TLDR Daily Update 2019-01-18

Big Tech & Startups

Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Google Pixel 3 'Lite' leaks in extensive video (1 minute read)
The Google Pixel 3 Lite will have a Snapdragon 670 processor and 4GB of RAM. There's a video in this article with a leak showing many angles of the phone. It's made of plastic, has a headphone jack, and comes with a 5.56-inch 2220 x 1080 LCD display.
Google is buying Fossil's smartwatch tech for $40 million (2 minute read)
Fossil is selling its smartwatch IP to Google for $40 million. Some Fossil employees will be joining Google, and it looks like Google will be working on a smartwatch that they hope will be for Wear OS (their struggling wearable operating system) what Pixel is to Android.

Science & Cutting Edge Technology

Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
MIT and Stanford Professors Are Designing a Cryptocurrency to Top Bitcoin: Unit-e (2 minute read)
Professors from 7 universities including MIT and Stanford are teaming up to create a cryptocurrency called Unit-e, which will be able to process tens of thousands of transactions per second compared to 3-7 for Bitcoin or 10-30 for Ethereum. The group plans on launching in the second half of this year. This will be made possible by new consensus and sharding mechanisms.
Screen time: how much is too much? (3 minute read)
In a large scale experiment based on three large data sets from the US and the UK, researchers examined the effect of digital-technology use on well-being. The effect was so small, explaining at most 0.4% of variation in well-being that it was about as negative as regularly eating potatoes. While this study relies on associations rather than potential causal relationships, it does suggest that warnings against excessive screen time are unwarranted. Thank God.

Programming, Design & Data Science

Tools, open source libraries, and other resources for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Professional Programming (GitHub Repo)
This is a collection of books, articles, and other materials to self-study any area of being a professional programmer (algorithms, project management, dotfiles, security etc.). Incredibly comprehensive.
UI Movement (Newsletter)
UI Movement is a great newsletter for design inspiration with 5 nifty animations delivered to your inbox every Friday!

Miscellaneous

Random stuff techies might be interested in
You Deserve Privacy Online. Here's How You Could Actually Get It (2 minute read)
This op-ed by Tim Cook calls for US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation. Companies should avoid collecting identifying information if possible, tell people what data is collected and why, and allow people to delete their personal data. This legislation should also target online data brokers, who buy your purchasing data from online retailers and sells it to other buyers, all without your knowledge. Cook wants the FTC to shine a light on this practice.
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