TLDR Daily Update 2022-11-18

Google reinvents search 🔎, inside Waymo's robotaxi 🚕, details from FTX bankruptcy docs 🏦

Clickhouse C++ Developer? Ahrefs is hiring - fully remote (Sponsor)

Ahrefs is looking for a C++ developer with a deep understanding of database systems implementations, in particularly Clickhouse columnar DBMS.

Clickhouse is the backbone of Ahrefs’ infrastructure, holding a multiple petabytes crawler dataset updated in real time. It’s used to build advanced and flexible analytics reports for customers.

The sheer amount of data, massive scale of deployment and bleeding-edge hardware all pose interesting challenges for the optimal usage of resources managed by Clickhouse distributed cluster. Solving these requires deep understanding of Clickhouse implementation and modern C++ skill to develop improvements suitable for upstream.

Sounds like something you’d like to sink your teeth into? Apply here (remote)

Big Tech & Startups

Musk Softens Remote-Work Mandate to Retain Twitter Staffers (2 minute read)

Many Twitter employees are opting to leave the company due to Elon Musk's ultimatum for them to either commit to the company's new hardcore work environment or leave. Musk sent an email on Thursday saying that employees wanting to work remotely only needed a commitment from managers to ensure that they are making excellent contributions. Managers who lie about employee performance will be exited from the company. In-person meetings are still required at least once per month.

Google launches new search, shopping and maps features (4 minute read)

Google has announced new search features for Search, Lens, Shopping, and Maps. Multisearch allows users to search using both images and text, for example, it can be used to find restaurants that serve specific meals within an area using a photo of a dish. Google Lens will soon be able to translate text on more complex backgrounds. Google Shopping now has AR shoes and new shopping models for AR beauty. Google Maps can now use AR to overlay information about nearby venues and real-time events.
Science & Futuristic Technology

A quick look at Waymo’s custom, steering wheel-less robotaxi (2 minute read)

Waymo has previewed its autonomous electric vehicle. The vehicle has no steering wheel, with just a screen in the center of the front side of the vehicle that displays self-driving status, progress maps, and music controls. There are additional screens for passengers and ample cargo space. The front seats face the road to aid with awareness and prevent car sickness. A video showing both the car's interior and exterior is available in the article.

See how far Pokémon Go creator Niantic’s AR gaming ambitions have come (3 minute read)

Niantic has unveiled its latest tech demo showing off its idea of the future of augmented reality gaming. The trailer shows several players wearing AR glasses and interacting with shared virtual objects. Some of the players appear to be using handheld motion controllers. There was no sign that a smartphone was required to use the AR glasses. The video trailer is available in the article.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Who Is Hiring Software Engineers and EMs? In 2022 (Google Sheet)

This Google Sheet contains a list of companies that are currently hiring software engineers and engineering managers. Each row includes the company name, information on what the company does, which roles they are hiring for and what location, and a link to the hiring page. Companies on the list include Uber, Yelp, Skyscanner, Bayer, Nvidia, Datadog, Wise, and Apple.

Score (GitHub Repo)

Score is a platform-agnostic container-based workload specification. It allows developers to define their workload only once and translate it to multiple platforms. Score isn't intended to be a fully featured yaml replacement. Its workloads can be combined with more advanced yaml configurations.

No more one-off scripts or fragmented cron jobs. Automate faster with Retool Workflows (Sponsor)

Retool Workflows is a fast way to build and automate recurring cron jobs, custom alerts, and ETL jobs. Stop provisioning infrastructure and maintaining one-off scripts. Start automating jobs 10x faster with Retool Workflows. Code level control when you need it, GUI when you don’t.  Get started for free today.

Focus on high-leverage activities (10 minute read)

This article contains notes from 'High Output Management', a book by former Intel CEO Andy Grove. The book helps people to understand how they can manage their teams more efficiently towards high-leverage tasks. Leverage is the ability to get more done with less time, effort, or money. High-leverage tasks are activities that have a lasting impact on many people. Everyone is different and they need to be managed according to their innate abilities and strengths.

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Cartwright (GitHub Repo)

Cartwright is a data profiler that uses AI and a variety of heuristics to identify and categorize spatial and temporal features.

Launchpad (GitHub Repo)

Launchpad is a command-line tool that makes it easy to create applications on Kubernetes.

New Records for the Biggest and Smallest AI Computers (6 minute read)

MLCommons has released its latest set of benchmark results, which include the newest Intel and Nvidia chips.

The Distributed Computing Manifesto (18 minute read)

The Distributed Computing Manifesto is a document from the early days of Amazon that highlighted the challenges the company was facing at the end of the 20th century.

Is 40 hours a week too much? Here’s what history and science say (8 minute read)

Several studies have shown that people are happier, healthier, and more productive when they work less than 40 hours per week.

Amazon’s CEO says more layoffs will happen in 2023 (2 minute read)

The company will try to find roles for impacted individuals and workers will be offered severance packages.

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