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  • Aliro comes out of stealth with $2.7M to ‘democratize’ quantum computing with developer tools
    by Ingrid Lunden on September 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    It’s still early days for quantum computing, but we’re nonetheless seeing an interesting group of startups emerging that are helping the world take advantage of the new technology now. Aliro Technologies, a Harvard startup that has built a platform for developers to code more easily for quantum environments — “write once, run anywhere” is one

  • Salesforce brings AI power to its search tool
    by Ron Miller on September 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Enterprise search tools have always suffered from the success of Google. Users wanted to find the content they needed internally in the same way they found it on the web. Enterprise search has never been able to meet those lofty expectations, but today Salesforce announced Einstein Search, an AI-powered search tool for Salesforce users that

  • India bans e-cigarettes citing youth health concerns
    by Natasha Lomas on September 18, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    India’s government has announced an immediate ban on e-cigarettes — citing youth-focused public health concerns. In a news statement following a cabinet meeting today finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the ban covers production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising of e-cigarettes. Sitharaman suggested India’s youth are viewing e-cigarettes as a “style statement”,

  • Amazon is bringing a cash-based checkout option, Amazon PayCode, to the U.S.
    by Sarah Perez on September 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Amazon is making it easier for customers to pay with cash for their online purchases. The retailer today announced the U.S. arrival of Amazon PayCode, a new checkout option that will allow online shoppers to pay for Amazon.com purchases at one of 15,000 Western Union locations. Separately from this, Amazon said that its Amazon Cash

  • Documents reveal how Russia taps phone companies for surveillance
    by Zack Whittaker on September 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In cities across Russia, large boxes in locked rooms are directly connected to the networks of some of the country’s largest phone and internet companies. These unsuspecting boxes, some the size of a washing machine, house equipment that gives the Russian security services access to the calls and messages of millions of citizens. This government