TLDR 2022-11-03

Apple hiring freeze 📱, Elon's $56B paycheck 💰, running out of C++ devs 👨‍💻

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Big Tech & Startups

Apple slashes budgets and implements broad hiring freeze, report claims (2 minute read)

A report claims that Apple has paused almost all hiring. The company had announced a slowdown in hiring earlier this year, but it said that it would still be hiring on a deliberate basis. Apple reportedly has not designated any of its budget for new staff in the coming year. The hiring freeze is expected to continue through to late 2023.

Netflix With Ads Launching as Talks Continue With Studios Over Content (3 minute read)

Netflix is launching its ad-supported tier today in the US for $6.99 a month. The company is currently still in talks with several major studios to finalize licensing agreements. The new tier doesn't include Netflix's complete library. Customers will see around four to five minutes of ads per hour of content.
Science & Futuristic Technology

SpaceX is now building a Raptor engine a day (6 minute read)

SpaceX has made substantial progress with its Raptor rocket engine and the storage of liquid oxygen and methane propellant in orbit. The company can now build seven Raptor 2.0 engines a week and it is rapidly iterating on its processes to produce higher-quality engines. SpaceX is working towards demonstrations of its cryogenic propellant storage and transfer technology. It is targeting early December for a test flight of Starship and Super Heavy.

Why Pfizer’s RSV vaccine success is a big deal, decades in the making (10 minute read)

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common seasonal virus that poses a serious risk to infants and toddlers. Nearly everyone is infected during childhood and most experience only mild illness, but a small fraction of children end up with life-threatening symptoms. The disease kills over 100,000 children under five each year. Pfizer's experimental vaccine was shown to help protect newborns against the virus and it could be available in time for next year's RSV season.
Programming, Design & Data Science

AI-based UI testing improves stability and eliminates false test failures (Sponsor)

How can AI improve your testing? Developers use Testim so they can spend less time creating, editing, and updating UI tests - and more time innovating in their apps. It’s flexible, it’s scalable, and it’s used by the best engineering teams (Microsoft, JFrog, and NetApp to name a few).Scale cross-browser testing today with Testim. Start testing free

hishtory (GitHub Repo)

hishtory stores shell history in context and makes it easily queryable. The data is stored locally and end-to-end encrypted for syncing to other computers. Shell history from one system can be queried remotely from other computers.

Grafana Phlare (GitHub Repo)

Grafana Phlare is a system for aggregating continuous profiling data. Continuous profiling allows developers to understand resource usage down to the exact line of code. Grafana Phlare is fully integrated with Grafana.

Tesla’s Elon Musk faces trial, again—this time over his $56 billion paycheck that’s the ‘largest in human history’ (3 minute read)

Elon Musk is set to stand on trial to defend a compensation package he received in 2018 that entitled him to up to $55.8 billion in stock options. The trial is set to start on November 14. The plaintiff argues that the board failed to perform its fiduciary duty to minority investors by green-lighting the compensation package, even though it was approved via a shareholder vote. If Musk is found to be considered a controlling shareholder on both sides of the transaction, the deal may be considered a conflicted transaction.

George Hotz, aka ‘geohot’ is leaving for a lofty AI project (3 minute read)

George Hotz, famous iPhone and Playstation 3 hacker, is taking some time away from, a driver assistance system startup, to write a new framework for machine learning that is faster and less complex than PyTorch. He is still's sole board member and president. Hotz hasn't been involved in day-to-day leadership tasks for some time. His new startup, Tiny Corporation, will build tools that allow ML models to be trained at the edge.
Quick Links

Verifiable Credentials (Website)

Verifiable Credentials are digital, cryptographically verifiable credentials that can be stored on devices and used to verify data and authorship.

Apache AGE (GitHub Repo)

Apache AGE is a PostgreSQL extension that enables users to use graph query modeling together with Postgres' existing relational model.

$550 PlayStation VR2 launches on Feb. 22, 2023 (2 minute read)

The new headset uses inside-out tracking and doesn't require an external camera.

Don’t build a CSV importer (Sponsor)

OneSchema is a ready-made CSV importer for developers — which automatically corrects customer data. (Also: edge case handling, simple UI, bulk editing).

The pool of talented C++ developers is running dry (3 minute read)

There is a large demand for C++ developers in several industries.
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