Big Tech &
Uber lays off 3,000 people in second big round of cuts (2 minute read)
Uber has laid off 3,000 workers in addition to the 3,700 workers that it let go earlier this month. Uber drivers are not directly affected. The pandemic has caused Uber's rides business to go down by 80 percent compared to last year. Losses were offset slightly by strong demand for Uber Eats but this did not come close to covering expenses. Uber has estimated that it will spend another $110 to $140 million in severance packages and $65 to $80 million on expenses related to shutting down 45 office locations. The cuts will reduce Uber's overhead by more than $1 billion.
Square announces permanent work-from-home policy (1 minute read)
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, has told Square employees that they will be able to work from home even after the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders end. Twitter had recently announced similar news. The companies believe that employees should be able to work where they feel most creative and productive. Employees will still be able to come into the office. Other tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have extended their return to work dates. Only Twitter and Square have made remote work options permanent.
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine shows positive results, moves to larger studies (3 minute read)
Moderna, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based vaccine manufacturer has completed phase 1 clinical trials on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate with encouraging early results. The trial had 45 participants, eight who developed neutralizing antibodies at levels seen in patients who had recovered from COVID-19. Phase 1 trials are designed to evaluate the safety of a drug rather than to measure its effectiveness. The only side effect of the vaccine was a redness in the area where the person was injected. Antibodies that the patients developed were effective at limiting viral replication in the lab. Moderna is using a messenger RNA vaccine approach that has never been marketed in the USA. Phase 2 trials are now underway and Moderna expects to begin a phase 3 clinical trial as early as July.
NASA Just Released The Artemis Accords - Guidelines For Humans to Abide by in Space (3 minute read)
NASA has released the Artemis Accords, a set of agreements for space agencies and private companies to abide by. The agreements include terms for peace, transparency, and interoperability. It requests that international partners agree to protect current sites and artifacts with historic value, share their scientific data publicly, and register all space objects. Registration is important in order to avoid harmful interference. Only about 87 percent of all space objects are currently registered with the United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space. The Artemis Accords are linked in the article.
Programming, Design & Data Science
learngo (GitHub Repo)
This repository contains a collection of Go examples, exercises, and quizzes to accompany the Learn Go Programming: Complete Bootcamp course. There are thousands of examples. A link to the course is available.
new.css (GitHub Repo)
new.css is a classless CSS framework that can write modern websites using only HTML. It features a dark mode and support for custom color themes and fonts using CSS variables. new.css is only ~4.5kb. There are two customizable pre-made themes.
Disney streaming exec Kevin Mayer becomes TikTok’s new CEO (2 minute read)
Kevin Mayer will be leaving Disney to become TikTok's new CEO as well as COO of ByteDance. Mayer oversaw the launch of Disney+ last fall and was a potential successor to Bob Iger. Bob Chapek has since replaced Iger's position as CEO of Disney. A high-profile American executive could help address politicians' security concerns over TikTok's Chinese ownership. Rebecca Campbell will be taking over Mayer's role at Disney.