TLDR Daily Update 2019-01-14

Apple's iPhone plans 📱, SpaceX layoffs 😔, programmable satellites 🚀

Big Tech & Startups

SpaceX to lay off 10% of its workforce (1 minute read)

SpaceX says it needs to get "leaner" and will lay off about 10% of its 6,000 employees. They are offering a minimum of eight weeks' pay, career coaching, resume help, and job searches to laid-off workers.

Apple reportedly planning three iPhones for 2019, one with new triple-camera system (2 minute read)

Apple will unveil three new iPhones this year, one with an LCD screen that will be a successor to the iPhone XR. The high end phone will have 3 rear cameras to compete with new multi-camera Android phones. They are considering going OLED-only for their 2020 iPhones which could raise prices.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Quantum: Handover for fully flexible satellite (2 minute read)

Traditionally, satellites have been hardware products that can't be reconfigured after launch. Quantum is the first fully software-defined spacecraft. Instead of being built to serve one particular niche, it can be reprogrammed on the fly. The UK Space Agency says "Having assets in space that are flexible and can meet changing needs is absolutely essential, and that has underpinned the UK Space Agency's investment strategy in telecoms over the last few years."

Google Maps (Web App)

Google Maps now lets you walk around in the International Space Station! Click on the sides of your screen to turn and the bottom of your screen to walk forward.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Anime.js (GitHub Repo)

Anime.js is an open source Javascript animation engine. The documentation is really good (there are lots of CodePen examples) and there's a really cool animation on their landing page.

Toshi (GitHub Repo)

Toshi is an open source full-text search engine written in Rust (it's a competitor to Elasticsearch). It works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.

More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost (5 minute read)

The VC model is simple: raise enough capital to grow faster than competitors and regulators can catch up. Founders are now beginning to question whether buying into the boom or bust VC game is a good idea. Some companies like Wistia (video hosting) and Buffer (social media posting) have bought back their investors' shares to pursue more sustainable growth. New small VC funds like and Earnest Capital are now giving funding with buyback clauses to allow companies to buy out investors with profits down the line. Bootstrapped startups like collaboration tool Notion believe they can achieve ambitious goals like challenging Microsoft without any venture capital backing. Entrepreneur Mara Zepeda says "The tool of venture capital is so specific to a tiny, tiny fraction of companies. We can't let ourselves be fooled into thinking that's the story of the future of American entrepreneurship."

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