TLDR Daily Update 2019-01-11

Big Tech & Startups

Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Amazon will let you stream free movies and TV shows through IMDb (3 minute read)
Amazon's IMDb has launched a free ad-supported streaming service called Freedive, which is available via the IMDb website and Amazon's Fire TV (it's coming soon to IMDb's mobile app). It includes shows like "The Bachelor" and "Heroes" as well as movies like "Awakenings" and "The Illusionist".
Ring let employees watch customer videos, claim reports (2 minute read)
The smart doorbell company Ring, bought by Amazon for $1 billion, let employees watch live feeds of both the inside and outside of their customer's homes. Because Ring's AI didn't work well, they had a team of humans in Ukraine watching customer videos to tag objects like cars and people so their AI could learn the difference. Ring says that their policies have changed since 2016 when this is said to have occurred.

Science & Cutting Edge Technology

Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
The Teslasuit could turn Black Mirror's terrifying 'Playtest' into a reality (3 minute read)
Teslasuit is a full body VR suit that has 68 points of contact (this number will be higher when the suit becomes available to consumers). It can simulate sensations like bumping into a wall, touching an object, or the impact of a punch. It will be priced similarly to a video game console, and has both men and women's suits.
Shrimp made from algae that looks and tastes like the real thing (4 minute video)
This is a cool video from a company called New Wave Foods, showing off their shrimp replacement product made from algae that definitely looks (and supposedly smells and tastes) like real shrimp!

Programming, Design & Data Science

Tools, open source libraries, and other resources for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Evernote Design (Curated Directory)
This is a huge curated list of design tools put together by the Evernote Design team. There are categories like design inspiration, gradient tools, wireframing tools, free icons, typography and more.
Static Site Boilerplate (GitHub Repo)
This is an easy boilerplate setup for static sites, it includes a local dev server with hot reloading, automatic bundling and minification of CSS and JS, deployment via FTP or Netlify, and more.


Random stuff techies might be interested in
Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown (2 minute read)
China is escalating its crackdown on Twitter. Many political activists use VPNs to access Twitter (China only has about 3 million Twitter users because the service is banned). One activist was chained to a chair for 8 hours, while another spent 15 days in a detention center. They both promised to stop using Twitter. One activist says "In this era, we certainly know fear, but I can't control myself. We've been living a very suppressed life. We're like lambs. They’re taking us one after another. We have no ability to fight back."
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