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Big Tech &
Twitter is now an Elon Musk company (3 minute read)
Elon Musk has bought Twitter. He originally offered to buy the company in April but changed his mind. This resulted in Twitter taking Musk to court to force the sale. Musk was scheduled to be deposed earlier in the month but announced that he would continue with the sale just days before the deposition was to take place. A summary of what Musk says he wants to do with his new company is available in the article.
Apple flexes its control over the App Store (5 minute read)
Apple updated its App Store rules this week to give itself a cut of some advertising revenue in social media apps and purchase revenue from web3 apps. It also expanded its own App Store advertising to appear in more places, including in the Today tab and the 'You Might Also Like' section of individual app listings. Apple is moving to make more money from its App Store. While developers are frustrated by the changes, there is not much they can do about it.
How scientists want to make you young again (8 minute read)
Over 15 years ago, Japanese scientists discovered that they could make skin cells young again by adding four proteins to old cells and waiting a couple of weeks. Scientists who have been working on the technology now say that they are seeing evidence that it can be used in animals to make some of their organs more youthful. Rejuvenation programming works in part by resetting the epigenome in a cell. Companies have invested billions of dollars into rejuvenation research.
Neoplants bioengineers houseplants to use them as air purifiers (2 minute read)
Neoplants is a French startup that is designing genetically modified houseplants that can absorb air pollutants. Its first plant works with the microbiome located in the soil near its roots. The plant can capture the four main components that cause air pollution at home and turn them into plant matter. Pre-orders for the plant will start in the first quarter of next year.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Redis Explained (15 minute read)
Remote Dictionary Service, or Redis, is an open-source key-value database server that is used for many things, including publish-subscribe mechanisms, streaming, and queues. It uses an in-memory database in front of another database like MySQL to help improve application performance. Redis can also be used as a full-fledged primary database. This article discusses Redis and its features.
Kweb (GitHub Repo)
Kweb is a Kotlin web framework for backend developers. It aims to eliminate server/browser separation so that developers can focus on building rather than plumbing. Kweb can create and manipulate DOM elements and bind values in real-time databases to DOM elements so that they update automatically when the database changes.
The Twitter deal is all downside risk for Elon Musk (8 minute read)
Twitter was not a good purchase and nobody thinks the company should be valued at $44 billion. The company doesn't make money and the purchase will hurt Elon Musk's reputation. Musk has plans to increase revenue, but prominent figures have been leaving the platform since the beginning of the pandemic, making his plans more difficult to realize. Twitter has many problems and this may affect Musk's time on his other ventures.
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