UPDATED: CRISPR scientist in China claims his team’s research has resulted in the world’s first gene-edited babies

Update: The story is getting even more convoluted. When contacted by TechCrunch’s Rita Liao, a representative at the hospital that reportedly approved Jiankui He’s study stated “what we can say for sure is that the gene editing process did not take place at our hospital. The babies were not born here either.” She also said that the hospital is investigating the validity of the documents connected to the study on ChiCTR.  In what would represent a dramatic and ethically fraught escalation of CRIS...
Tags: TC, Hong Kong, Science, Biology, Stanford, China, Tech, Ap, United States, Ethics, World Health Organization, Associated Press, Seattle, Technology Review, Crispr, Rice

CRISPR scientist in China claims his team’s research has resulted in the world’s first gene-edited babies

In a dramatic development for CRISPR research, a Chinese scientist from a university in Shenzhen claims he has succeeded in helping create the world’s first genetically-edited babies. Dr. Jiankui He told the Associated Press that twin girls were born earlier this month after he edited their embryos using CRISPR technology to remove the CCR5 gene, which plays a critical role in enabling many forms of the HIV virus to infect cells. The AP’s interview comes after the MIT Technology Review reported ...
Tags: TC, Hong Kong, Science, Biology, Stanford, China, Tech, Ap, United States, Ethics, Associated Press, Seattle, Technology Review, Crispr, Shenzhen, Rice

Bookmarking Ebooks? On the Mac?

Hi, I don't know if Calibre can do this or if another tool might work better. But I'm looking for a good reliable way to bookmark specific pdf pages. Apple's Preview adds bookmarks to pdf files, rewriting them in the process. So not an option. Canoe's Clearview keeps bookmarks in a special folder. But it slows down and freezes if I can't clean out the preferences every few months, so I can't keep the bookmarks for longer than that. Calibre seems ideal for logging important data about each bo...
Tags: Apple, Books, Reading and Management, ClearView

Google reportedly paid £4,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit in the UK

Google paid £4,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit that claims it did not do enough to protect a contractor from being racially profiled while working on an undercover project for Google Maps in shopping malls, reports the Guardian. The contractor, a UK citizen of Moroccan descent, said he was subjected to frequent harassment, including being asked if he was a terrorist, while gathering information about wi-fi signals inside stores, and the situation was exacerbated because he was instruct...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, London, Tech, Diversity, United Kingdom, Guardian, Google-Maps, Racial Profiling, Racial Discrimination, Rashid, NDA, Ahmed Rashid

Macbook Pro 2018

I am now working with my new MacBook Pro computer set up for 2 weeks. In 2015, I got an iMac because it was the only option to enjoy that huge 5k screen back then. Some observations:I am happy to have the option of mobility again. If your work consists of replying to emails, mobile devices are OK to work outside your office, but for design and coding, that is a different story.While the LG 5K monitor is less sturdy than the iMac, it is easier to adjust and has a much smaller footprint. The scree...
Tags: Hardware, Lg, Macbook Pro, Speaking, MBP

Why standing desks are overrated

Analysis | Research suggests that warnings about sitting at work are overblown and that standing desks are overrated as a way to improve health.
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How one family built Qualtrics, an $8 billion startup far from Silicon Valley

SAP is buying Qualtrics, which was started by Ryan Smith in 2002 with his brother Jared. Ryan will continue to run the company as an entity within SAP's larger cloud business group, maintaining headquarters in Provo, Utah, as well as Seattle.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Silicon Valley, Sap, Ryan Smith, Provo Utah, Jared Ryan

Founder’s big idea to revive BuzzFeed’s fortunes? A merger with rivals

Re-establishing the fortunes of digital publisher BuzzFeed requires an audacious effort, says CEO Jonah Peretti — a series of mergers with five or six top internet publishers.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Jonah Peretti

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) – Silver Aluminium Case with White Sport Band $199 (Reg $279)

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) – Silver Aluminium Case with White Sport Band $199 (Reg $279) Amazon has Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm) – Silver Aluminium Case with White Sport Band for $199 (Reg $279) with free shipping.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
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What’s In a Video?

Many business owners don’t truly understand what video channels can do for your brand. But the facts are these: 55% of people watch at least one video online every day Video marketers get 66% more qualified leads per year Nearly 50% of web users look for a video before visiting a store, according to Google If you want your business to be successful, you really need to learn how to incorporate some video content into your strategy. It has enormous value. Not only is it valuable for your business,...
Tags: Google, Business, Marketing

Google Local Search Study: Businesses on First Page Have an Avg. 4.4 Star Rating by @MattGSouthern

Businesses ranking on the first page of Google local search results have an average review rating of 4.42 stars.The post Google Local Search Study: Businesses on First Page Have an Avg. 4.4 Star Rating by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Local Search

Finally, researchers develop a computer that can finish your sentence

Over the past several months, researchers have shown that computer systems can learn the vagaries of language and then apply what they have learned to a variety of specific tasks. That may lead to technology that can — finally — carry on a decent conversation.
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Washington DC Made GitHub Its Official Digital Source For Laws

"Recently, I found a typo in the District of Columbia's legal code and corrected it using GitHub," writes D.C. based "civic hacker" Joshua Tauberer, adding "My feat highlights the groundbreaking way the District manages its legal code." The District does something with its legal code that no other jurisdiction in the world does (to my knowledge): it publishes the law on GitHub.... This isn't a copy of the DC law. It is an authoritative source. It is where the DC Council stores the digital versio...
Tags: Washington, US, Tech, United States, District Of Columbia, Council, District, DC Council, Joshua Tauberer

In Extraordinary Rebuke, UK Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents

The British Parliament has seized internal Facebook documents in “an extraordinary attempt to hold the U.S. social media giant to account” after being repeatedly spurned in their attempts to have the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify about its data privacy practices, the Observer reported on Saturday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Science, Technology, Privacy, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Consequences, British Parliament, Cambridge Analytica, UK Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents

Scientists Discover Rare Giant Viruses Lurking In Harvard Forest Soil

MinutePhrase shares an article from ScienceAlert: There's a forest in Massachusetts that for nearly 30 years has hosted the world's longest running soil-warming experiment, measuring how hotter temperatures impact the tiny life-forms that live in the dirt... "Our goal was to isolate bacteria directly from the environment to understand how microbial communities are changing in response to soil warming," says biologist Jeff Blanchard from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)... In this ...
Tags: Massachusetts, Tech, Harvard Forest, University of Massachusetts Amherst UMass, Jeff Blanchard, Harvard Forest Soil, Frederik Schulz, Department of Energy s Joint Genome Institute

UK Parliament Seizes Cache of Facebook Internal Papers

Long-time Slashdot reader infolation writes: The UK Parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer MPs' questions. The documents are alleged to contain revelations on data and privacy controls that led to Cambridge Analytica scandal. Damian Collins, the chair of the culture, media and sport select committee, invoked a rare parliame...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, London, US, Tech, Parliament, Damian Collins, Slashdot, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook Internal Papers

The best Walmart Cyber Monday deals you can get on sale right now

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Cyber Monday 2018 is here, and Walmart has a ton of incredible deals available to online shoppers right now. We've rounded up some of Walmart's best deals — take a look below, and don't miss our complete Cyber Monday shopping coverage. To potentially save more on Cyber Monday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Walmart, Sony, Vizio, Business Insider, Tcl, Skyrim, Cole Haan, Sceptre, Google Chromecast, Leesa

Bitcoin Loses 32% of Its Value This Week, Falls Below $4,000

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today: Last year at this time, bitcoin was in the middle of a 217-percent rally that saw its value peak in December near $20,000. Now the largest cryptocurrency can't stay above $4,000 -- losing almost 32 percent in value this week and briefly hitting its lowest level since September 2007 at $3,477.58 on Sunday, according to data from CoinDesk... Other cryptocurrencies also languished. XRP fell 10.4 percent from its 24-hour open, while Ethereum was down 7.5 percent...
Tags: Usa, Tech, Cnn, Austin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bloomberg News, U S Justice Department, Mike Melanson

Does Switching Jobs Make You a Worse Programmer?

Slashdot reader theodp shares some thoughts from Virginia-based cloud architect Forrest Brazeal, who believes that switching jobs or teams makes you -- at least temporarily -- a worse programmer: "When you do take a new job," Brazeal writes, "everybody else will know things you don't know. You'll expend an enormous amount of time and mental energy just trying to keep up. This is usually called 'the learning curve'. The unstated assumption is that you must add new knowledge on top of the existing...
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That Logitech and Plantronics deal is now dead

In a statement issued today, Logitech International said that while it had engaged in discussions with Plantronics about a potential transaction, it had terminated the negotiations. Over the weekend  that the two companies were in talks for a potential $2.2 billion merger. The company declined to comment further.  
Tags: TC, Business, Technology, Bluetooth, Tech, Logitech, Plantronics, Logitech International

Facebook documents seized by UK MPs

Rarely used parliamentary powers were invoked to demand the documents from a US executive.
Tags: Facebook, UK, US, Tech

How to speed up your Mac

Time wears on nearly everything — and Apple's flagship products are no exception. Check out our guide on how to speed up your Mac using 11 tips and tricks for clearing the clutter and optimizing your apps. The post How to speed up your Mac appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mac, Trends, How-to, Computing, macOS

Patients shocked and burned by device that’s supposed to treat pain

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life. It wouldn’t fix the nerve damage in his mangled right arm, Taft and his wife recalled the doctor saying, but a spinal-cord stimulator would cloak his pain, making him “good as new.” But Taft’s surgically implanted stimulator failed when a wire along his spine broke. After an operation to repair it, he said the device...
Tags: Health, Business, Technology, News, Boston, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Fda, Associated Press, Bethlehem, Taft, U S Food and Drug Administration, Charleston South Carolina, Medtronic, Columbia South Carolina

Best Cyber Monday TV Sales So You Can Veg Out All Winter

When it comes to buying a TV — so many choices! So little time! — there are amazing deals to be had on Cyber Monday, when retailers such as Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon offer up absurdly cheap prices on televisions (and other tech items) that might otherwise cost you a month's rent.The only problem? The deals are so widespread, and they only last for so long, which makes the task of pulling the trigger on a Samsung or LG flat-screen extra difficult, even if you have been lusting over o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Fashion, Music, Samsung, Walmart, Pandora, Sony, Lg, Vizio, Toshiba, Alexa, Sharp Sharp, Netflix YouTube, LG Electronics, LG TV

Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri? Which one you should pick

Sure, you could choose a smart speaker based on sound or price. The go-to gadget gift of the season is available from Amazon, Apple and Google with better acoustics, new touch screens and deep holiday discounts.But you're not just... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Business, Siri, Amazon Apple, Alexa Google

Ask Slashdot: How Can You Find a Good IT Consultant?

Slashdot reader Thelasko says his wife manages a small eight-person business -- but remains unhappy with the company's IT consultant: She's had endless problems with Windows 10 Pro's update system causing downtime. Anytime she calls the IT consultant, they don't resolve issues to her satisfaction, and the company gets stuck with a large bill. She's resorted to researching and providing support for the company network herself. The contract is up at the end of the year, and she wants to find a ne...
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Google showing zero results again for many time, calculations & conversions search results

And it is back! Google may now show no search results in the search results for some queries. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article. [Author: Barry Schwartz]
Tags: Google, Seo, Barry Schwartz

New Gmail Bug Allows Sending Messages Anonymously

Earlier this week software developer Tim Cotten discovered a serious glitch in Gmail. An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer: Tampering with the 'From:' header by replacing some text with an , or tag causes the interface to show a blank space instead of the sender's address.... Opening the email does not help, either, as the sender's address continues to remain hidden and shows no info even when hovering on it, an action that typically reveals the details.... Trying to reply to the messa...
Tags: Google, Tech, Threatpost, Cotten, Tim Cotten, Joran Greef

Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit

A true apology consists of a sincere acknowledgement of wrong-doing, a show of empathic remorse for why you wronged and the harm it caused, and a promise of restitution by improving ones actions to make things right. Without the follow-through, saying sorry isn’t an apology, it’s a hollow ploy for forgiveness. That’s the kind of “sorry” we’re getting from tech giants — an attempt to quell bad PR and placate the afflicted, often without the systemic change necessary to prevent repeated problems. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Privacy

Microsoft's TypeScript Dominates In 'State of JavaScript 2018' Report

This week a Paris-born designer/developer (now living in Osaka) announced the results of the third annual "State of JavaScript" survey of over 20,000 JavaScript developers in 153 countries "to figure out what they're using, what they're happy with, and what they want to learn." An anonymous reader writes: Among its findings? The number of people who have used Microsoft's TypeScript and said they would use it again has increased from 20.08% in 2016 to 46.7% in 2018, "and in some countries that ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Paris, Osaka

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