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IBM thinks it’s ready to turn quantum computing into an actual business

Today, IBM announced that it is forming “IBM Q,” a new division around its quantum computing research. IBM has been working on quantum computing nearly as long as it’s been an area of study, but the new business unit is a bold indication that it believes its research could be commercialized in the …

Time Inc. Plots a Future Beyond Its Heyday, as Suitors Line Up

Onstage at a recent industry conference with the longtime leaders of the country’s biggest magazine publishers, Rich Battista, the new chief executive of Time Inc., did not seem the outsider. Tieless, with legs crossed, he ticked off his company’s latest accomplishments — robust digital growth, …

5 Biggest Possible Shocks To The Economy Coming From Washington

What had been widely expected to be sure bets and slam dunk policy changes has quickly turned into multiple missteps and infighting as the White House and congressional GOP find it difficult to shift from opposing and resisting to legislating and governing.<p>Yes…as it planned…Congress did adopt a …

Virginia is the first state to legalize delivery robots

You better start getting used to a more crowded sidewalk.<p>America is now one step closer to becoming a sci-fi utopia, thanks to a new law passed in Virginia. On Friday the state's governor signed a ruling which will allow delivery robots to use its sidewalks and crosswalks from July 1st. Advised by …

Bots

Assault Weapons Not Protected by Second Amendment, Federal Appeals Court Rules

U.S. news<p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.<p>In a 10-4 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said …

Guns

'The darkest time': Hong Kong reels over bizarre disappearance of Chinese billionaire

Xiao Jianhua vanished from his luxury hotel residence, reportedly spirited away by China’s state security in a wheelchair and covered by a sheet<p>It has been more than two weeks since Xiao Jianhua last crossed the threshold of his luxury suite at the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong.<p>For a billionaire …

War With Iran? Tehran Vows To Destroy US Military Base And Israel If President Trump 'Makes A Mistake'

A senior Iranian government official said Saturday Tehran was prepared to attack Tel Aviv and destroy a U.S. military base in Bahrain if the Trump …

The prices for food and beer at the Super Bowl are flabbergasting

Everything about the Super Bowl is big, and that includes the prices for food and drinks at the concessions during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston.<p>Several people at the game have posted photos of the concession prices, including Will Brinson of CBS Sports.<p>Cocktails are $15, or $30 for a …

Opposition Mounts To Trump's Medicaid Block Grant Idea

There is escalating opposition building across the country to an effort by the Trump White House and the Republican-led Congress to give each state a fixed block grant of federal money to pay for Medicaid coverage for poor Americans.<p>Such an idea would be a huge change in how Medicaid is financed. …

Health Care

Bosch, Cisco, BNY Mellon, others launch new blockchain consortium

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), Bosch Ltd (BOSH.NS) and several other companies, have set up a consortium to work on how blockchain can be used to secure and improve “internet of things” applications, as sectors beyond finance seek to benefit from bitcoin’s underlying …

Mellon

The future of American jobs lies with the tech industry

When Donald Trump won the election, many in Silicon Valley were flummoxed: “How could a bigoted billionaire with no government experience and a twitchy Twitter trigger finger win the U.S. presidential election?” they asked themselves.<p>Liberal outlets have tried to make sense of the massive divide …

Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Will Give China a Big Edge Over America

The world turned upside-down last week when, within just seven days, the United States and China each reversed a posture they held for the past 70 …

Bitcoin is still storming higher

Bitcoin's incredible rally continues on Wednesday, up close to 3% against the dollar in early trade in London.<p>The digital currency is up 2.8% to $958.52 at 9.40 a.m. GMT (4.40 a.m. ET). Bitcoin has shot up over $150 over the last week, with little obvious spur for the price rise. Bitcoin is now at …

NOBEL ECONOMIST: 'I don’t think globalisation is anywhere near the threat that robots are'

Angus Deaton, who won the Nobel Prize last year for his work on health, wealth, and inequality, told the Financial Times he believes robots are a much greater threat to employment in the US than globalisation.<p>Addressing the theory that Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections was …

World Economic Forum

Trump sits down with top Silicon Valley execs

Donald Trump and Silicon Valley want to pivot to a better working relationship.<p>Top execs from Amazon (AMZN), Tesla (TSLA), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL) and several other large tech companies met with the president-elect in New York on Wednesday after months of clashing.<p>"In the …

Silicon Valley

When Donald Trump Hate-Tweeted Lockheed Martin, Hedge Funds Were Ready

Even before Donald Trump went on Twitter and posted his market-cratering tweet lambasting Lockheed Martin‘s F-35 fighter jets, the company’s stock …

Trump supporter Sarah Palin calls Carrier deal 'crony capitalism'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- an early supporter of Donald Trump who is under consideration to serve in his Cabinet -- is criticizing the use of subsidies to keep an Indiana-based air conditioning company from sending jobs to Mexico, a move the President-elect has spotlighted as one of …

Mike Pence

The trolling of Elon Musk: how US conservatives are attacking green tech

Electric-car evangelist is the target of concerted negative online campaign linked to influential rightwing network<p>He is the charismatic Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes his many companies - including the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, solar power firm Solar City, and SpaceX, which …

Electric Vehicles

Mike Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Mike Pompeo: Meet Trump's Latest Top Picks

U.S. news<p>President-elect Donald Trump continued to fill out his administration Friday, by tapping some of his most prominent supporters for top posts.<p>Trump will nominate Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Lt. …

Foreclosures are suddenly spiking across America

Compared to October last year, homes with foreclosure filings still decreased, but this nationwide decrease is covering up what is now happening in 28 states and Washington D.C., according to the Foreclosure Report by ATTOM Data Solutions. There, the inventory of homes with foreclosure filings is …

Real Estate

NSA-Hacking 'Shadow Brokers' Reveal Spy-Penetrated Networks

The Shadow Brokers, a mysterious hacker group, released a new cache of files online on Halloween morning.<p>The group claimed its latest dump reveals …

U.S. Treasury's Lew says inequality a fundamental threat to democracy

OXFORD, England (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday warned that inequality presented a fundamental threat to democracy and free-market capitalism and cautioned against financial system complacency after it weathered the summer’s initial “Brexit” shock.<p>Jack Lew, United States …

Piccolissimo joins the ranks of ultra-tiny flying robots

Big robots like Spot may be great for carrying things or trotting out onto stages, but just as much sophisticated engineering goes into creating tiny ones as well — and this little flyer from the University of Pennsylvania is one the tiniest yet.<p>It’s called Piccolissimo, both Italian for smallest …

3D-Printed Hyperelastic Bone Is Like Duct Tape For Bone Surgeons

HB, as it is known, is made from a mixture of hydroxyapatite—the main component of teeth and bones—and a polymer. The mixture can be 3D-printed into …

Elizabeth Warren calls out KPMG for Wells Fargo disaster

The 2001 implosion of Enron ushered in laws that require public companies to have their financial statements blessed by independent auditors.<p>But the staggering nature of the Wells Fargo scandal -- 5,300 employees fired for creating millions of fake customer accounts -- is raising questions about …

Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing

If you listen to the wrong people, the North American manufacturing industry is doomed.<p>There is no denying that the U.S. and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000 to 2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared.<p>Interestingly, though, only 13 percent …

Manufacturing

Correction: Algeria-Oil Prices story

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — In a story Sept. 29 about OPEC's deal to curb oil production, The Associated Press misspelled the Algerian energy minister's …

California eyes unusual power source: its gridlocked roads

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than just using energy - they could be producing …