure, there are cheaper machines on the market, and I’ve tried a $300 high-end version that I loved. But the Dot is small and unobtrusive, sounds good, and I can activate Sleep Sounds from bed (or even from across the room) with a simple phrase.

For $50, you get what you pay for — along with all the other benefits of owning an Alexa device.

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Microsoft powers a DJ’s live show with a Surface Book and Kinects

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When it comes to live shows, the visuals are key to making a lasting impression. I’d even argue that what you see is just as important as the quality of the music. It is a performance, after all. Touring musicians employ all kinds of A/V gear in an attempt to offer a unique experience for concertgoers. For years, some acts have turned to Microsoft’s Kinect camera to capture movement live, translating that to graphics on a video display, among other things. To make the camera-based setup more portable, Microsoft teamed up with DJ Alison Wonderland to create a simplified Kinect-driven system that runs primarily on a Surface Book.

With help from creative studio SuperUber, Microsoft sought to create a more portable, plug-and-play-type setup for Wonderland that would allow her to carry her stage show to venues of all sizes as part of the company’s Music x Technology initiative. It also had to be something that was quick and easy to set up. When she performs at festivals like Lollapalooza where the changeover between acts is limited to just a few minutes, the system has to be up and running immediately. In addition to huge events like Lollapalooza, she also performs in much smaller and more intimate spaces, so the setup had to work equally well there.

"They really wanted something that wasn’t a huge extra set of cases, but something that’s small and could easily be added to their kit," said Amy Sorokas, strategic partnerships director of Microsoft Brand Studios. "It’s quick to set up and portable but also flexible to work no matter where she’s playing."

To achieve this, the project relies on a few key elements: a video camera, two Kinect cameras, a Surface Book, popular video DJ (VJ) software called Resolume and a custom-built controller app. The Kinects track motion and depth before sending that information to the Surface Book, which transforms those details into the performance visuals. And yes, Alison can use that motion tracking to manipulate those visual elements while onstage just like you would in a Kinect-enabled video game.

You could always film me dancing, but now you can film me dancing on fire. Which is pretty damn cool.

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"Some of the effects are enhanced when she’s moving around, so she can make some of the effects bigger or more dramatic depending on how she’s moving in front of the Kinects." Sorokas said. "The Kinect is also using sound and some of the effects are also responding to the sound in the music she’s creating." In fact, one Kinect is tasked with capture Alison Wonderland’s body movements while the other is focused on her hands, allowing her to manipulate the visuals, as Sorokas explained.

Her VJ also has a simple interface on the Surface Book that allows for quick adjustments and selections on the device’s touch-enabled display. In fact, SuperUber’s founder and CEO Russ Rive explained to me that all of the computing power driving the visuals is coming from the Surface Book.

"We were surprised in the development process, we assumed we would use the Surface Book as like a MIDI controller interface," Rive said. "Once we had it in there … it’s running the entire thing. It’s doing all of the visual processing." Sure, the project is using the top-of-the-line Surface Book configuration, but it’s impressive that the device is powerful enough to drive both the controller interface and the Resolume software in real-time without any noticeable lag.

There are other computers at work here. For example, two Windows 10 Brix PCs connected to the Kinect cameras to analyze the gathered data and create grayscale depth videos complete with skeleton coordinates. However, in terms of transforming what’s being collected onstage from the Kinects into visual elements, that’s all being done on the Surface Book. Rive explained that if just one Kinect camera was being used here, that pair of Brix PCs wouldn’t be necessary. Due to the fact you can only connect a single Kinect to a computer, the system demands them. Rive said those two machines are mostly for fine adjustments and calibration purposes for the Kinect cameras.

Rive also noted how important it was for the interface of the custom-built controller app to be as simple as possible on the Surface Book display. The environment of a live show can be chaotic and stressful, so Alison Wonderland’s VJ needs to be able to make selections and adjusts without having to hunt around for what he’s after.

"Imagine you’re in the middle of a totally chaotic mosh pit, but there’s no panic when you look at the display," he said. "You can’t press anything that’s wrong. Everything is bright and super simple to use."

The app, which was written in C++ using Open Frameworks, pulls in video from the Kinects that can be used in 10 different scenes. That collection of options is on the left side of the UI with effects sliders down the middle and Kinect camera previews on the right. It looks simple, but everything the VJ might need at a moment’s notice is a tap away. Of course, the whole thing can be piped into more robust Resolume software for more detailed tweaks and layering. The fact that it works with a professional-grade app that the crew was already using means there wasn’t too much of a learning curve either.

Alison Wonderland admitted that she wasn’t familiar with Kinect before this project, but she explained how the setup expands the possibilities for her live show. "You could always film me dancing but now you can film me dancing on fire," she said. "Which is pretty damn cool."

As mentioned earlier, this isn’t the first time Kinect has been used on stage during a live show. Nine Inch Nails put the cameras to work during its 2013 tour to track Trent Reznor’s movements and translate them into artsy visuals at different points in the show, for example. Microsoft’s Music x Technology initiative is no stranger to using the cameras either, employing them in projects with the likes of Washed Out and Neon Indian. However, the toolkit for Alison Wonderland is more of a complete package. It’s something that could potentially be used by other artists in the future who need the visual element of their show to be more portable and fit a range of venues.

"It’s very plug-and-play — it’s not very difficult to set up at all," Rive said. "Someone could easily set this up with one Kinect, plug it in and start playing around with it. We designed this for two Kinect cameras, but the backend has already been designed to accommodate as many as you want to use. It’s just a matter of adjusting the interface."

He went on to give the example of a ring of a dozen or so Kinect cameras that could be used to create Matrix-like effects or something similar to a 3D scan. "There’s some really cool stuff that’s going to be done once we really push it," Rive continued.

Alison Wonderland echoed that sentiment. "Even at rehearsal today we were coming up with new ideas," she explained. "I can’t wait to get out on tour and keep trying new things with the new music. There’s loads of stuff we could do, this is just the beginning."

While Rive and the rest of the team are working on making those ideas a reality, you won’t have to wait long to see the collaboration put through its paces. Well, that’s if you’re planning to take a trip to Chicago. During Alison Wonderland’s set at Lollapalooza this weekend, the Kinect and Surface Book-powered system will be on display. For the rest of us, there’s a chance to catch the tech during her during a North American tour that runs through October.

Image credits: Jeremie Brillant and Microsoft

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How to Clean Out Your Gmail Account and Start Again From Scratch

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When Gmail showed up in 2004 with its overwhelmingly generous 1GB of free space for everyone, we never thought we’d have to delete an email again—but even though that free space is now 15 times what it once was, email is more burdensome than ever.

It’s not really the available space that’s the problem in Gmail; it’s the sheer number of unread, unnecessary, and unsolicited emails clogging up the archives. Checking the inbox becomes depressing, running a useful search becomes nearly impossible, and systems of labels that once made sense have long since been abandoned.

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It’s time to cut your losses, so here’s how you can start again from the beginning, and do better next time.

Deleting messages

The first step is to delete everything in your Gmail account. Now, we can’t be held responsible if you erase a message you later realize you actually needed to hang on to, so proceed at your own risk—if you want to make a backup of your emails first, use Google’s comprehensive export tool to get your emails out—though that’s really just delaying the inevitable and necessary purge.

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You can also forward the most useful messages out to another account (your starred messages and emails to and from the most important people in your life might be good places to check) or use Gmail’s POP/IMAP features to get your emails downloaded to a desktop client for safe keeping—Google has full instructions as to how to enable and use them here and here.

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As for deleting all your messages, well that’s actually scarily simple: Go to the All Mail page, place a tick in the selection box to the top left, and when you see the Select all… message at the top, click it. Then click the trashcan icon at the top of the message list and in a few seconds all of your Gmail history will be gone.

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Well, gone to the Trash folder anyway. If you don’t want to wait around for messages to auto-expire, you can go to the Trash and click Empty Trash now and then OK. You might want to visit the Spam folder as well, just to make sure absolutely everything’s gone. With any luck, you might experience a minute or two of peace before your inbox starts filling up again.

Erasing contacts

Gmail’s eagerness to make it simple for you to email your contacts is helpful sometimes, but it creates an unsightly mess in your contacts list if you’re not careful. People you only ever emailed once ten years ago can suddenly show up as contacts on your Android phone for no reason (we’ve seen it happen). For the most comprehensive email detox, you want to get rid of your contacts as well.

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This is trickier to do, because as we’ve mentioned, your contacts sync across multiple Google services, like Android. Ideally we want to trim down any useless email addresses while keeping the important ones and without deleting anyone’s phone number along the way, and Google doesn’t really make this particularly easy to do.

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A good place to start from the Contacts page is the Other Contacts category under the More heading—people that might pop up as suggestions when you’re typing out email addresses, but who you haven’t specifically added as contacts. As with emails, you can use the checkboxes on the left to select people, then click More (the three dots) and Delete contacts. You can also do some tidying by checking the Duplicates tab and seeing if any contacts can be merged.

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If you have an Android phone, you’ve got another approach to try—open the Google Contacts app, tap Suggestions from the main menu, and you should get an option to remove junk contacts Google has spotted. After that it’s probably worth a manual purge through your main contacts list—be ruthless—and if you want to stop contacts from being automatically added in the future, go to the General tab of your Gmail settings and choose I’ll add contacts myself under the Create contacts for auto-complete heading.

Starting again

With a fresh new inbox and purged contact list to enjoy, it’s time to think about making sure your Gmail account never gets clogged up again. Being careful about who has your email address is a good start, though admittedly it might be too late for that—starting again with a new Google account is an option, and you can always get messages from your old account forwarded if you want (look under Forwarding and POP/IMAP in the Gmail settings screen).

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As we’ve mentioned before, dots don’t make a difference in Gmail addresses, so emails sent to j.ohnsmith@gmail.com and john.smith@gmail.com go to the same inbox. Insert a dot into your address whenever you sign up for less important apps and services, and you can filter messages from all these places (e.g. emails sent to john.smith@gmail.com rather than johnsmith@gmail.com)—tell Gmail to mark them as read and archive or delete them immediately for a less busy inbox.

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Another idea is to regularly trash all your emails once they’re more than a few months old. Type “older_than:1y” in the Gmail search box to find messages sent more than a year ago, for example, or “older_than:6m” to change the time frame to six months. These emails can then be selected and deleted, but if you’re worried about getting rid of something important, add “is:unimportant” to your search.

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Gmail actually does a decent job of keeping your inbox organized if you turn on the inbox tabs (click the cog icon on the right, then Configure inbox, to pick which ones get shown). When it doesn’t sort messages correctly, drag and drop them into the right tabs and Gmail will remember your choice for next time. You can then use searches for these groups of messages (e.g. “label:social” or “label:updates”) to select and delete them in batches.

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Samsung’s giant 4K QLED TV costs $20,000

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More than just about any other electronics products, TVs cost a fortune if you really want the biggest, best model available. Case in point is Samsung’s Q9, the latest model in its top-end QLED lineup. At 88-inches, the 4K model is now Samsung’s largest QLED screen, and we now know you’ll pay $20,000 for the privilege. That’s double the 75-inch Q9F model, which is actually on sale in the US right now for $9,000. The cheapest model, the 55-inch Q7, runs $2,500.

For your dollars, you get 88 inches of Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution, 10-bit HDR (no Dolby Vision though, unfortunately), 240 Hz refresh, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth (including Headset support), four HDMI inputs and Samsung’s Smart Hub and Smart Remote. Like others in the Q-series, the Q9 is extremely thin, has nearly no bezel, and features a "no-gap" wall mount thanks to the 1.88mm transparent optical cable.

The technology behind it is Samsung’s latest-gen QLED, which uses a layer metal "quantum dots" placed in front of an LED backlight panel. Each can emit an individual hue from a palette of a billion colors.

Considering how good its AMOLED smartphone displays are, it’s surprising that Samsung never really got into OLED TVs. Instead, it came up with QLED, which requires a backlight — a completely different technology. While that makes QLED panels much brighter than OLED, OLED sets have better blacks, since they can turn individual pixels completely off. Samsung also claims its QLED sets can cover 100 percent of the DCI-P3 HDR color space, while OLED sets can’t quite do that yet.

However, reviewers far prefer OLED sets and even high-end LEDs over Samsung’s QLED models. "There’s no getting around it, Samsung is asking you to pay top-shelf prices for a second-rate screen technology which can never go head to head with LG’s OLED range or a Full Array backlit LED television from the likes of Sony or Panasonic," Lifehacker‘s Adam Turner wrote in a recent shootout. Ouch.

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The first trailer for Angelina Jolie’s new movie is here, and it’s upsetting

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Angelina Jolie’s new movie looks like a tough watch. Not because it looks bad, mind you, but because the subject matter is so harrowing. 

First They Killed My Father, which Jolie directed, is based on the memoir by Loung Ung about growing up in Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime.

And Jolie isn’t looking away from the horrors. The trailer shows a happy childhood interrupted by war and persecution. Luong Ung herself (played by Srey Moch in the film) is forced to become a child soldier.

It’s a story that’s not discussed much here in the U.S., but here’s hoping Jolie’s work (and famous name) can help draw some eyeballs to a dark chapter in the world’s history.  Read more…

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Karma’s next device is a Wi-Fi hotspot with built in Tor and a VPN

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Wi-Fi hotspot maker Karma Mobility will this fall unveil a specialized version of its KarmaGo hotspot device that includes built-in security features, including support for private anonymous browsing through Tor, an integrated VPN, black listing, and ad blocking. For customers, the promise is a device that encrypts your web activity, hides your physical location and identity, and adds protection against invasive advertising and malware, among other things.

To what extent this will all work as promised still remains to be seen – the device isn’t being made available for sale until September, the company says. It’s also not detailing specifics, like the product’s hardware specs or its pricing at this point.

However, Karma is promising some sort of trade-in offer for existing KarmaGo customers who want to take advantage of the new Black product. Beyond the additional security features, the device may be worth swapping out because it’s likely to sport new hardware internals, as well.

It’s sort of funny that a privacy-focused device is coming from Karma, of all companies. The original value proposition for the device maker was one where users would openly share their hotspot with others nearby. This would reward the Karma device owner with a credit to their account and additional data. If you actually wanted the security of using a private Wi-Fi network with a passphrase, you’d have to subscribe to Karma’s premium service.

According to Karma’s announcement, the Black device will seemingly also take advantage of the same 2G/3G/LTE service the KarmaGo offers, which is today available as tiered “Pulse” monthly subscriptions, based on GB used per month, or available on a pay-as-you-go basis through “Drift.”

The company last year had to revamp its data plans, after having introduced an Unlimited plan called Neverstop that it found to be unsustainable. Karma had first tried to save the Neverstop plan by throttling speeds and introducing data caps before realizing it just wouldn’t work. Disappointed users were offered refunds as a result, and ultimately it was a bad look for the company, and may have impacted its ability to retain loyal customers.

The new plans Karma introduced weren’t as competitive as Neverstop once was, given its promises of worry-free data usage for just $50/month. Now, when you hit your data limit on the Pulse tiered plans, you either have to upgrade to the next tier up or buy another GB of data for $15. That’s more in line with the going rate for overages across carriers (and $5 more than Google’s Project Fi.)

That could also mean there’s less of a draw for Karma devices, amid user concerns that its plans could be revamped again with little warning.

The Karma Black is clearly meant to shift focus away from data plan pricing as a selling point for Karma devices. Instead, the company is positioning the product launch as a response to the elimination of FCC regulations that had prevented internet providers from selling customer data to advertisers.

In other words, buy a Karma device to snub your nose at the telcos, is the message behind the lines here.

“Karma is committed to protecting the privacy of our customers, even in the face of these regulatory challenges. Getting or staying ‘off the grid,’ in terms of surfing the public internet, is more and more important to people who believe that being online should not mean giving up their right to lawful private activity,” said Todd Wallace, CEO of Karma Mobility, in a statement.

But despite its lofty goals, a device like this will have challenges in carving out a niche for itself. Security-minded pros will be underwhelmed with its limitations, and feel their existing setups are more secure and trustworthy. Meanwhile, a number of mainstream users may not even understand the changes for ISPs that involve reselling their customer data. Or they’ve given to a feeling of defeat – of course everything you do online is tracked and for sale. I guess that’s just the price you pay for internet access, they say, sadly shaking their heads.

Karma says it will release more information regarding the Black’s distribution plans later in the month.

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It’s Official: For the First Time Ever, US Scientists Have Edited the DNA of a Human Embryo

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American scientists have accomplished a major first: For the first time on US soil, a human embryo has been genetically modified. The details of the breakthrough, which was leaked to the press last week, are reported in a study published today in the journal Nature.

In their new paper, a consortium of scientists in California, Oregon and Asia detailed using the genome-editing technique CRISPR to repair DNA that causes a common genetic heart disease known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This is only the fourth published study involving editing human embryos; the other three all took place in China.

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Aside from helping the US catch up to China in the genetic arms race, the study breaks some important new ground. Scientists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, the Oregon Health and Science University and the Institute for Basic Science in Korea seem to have found a way around what’s known as “mosaicism,” a major problem thus far in embryo engineering in which some but not all of an embryo’s cells incorporate the engineered DNA. The research team cleverly side-stepped mosaicism by using CRISPR at the same time as fertilizing the egg, before its cells had begun dividing.

The team also uncovered a new and potentially important DNA repair mechanism that takes place in early embryo development. The researchers used well over a hundred healthy donor eggs, fertilized with sperm from a donor with the gene for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. But rather than inserting new, lab-designed genes into the the embryo, the researches simply used CRISPR to cut the paternal gene in the right spot, and let the maternal version repair it with its own disease-free genetic code.

“This is not only a different technique for embryo editing, but the most encouraging fixing of an embryo with CRISPR to date,” Eric Topol, a geneticist at Scripps Research Institute who was not affiliated with the study, told Gizmodo. “That doesn’t mean that this [embryo] is ready for implantation in the womb, but it does demonstrate a technology that is better suited for eventual success.”

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The study was not, however, the world-altering breakthrough it was made out to be after news of the forthcoming paper was leaked to the MIT Technology Review last week, and covered by most major media outlets, including Gizmodo.

“It’s an incremental step that moves us a little closer [to editing human embryos], but this [technology] isn’t right around the corner,” Stanford bioethicist Hank Greely told Gizmodo.

Greely pointed out that the applications for this technology are actually pretty narrow. There are two major scenarios in which editing the DNA of an embryo might be considered ethical: One in which both parents carry a gene for a genetic disorder recessively, and one in which one parent carries a dominant gene for a disease, like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or Huntington’s disease. This technique would only work in the second case.

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“Looking at it more closely, it’s less useful than you might expect, if it works at all,” Greely said.

The new technique, it’s worth noting, is also unlikely to bring about a much-feared future of designer babies, since rather than inserting new DNA into embryos, it relies on the healthy DNA of one parent to repair the DNA of the other. In one embryo, the researchers did attempt to insert new DNA, but that embryo experience mosaicism.

“CRISPR is just targeting and doing the cutting. We’re not inserting anything,” Jun Wu, a lead author on the paper from the Salk Institute, told Gizmodo. “We’re only here to repair mutations. It’s not useful for things like designer babies.”

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In February, the National Academy of Sciences released a 261-page report that gave a cautious go-ahead to human gene-editing, endorsing the practice for purposes of curing disease and for basic research but determining that uses such as creating designer babies are unethical. Wu stressed that the new study is squarely in the “basic research” category.

In the US, Congress has blocked any clinical trials with the aim of turning an edited IVF embryo into a baby. It has also made it hard to do research on human embryos at all, blocking federal funding for any clinical research “in which a human embryo is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification.” In the new study, researchers discarded the embryos a few days after fertilization. There is still no indication as to how they might fare if actually implanted in a human womb.

“We need to see if this can be replicated and evaluate the safety,” said Wu. “One of the major concerns is whether there will be off-target effects. We didn’t observe any in this case, but we need to evaluate it in other cases.”

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Early days as it is, the new study brings up interesting ethical questions. Why, for example, embark upon genome editing when technologies like genetic screening combined with in vitro fertilization could allow doctors to simply pick disease-free eggs to implant? How would you regulate this, and make sure that it’s equally accessible? What kinds of genes should we consider “ethical” to correct? There are an awful lot of unknowns.

In the mean time, though, scientists still have a lot to work out.

“We need more debate,” Wu said. “But for now, scientists just need to do more basic research.”

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I’m Baiju Bhatt, Robinhood CEO, and This Is How I Work

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Together with Vlad Tenev, second-generation American Baiju Bhatt founded the stock brokerage service Robinhood, which lets users trade public stocks from their mobile devices without paying a commission or maintaining a minimum balance. Their app has over 2 million users. Baiju started Robinhood, his third company with Vlad, when he was just 27. Here’s how he works.

Location: Palo Alto, CA
Current gig: Robinhood Co-Founder and Co-CEO
One word that best describes how you work: Scientifically.
Current mobile device: iPhone 6S
Current computer: A 2013 MacBook Pro that is covered in stickers

First of all, tell me a little about your background and how you got to where you are today.

I’m an only child and the son of two immigrants; my parents moved to the United States when my father was accepted to a PhD program in theoretical physics at University of Huntsville Alabama. I grew up in a small town—Poquoson, VA—and went to school at Stanford, following in my dad’s footsteps to study physics. In college, I met Vlad Tenev, who at the time was a long-haired, string-bean kid with a quirky sense of humor and a penchant for late-night games of chess. The two of us would become the best of friends and go on to co-create two companies in New York together before starting Robinhood in California.

Baiju and Vlad in New York City

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?

My ballpoint pen and my Moleskine notebook.

What’s your workspace setup like?

It’s pretty simple: an external monitor and my laptop.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

I run outside almost every day of the week. I’ll usually step out during lunch for an hour-long jog around the neighborhoods of Palo Alto and through Stanford campus. It helps me clear my head and put all the things I’ve been thinking about back together in creative ways. Also, by the time I get back, I’m energetic and generally feeling awesome.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

I use the Notes Mac app. It’s simple and gets the job done!

Baiju with his father

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?

I have always had strong willpower. Over the years, I’ve overcome challenges when I’ve set my mind to them, which has proven especially relevant as I’ve created Robinhood and grown as a leader.

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A personal but very important example comes from my childhood. As a kid, I had always struggled with being overweight. When I was a sophomore in high school, I decided I wanted to change that once and for all. That spring, I started exercising every single day, and by the time I started junior year, I had lost nearly 70 pounds. I looked and felt like a completely different person.

What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence?

Lately I’ve really liked the new Arcade Fire tracks, “Everything Now” and “Creature Comfort.” I’m usually listening to music while I work, though mostly instrumental stuff since it’s difficult for me to hear lyrics and write or read at the same time. A few albums on heavy rotation are “Moon Safari” by Air & “Selected Ambient Works 85-92” by Aphex Twin. Oh, and for a fun fact: In college I played guitar in a jazz/funk band and I DJed under the moniker “Thelonious Moustache.”

Baiju on guitar, in college

What are you currently reading? Or what’s something you’d recommend?

Last week I read a graphic novel called Head Lopper which just has awesome artwork. Last month I took a trip to Japan and read The Way of Zen by Alan Watts. That was fantastic too.

How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?

I spend so much of my time either using technology or thinking about building technology, so I like to spend my free time on old-fashioned, analog activities. Two of my favorite ways to recharge include going for long walks in the forests behind Stanford and playing cards with my friends.

What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early riser?

I’m usually out of bed by 7AM. I like beating the Bay Area traffic by getting into the office early, plus I get at least an hour most mornings to work on personal projects before I’m pulled into meetings.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.

Alexander Hamilton

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” — Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

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This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

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Did Coldplay’s Cover Of Linkin Park’s ‘Crawling’ Give Me Chills? Yes. Am I Basic? Totes.

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Coldplay is a lot like a finger in the butt–you won’t necessary admit you like in public, but behind closed doors, you’ve got your legs in the air ready to take a homemade colonoscopy while Strawberry Swing plays softly in the background. Right guys? Classic guy talk amiright? Is anyone still reading this?

In any event, I think we can all agree that if The Scientist and Yellow are two certified scud missiles that if sung by J.Cole or any of those cool backpack rappers, would be accepted in Brooklyn gastropubs.

During a sold out concert at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium as part of their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, Coldplay paid an impressive tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington with a somber rendition of ‘Crawling.’ The song highlights the poeticism of the song’s lyrics and once again reminded me of how impactful the entire Hybrid Theory remains after 17 years after its release.

P.S. This Chester Bennington mural that stopped traffic on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles may be the only thing worthy of stopping traffic.

P.P.S. I’d be negligent not to include this scene from The 40-Year-Old Virgin when discussing anything Coldplay.

[h/t Rolling Stone]

 

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