TLDR Daily Update 2022-11-16

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Big Tech & Startups

Amazon Launches Virtual Care Clinic for Common Ailments (2 minute read)

Amazon Clinic will provide virtual care to patients in 32 states. The message-based service will help those seeking treatment for more than 20 everyday medical issues. Patients will receive a treatment plan and can follow-up with the clinician within 14 days. Amazon Clinic doesn't take insurance but it is FSA and HSA eligible. Prices for Amazon Clinic are on par with the average copay for a doctor's visit.

Apple’s latest iOS beta gives you more control over the iPhone’s always-on display (2 minute read)

The latest iOS 16.2 developer beta includes toggles for hiding the wallpaper and notifications while using the always-on display. Some iPhone 14 Pro users have found the always-on display with the wallpaper to be distracting. A feature showing up in a beta isn't a confirmation that it will ship in the final release.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

Experimental fentanyl vaccine stops the drug from entering the brain (2 minute read)

A new vaccine developed by a team led by the University of Houston blocks fentanyl's effect on the brain. It uses a fentanyl-like molecule which elicits the production of antibodies that bind to it when combined with a larger carrier protein. The resulting antibodies bind to both the fentanyl-like molecules and actual fentanyl molecules. The antibodies leave all other molecules alone, making other types of opioids still effective for pain relief.

Here’s what it’s like to use Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite (6 minute read)

Apple's new Emergency SOS via satellite feature is now rolling out in the US and Canada. It will launch in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK in December. The feature allows users to text the closest emergency services without Wi-Fi or a cellular signal. If there aren't any emergency services that accept texts, Apple will call them on the users' behalf. The service is free for the first two years.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

Sapling: Source control that’s user-friendly and scalable (11 minute read)

Sapling is a Git-compatible source control client. It emphasizes usability while also scaling to the largest repositories in the world. ReviewStack integrates with Sapling to make reviewing stacks of commits easy. Sapling was developed at Meta over 10 years.

crsql (GitHub Repo)

crsql (Convergent, Replicated SQLite) is a multi-writer with CRDT support for SQLite. It can merge databases that share common schemas. Merges can happen between an arbitrary number of peers and all peers will eventually converge to the same state.

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Miscellaneous

The inside story of how Facebook designed the like button—and made social media into a popularity contest (11 minute read)

Facebook's 'like' button was one of the most successful pieces of code ever shipped in terms of sheer impact. It was created so users would have a simple way to show interest in each other's posts. The button went on to become an iconic symbol. It helped reshape the internet, reconfigure the media, and alter the course of world politics.

Epic says more than half of all announced next-gen games are made on Unreal Engine (2 minute read)

Epic Games' Unreal Engine suite of developer tools is behind over half of all announced games for next-gen game consoles. Many developers have brought games from UE4 over to UE5. Unreal Engine 5.1 was released on Tuesday. Epic plans to release several point releases for Unreal Engine per year.

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SpaceX Is in Funding Talks That Would Value It at Over $150 Billion (2 minute read)

The details of the funding round are still being discussed and terms, including prices, haven't been finalized.

SolidStart (GitHub Repo)

SolidStart is a framework that provides databases, servers, front-ends, bundlers, data fetching/mutations, caching, and infrastructure out-of-the-box and integrates them seamlessly.

The Rise of Influencer Capital (16 minute read)

A look at how social media, celebrity promoters, and banks transformed the markets.

New Ethernet Cyberattack Crunches Critical Systems (7 minute read)

PCSpooF is a cyberattack that can interrupt the delicate timing used in Time-Triggered Ethernet networks.

Induction cooking heats up with a $20M cash injection for Impulse (3 minute read)

Impulse's induction stoves feature a battery so people can upgrade to induction cooking without having to upgrade their wiring.

Moderna to develop mRNA vaccines for Ebola (2 minute read)

Moderna is nearing a deal with the Department of Defense to develop mRNA vaccines against a range of biological threats.

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