ProjectArt Founder Joins Airbnb Exec On ‘Wardrobe’ Startup To Rival Rent The Runway

Estelle Sidler

Back in March, Rent the Runway (RTR) laid off its entire retail staff. The clothing rental brand blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the cuts. Six months later, the company still hasn’t recovered, opting to close all of its stores. 

Adarsh Alphons is unfazed by this grim scenario. The ProjectArt founder, whose career has been spotlighted by both CNN Heroes and Inc. Magazine, came up with his own spin on fashion rental. His startup, fittingly named Wardrobe, launches this week.

Benzinga spoke with Alphons about how Wardrobe differs from, not just Jennifer Hyman’s RTR, but a whole subsector of rivals,

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Quantum startup CEO suggests we are only five years away from a quantum desktop computer

Estelle Sidler

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt 2020, leaders from three quantum computing startups joined TechCrunch editor Frederic Lardinois to discuss the future of the technology. IonQ CEO and president Peter Chapman suggested we could be as little as five years away from a desktop quantum computer, but not everyone agreed on that optimistic timeline.

“I think within the next several years, five years or so, you’ll start to see [desktop quantum machines]. Our goal is to get to a rack-mounted quantum computer,” Chapman said.

But that seemed a tad optimistic to Alan Baratz, CEO at D-Wave Systems. He says that when it

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Provide Gadgets, Internet Pack To Poor Students For Online Classes: High Court To Schools

Estelle Sidler

Not providing gadgets, internet to poor students for online classes is digital apartheid, the court said

New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court has directed private as well as government schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas or KVs to provide gadgets and an internet package to poor students for online classes, saying not doing so amounts to “discrimination” and creates a “digital apartheid”.

To separate such students from others in the same class due to non-availability of a gadget or a device would generate “a feeling of inferiority” that may “affect their hearts and minds unlikely ever to be undone”, the court said.

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CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

Estelle Sidler

Dr. Robert Redfield

Saul Loeb/Pool via AP

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), testifies during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the plan to research, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine, known as Operation Warp Speed, July 2, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Friday dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned

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