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Big Tech & Startups

Google Pixel Tablet specs leak just days ahead of I/O (2 minute read)

Details of Google's upcoming 11-inch Pixel Tablet were leaked on a now-deleted Amazon Japan listing. The Pixel Tablet will be powered by Google's own Tensor G2 chip and come with 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, an LCD with 2560x1600 resolution and 500 nits of brightness, a battery that can support up to 12 hours of video streaming, USI 2.0 stylus support, two eight-megapixel cameras on the front and back, quad speakers, three microphones, a USB-C charging port, and Wi-Fi 6. The Pixel Tablet is likely to start at around €600 ($662) and come in four color options. The listing suggested that the tablet will be launched on June 20th.
Elon Musk says Twitter is purging old accounts, freeing up desired usernames (3 minute read)

Twitter is purging inactive accounts that have had no activity at all for several years. The move may free up desirable usernames. Twitter has had an inactive account policy for years, but the platform hadn't made a widespread effort to enforce that rule until now. Users with inactive followers will see their follower counts drop. The availability of desirable usernames could lure users back to Twitter, potentially improving Twitter's network effects and ability to make money.

Science & Futuristic Technology

Gene editing makes bacteria-killing viruses even more deadly (2 minute read)

Danish company SNIPR BIOME has developed an antimicrobial drug using engineered bacteriophages for people with blood cancers. SNIPR001 is aimed at patients who require chemotherapy. Chemotherapy can cause immunosuppression, making it difficult for patients to fight off any infections that escape from their gut into their bloodstream. SNIPR BIOME's engineered bacteriophages target harmful bacteria without promoting drug resistance. SNIPR001 is currently undergoing clinical trials.
Doctors have performed brain surgery on a fetus in one of the first operations of its kind (5 minute read)

Doctors recently performed one of the first-ever fetal brain surgeries as part of an experimental study to save the life of a baby girl near Boston. The seven-week-old fetus was diagnosed prenatally with a condition that caused blood to pool in her brain. Doctors were able to treat her in utero before any major issues occurred. The operation's success could pave the way for the treatment of similar brain conditions in other fetuses and potentially revolutionize the future of fetal brain surgery.

Programming, Design & Data Science

GitHub code search is generally available (4 minute read)

GitHub's new code search and code view are now available to all users. Developers typically spend more time reading and understanding code than writing it. The new features will help prevent time from being wasted on understanding code. They can help developers to search, navigate, and understand their code, put critical information into context, find vulnerabilities and configurations, and fix bugs.
How to recover from microservices (5 minute read)

While there may be cases where a microservices-first architecture makes sense, the majority of systems are better suited to a monolith. This article discusses what to do in situations where a microservices architecture has already been prematurely implemented. Microservices are a tool. They are most effective when used on large, complex systems that have evolved from smaller, simpler systems.


Speed Trap (28 minute read)

Google introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) to save the mobile web in 2015. AMPs were a new format for mobile-first web pages aimed at making them as fast, usable, and instantly-loading as mobile apps. Publishers enjoyed an increase in search traffic by adopting the format, but AMP limited their ability to monetize web pages. AMP seems to have faded away, with most publishers withdrawing support, and even Google seems disinterested in the technology.
Eight things to know about LLMs (5 minute read)

Large Language Models (LLMs) are known to improve in performance as their size increases. These models have been shown to possess unexpected abilities, for example, they can create mental models. LLMs cannot be reliably guided towards specific outputs and their inner workings remain a mystery. They have been shown to outperform humans in some tasks. Plain LLMs mirror the biases contained in their training data. LLMs demo well, but they can fail on simple tasks.

Quick Links

How Shopify Tried and Failed to Challenge Amazon in Logistics (9 minute read)

Shopify is selling most of its logistics business, ending a nearly four-year effort to compete with Amazon's fulfillment services.
Open LLMs (GitHub Repo)

This repository contains a list of open LLMs available for commercial use.
Welcome to Normal: The town that holds the keys to Rivian’s future (8 minute read)

This article talks about how Rivian built its factory, how the company developed its vehicles, its future, and how Rivian has affected the town of Normal, Illinois.
Alphabet to unveil A.I. updates at Google I/O, showing off creative writing and coding capabilities (3 minute read)

Google is preparing to unveil PaLM 2, which includes more than 100 languages and can perform a broad range of coding, math, and creating writing tasks.
Garph (GitHub Repo)

Garph is a GraphQL schema-builder for TypeScript that provides a GraphQL compatibility layer and type-safety primitives for any TypeScript project.
Sam Altman’s Crypto Project, Worldcoin, Releases First Major Consumer Product (4 minute read)

World App is a minimalist crypto wallet built on Polygon that features a digital passport for World ID holders.

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