Big Tech &
Supposed Google Health app leak shows early interface (2 minute read)
Screenshots from the upcoming Google Health app have been leaked online. The app is designed to provide a portal to manage personal medical records, with the ability to add contacts to share the data. Users will have to link existing online healthcare accounts to take advantage of the app. The app is still in its very early stages of development. The leaked screenshots are available in the article.
TikTok is rolling out longer videos to everyone (1 minute read)
TikTok will increase the maximum length of its videos to three minutes. It has been testing the new limit since December with select users, particularly in categories like cooking. TikTok has not said how the longer clips will affect its recommendation algorithm.
South Korean 20-Mile Solar 'Bike Highway' Generates Electricity (2 minute read)
South Korea has a bike highway running between two cities that stretches for 20 miles, shields cyclists from the sun, and generates power. Cyclists use subterranean tunnels to enter and exit the path and they are protected from traffic on each side by barriers. The solar panels on the bike highway produce more than enough electricity to power the lighting of the highway and the electric vehicle charging stations. A 3-minute video that shows the bike highway from the air is available in the article.
Scientists build wireless pacemaker that dissolves in body (3 minute read)
Researchers have developed a battery-free pacemaker that can be implanted directly onto the surface of the heart and absorbed by the body when no longer needed. It is inexpensive and can be remotely controlled and programmed from outside the body. The device is powered by wireless technology similar to that used in the wireless charging of smartphones. It hasn't been tested in humans yet, but animal tests show that it can generate the necessary power to be used in adult humans.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Flight rules for Git (GitHub Repo)
Flight rules are the hard-earned body of knowledge recorded in manuals that serve as extremely detailed standard operating procedures for what to do if X occurs. This repository contains a manual for using Git. It covers how to use repositories, editing commits, staging, branches, tracking, configuration, and more. There are books, tutorials, scripts, and other resources available.
Dawn (GitHub Repo)
Microsoft engineer stole $10 million by selling Xbox gift cards for bitcoin (2 minute read)
A Microsoft engineer discovered a flaw in one of Microsoft's payment testing systems and exploited it for over $10 million in profit. The flaw allowed the engineer to generate unlimited Xbox Gift Cards, which he sold in bulk on crypto marketplaces for a discount. He used money laundering sites to hide the trail and started living an increasingly lavish lifestyle. He was caught in July 2019 and was sentenced to 9 years in prison, plus ordered to pay $8.3 million in restitution.
Feds Seized Robinhood CEO's Phone in GameStop Trading Halt Investigation (3 minute read)
Robinhood still intends to go public on Thursday. The company is subject to at least 49 class-action lawsuits over its restriction of the purchase of GameStop stock in January. It is under investigation by a series of regulators, state attorneys general, the SEC, and the US Department of Justice. The company's CEO had his cell phone seized by federal attorneys. Robinhood acknowledges that the fallout from its restrictions has the potential to be disastrous for the company.