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Former FDA chief heads to Verily, Duke

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It's official: Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf is taking on a new role with Verily, the life sciences arm of Alphabet, as CNBC reported yesterday. Califf announced today he will be an advisor to Verily, and he'll also rejoin Duke University, where he worked before he became the last FDA chief in the Obama administration. He's a friend of Verily CEO Andrew Conrad.

In a blog post, Califf said he wants to help Verily "offer insights that will allow the company to better tailor its technologies to meet the needs of doctors, other providers, health systems and the patients they serve, and to drive evidence-based approaches that will enable continuous learning and improvement."

Ina Fried 1 hour ago
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Craigslist pulls personal ads after passage of sex-trafficking bill

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Craigslist site, with personals still listed as an option. Screenshot: Axios

Online classified site Craigslist has pulled its entire personal ad section after Congress passed a new sex-trafficking bill that puts more liability on Web sites.

Why it matters: Smaller tech companies and advocates for sex workers had feared a chilling effect if the bill becomes law.

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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.