Blockchain for everything. What is CRISPR? Google's biggest buys.

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Blockchain technology is no longer just for banking and cryptocurrency.

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A Russian biologist says he plans to produce CRISPR-edited human embryos and bring them to term as soon as the end of this year.

What is CRISPR and how does it work? We break that down here.


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Look what I bought

Last week, Google announced it planned to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6B — its fourth-largest acquisition to date.

We created a visual timeline of the tech giant's biggest purchases in its history. Check it out here.

Summer’s flamin’ hot trend

Forever 21 is teaming up with Cheetos to create a line of summer clothing, including bathing suits for men and women, flip-flops, fanny packs, t-shirts, and more.

Oreos is coming out with a line of men’s underwear that I hear was previewed at Davos earlier this year to rave reviews.

 You're like, really pretty

Unilever is reportedly acquiring luxury skincare brand Tatcha, which offers a range of rice- and green tea-based creams, for $500M.

We listed Tatcha as a likely acquisition target for beauty corporates. Clients can see our other predictions here.

 Be resourceful

HR departments are increasingly using software to bring their recruiting, talent, and administrative processes into the 21st century. Globally, HR tech now represents a $148B opportunity.

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Reuters. Sam Nussey (@samnusseyrtrs) reports that Japan-based business card management company Sansan has raised $360M and cites CB Insights data.

American Banker. Penny Crosman (@pennycrosman) writes about this year’s fintech merger trend and quotes CB Insights senior fintech analyst Lindsay Davis (@lcdavis1225).

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