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Genie: Generative Interactive Environments (5 minute read)
Google DeepMind's Genie is a foundation world model trained on Internet videos that can generate an endless variety of playable (action-controllable) worlds from synthetic images, photographs, and even sketches.
Mar 01 | Crypto
Trading Platform Robinhood, Layer-2 Arbitrum Team Up To Offer Swaps To Users (2 minute read)
Robinhood has revealed plans to enable swaps on Arbitrum, a layer-2 blockchain on Ethereum, for its wallet users in the upcoming months. The collaboration aims to support access to cross-chain swaps and make it easier for non-crypto native users to onboard to on-chain activities from the Robinhood Wallet. The announcement resulted in an over 11% surge in ARB's token price.
Mar 01 | Infosec
Popular video doorbells can be easily hijacked, researchers find (3 minute read)
Security flaws have been discovered in several internet-connected doorbell cameras, including ones made by EKEN. The most serious issue allows hackers to take full control of a camera by holding down a button and scanning a QR code. Retailers have been alerted, but only some have removed the vulnerable cameras from sale.
Mar 01 | Design
Yes, YouTube has a new UI. Yes, it's terrible (2 minute read)
YouTube's recent desktop UI update has received significant backlash from users. The new layout features a grid of thumbnails underneath videos, leading to complaints about sensory overload. It is hard to find positive feedback about the change, and it's unclear if the design will revert.
Mar 01 | DevOps
Software engineering practices I like, in 2024 (15 minute read)
This article delves into the evolving landscape of software development, exploring topics such as the shift towards statically typed languages, the importance of automated formatting, and the benefits of union types and parsing. It also discusses the impact of generative AI, the significance of integration tests, and the value of fostering a positive code review culture. The article highlights the importance of respecting candidates' time in the hiring process and streamlining workflows with infrastructure-as-code and developer-focused platforms.