IBM Adds 2 New Processors to Quantum Computing Ecosystem


IBM on Friday announced 20-qubit and 50-qubit quantum processors for its IBM Q early-access commercial systems. The 20-qubit processor — featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging — has coherence times of 90 microseconds, which allows high-fidelity quantum operations, IBM said. The 50-qubit processor is an operational prototype. It expands upon the 20-qubit architecture and has similar performance metrics. IBM will offer these quantum processors as a service.

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The Long Black Friday Shopping Day Has Dawned


Black Friday falls on Nov. 23 this year, but retailers already have begun to promote the huge discounts they plan to offer in its name. Some deals already are available to shoppers. Although Cyber Monday has grown in significance, Black Friday “is still significant as the kickoff to the holiday season,” said Ray Wang, principal analyst at Constellation Research. Black Friday sales are no longer limited to brick-and-mortar stores. For example, Amazon kicked off more than 50 days of “Black Friday Deals” last week.

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Google parent Alphabet turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.

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President Trump suggests Facebook ad controversy part of 'Russia hoax'

In a tweet on Friday morning, President Donald Trump intimated that the Facebook ad controversy was part of the “Russia hoax” dispute that has been a sore spot for his administration.

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President Trump suggests Facebook ad controversy part of 'Russia hoax'

In a tweet on Friday morning, President Donald Trump intimated that the Facebook ad controversy was part of the “Russia hoax” dispute that has been a sore spot for his administration.

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Cellular Apple Watch is coming soon, massive report claims

A late Friday scoop from Bloomberg and its star Apple reporter, Mark Gurman, suggests that Apple is going to release a cellular version of the Apple Watch before the end of the year.

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Amazon Spends $14B on Whole Foods


Amazon on Friday announced that it has inked a deal to acquire Whole Foods Market for close to $14 billion in cash. The agreement includes assumption of Whole Foods’ net debt. Whole Foods will run as a wholly independent subsidiary of Amazon. It will continue to operate stores under its own brand and source products from vendors and partners. Cofounder John Mackey will continue in his role as Whole Foods’ CEO, and the company’s headquarters will remain in Austin, Texas. The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.

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NSA-Derived Ransomware Is So Serious, Microsoft Is Patching Old Windows Versions

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The WannaCrypt ransomware that struck on Friday is so risky, Microsoft has taken the highly unusual step of pushing security updates for operating systems well outside its support window. Unless you feel like paying out a hefty chunk of Bitcoin ransom, we recommend updating your OS, now.

The post NSA-Derived Ransomware Is So Serious, Microsoft Is Patching Old Windows Versions appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Dallas hack: Did a white-hat hacker set off city emergency sirens?

The hack that set off emergency sirens across Dallas on Friday night may be the work of a so-called white-hat hacker, according to a cybersecurity expert.

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Nintendo Fans Get Their Hands on the Switch


Nintendo’s Switch made its debut at retail stores on Friday in one of the gaming industry’s most anticipated product launches. The console, which retails for $299.99, is Nintendo’s attempt to revolutionize the industry by offering a device that can provide interactive gaming quality and control whether on the big screen at home, or in a multitude of settings requiring portability — ranging from an airplane to a public park or vacation spot. “The launch of any new Nintendo system is a special day,” noted Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime.

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After Blowout IPO, Is Snap a Keeper?


Shares of Snapchat owner Snap Inc. soared higher on Friday, following Thursday’s successful IPO. After debuting at $17.00 on the New York Stock Exchange, Snap shares rose 44 percent to $24.48 on Thursday, well above analyst expectations, placing the company’s value at $28 billion. The stock continued to trend upward on Friday, trading at $27.16 by mid-day. The Snapchat app is used primarily to send photos and short videos to friends. It initially gained a reputation as a favored app for “sexting” among teenagers and young adults.

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Robots that steal human jobs should pay taxes, Gates says

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and world’s richest man, said in an interview Friday that robots that steal human jobs should pay their fair share of taxes.

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Obama posts final tweets from official presidential Twitter account

Friday marks not just the inauguration of Donald Trump, but a passing of the baton on Twitter from Obama to the 45th president.

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