TLDR 2022-10-05

Elon will buy Twitter 🐦, Meta rescinds offers 👨‍💻, new social app taking over Stanford 🤓

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Big Tech & Startups

Meet Fizz, the social app downloaded by ‘95% of Stanford undergrads’ (5 minute read)

Fizz is an anonymous, college-only, Reddit-like social app. It recently closed a $4.5 million seed round. The app plans to expand to more than 1,000 campuses by the end of next year. Fizz is only available to people with .edu addresses. Its biggest differentiating factor from other similar apps is how it handles moderation. Fizz hires 15 moderators per school to supplement standard AI-based content screening.

It’s official, Elon Musk is buying Twitter (3 minute read)

Elon Musk has notified Twitter through a letter that he intends to move forward with the deal. The transaction will close at $54.20 per share. It is unclear why Musk changed his mind. The court recently published a trove of Musk's texts and approved a request for Twitter to review texts from Musk's inner circle. Twitter's stock price jumped more than 12% following the news.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Matter 1.0 is finally finalized — so what’s next? (3 minute read)

The final Matter 1.0 standard has been released and the certification program is now open. Matter is a standard that makes smart home products work together. Companies can start selling Matter devices or upgrade existing devices to the standard as soon as they are certified. Several companies have been working on Matter-compatible products as part of an early access program. An official launch event is scheduled for November 3.

Tesla announces moving away from ultrasonic sensors in favor of 'Tesla Vision' (3 minute read)

Tesla is moving away from using ultrasonic sensors in favor of its camera-only Tesla Vision system. It started producing vehicles without a front-facing radar last year. The ultrasonic sensors were primarily used for short-range object detection and for applications like auto-park and collision warnings. Some Autopilot features will be limited for vehicles without the sensors until Tesla improves its software.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Here are 10 practical tips for improving your text layout (3 minute read)

Text layouts can determine how clean a design looks. They are the easiest thing to improve to make designs nicer and more usable. This Twitter thread contains 10 tips for improving text layouts. It includes visual examples of good and bad designs.

A Flexible Framework for Effective Pair Programming (16 minute read)

Pair programming is an agile software development technique where two people work together to share context, solve problems, or learn from one another. It builds technical and communication skills, encourages creative problem-solving, and brings teams closer. This article presents a framework for pair programming that streamlines the process to make it more approachable for people new to the technique.

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Ask HN: How to find what I am really good at? (Hacker News Thread)

This Hacker News thread discusses how to find out what you are really good at. It contains lots of advice for discovering new skills and hobbies. The best way to figure out what to focus on is by experiencing a lot of things. After a while, people generally will find out what they're interested in enough to work hard to develop skills in that area.

Elon Musk says Twitter will eventually be part of ‘X, the everything app’ (2 minute read)

Elon Musk reacquired in 2017 for an undisclosed fee. He had transferred ownership of the domain when his online bank merged with another company to create PayPal Holdings in 2000. Musk established X Holdings to absorb Twitter after the acquisition. He is planning to build a super app under the X brand. The acquisition of Twitter sped up plans for the X app.
Quick Links

The Illustrated Stable Diffusion (11 minute read)

This article contains a gentle introduction to how Stable Diffusion works.

Pelikan (GitHub Repo)

Pelikan is Twitter's framework for developing cache services.

EU Passes Law to Switch iPhone to USB-C by End of 2024 (4 minute read)

The EU has passed a directive that will force all consumer electronics manufacturers who sell their products in Europe to have a USB-C port by the end of 2024.

Meta is rescinding intern offers (2 minute read)

Meta will pay one month's compensation to interns whose offers were rescinded for 2023.

Impulse (Website)

Impulse is a browser-based dev tool that allows developers to inspect and edit code visually.

Amazon reportedly freezes corporate hiring in its retail business (2 minute read)

Amazon has instructed recruiters to close all open job postings for corporate roles in its retail business.
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