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TLDR Daily Update 2022-07-12

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Big Tech & Startups

Apple releases first public betas for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and more (2 minute read)

Apple has released the first beta builds of this year's iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and HomePod software updates. Users with supported devices can now download the updates from Apple's beta program website. The process for rolling back to a previous version involves wiping all data, so users are advised to keep backups and install the software on spare devices. It is not possible to roll back the update on the Apple Watch and most Apple TV models.

Amazon is quietly developing cancer vaccines in partnership with Fred Hutchinson and recruiting patients for a new clinical trial (3 minute read)

Amazon and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center are working together to develop personalized vaccines for breast and skin cancers. They are currently recruiting patients to join the clinical trial. The trial is expected to end in November 2023. Amazon is contributing scientific and machine learning expertise to the project. The project came out of Amazon's secretive moonshot lab called Grand Challenge.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

SpaceX Starlink pursues 'complete coverage' with polar orbit launch (2 minute read)

SpaceX has successfully launched a new batch of Starlink satellites to polar orbit. The polar launches will enable complete coverage of Earth. There are currently over 2,300 active Starlink satellites in orbit. SpaceX is expecting more than 4,200 active satellites within 18 months. Starlink is available in 32 countries. SpaceX plans to vastly expand availability later this year and in 2023.

Quantum Algorithms Conquer a New Kind of Problem (5 minute read)

Researchers have invented a fundamentally new kind of problem that a quantum computer should be able to solve exponentially faster than a classical one. It involves calculating the inputs to a complicated mathematical process based solely on its jumbled outputs. The problem is still too advanced for existing quantum computers to solve. A detailed explanation of the problem is available in the article.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

Postgres 15 improves UNIQUE and NULL (3 minute read)

The Postgres 15 beta 2 was recently released. This article looks at an improvement to UNIQUE constraints on columns with NULL values. Users are now able to create constraints and indexes using UNIQUE NULLS NOT DISTINCT. The new feature adds an additional level of quality control to Postgres.

lldap (GitHub Repo)

lldap is a lightweight authentication server that provides an opinionated, simplified LDAP interface for authentication. It is a user management system that is simple to set up and manage. lldap features a frontend that allows users to edit their own details or reset their passwords. It can be integrated with many backends.

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Miscellaneous

Here’s where Tesla’s recently laid-off talent is going (2 minute read)

Tesla laid off thousands of employees over the last month. While Elon Musk claimed that the layoffs would only affect salaried employees, hourly employees in service, sales, and delivery were also affected. The layoffs presented a real opportunity for companies to snap up top talent. Most of the former employees have been snapped up by Rivian, Apple, and Amazon. Lucid Motors, Redwood Materials, and Aurora have also hired former Tesla employees.

Apple Car Design Goals: No Steering Wheel or Brake Pedal, Flat Seats for Sleeping, Large Screens, and More (2 minute read)

A recently published report includes details about the physical appearance of the Apple Car. The latest design features four seats that face inwards and a curved ceiling. Apple's designers are experimenting with a trunk compartment that rises for easy access and large seat-back screens. Apple's former design chief Jony Ive has remained involved with the project as a consultant. The vehicle is still years away from release, but Apple is now discussing how to disguise vehicle prototypes during testing in the public.
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Quick Links

Uber’s former chief lobbyist in Europe is the Uber Files leaker (3 minute read)

Mark MacGann, Uber’s former chief of policy in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa has come forward as the source of the massive 'Uber Files' leak.

Meta launches Sphere, an AI knowledge tool based on open web content, used initially to verify citations on Wikipedia (5 minute read)

Facebook's new AI tool Sphere is being used by Wikipedia to automatically scan entries and identify when citations are strongly or weakly supported.

Tell HN: I have the perfect job, why is it not enough? (Hacker News Thread)

Having the perfect job may not be enough for people who need more meaning in their lives.

Twitter gets ready to sue Elon Musk, hires elite merger law firm (7 minute read)

Twitter has hired the merger law heavyweight Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and it expects to file a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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Technical Writing for Developers (19 minute read)

This article outlines how programming and writing can come together and push developer skills to the next level.

Meta executive to managers: 'exit' people who can't get on track (1 minute read)

Meta managers have been told to identify employees who need support and to move to exit people who are unable to get on track.

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