Big Tech &
After putting a dent in Facebook and Instagram, TikTok has Spotify in its sights next (3 minute read)
ByteDance has filed a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for TikTok Music. The trademark will apply to a mobile and tablet app where users can purchase, play, share, and download music and create, recommend, and share playlists. Users will be able to comment on music, songs, and albums. TikTok is already a hub for discovering music, and a dedicated music app could pull its user base directly from the main app.
Tesla deploys cube lounges at Supercharger station with automated coffee, food, and more (3 minute read)
Tesla and bk World have deployed a large cube lounge at a Supercharger station in Germany. The lounge features vending machines, bathroom facilities, gaming consoles, and areas for people to work or charge their devices. bk World’s lounges are easily deployable and can be moved quickly. They can be expanded to meet the requirements of the site. bk World plans to open 300 locations across Europe, but it is unclear how many of those will be in partnership with Tesla.
DeepMind found the structure of nearly every protein known to science (2 minute read)
DeepMind is releasing a free database with its predictions of the structure of nearly every protein known to science. The information will help scientists treat diseases and develop medications. The database contains over 200 million structures and covers almost every organism that has had its genome sequenced. It was created with DeepMind's AlphaFold AI software, which may be the most significant contribution AI has made to advancing scientific knowledge to date.
Study Suggests That Pill Can Cut Hereditary Cancer Risk by 60 Percent (2 minute read)
A double-blind longitudinal study of nearly 1,000 patients with a genetic condition that increases their individual risk of several cancers found that resistant starch has the ability to help prevent a range of cancers. Resistant starch resists acidic digestive bile, so it settles and ferments in the large intestine. This feeds gut-supporting friendly bacteria and may change the bacterial metabolism of bile acids, keeping them from damaging DNA.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Engineering Ladders (GitHub Repo)
This repository contains a framework for software engineering managers to have meaningful conversations with their direct reports around the expectations of each position and how to plan for the next level in their career ladder. It uses radar charts to show the different perspectives and expectations of each position. The framework should be used as a way to guide meaningful career conversations and not as a checklist for promoting people.
Gum (GitHub Repo)
Gum is a tool for making shell scripts. It allows developers to leverage the power of Bubbles and Lip Gloss without writing any Go code. Gum is highly configurable and can build useful scripts with just a few lines of code. Examples are available.
TikTok begins pilot testing HTML5 mini-games with a handful of partners (4 minute read)
TikTok has launched a new gaming pilot with mini-games that can be played inside its app. The games can be found inside the TikTok app when posting a video to the platform. Creators can add the games through TikTok jump, a third-party integration tool. The feature is now being tested in various global markets. None of the games are currently monetized. A list of game titles on the platform is available in the article.
The story behind Google’s in-house desktop Linux (4 minute read)
Google has its own Linux desktop distribution called gLinux. The first version of the OS was called Goobuntu, based on Ubuntu. Google changed to a Debian-based OS in 2018 as upgrading the Ubuntu-based OS would take too long and cost too much. gLinux rolls out the latest updates and patches as they are created and deemed ready for production and changes can easily be rolled back if something goes wrong. The entire gLinux development team consists of a single on-duty release engineer that rotates among team members.