Monthly Archives: September 2016

‘I GOTTA GET HOME’: Watch Obama urge Bill Clinton to hurry up and get on Air Force One

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Who can keep a US president waiting? No doubt, another president.

President Barack Obama waited for former President Bill Clinton to board Air Force One on Friday, shouting several times, “Bill, let’s go!”

Obama and Clinton were about to head back to the US after attending the funeral of Israel’s former president, Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday at age 93.

Video captured in front of the plane’s entrance shows Obama anxiously waiting in the doorway of Air Force One, and clapping his hands at Clinton, who was chatting on the tarmac.

“Bill, let’s go,” Obama shouted, waving Clinton toward the plane while rolling up his sleeves.

Moments later, the commander-in-chief, who seemed to grow impatient, stepped outside of the plane, walked to the top of the staircase, and yelled, “Bill, let’s go, I gotta get home!”

The talkative former president finally climbed the stairs, shook hands with Obama, and the two patted each other’s backs as they walked into the plane.

Watch the presidential exchange below:

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Fox News poll confirms: Hillary Clinton won the debate in a landslide

A Fox News poll released Friday confirmed what other scientific surveys have found in the aftermath of the first presidential debate: Hillary Clinton prevailed over Donald Trump in the affair, and she has seen a slight overall national bump because of it.

The poll, which was conducted entirely after the debate, found that 61% of voters who watched the debate viewed Clinton as the winner. Just 21% thought Trump came out on top.

Clinton also experienced a slight improvement among likely voters nationally, according to the poll. She was up 5 points in a head-to-head matchup, 49% to 44%, and 3 points in a four-way race that included Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

Both were improvements for Clinton from the previous Fox News survey, which found Trump leading by 1 point in a four-way race and trailing by 1 in the two-way matchup.

The Fox News survey is especially noteworthy because of the way some of its hosts have referred to online, nonscientific post-debate polls to make the case that Trump came out of the debate victorious. The Trump campaign and its surrogates have also cited those online polls to claim victory.

Dana Blanton, the vice president of public-opinion research at Fox News, wrote a memo to television producers and the politics team this week to remind them that online polls “do not meet our editorial standards.” Host Sean Hannity, a vehement Trump supporter, has continued to cite such polls despite the memo.

Respondents from at least five other polls – from CNN/ORC, Politico/Morning Consult, NBC/SurveyMonkey, Public Policy Polling, and Gallup – have all declared Clinton the winner. Gallup found Clinton’s perceived debate win to be among the largest in modern campaign history.

The Fox News poll released Friday surveyed 1,009 registered voters from September 27 to 29.

Philadelphia 76ers top pick Ben Simmons has a fracture in his foot

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Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons suffered a fracture in his right foot during a practice on Friday, the team announced in a statement.

“Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle during the final scrimmage of the team’s 2016 Training Camp at Stockton University earlier today,” the statement read. “It was determined that Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot.”

Simmons, who is Australian and played one year of NCAA basketball at LSU, was the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. At 6-foot-10, he is a gifted passer and has been called the best NBA prospect since Kevin Durant.

Simmons and the Sixers will be hoping that the fracture is not a Jones fracture – a specific fracture of the fifth metatarsal that takes a long time to heal. Durant suffered a Jones fracture and missed the bulk of the 2014-15 season.

Simmons also becomes the latest in a long and recent list of Sixers lottery picks to suffer an injury early in his career, as Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated noted:

No timetable has been given for Simmons’ return.

The White House made a noteworthy correction on the location of a late Israeli president’s funeral

The White House on Friday corrected a press release on President Barack Obama’s remarks at late Israeli President Shimon Peres’ funeral to clarify their location. The original version of the remarks identified the location as Jerusalem, Israel.

The service was held at Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery that’s located on the west side of Jerusalem. Despite the site being the national cemetery of Israel, the US does not recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

US policy on Jerusalem is controversial. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if he’s elected, the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Here’s the corrected release:

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Peres died earlier this week at age 93.

A Yahoo insider believes the hackers could really have stolen over 1 billion accounts

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The actual tally of stolen user accounts from the hack Yahoo experienced could be much larger than 500 million, according to a former Yahoo executive familiar with its security practices.

The former Yahoo insider says the architecture of Yahoo’s back-end systems is organized in such a way that the type of breach that was reported would have exposed a much larger group of user account information.

“I believe it to be bigger than what’s being reported,” the executive, who no longer works for the company but claims to be in frequent contact with employees still there, including those investigating the breach, told Business Insider. “How they came up with 500 is a mystery.”

To be sure, Yahoo has said that the breach affected at least 500 million users. But the former Yahoo exec estimated the number of accounts that could have potentially been stolen could be anywhere between 1 billion and 3 billion.

According to this executive, all of Yahoo’s products use one main user database, or UDB, to authenticate users. So people who log into products such as Yahoo Mail, Finance, or Sports all enter their usernames and passwords, which then goes to this one central place to ensure they are legitimate, allowing them access.

That database is huge, the executive said. At the time of the hack in 2014, inside were credentials for roughly 700 million to 1 billion active users accessing Yahoo products every month, along with many other inactive accounts that hadn’t been deleted.

In late 2013, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said the company had 800 million monthly active users globally. It currently has more than 1 billion.

“That is what got compromised,” the executive said. “The core crown jewels of Yahoo customer credentials.”

Yahoo’s UDB is still the main repository for user credentials and is still in use, LinkedIn profiles from current Yahoo employees and a 2015 court ruling show.

It’s unclear how the hackers actually exfiltrated the database, and Yahoo has not commented further on how the breach happened or when it was discovered, citing an active investigation. Though it is certainly plausible that a hacker group could access a database but not steal everything within, lending credence to Yahoo’s official number.

Yahoo declined to specify how many breach notification emails it sent out to affected users or how it reached the 500 million number.

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‘Sexist tweets & disgusting lies’: Elizabeth Warren rips Donald Trump’s tirade against Alicia Machado

Donald Trump is getting slammed from all corners Friday, and the latest Democrat to target him was Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Coming off what some polls showed was a losing performance in the his first one-on-one debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump spent several days defending his treatment of women.

The woman at the center of it all is former Miss Universe winner, Alicia Machado. Machado has been campaigning on behalf of Clinton.

Clinton invoked Machado’s name at the end of the debate at Hofstra University on Monday, setting off a days-long crusade led by Donald Trump, in which the Republican presidential nominee first claimed to have done Machado a favor.

He later turned against Machado citing her alleged past indiscretions as evidence of what he calls Clinton’s bad judgment.

The real-estate mogul’s ongoing tirade didn’t go unnoticed. Clinton addressed the matter on Friday, saying Trump’s late-night tweeting about Machado was “unhinged, even for” him. In response, Trump characterized his midnight missives as a presidential virtue, saying “at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!”

Warren of Massachusetts, a frequent critic of Trump, apparently wasn’t moved by his reasoning. In a series of tweets on Friday, Warren asked, “Is this what keeps you up at night, Donald Trump? Thinking of new & interesting ways to call women fat or ugly or sluts?”

“You never tweet at 3am with ways to help students getting crushed by debt or seniors struggling on Social Security,” Warren continued. “You never tweet at 3am with ways to create new jobs for workers or hold Wall Street accountable.”

Read the rest of Warren’s tweets here»

29 actors reveal how they got their first Hollywood paycheck

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Every actor who succeeds in the tough world of entertainment had to start somewhere.

Business Insider spoke to several television stars to find out what their first paying showbiz gig was.

While a few of them were lucky enough to land a huge job in the early days of their career, the majority of the stars we spoke to had pretty humble beginnings ranging from local plays to long-forgotten commercials and tiny roles.

Find out how your favorite TV stars earned their first Hollywood paycheck below:


Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)

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“I was an extra in some movie about a black basketball team that was shot in Atlanta, not ‘Remember the Titans.’ That was my first paycheck.”


Ming Na Wen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)

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“I did ‘South Pacific.’ I was Liat and it was with a major regional theater in Pittsburgh. I got my equity card from it.”


Ben Feldman, “Superstore” (NBC)

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“I did a Broadway show. They made ‘The Graduate’ into a play on Broadway, and it was like right after I graduated college. And I did that. It wasn’t about the check – it was having a consistent pay. I was in the show for like a year, and that was insane to me. And to all of my friends, who were like waiting tables, or bartending, or whatever.”


Anna Camp, “Good Girls Revolt” (Amazon)

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“It was a commercial for Enterprise car rental and I was the driver. And I got residuals forever, it was crazy. Yeah, ‘Enterprise, they’ll pick you up’ [Laughs]”


Justin Hartley, “This Is Us” (NBC)

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“I think my first paying job was a beer commercial. They cut all of my lines. Well, there were no lines actually. I was just told to improv. We did it about 40 times, every take was different. I was so proud of how funny I was until I saw the commercial and they played music over my mouth moving. Bummer.”


Isidora Goreshter, “Shameless” (Showtime)

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“My first paying showbiz job was a commercial for Japan Airlines when I was a kid.”


Damon Wayans, “Lethal Weapon” (Fox)

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“My first paying job was ‘Beverly Hills Cop.’ Eddie Murphy gave me a job on ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ while I was working in the mail room at Paramount Pictures.”


Diana Hopper, “Goliath” (Amazon)

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“My first paying showbiz job was an independent horror film called ‘The Wicked.’ I was fresh out of high school and sent in an audition tape to play a sassy tomboy named Sammy. It’s still one of my favorite roles to this day.”


Clark Gregg, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (ABC)

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“I got two writing jobs on the same day. One to write a movie that would become ‘What Lies Beneath.’ And another one to adapt a book at Fox. And even both of those checks just barely got me out of debt.”


Clayne Crawford, “Lethal Weapon” (Fox)

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“I got a guest star role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”


McNally Sagal, “Secrets & Lies” (ABC)

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“I moved to NYC directly after graduating from Boston University. I was quite panicked about how I was going to pay New York rent. In my first week, I auditioned for the National Tour of ‘Amadeus’ and was offered a role. My new agents said it was too early to go out of town for a year. They convinced me to turn the offer down! I hung up and nearly lost my mind with regret. Then the phone rang again and they asked me if I would like to take over the role on Broadway instead? I learned that you really have to have guts in this business!”


Mike Colter, “Marvel’s Luke Cage” (Netflix)

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“I did a job for ‘Spin City’ and I had a costarring role and I thought it was going to be something I could share with my family, so I called and told them when it was going to come on. We were all waiting and I’m in LA and they’re at home and then it came on and it went and I didn’t see my part. I was cut out and I really did not know that could happen, and it taught me a lesson. I never told anybody again. I got the check, I don’t know how but I got the check.”


Taylor Hickson, “Aftermath” (Syfy)

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“My first paid film industry job that I auditioned for was a psychological thriller called ‘Blackway,’ opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins. I played a meth addict. No, I did not go method.”


Joaquin Cosio, “The Strain” (FX)

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“I’ve been doing theater since college. There was never any actual pay, but if the box office had some leftover money – which almost never happened – we would just split the money between us. As far as having an actual salary, contract and being paid for my work, I have to go back to 1999 when I joined the National Theater Company in Mexico. I was able to leave my job, move to Mexico City and just act. That became my main source of income at that point. My first film would followed two years later, and then, here we are. Even without money, I would continue working as an artist, having the opportunity to make a living off of art, I think is the greatest privilege there can be on this earth.”


Carolyn Hennesy, “Gilmore Girls: A Day in the Life” (Netflix)

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“My first paying show biz job is slightly tougher to calculate…it was one of two things. First as Dora, the assistant to the photographer of Laura Spencer’s ‘Miss Star Eyes’ campaign on General Hospital or, second, “woman at the next table who tells the time” on a Bonnie Franklin movie-of-the-week called ‘The Mating Call.’ Either way, absolutely riveting.”


Timon Kyle Durrett, “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

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“My very first paying showbiz job was as an extra in a made-for-television movie called ‘There Are No Children Here.’ It was my first time on a production set. The cameras, huge lights on tall stands, the riggings, set design, dollies, etc. All of it captivated me so much that I was absolutely certain that this is what I wanted to do. And the movie starred Oprah Winfrey. So here we are, working together again.”


Chris Chalk, “Gotham” (Fox)

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“My first paying showbiz gig, yes, that was amazing. I booked a gig called ‘Slastic’ by El Tricicle. They are a big deal internationally. It’s a show done with mime and physical comedy. We toured France, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland for about six months. It was a great lesson in hard work begets great rewards.”


Dan Amboyer, “Younger” (TV Land)

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“My first respectable paycheck was with my TV debut, an episode of ‘Law & Order.’ I was a church arsonist with perfectly coiffed Fabio-hair. After my guilty interrogation scene with S. Epatha Merkerson, I proudly walked back to my dressing room. I had been so emotionally connected during filming, my tears had flowed and I was emotionally spent.

“I had completely changed into my street clothes when a production assistant came to my dressing room to let me know that they would need me shortly back on set to begin shooting my coverage. Turns out, the cameras had not been on me at all! We had only completed Ms. Merkerson’s shots, and all my self-induced trauma was for naught. I never got myself worked up back into that proper state of emotional hysteria. If only I had a clue how the filming process worked before my first job on set!”


Chad L. Coleman, “Arrow” (The CW)

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“I was a Stand-in on ‘The Cosby Show’ for Malcolm-Jamal Warner and the brother-in-laws, Geoffrey Owens and Joe Phillips. I was so excited to get a behind the scenes look at this iconic show but I took the gig primarily to try and get a speaking role on the show. But they put this piece of tape marked ‘Theo’ on my chest and I had to stand where he stands. Very humiliating, though I was fortunate enough to befriend him. Even he couldn’t protect me from being fired though. [Laughs] I got a bit rebellious and was shown the door!”


Adam Conover, “Adam Ruins Everything” (truTV)

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“My sketch group made videos for the first incarnation of SuperDeluxe.com, back in the early wild west days of internet video. We lived off of that money, very cheaply – we were 22 – for two years. We were lucky!”


Skylan Brooks. “The Get Down” (Netflix)

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“My first paying job was a Honda commercial that aired in Japan. I was like six or seven years old, with little experience. It had aired for a short time in the US, but the words were in Japanese so I never understood the commercial.”


Jason George, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

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“My first paid showbiz job ever was a daytime drama for Aaron Spelling called ‘Sunset Beach.’ I actually got the job out of a contest in a mall in Philadelphia while I was still in my last year of graduate acting school. It was kind of a whirlwind experience and the entire time I was convinced that it was not for real. I thought it might present me an opportunity to network with some good people. While I’m always serious about my work, I didn’t expect anything to come of it at all. I auditioned on Sunday then flew back to Philly. But by Friday, I was living in Los Angeles doing a photo shoot in Malibu with a beautiful woman in a bikini. I will always have a lot of love for Aaron Spelling for that.”


Lance Lim, “School of Rock” (Nickelodeon)

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“Well, it was actually my first acting job ever. It was a student film called “Jin” and I played the little brother of the main character, Paul. Luckily, I was very fortunate and blessed enough to have a director scout me out for the role. It was probably one of the most exciting moments in my life.”


LaMonica Garrett, “Designated Survivor” (ABC)

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“My first paying showbiz job was opposite Joe Manganiello, and James Lafferty on ‘One Tree Hill,’ courtesy of Slamball.”


Dante Brown, “Lethal Weapon” (Fox)

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“Right when I started, at about two-and-a-half years old, my first-ever paying job was a Keebler print ad. I was in a high chair reaching for a cracker from the Keebler Elf. My mom has that very tear sheet in one of her Facebook albums. And said I was such a huge Bulls fan that all the wrangler had to say was “GO BULLS” and I’d splash a huge smile… just how they wanted, every time.”


Jonathan Kite, “2 Broke Girls” (CBS)

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“My first paying acting job was at a summer stock theater in Illinois when I was 19. But my first paying ‘showbiz’ job was for an industrial commercial for an answering machine.”


Brad Benedict, “Too Close to Home” (TLC)

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“My first TV speaking role was on an ABC Family, now it’s Freeform, show called ‘Make It or Break It.’ I played the role of Hunk #2 and my one line was, ‘How ’bout some girl-on-girl Gumby action?'”


Mo McRae, “Pitch” (Fox)

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“My first paid industry gig was actually as an extra on a TV show called ‘Boston Public.’ Even though I didn’t have lines, I decided to give my character a backstory, love interest, and a specific walk. I was that guy.”


Yanic Truesdale, “Gilmore Girls: A Day in the Life” (Netflix)

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“The first time I ever got paid for an acting job was while I was still in acting school. I didn’t even have to audition for it! One of my teachers was on a famous TV show on CBC and they were looking for a black actor to play the boyfriend of one of the leading ladies. At the time, it was quite scandalous!”

Microsoft is giving its top scientists a new opportunity to actually change the world

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Bringing a scientist to important customer meetings is nothing new for Microsoft.

The idea is that Microsoft Research’s biggest brains get the chance to give a short lecture with no point other than to reassure the would-be buyer that “the future is in good hands,” says Microsoft Research Chief Product Officer Vikram Dendi. The researcher would give their spiel and turn the floor back over to the salespeople.

“I used to go to those meetings and just be a talking head,” says David Molnar, who’s been with Microsoft Research since 2009. It was “nice,” he says, but pretty one-sided.

Molnar says “used to,” because there’s been a huge shift at Microsoft Research under CEO Satya Nadella. Since its founding in 1991, Microsoft Research was more of an academic organization than anything: The mandate was to expand human knowledge, not to build products.

Nadella’s big idea was that Microsoft Research’s cutting-edge science should be more broadly applied to the core of Microsoft’s products. A new group, Microsoft Research NExT, was brought into the world in early 2015 to fast-track their research into products like Windows Hello facial recognition and Skype Translator.

Microsoft Research scientists are still being invited to customer meetings. But where before, it was a very one-sided thing, Molnar and the rest of Microsoft Research are actually talking to those customers and figuring out how they can work together, Dendi says.

SAGE wisdom

Now, Molnar is the head of Project Springfield – a new “fuzz-testing” product, announced at this week’s Microsoft Ignite event in Atlanta, that helps automatically scan software for security flaws and point them out to programmers.

It’s based on a tool Molnar worked on called SAGE, which Microsoft used internally to test Windows 7 and later products.

About three years ago, Molnar realized that SAGE was so good, he thought Microsoft could juice it up with some artificial intelligence features and host it in the Microsoft Azure cloud, so that Microsoft customers could use it, too.

Fun aside: Fuzz-testing is so called because it literally fuzzes up a program with random words and inputs, basically finding errors by pure trial and error at massive scales. The thing that makes SAGE, and thus Project Springfield, so special is that it uses artificial intelligence to apply a little less randomness and a little more science to those guesses.

That concept was the beginning of Project Springfield. But Molnar was with the core Microsoft Research group, which is focused on academic science. And Project Springfield was intended to be something that people would actually use. To bring it to fruition, Molnar knew he had to take a “leap of faith” and take his next steps with NExT.

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Under NExT, research scientists bring their ideas in front of a “launch team,” which basically acts like a pitch session at a venture capital firm. In fact, the whole system is designed to think startup-like thinking in researchers, Dendi explains.

Norm Whitaker, the head of Microsoft Research NExT’s Special Projects team – and the mastermind behind Microsoft’s insane plan to build data centers underwater – helped Molnar take his academic research and “shore it up” into something more like a business proposal, with a clear outline of what purpose Project Springfield would fulfill, and who would use it.

“It’s so much more complicated than writing a research paper,” Molnar says.

Molnar, who got his PhD from UC Berkeley, still says that he was “nervous” to be in front of that panel, which included Dendi, NExT head Dr. Peter Lee, and the “portfolio managers” who ultimately get assigned to take a project to fruition.

Now, Project Springfield is on its way to becoming a real service for real customers, with Molnar leading the team and Whitaker advising, leaving the lab and actually helping programmers and big businesses in a material way.

Success story

Springfield is a success story for Microsoft’s ability to build products, but it’s also a big victory for Microsoft Research’s new philosophy around getting products out, explains Dendi.

Ultimately, Dendi says, it’s all about empowering researchers to have a bigger impact. They got into science and research in the first place to do things that could change the world. No Microsoft researcher is forced to join up with NExT, but it gives more entrepreneurial spirits like Molnar a big opportunity, if and when they see an immediate real-world application of their work.

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“They’re getting excited about something they can put into customers’ hands,” Dendi says.

In fact, this week also saw the formation of Microsoft’s new AI and Research Group, which takes Microsoft Research, Microsoft Research NExT, and the Bing and Cortana product groups, and puts them all under the leadership of veteran exec Harry Shum. There, too, the idea is to bring science and product closer together.

The only executive to hold a high-ranking position at both Uber and Lyft is leaving Uber

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Uber’s VP of Driver Growth, Travis VanderZanden, is leaving the company after nearly two years to spend more time with his daughters and family, according to an email sent around to Uber team members on Wednesday.

Beyond being the other high-ranking executive to be named Travis at Uber, VanderZanden also held the special distinction of having worked at both Lyft and Uber.

VanderZanden first joined Lyft in 2013 after it acquired his on-demand car washing startup, Cherry. Previously, he’d also been the CRO and first business employee of Yammer.

At Lyft, VanderZanden served as COO for the fast-growing Uber competitor until tensions with the startup’s cofounders led him to resign from the role. In October 2014, he joined Uber to lead its international growth and brought with him Stephen Schnell, another former Lyft and Cherry employee.

It wasn’t a clean transition, though, and Lyft sued VanderZanden for allegedly stealing company secrets and breaking his confidentiality pledge when he joined Uber. VanderZanden has always denied that he took any information to Uber, and the parties settled the lawsuit in June for undisclosed terms.

During his two years at Uber, VanderZanden first lead the company’s international growth before being tasked with growing the company’s pool of drivers. In the position as VP of Driver Supply, VanderZanden worked closely with Ed Baker, Uber’s VP of Growth, who will continue to oversee parts of the teams focused on supply growth along with the operations department. There’s no replacement named for the role.

“Besides sharing a name, Travis and I have shared the same passion for creating the best experience for the millions of people who drive with Uber around the world,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a statement to Business Insider. “And like the entrepreneur he is, over the last two years Travis has built a strong team relentlessly focused on just that. I thank him for being such a great partner and wish him all the best.”

Donald Trump keeps asking his supporters an absurd question, and they keep surprising him with their answer

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There’s a really weird trend happening at Donald Trump’s rallies.

The Republican nominee keeps asking supporters at his events a question – and the crowd reacts the same way each time.

At four recent events – two on Wednesday, one Thursday, and one Friday – Trump has asked attendees if anyone has ever smashed their phone with a hammer. It’s a reference to revelations from an FBI report that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s staff destroyed 13 of her phones, some with a hammer.

Each time Trump asks, a lone respondent in the crowd raises their hand.

During his Wednesday rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the real estate magnate asked if anyone in the crowd had either gone through 13 phones or destroyed them with a hammer. One hand was raised.

“One hand,” Trump responded. “What business are you in? What’s your business? I think he was just a wise guy. But she destroyed a number of them with a hammer. How many people have destroyed an iPhone or a phone with a hammer? Anybody in the room? Ahh, a couple of hands go up. I don’t know if they’re kidding. I think they’re kidding, but who knows.”

Then, during a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, later that night, Trump asked again. And the same thing happened.

“Does anybody in this room over the last how ever many years have 13 phones?” he posed to the crowd. “Okay, a number of them were hammered to death. Right? They were hammered. So let me ask you, has anybody, when you get rid of your phone, hammered it? Raise your hand.”

“One,” Trump pointed out. “Oh there’s one guy. What business are you in? What business? Get him out of here. I don’t want to be near him.”

Trump said that last bit in jest, but asked the question again at his Thursday rally in Bedford, New Hampshire. And it happened again.

“Thirteen phones missing, several destroyed with a hammer,” he said. “Who in this room has destroyed their phone with a hammer? Anybody?”

“Oh there’s one person,” he continued. “What business is that person in? I want to find out.”

On Friday, during an early-evening rally in Novi, Michigan, Trump asked the question yet again. And, again, the same response.

“One person,” Trump said, pointing to a member of the crowd as he scanned to see if anyone had raised their hand.

Trump has fostered an interactive atmosphere at events throughout his campaign. He often excites his large crowds with questions about who will pay for his proposed wall, for instance. When he was selecting a vice presidential running mate, Trump even went as far as to read the crowd his short list and ask who he should pick.