Big Tech & Startups
Stories about tech giants, startups, and venture capital
Apple will let Shopify store owners use iMessage customer support (1 minute read)
Apple is extending its Business Chat service to all Shopify store owners via iMessage. Business owners will now be better equipped to provide real-time support, especially if they are running their business entirely on mobile. Apple Pay has also been added to the payment options for Shopify. Research shows that many people now use social media to contact businesses.
Exclusive: In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts (4 minute read)
Facebook has agreed to submit data to judges that contains information which identifies French users suspected of hate speech. The government has been working with Facebook to take a leading role globally on the regulation of hate speech and the spread of misinformation online. Facebook has previously helped the French government on terrorist investigations. By expanding their scope of aid to the government, they are sending the message that hate speech is no longer part of free speech and will be regulated in the same way as terrorism. The French government acknowledges the power that Facebook has but is reluctant to support laws to break up large, powerful companies.
Science & Cutting Edge Technology
Stories about scientific breakthroughs and futuristic
technologies like AI, blockchain, and space travel
Lightyear One debuts as the first long-range solar-powered electric car (2 minute read)
The Lightyear One is a prototype vehicle designed to collect the power it requires from the sun. It boasts a range of 450 miles on a single charge, which is definitely a first for a car powered by solar power. Over 100 vehicles have already been sold, even though the car has yet to be released. Production will begin in 2021, and up to 500 reservations will be made available as long as customers prepay around $136,000 for their vehicle. The Lightyear One will be able to recharge through a wall socket.
MIT AI tool can predict breast cancer up to 5 years early, works equally well for white and black patients (1 minute read)
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed a new AI tool that can detect breast cancer up to 5 years in advance in both black and white women. Other previous similar projects have been criticized as their patient populations were predominantly white. Black women are 42 percent more likely to die from cancer. One contributing factor may be due to the lack of appropriate detection techniques. The MIT tool was trained on mammograms from over 60,000 patients. Early detection is vital in the fight against cancer.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Tools, open source libraries, and other resources
for programmers, designers, and data scientsts
Eva Design System (Website)
The Eva Design System is a free and open source customizable design system that easily adapts to your brand. It is available for Sketch with mobile and web component libraries. Eva makes sure that designs stay consistent across all applications and platforms without the need to spend thousands of hours on implementation, testing, or maintenance.
Describe programming in only six words (Twitter thread)
@MIT_CSAIL asks followers to describe programming in six words. A 1-minute video was also posted with MIT researchers attempting to describe their jobs.
Random stuff techies might be interested in
Ask HN: Can we create a new internet where search engines are irrelevant? (Hacker News Thread)
A user asks whether it is possible to build a new internet from the ground up where data is organized in a way that makes search engines obsolete. Search engines exchange search results for our browsing data, which is something the user wants to avoid. According to responses, the main reason that this would be difficult is that while the information can easily be indexed, ranking the information and sorting out the pages that contain quality information is much more difficult, and that is why we rely on search engines. Other search engines already have been created in the past that just showed a list of relevant sites, but these are not as useful as current large search engines such as Google.