TLDR Daily Update 2021-04-26

Disney's Project Kiwi 🤖, Elon Musk on SNL 🎭, DAOs as LLCs ₿

Big Tech & Startups

Spotify Is Launching Podcast Subscriptions, and Unlike Apple Won’t Take a Cut From Creators (3 minute read)

Spotify will launch its podcast subscription option for partners next week. Content creators will be able to keep 100% of the income they receive from subscriptions. Spotify hasn't provided any details on how its premium services for podcasters will work. Facebook plans to launch an integrated version of Spotify's audio player directly within its app starting next week. Apple keeps 30% of subscription fees in the first year and 15% in subsequent years. It also charges annually for membership.

Disney Imagineering’s Project Kiwi is free walking robot that will make you believe in Groot (1 minute video)

Project Kiwi is a small-scale, free-roaming robotic actor developed by Disney's Imagineers. It is a fully mobile, bipedal robot with accurately rendered textures to look like Groot. The robot has expressive eyes and realistic movements. It is still a work in progress and probably won't be seen in public for a while. The goal of the project is to build a character that can walk on its own and interact with park guests.
Science & Futuristic Technology

State Lawmaker Explains Wyoming’s Newly Passed DAO LLC Law (2 minute read)

Wyoming will recognize Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) as limited liability corporations (LLCs) effective July 1. DAOs are online collectives of investors that rely on Ethereum's smart-contract technology to make shared decisions. LLCs are entities that combine the characteristics of a corporation with those of a partnership or sole proprietorship. The law makes the process of a DAO becoming an LLC easier and cheaper. It protects DAOs from being sued as general partnerships and makes the rights of DAOs enforceable in court.

NASA Has Created Oxygen on Mars In a Major Milestone for Space Exploration (3 minute read)

The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) is a machine that can extract breathable oxygen from carbon dioxide on Mars. It heats Martian air to about 1,470 degrees Fahrenheit and then extracts oxygen from it using a process called solid oxide electrolysis. MOXIE successfully produced about five grams of oxygen on April 20, enough to keep an astronaut alive for 10 minutes. Its peak production rate is 10 grams of oxygen an hour. Oxygen will be needed to fuel a return trip to Mars.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Opyrator (GitHub Repo)

Opyrator turns Python functions into production-ready microservices. Services can be deployed using HTTP API or interactive UI. Opyrator is built on open standards. Examples are available.

10 developers on what makes their games’ ‘hand-drawn’ (18 minute read)

Many games have taken on a hand-drawn art style over the years. Hand-drawn can mean a lot of different things to different people. In this article, 10 developers talk about what makes their games 'hand-drawn'. The developers discuss the process and techniques used to create the art in their games.

Elon Musk to Host Next 'SNL' Episode With Musical Guest Miley Cyrus (1 minute read)

Elon Musk will host Saturday Night Live when it returns from its spring break on May 8. Miley Cyrus will serve as the musical guest for the episode. Musk is the late-night series' most left-field and controversial choice of guest hosts this season. This will be Cyrus' sixth appearance as a musical guest on the show.

The Pentagon reportedly gave a small company control of its IP addresses to find security issues (1 minute read)

The US Department of Defense gave control over about 175 million of its IP addresses to tiny Florida company Global Resource Systems as part of a pilot effort to identify potential vulnerabilities and prevent unauthorized use of DoD IP address space. The DoD still owns the addresses. Global Resources Systems was founded in September. The initiative was headed by a group which reports directly to the secretary of defense.

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