TLDR Daily Update 2022-07-22

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Big Tech & Startups

Amazon is buying primary care tech provider One Medical for $3.9B (2 minute read)

Amazon has announced its intention to buy One Medical for $3.9 billion. Amazon sees a lot of opportunities to improve the quality of the healthcare experience. One Medical will work together with Amazon to make the healthcare experience more accessible, affordable, and enjoyable. The company was backed by Google in its startup phase.

Sweeping changes remake Facebook app in TikTok's image (3 minute read)

Meta announced major changes to the Facebook app on Thursday. The changes involve making Facebook's main Home screen more like TikTok, with a vertical display of algorithmically determined public posts. Users will be able to access Reels and Stories from the Home screen. A new customizable Feeds tab will include recent posts from friends, Pages, and groups. Facebook has removed the News Feed and is shifting its resources away from its news products.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

MIT researchers develop silk capsules to replace microplastics (4 minute read)

MIT researchers have developed a silk-based alternative to microplastics. Microplastics are added to products to shield active chemicals from air and moisture until needed. The silk-based capsules offer a cheap biodegradable replacement for the polymer capsules used today. They can be produced using low-grade silk with existing manufacturing equipment.

Molecule linking memories with emotion paves way for anxiety treatments (2 minute read)

Researchers at the Salk Institute have identified a molecule that seems to drive the assignment of emotion to memories. Mice without the molecule formed stronger associations with negative stimuli and were unable to form positive associations. Mice with an excess of the molecule exhibited higher reward learning and lower negative valence. These findings hint at a possible mechanism for anxiety or depression and a potential way to treat them.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

vanilla-extract (GitHub Repo)

vanilla-extract is a module for building zero-runtime stylesheets in TypeScript. It allows developers to write styles in TypeScript or JavaScript with locally scoped class names and CSS variables then generate static CSS files at build time. vanilla-extract works with any frontend framework and it supports simultaneous themes. A CodeSandbox example is available.

pg_jsonschema (GitHub Repo)

pg_jsonschema is a PostgreSQL extension that adds support for JSON schema validation on json and jsonb data types. It can validate json and jsonb against schemas and constrain json and jsonb columns to conform to a schema. Examples and benchmarks are available.

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Miscellaneous

a16z is Moving to the Cloud (2 minute read)

Andreessen Horowitz is moving its headquarters to the cloud. The firm will start working primarily virtually. It has configured itself to be able to physically assemble anywhere in the world very quickly. The firm is opening three new offices in Miami Beach, New York, and Santa Monica in addition to its existing Menlo Park and San Francisco locations. It will continue to create physical offices globally where needed to support its teams and partners.

Samsung says people prefer flip-phone-style foldable smartphones (2 minute read)

The president and head of Samsung's Mobile Experience Business believes that folding phones are the future. Foldable devices are making more sense as phones are getting larger. The Samsung team is bullish on designs that can be closed with the flick of a wrist. While foldable phones were a novelty when they first came out, they are now the preferred choice for millions.

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Star Wars Scene Transition Effects in CSS (7 minute read)

This tutorial teaches readers how to animate CSS masks to recreate the wipe transitions between scenes in Star Wars movies.

After 100 years of trying, scientists have found a way to create the pufferfish neurotoxin (3 minute read)

Researchers from New York University have published a 22-step process for creating biologically active, highly efficient tetrodotoxin and its derivatives from commercially available materials.

I Regret my $46k Website Redesign (19 minute read)

Lessons learned from a project that was supposed to take a few months and $15k but took eight months and $46k.

Russian hackers behind SolarWinds are now hiding malware in Google Drive (2 minute read)

The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service's hacking unit is using Google's cloud storage service in its hacking campaigns to hide malware.

Google's guide to structured interviewing (Twitter Thread)

This hiring method finds candidates that will perform well on a job.

Meteor impact left 'uncorrectable' damage to the Webb telescope's mirror (3 minute read)

Despite being hit by at least 19 tiny space rocks, including one that left uncorrectable damage to one of its mirrors, the James Webb Space Telescope is exceeding expectations almost all across the board.

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