TLDR Daily Update 2019-03-01

Big Tech & Startups

Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Tesla finally launches base Model 3 for $35,000 with shorter range and new interior (3 minute read)
Back in 2006, Elon Musk released a ‘secret masterplan’ to eventually release a Tesla Model 3 for $35,000, and that plan has finally been realized. Consumers will have options to upgrade the battery and interior. The upgraded battery will raise the range of the vehicle to 240 miles, as well as increasing the top speed from 130 mph to 140 mph. A new partial premium interior option has been introduced which includes the upgraded ‘standard range plus’ battery. Vehicles are expected to ship in 2-4 weeks. Firmware updates have also been released which raise range and power in existing models.
Amazon’s Project Zero will let brands take down counterfeit listings of their products (1 minute read)
Usually, if a company finds a product on Amazon that breaches copyright they can ask Amazon to take down the product listing. Project Zero is a new program by Amazon that will allow brands to take down counterfeit listings of products without review by Amazon. An enhanced protection system will automatically take down fake listings which match participating company’s brand logos, trademarks, and other information. Brands that are part of Project Zero can also opt-in for a product serialization service where Amazon will scan products for valid serial codes before it leaves the warehouse. Project Zero is in a closed beta and product removals will be monitored closely to prevent abuse.

Science & Cutting Edge Technology

Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
Facebook and Telegram Are Hoping to Succeed Where Bitcoin Failed (4 minute read)
Messaging services are turning to cryptocurrencies in response to the popularity of mobile payment services such as Venmo and the payment system built within WeChat. Facebook, Telegram, and Signal are all working on building their own cryptocurrencies, hoping to introduce digital currencies to mainstream consumers. People familiar with the project have said that Facebook has already been in talks with cryptocurrency exchanges about selling the coins to consumers and that there are currently 50 engineers working on the project, which aims to integrate a cryptocurrency payment system within WhatsApp.
U.S. companies put record number of robots to work in 2018 (2 minute read)
Robot automation is becoming the answer to lowering production costs as import restrictions and production costs rise. In 2018, robot shipments rose by 16% and certain sectors, such as food and semiconductors, increased their orders for machines by over 50%. Automation is moving beyond large manufacturers and warehouses, as smaller companies are embracing the use of machines to replace traditional workers.

Programming, Design & Data Science

Tools, open source libraries, and other resources for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
bullet : Beautiful Python Prompts Made Simple (GitHub Repo)
Bullet allows for customized prompts in Python and has extensive support for formatting, colors, styling, and even support for emojis. There are many examples of its usage in the repository. Users can choose between bullet, check, inputs, numbers, passwords, yes/no, vertical, and slide prompts, and have full control over the style and look of the prompts.
Awesome WAF (GitHub Repo)
A Web Application Firewall (WAF) is a security policy enforcement point between a web application and the client endpoint. This repository contains a large amount of information regarding WAFs, including definitions, how to detect, evade, or bypass WAFs, tools for exploring WAFs, and links to more information.

Miscellaneous

Random stuff techies might be interested in
Bill Gates explains why we should all be optimists (3 minute read)
In an interview with Bill Gates, climate change and technology are discussed, focusing on how technology has benefited humans. While humans have damaged the planet with our technology, there has also been a lot of positive outcomes, such as the extended and improved quality of life that almost all humans experience. Gates sees a bright future, as we build upon what we already have and continue to develop better technologies.
Cuomo Speaks With Bezos, Furiously Trying to Get Back Amazon (5 minute read)
Ever since Amazon decided to pull out of their plans to build a second headquarters in Queens, New York, Governor Cuomo has been working intensely to try to get the plans reinstated. Cuomo has been in contact with Amazon executives and even spoke directly to Jeff Bezos. The governor guarantees support to help Amazon build their headquarters, however, Amazon has yet to indicate whether they are still interested in the project.
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