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Disney's new Netflix rival will be called Disney+ and launch late 2019 (1 minute read)
Disney will launch a Netflix competitor called Disney+ in late 2019. They have already announced that they will pull all of their movies from Netflix in 2019. The service will feature shows set in the Star Wars and Marvel universes as well as a reboot of High School Musical. They've put up a landing page with the logos Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.
Tesla names director Denholm to replace Musk as board chair (2 minute read)
As part of the SEC's settlement with Tesla regarding Elon Musk's "funding secured" tweet, Tesla was required to replace Elon Musk as chairman of their board. They've selected Robyn Denholm to be the new chairwoman. She's resigning as CFO of Australian telecom firm Telstra to take the job, she has also worked as an executive at Toyota and Sun Microsystems. She has been on Tesla's board since 2014.
19 States Voting Records Being Sold on the Dark Web (2 minute read)
The voting records of over 35 million Americans are available on the dark web. There are records from 19 states, and it's being hinted at that the data leak is not technical, it may be coming from a leaker within the government. You can buy voter records from a state for between $150 and $12500, battleground states tend to cost more.
Maximizing Your Next Salary (7 minute read)
This is advice from a development team lead on how to maximize your salary in your next salary negotiations. Have a range you're comfortable with. Don't sign any contract immediately, take a day or two to look it over thoroughly. Research the salary ranges for people with your experience level at each company online, and ask for somewhere in the upper end of that range. Mostly common sense stuff, but worth going over if you're currently looking for a new job.
Last Week in AWS (Newsletter)
This is a funny weekly roundup of news about the AWS ecosystem. If you're an AWS power user, you'll love this newsletter, it's curated by Corey Quinn, a consultant that helps companies reduce their AWS bills.
Meta Tags (Web Tool)
Here's a nifty tool that lets you check the meta tags on your website. When I make a new site, I always check these tags one by one on Twitter's card validator, Facebook's graph debugger tool etc. but this tool basically lets you check that your meta tags are being set correctly on Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Slack all at once just by typing in the URL.
China's state-run press agency has created an 'AI anchor' to read the news (1 minute read)
China's state-run press agency Xinhua has created an AI news anchor by using footage of human news anchors, then using machine learning techniques to animate parts of the mouth and face along with speech synthesis to make the host say whatever they want. Now, these "anchors" can "work 24 hours a day on its official website and various social media platforms, reducing news production costs and improving efficiency."
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