Elizabeth Holmes trial Week 6 recap: Trouble with Safeway and Walgreens deals, and how a dermatologist became the startup’s lab director

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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes leaves the Robert F. Peckham U.S. Courthouse with her mother Noel Holmes during her trial.

  • The fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has concluded its sixth week.
  • It included testimony about Theranos’ failed Walgreens and Safeway deals.
  • Here’s everything that happened in the trial in its sixth week.

“I have never been more frustrated”

Former Safeway CEO Steven Burd returned to the stand, testifying that his company did at least 100 hours of due diligence on Theranos before signing a $400 million contract, according to CNBC.

Burd spoke of frequent launch delays, lost blood samples, nonsensical test results, and a “poor patient experience,” according to the Wall Street Journal. He added that he worried about Safeway’s reputation.

In late 2012, he wrote an email to Holmes with the subject line “Becoming Discouraged.”

“I can only recall having been discouraged once in the last 62 years,” he wrote. “That said, I am getting close to my second event.”

On another occasion, he said, “We are so good together when we collaborate, but I have never been more frustrated. I want to help, but you are making it difficult.” The deal dissolved in 2015.

“The haters are everywhere”

Former Walgreens CFO Wade Miquelon testified that Walgreens agreed to pay Theranos a $100 million “innovation fee,” along with $40 million in convertible notes. In August 2013, Holmes asked Walgreens to speed up the $100 million payment, Miquelon said.

Shortly after the Wall Street Journal published its exposé on Theranos in 2015, Miquelon emailed Holmes words of encouragement.

“The haters are everywhere, but your contribution to the world cannot be bottled up,” he wrote, according to the Journal. “You are going to help so many people in your lifetime it’s absurd.”

How a dermatologist became a Theranos lab director

Sunil Dhawan, a dermatologist for Theranos’ former COO and President Sunny Balwani, testified that Balwani asked him to be Theranos’ lab director, which Balwani said had a “minimal” time commitment, the Journal reports. Though Dhawan seemed an unusual choice, he met federal and state requirements. He testified that he rarely visited the lab and that he only worked five to 10 hours from November 2014 to the summer of 2015. He was paid $5,000 per month.

Theranos disappointed on its biggest promise, former Walgreens exec says

Former Walgreens executive Nimesh Jhaveri testified that the company was unaware that finger-stick samples were being tested on commercial third-party devices; Walgreens believed these tests were being run on Theranos’ own devices. In 2014, roughly 40% of tests were still requiring vein draws instead of simple finger pricks, and Walgreens wanted to “get that number to zero.” That never happened, despite Balwani’s reassurance that venous draws would dip below 5% by the end of 2014, Jhaveri said.

He said this was disappointing because running a variety of tests with a single fingerprick was Theranos’ biggest selling point.

Walgreens ultimately ended the partnership in 2016.

Theranos’ former senior project manager testifies

Daniel Edlin, a senior project manager at Theranos, testified that Theranos sometimes set up partitions to hide parts of its labs before giving tours. He also said he was once asked to set up a display of Theranos’ MiniLab machines for guests to see on a tour, but he later learned these devices were never used for clinical patient testing.

Edlin said he knew Theranos used third-party devices to run venous tests but wasn’t aware the company also used them for finger-stick samples, according to KTVU.

He ultimately left Theranos in 2016.

“I no longer believed based on what I was seeing that the company was capable of standing behind the claims it had been making about its technology,” he said, according to the Journal.


You can catch up on Week 1 here, Week 2 here, Week 3 here, Week 4 here, and Week 5 here. You can read how Holmes wound up on trial here and see the list of potential witnesses here. Everything else you need to know about the case is here.

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How to connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone to play games and more

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Connecting an Xbox controller to your iPhone is a great way to enhance your games.

  • To connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone and play games with it, you’ll need to have at least iOS 13.
  • You can connect nearly any Xbox controller, whether it’s from the Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S.
  • Make sure that your Xbox controller has Bluetooth and is in pairing mode before trying to connect it.
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Thanks to some recent updates, you can now connect nearly every popular video game controller to your iPhone. This includes Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S controllers, which are considered some of the best on the market.

Although not every game supports the use of controllers, several of the more popular games on the App Store allow it, including nearly every game in the Apple Arcade.

Pairing your Xbox One controller to your iPhone is pretty straightforward. Here’s how to do it.

How to connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone

Now, if you have an Xbox controller with Bluetooth:

1. Hold down the Xbox logo button, located at the top-center of the controller, until it starts flashing. If it doesn’t flash and instead just glows solidly, it’s already paired to a nearby Xbox – if this is the case, hold the small button located next to the charging port until the Xbox logo flashes.

2. Grab your iPhone and open the Settings app, then tap Bluetooth.

3. Once you’re in the Bluetooth menu, you should see a device named “Xbox Wireless Controller” or something similar. Tap it, and your iPhone will ask you if you want to pair the device.

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Make sure the controller isn’t paired with anything else, or otherwise it won’t appear here.

4. Select Pair.

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Once the device is paired, you can start using it.

5. Later, if you’re done using the controller and want to disconnect it, go to the Bluetooth menu again, tap the small i icon next to the device’s name, and then tap Disconnect.

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Pairing and unpairing your controller is simple.

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Elizabeth Warren calls Amazon a ‘monster that has to be fed every minute’ as she pushes to break up the company

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on September 28, 2021.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed Amazon in a recent CNN interview, renewing her calls to break it up.
  • The lawmaker accused the company of “smashing little businesses before they ever get a foothold.”
  • She cited a Reuters report that revealed Amazon used third-party sellers’ data to copy products.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren castigated Amazon in a recent CNN Business interview, accusing the retail behemoth of crushing smaller businesses as the Massachusetts lawmaker ramps up her bid to break up the $1.7 trillion company.

Warren has made a name for herself as a reliable antagonist toward big tech and its leaders, most recently going after Amazon for its labor troubles.

But in an interview this week, the senator redirected her animosity at the company’s tilt toward monopolization.

“Amazon has the power and uses it to smash little businesses before they ever get a foothold,” Warren told CNN.

She criticized the website for selling everyday products while simultaneously controlling the primary platform people use to purchase such products.

“You can either be the umpire or a player on the field. But you can’t be both. That’s what Amazon does,” Warren told the outlet. “What’s the solution here? Break Amazon up.”

Warren reportedly took specific umbrage with a recent Reuters investigation that revealed Amazon ran a “systemic campaign of creating knockoffs and manipulating search results” in order to boost its own product lines in India, one of its top growing markets.

The outlet reported that Amazon used third-party sellers’ data to copy products and promote them to shoppers. The company rejected the allegations, denying that it gives preferential treatment to any seller or marketplace and emphasizing that its search result display doesn’t favor its own private-brand products.

But Warren reportedly doesn’t trust that response.

“How was Amazon able to build a huge clothing presence? The answer is they had inside information about what Indians were buying,” Warren said. “Most people think of antitrust as simply the area a company is in. But what Amazon has shown is how a company can dominate in one area and then leverage that into dominance across multiple areas.”

Following the report’s publication earlier this week, Warren renewed her calls to break up the company,

Amazon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on the senator’s statements.

“Amazon starts off as the dominant book delivery service,” she told CNN. “And then it starts morphing into other products and becomes the dominant delivery service. Now it’s like a monster that has to be fed every minute.”

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How to connect Alexa to your lights and turn them on and off with a single command

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Smart lights let you control the lights in your home with the Alexa app or your voice.

  • You can connect an Alexa device to smart lights in your house and set up context-aware lighting using the Alexa app.
  • When you set up context-aware lighting, you can turn on all the lights in whatever room you’re in with a simple command.
  • You can find and connect to smart lights in the Devices tab of the Alexa app.
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In addition to playing music and telling you about the weather, you can use Alexa to control smart lights around your home. Imagine being able to walk into your house and turn on all the lights at the same time, or turn off the lights in your room before going to bed with just your voice.

Here’s how to connect Alexa to smart lights via the mobile app and how to set up context-aware lighting.

How to connect Alexa to smart lights

1. Open the Alexa app, then turn on the light you want to connect.

2. Navigate to the Devices tab, then tap All Devices.

3. Scroll down the list to find the light you want to connect. Tap the name of the light.

What is context-aware lighting?

Context-aware lighting is an Alexa feature that turns on the lights in whatever room of the house you’re in with a simple command: “turn on the lights.” With context-aware lighting, you don’t need to specify which overhead light or lamp you want to turn on.

To set up context-aware lighting, you’ll need an Amazon Echo device and smart lights. From there, build an Alexa-enabled light group so that all the lights in a specific room or section of your house all turn on with one command.

Once set up, say “turn on the lights” and Alexa will turn on the light group assigned to the Amazon Echo device you are nearest to. If there are lights in another room you want to control, you can control them by saying the light group name.

How to build a light group for context-aware lighting

1. Open the Alexa app. Navigate to the Devices tab.

2. Tap the plus + sign at the top-right of the screen, then Add Group.

3. Name the group, then select lights to assign them to the group.

4. Choose an Amazon Echo device to assign the light group to. When you’re finished, tap Save.

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How to turn off autoplaying previews and shows on Netflix

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Netflix gives you the option to turn off autoplaying videos

  • To turn off autoplaying videos on Netflix, head to your account’s “Playback settings” page.
  • You can stop Netflix from autoplaying previews on the home page, and from autoplaying the next episode in a series you’re watching.
  • Every Netflix profile has its own autoplay settings, so you’ll need to turn it off for each profile individually.
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Trying to read the synopsis of a new Netflix show should be easy – but when a preview for the show immediately starts blaring through your speakers, things get frustrating. It’s even worse when you’re just trying to browse, but manage to launch an autoplaying preview anyway.

Luckily, Netflix’s introduced a solution for this. If you open your account settings page, you can turn off autoplaying video previews. The page lets you turn off autoplaying episodes, too – this makes it so when you finish one episode of a series, Netflix won’t automatically start playing the next episode.

Here’s how to disable autoplaying videos on your Netflix account.

How to turn off autoplay on Netflix

To turn off autoplay, you’ll need to open your Netflix account settings, which can only be done in a web browser – not the app. However, changing your settings on one device will change it on any device that you use this Netflix account with.

1. Head to www.netflix.com/YourAccount and log into your Netflix account if you aren’t already.

2. Scroll down to the Profile & Parental Controls section. Every Netflix profile has separate autoplay settings, so you’ll need to edit each profile individually – here, click whichever profile you want to start with.

3. In the list of options that appears, scroll down to Playback settings and click Change next to it.

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Open the “Playback settings” menu.

4. The first option on the page is labeled Autoplay controls and has two checkboxes. To turn autoplay off, uncheck either Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices or Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices (or both), depending on what you want.

5. Once you’re done, click Save at the bottom of the screen.

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Change your autoplay settings and then save them.

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How to reset an Amazon Echo speaker from the Alexa app or from the device

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There are a few ways to reset an Amazon Alexa speaker if it’s having issues.

  • You can reset an Amazon Echo by pressing buttons on the physical device or via the Alexa app.
  • The steps required to factory reset an Amazon Echo are slightly different depending on which model you have.
  • A factory reset may be required if your device is not working correctly and restarting it doesn’t fix the issue.
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If your Amazon Echo speaker is not working correctly and restarting it doesn’t fix the issue, a factory reset may be necessary. If you’re going to sell, donate, or trade your Echo, it’s a good idea to factory reset your device to protect potentially sensitive personal data.

You can reset an Amazon Echo speaker by pressing buttons on the physical device or via the Alexa app. The steps required to factory reset an Amazon Echo device vary depending on the model you have, and even the generation. Here’s what you need to know.

How to factory reset Amazon Echo using the Alexa app

1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android, then go to Devices.

2. Tap Echo & Alexa, and then choose which Echo you want to wipe clean.

3. Scroll down and tap Factory Reset and then confirm your choice.

How to factory reset Amazon Echo from the speaker

The steps required to factory reset an Amazon Echo device are slightly different depending on which model you have. We go over each of them below.

On Amazon Echo Dot (2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation)

  • If you have a second generation Amazon Echo Dot, press and hold the Microphone Off and Volume Down buttons for about 20 seconds. An orange light indicates you’ve successfully reset the device.
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Press and hold the two buttons until the light turns orange.

  • If you have a third or fourth generation Amazon Echo Dot, press and hold the Action button for about 25 seconds.
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Hold the “Action” button.

On Amazon Echo (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation)

  • If you have a first generation Amazon Echo, press and hold the Reset button using a paper clip or another small tool. Hold down the button until the light ring turns off and back on.
  • If you have a second generation Amazon Echo, press and hold the Microphone Off and Volume Down buttons for about 20 seconds. An orange light indicates you’ve successfully reset the device.
  • If you have a third or fourth generation Amazon Echo, press and hold the Action button for about 25 seconds.

On Amazon Echo Plus (1st and 2nd generation)

  • If you have a first generation Echo Plus, press the Reset button using a paper clip or another small tool.
  • If you have a second generation Echo Plus, press and hold the Action button for about 20 seconds.

On Amazon Echo Show, Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8, Echo Show 10, or Echo Spot

  • If you have a first or second generation Echo Show, Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8, Echo Show 10, or Echo Spot, swipe down from the top of the screen, then tap Settings. Tap Device Options, then Reset to Factory Defaults.
  • If you have an Echo Show, press and hold the Mute and Volume Down buttons for about 15 seconds.
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Hold the mute and volume down buttons.

On Amazon Echo Sub

  • If you have an Amazon Echo Sub, press and hold the Action button for about 25 seconds.

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How to view and delete your Amazon Prime Video watch history

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You can delete titles from your Watch History on the Amazon Prime Video website.

  • To view and delete your Amazon Prime watch history, go to the Settings page of Prime Video.
  • You can only view and delete your Amazon Prime watch history on a web browser, not the Prime Video app.
  • You can delete titles from your Continue Watching carousel by clicking the Edit button.
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Amazon Prime keeps track of the movies and shows you’ve watched so that it can recommend other titles you may be interested in. It’s a helpful feature in theory, but if you share an account with someone that has different tastes than you, or if you watch a few episodes of a show before deciding it isn’t for you, it can lead to some irrelevant recommendations.

There’s a way to remove titles from your Amazon Prime watch history as well as your Continue Watching list. Here’s everything you need to know.

How to view and delete Amazon Prime watch history

1. Go to Amazon, and sign in to your Amazon Prime account if necessary.

2. On the left side of the banner at the top of the Amazon homepage, click the Prime Video tab.

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Go to “Prime Video.”

3. On the Prime Video page, click the gear-shaped Settings icon in the top-right corner, and select Settings in the drop-down. You may need to enter your password on the next screen.

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Go to your Prime Video Settings.

4. Click the Watch history tab at the top of the page.

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Go to your “Watch history.”

5. To remove a movie or show from your watch history, click the Delete from Watch History button to the right of the title.

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Click the hyperlink to “Delete from Watch History.”

How to remove items from your ‘Continue Watching’ list

1. Go to Amazon Prime Video and sign in to your account if necessary.

2. Locate the Continue watching carousel.

3. Click the small Edit button on the right side of the list.

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Click “Edit.”

4. Click the “X” button on any titles you want to remove. When you’re finished, click Done in the right corner.

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Click the “X” button.

4. Alternatively, you can hover your cursor over a title in the carousel and click the Hide this button, which looks like a circle with a line through it.

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Click the “Hide this” button.

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How to turn off and opt out of Amazon Sidewalk to save your bandwidth

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You don’t have to share your home’s internet bandwidth if you don’t want to.

  • You can opt out of Amazon Sidewalk at any time through both the Alexa and Ring apps.
  • Amazon Sidewalk is a neighbor-created network that makes you share part of your internet bandwidth with nearby Amazon devices.
  • Most Echo and Ring devices have Amazon Sidewalk turned on by default.
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Amazon Sidewalk is a shared public mesh network developed to extend the connectivity and reliability of low-bandwidth smart devices, even if they’re out of range or your Wi-Fi goes down.

To accomplish this wide-range shared network, Amazon takes a small portion of internet bandwidth from homes with Sidewalk-enabled devices, ultimately creating one, big public mesh network.

The service runs by turning devices, like Echo speakers and Ring cameras, into what the company calls Sidewalk Bridges. Think of them as network bridges that keep everything connected.

Here’s a list of devices that double as Sidewalk Bridges:

Device Generation
Ring Floodlight Cam 2019
Ring Spotlight Cam Wired 2019
Ring Spotlight Cam Mount 2019
Echo Third generation and newer
Echo Dot Third generation and newer
Echo Dot for Kids Third generation and newer
Echo Dot with Clock Third generation and newer
Echo Plus All generations
Echo Show All models and generations
Echo Spot All generations
Echo Input All generations
Echo Flex All generations

In terms of data, Amazon says that the maximum bandwidth shared between neighbors is small. Amazon is capping the total monthly data used by Sidewalk to 500 megabytes, which is the same as streaming 10 minutes of HD video.

By sharing a sliver of your internet bandwidth with your neighbors, the idea is your devices can work over a much greater range. But it’s also this aspect of Sidewalk – sharing your home’s internet bandwidth with strangers – that concerns some users.

By default, compatible devices will automatically have Sidewalk enabled. But if you want to opt out of the service, you can turn it on or off quickly through the Alexa and Ring apps.

How to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk

In the Alexa app

1. On your phone, open the Alexa app and tap More.

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To opt out of Amazon Sidewalk, start by tapping “More.”

2. Select Settings and then tap Account Settings.

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Go to “Account Settings.”

3. Tap Amazon Sidewalk and tap Disable.

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The Amazon Sidewalk page has a simple on/off toggle.

In the Ring app

1. On your phone, open the Ring app and tap the three lines in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.

2. Select Control Center and then tap Sidewalk.

3. Tap the Sidewalk slider button.

4. Confirm your decision in the screen that appears.

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