TLDR Daily Update 2022-08-23

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Big Tech & Startups

Elon Musk subpoenas former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (2 minute read)

Elon Musk's legal team has submitted a subpoena for evidence from former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The subpoena seeks information related to false or spam accounts and information about how Twitter reports on spam accounts. A recent ruling by a judge gave Musk's team access to information from Twitter's former head of product, Kayvon Beykpour. The trial is set to begin on October 17 in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Instagram Looks to Copy BeReal with new โ€˜IG Candidโ€™ Feature (1 minute read)

Instagram is testing a new feature called IG Candid that lets users share content at a different time each day after receiving a prompt. It is very similar to BeReal's selfie sharing feature. BeReal is an app that sends out prompts to users at random times of the day to ask them to share a selfie of what they're up to at that time. Just like BeReal, the IG Candid feature requires users to respond to prompts within 2 minutes of receiving a notification.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

Electrical currents to the brain improve memory for older adults, study finds (3 minute read)

A research team used a swim cap-like device studded with electrodes to deliver electric currents to specific parts of the brain to improve memory in older adults. Those who had the worst cognitive abilities had the biggest improvements and the effects lasted for over a month. The electrical stimulation likely helped improve the brain's growth and change in areas important for memory. The scientists plan to test the device on people with Alzheimer's disease and other conditions that affect cognitive functioning.

Why Stacking Chips Like Pancakes Could Mean a Huge Leap for Laptops (4 minute read)

Intel's new Meteor Lake and Ponte Vecchio processors will use packaging to reach faster speeds. Packaging involves linking several chiplets into one larger processor. It is the same technology that Apple uses to glue two M1 Max chips into the M1 Ultra, but with a much lower price tag. Meteor Lake will bring packaging to the mainstream PC market in 2023.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

Delighted to announce the public open source release of #StableDiffusion! (2 minute read)

Stability AI has released Stable Diffusion and a beta of DreamStudio. Stable Diffusion is an open source image generation model trained on image-text pairs from a broad internet scrape. DreamStudio allows for more control and rapid generation of Stable Diffusion images. Additional tools and functionality are planned for release in the coming weeks.

SurrealDB (GitHub Repo)

SurrealDB is an end-to-end cloud native database for web, mobile, serverless, jamstack, backend, and traditional applications. It allows developers to build secure and performant apps quicker and cheaper. SurrealDB supports SQL querying from client devices, GraphQL, ACID transactions, WebSocket connections, and more.

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Miscellaneous

Reflections on my time in Y Combinator (11 minute read)

This article tells the story of a developer's time with Y Combinator. It covers how they applied for the program, the interview, the process of building the product and business, and thoughts on the program overall. It is free to apply for Y Combinator. The program gives startups $500,000 to build whatever they want.

Once again, Apple calls workers back to the officeโ€”once again, workers fight back (3 minute read)

Some Apple employees have formed an internal advocacy group called Apple Together to push back against the company's return-to-office plans. The group is collecting signatures for a petition that claims Apple's mandate ignores compelling reasons for why many employees should be able to continue to work from home. Apple Together is advocating for a system where individual employees can talk with their direct managers to decide expectations on a case-by-case basis. The petition is still connecting signatures and has not yet been formally sent to Apple's senior leadership.

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Smartphone demand drops for all but the most expensive models (2 minute read)

People are holding onto their phones for longer, but they still like buying expensive phones.

Apple adds select MacBooks to Self Service Repair offerings (3 minute read)

Apple has added the 2020 M1 MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the 14- and 16-inch 2021 M1 Pros to its Self Service Repair offerings.

Meet the top layer: a solution to z-index:10000 (3 minute read)

The top layer sits above its related document in the browser viewport, and each document has one associated top layer.

MoviePass will return on September 5th with plans starting at around $10 per month (3 minute read)

A beta of the new MoviePass service will launch around September 5 with a tiered system costing up to around $30 per month.

Cosmopolitan (GitHub Repo)

Cosmopolitan makes C a build-once, run-anywhere language without the need for an interpreter or virtual machine.

headlessUI (Website)

This site contains a collection of completely unstyled, fully accessible UI components designed to integrate with Tailwind CSS.

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