A fintech canary in the ride-hailing méi kuàng (coal mine).

A fintech canary in the ride-hailing méi kuàng (coal mine).

This week, Chinese ride-hailing juggernaut Didi Chuxing announced that it was rolling out a suite of financial services offerings for both customers and drivers. We’re particularly interested in the driver side of the equation here, because as TechCrunch’s Rita Lau explained, China recently instituted a new legal framework that renders it much more difficult for gig workers to casually participate in the sharing economy.

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Competitive talk surrounds the announcement of a new U.S. exchange.

Competitive talk surrounds the announcement of a new U.S. exchange.

"We welcome competition to our transparent, highly regulated equity markets. However, with more than 40 equity trading venues already in operation in the United States, we are keen to learn more about the value proposition of a new exchange." That’s a quote from the Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. in commenting on the announcement of MEMX, a new consortium-based exchange

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IBM’s new quantum machine belongs in a Prada store.

IBM’s new quantum machine belongs in a Prada store.

“Consultants included museum specialists Goppion, usually found protecting artwork and valuables in the world’s biggest art galleries, and the end result is crafted to perfection, moodily lit and set to crunch numbers like never before.” Yes, that’s a real line from an article in design magazine Wallpaper (See below) describing IBM’s new ‘Q System One’ quantum computer that walked the runway at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

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