Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

Manchester derby: City celebrations not to blame for ‘hilarious’ row, says Ian Wright

Ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright says Man City did nothing wrong in their post-derby celebrations, adding the tunnel row was “hilarious”.

Microsoft’s Q# quantum programming language out now in preview

Microsoft today launched a preview version of a new programming language for quantum computing called Q#. The industry giant also launched a quantum simulator that developers can use to test and debug their quantum algorithms.

The language and simulator were announced in September. The then-unnamed language was intended to bring traditional programming concepts—functions, variables, and branches, along with a syntax-highlighted development environment complete with quantum debugger—to quantum computing, a field that has hitherto built algorithms from wiring up logic gates. Microsoft’s hope is that this selection of tools, along with the training material and documentation, will open up quantum computing to more than just physicists.

Given that quantum computers are still rare, Microsoft has built an as-yet-unnamed quantum simulator to run those quantum programs. The local version, released as part of the preview, can support programs using up to 32 quantum bits (qubits), using some 32GB of RAM. Microsoft is also offering an Azure version of the simulator, scaling up to 40 qubits.

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Iron Mountain acquires IO Data Centers’ US operations for $1.3 billion

 Iron Mountain announced today that it’s acquiring the U.S. data center assets of IO Data Centers for a cool $1.3 billion — and the price tag could potentially go higher. With today’s purchase, Iron Mountain gets some serious assets, including four state-of-the-art data centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Edison, New Jersey; and Columbus, Ohio. Read More

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Gamers as young as 11 bet using virtual weapons within video games which are then exchanged for cash.

Max Levchin’s Affirm raised $200 million at nearly $2 billion valuation

 Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing is getting some financing of its own. The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it’s raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital are also participating. Affirm’s valuation is estimated to be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, as first… Read More