The secret weapon for preventing web scraping (Sponsor)
Now that attackers can easily access bot-as-a-service options to simplify scraping without spending time or money on unsuccessful attempts, threats are becoming more frequent and intense. Learn how you can protect your websites, mobile apps, and APIs in this blog post by DataDome's Head of Research.
Big Tech &
Amazon will let merchants sell goods with Prime benefits on their own sites (3 minute read)
Amazon Merchants who ship products using Amazon's warehouse and delivery services will soon be able to add 'Buy With Prime' buttons to their websites, allowing Prime subscribers to make purchases directly from the site. Merchants will be charged various fees for adding the option to their sites, but there won't be fixed subscription fees or long-term contracts. Customers using the feature will retain the benefits of Amazon's subscription service and receive free shipping, next-day delivery, and free returns.
A new genome reference index could save the genetic diversity of all humans (3 minute read)
The Human Pangenome Project aims to gather, organize, and make accessible a representation of all genetic diversity found in people. The data could help reveal information about genetic risk for different diseases and conditions for individuals in the future. A technique called 'long read' sequencing will be used to map full genomes from end to end. Some groups are wary of the effort and have rejected the proposal.
Ultra-light liquid hydrogen tanks promise to make jet fuel obsolete (3 minute read)
Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories (GTL) has developed ultra-lightweight cryogenic tanks that have a 75% mass reduction compared with other aerospace cryotanks. A 12 kg tank from GTL is able to hold over 150 kg of hydrogen. The weight reduction means that hydrogen-fueled aircraft may be able to fly at least four times as far as comparable aircraft running on jet fuel while completely eliminating carbon emissions. It could also mean increased cargo or passenger capacity.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Cog (GitHub Repo)
Cog is a tool that packages machine learning models in a standard, production-ready container. It was developed to make it easier for researchers to ship machine learning models to production by making Docker more simple to set up. Cog generates Docker images with all the best practices and automatically sets up the correct CUDA/cuDNN/PyTorch/Tensorflow/Python combos. It can dynamically generate RESTful HTTP APIs using model types.
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Unlayer - Embeddable Email Editor & Page Builder (Sponsor)
Unlayer is an easy way to add a drag-n-drop email editor and page builder into your product. With Unlayer your users can create awesome emails and websites with ease without you having to build and support a home-built creative tool. Learn more.
Twitter woos back developers with an app platform (8 minute read)
Twitter is launching a test that will see developers' apps directly promoted on its platform at the moment they may be useful to the end user. Users will be prompted to use third-party services that provide more functionality when accessing Twitter's built-in tools via the web app. The new feature will help users discover apps that may improve their experience on the platform. Developers on the platform are expecting an influx of new users from the experiment.
Elon Musk lays out funding for ambitious Twitter takeover (3 minute read)
Elon Musk has laid out how he will fund the $46.5 billion purchase of Twitter. Musk will receive loans from Morgan Stanley worth $25.5 billion and cover the remaining $21 billion with his own funds. While Musk is the richest person on the planet, most of his net worth is tied up in Tesla stock. Twitter has not formally responded to Musk's offer, but the company's board of directors has approved measures to block the hostile takeover.