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The partnership between Caltech and Amazon Web Services has finally come to fruition with the opening of a 21,000-square-foot building that will act as a work area for researchers studying quantum computing. To get a better sense of what kind of research, and promising new tech, will come out of the lab, dot.LA spoke with Fernando Brandão, a professor of theoretical physics who is co-leading the AWS Center for Quantum Computing. Read the full Q&A here.

Here's what else we're reading in the news:

  • NASA has delayed the launch of SpaceX's Crew-3 mission to November 3 due to "unfavorable" weather.
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  • Apple's new iPhone privacy settings cost Snap, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube close to $10 billion in lost revenue in the second half of the year.

Exclusive: A Q&A with Caltech's Quantum Computing Center Lead

By Keerthi Vedantam

"I'm hoping within the next decade or so, we start getting to this stage of quantum computers where they start impacting society in a meaningful way," says Fernando Brandão, a professor of theoretical physics who is co-leading the AWS Center for Quantum Computing.

Closegap Seeks to Address Students' Mental Health

By Sarah Favot

The nonprofit Closegap is helping educators connect with students better by starting the day with a simple question: How are you feeling now?

Amazon Uses ABL Space Systems Rockets for Satellite Launches 

By Alan Boyle, GeekWire

Amazon plans to launch the first two prototype satellites for its Project Kuiper satellite broadband constellation by late 2022, using rockets currently being developed by ABL Space Systems.

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