Engineers at AWS, Netflix and Uber use this merge queue tool. Why aren’t you? (Sponsor)
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Big Tech &
Meta has been quietly testing a new livestreaming platform (11 minute read)
Facebook has been testing a new streaming platform called Super. The platform allows users to host interactive livestreams, engage with fans, and earn revenue. Facebook has been reaching out to creators to test out the platform, paying them between $200 and $3,000 to use the feature for 30 minutes. The pitch deck that Facebook has been sending creators to get feedback on its sponsorship model is available in the article.
Apple just showed us how it will kill the password forever (5 minute read)
Passkeys are unique digital keys that are easy to use, secure, and stored on-device. They can not be stolen in a data breach and users can't be tricked into sharing them. The feature will be available on third-party devices through the use of QR codes. Apple plans to use Passkeys to completely replace passwords. Many more details about how Passkeys work are available in the article.
Synthetic mouse embryos created from stem cells — without sperm, eggs, or a uterus (3 minute read)
Israeli scientists have developed mice embryos made up entirely of stem cells and grown inside a bioreactor. The embryos lived for up to 8.5 days, long enough to develop the beginnings of a brain, a neural tube, and an intestinal tract, as well as a beating heart. While the technique has many limitations, it is an important step in the development of technology that can generate an embryo from scratch.
Programming, Design & Data Science
pls (GitHub Repo)
pls is a pretty and powerful ls. It works in a similar way to ls, but it adds many more developer-friendly features, such as node filters, file sorting based on attributes, a details view, and more. pls is a simple tool for looking at the contents of directories and not a complete replacement for ls. Screenshots are available.
OneDev (GitHub Repo)
OneDev is a self-hosted Git server with CI/CD and Kanban. It features out-of-the-box symbol search and navigation, code search with regular expressions, and much more. A detailed overview of each of its features with GIF examples is available.
The DALL·E 2 Prompt Book (Website)
The DALL·E 2 Prompt Book is a free 82-page e-Book on getting started with DALL-E 2. It contains guides on how to create different styles, prompt engineering, variations, merging images, and much more. The full e-Book is available on the website.
Twitter subpoenas associates of Elon Musk in preparation for lawsuit (2 minute read)
Twitter has issued a number of subpoenas to associates of Elon Musk. The subpoenaed have been requested to provide information on checklists, timelines, presentations, decks, organizational calls, meetings, notes, and recordings related to Musk's deal to purchase Twitter, as well as any information regarding the discussion of bots and spam. Some of the subpoenaed were not originally believed to be involved in the deal, and at least one associate was never really involved. The trial is set to commence on October 17.
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