Crypto Group Raises Money to Buy Constitution, IBM Takes Quantum Leap, and Black Friday Deals

I’ve eaten my third McRib! Eating it fresh is definitely the key. If it’s Thursday, it’s time for another installment of First News 570. I’m in the saddle with Mark Starling, Seth, John, and the First News 570 crew. This week’s top tech stories: a crypto group plans to buy the US Constitution, IBM takes quantum processor lead, and get a jump on next week’s Black Friday deals. You can listen to Mark and I point and laugh while talking about the wild and crazy technology world every Thursday morning, LIVE at 6:43am Eastern by tuning into WWNC on the iHeartRadio app.

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One of the few rare copies of the US Constitution will be placed on auction by Sotheby’s. A worldwide group of crypto currency holders have banded together as a Decentralized Autonomous Organization to raise enough money, $33 million, to buy one of the 13 official printings of the US Constitution. The group is calling themselves ConstitutionDAO. DAOs are decentralized corporations that can have a mission like any other corporation, such as raising money to buy a copy of the US Constitution. If you’re interested in joining ConstitutionDAO, you have some time to jump in. You have to chip in some Ether to join and you too could be a member of a corporation that owns the US Constitution. You have until 630 pm, New York, Eastern time to contribute. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN INVESTMENT IN ANYTHING, YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO A GROUP THAT WILL PURCHASE A PRINTING OF THE CONSTITUTION AND VOTE ON ITS FATE.


The battle for quantum computing has been fast and furious. US and Chinese companies have competing head-to-head in pursuit of quantum supremacy. Last month Chinese researchers claimed quantum supremacy by building a 66-qubit quantum computer capable of calculating an extremely hard math problem in 4 hours, that would take a supercomputer one thousand years to compute. Tuesday, IBM announced that they’re the first company to create a quantum processor that has more than 100-qubits. An achievement because current computer technology can’t simulate the behavior a processor like this may have. IBM believes their technology paves the way for 1000+ qubit processors.


Happy early Thanksgiving! In a week, we’ll be spending time doing that most cherished American activity after Thanksgiving, shopping. Friday in the store, and Monday online.

TheVerge has compiled a snazzy list of Black Friday deals to warm up your credit cards. They’ve also listed price matching policies of your favorite manufacturers.

Amazon has teased a link for Black Friday deals you can peruse here.

BestBuy has also teased it’s best Black Friday deals as well.

I haven’t gone out in the wild for Black Friday shopping. If you’re one of the brave please share your experiences.

I’m building out this year’s Annual Gift Guide, stay tuned.


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