Google's SEO crackdown 🔎, Netflix cloud gaming 🎮, how to find interesting jobs 👨‍💻

Google is preparing for a search engine update that will improve the quality and authenticity of results. 

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Big Tech & Startups

Google Search is changing, in a big way (3 minute read)

Google is preparing for a search engine update that will improve the quality and authenticity of results. It plans to crack down on SEO-first content by deprioritizing unoriginal content and reporting. The update will provide more useful search results for users and could increase traffic for sites providing original and helpful content. Publishers following SEO best practices will not be penalized.
Netflix's mobile games are growing, and so are its gaming ambitions (6 minute read)

It is estimated that around 1.7 million people are playing Netflix's mobile games daily. The company has yet to release a true blockbuster game, but its efforts are on an upward trajectory. Netflix's plans may include building its own cloud gaming infrastructure. It has acquired several game studios to help it expand and better understand the space.

Science & Futuristic Technology

Stanford engineers present new chip that ramps up AI computing efficiency (5 minute read)

Engineers from Stanford have developed a chip that does AI processing within its memory, eliminating the separation between compute and memory units. The resistive random-access memory (RRAM) chip is about the size of a fingertip and can do more work with limited battery power than current chips. It has demonstrated efficiency, accuracy, and the ability to do different tasks in lab tests. Further development of the chip could result in smart electronics that can be placed almost anywhere.
This Restaurant Is Run Entirely By Robots (4 minute read)

Mezli is a fully robot-run restaurant founded by a trio of Stanford graduate students. It is the first automated restaurant in San Francisco without any humans on-site. The food is prepped and pre-cooked off-site by a team of two people. It is then loaded into a box with an oven that can pump out about 75 meals an hour. Mezli offers a menu of Mediterranean-inspired bowls, with the cheapest bowl starting at $6.99.

Programming, Design & Data Science

VueUse (Website)

VueUse is a collection of essential Vue composition utilities. There are over 200 functions written in TypeScript to choose from. The utilities are flexible and fully customizable. They can be used via a content delivery network without any bundlers.
counts (GitHub Repo)

counts is a command line tool for ad hoc profiling. It tallies line frequencies within text files and shows the total line count with all the unique lines ordered by frequency and individual and cumulative percentages. counts supports weighting and negative weights are allowed.
Datadog is an end-to-end monitoring solution designed for ease of use and fast time to value (Sponsor)

500+ turn key integrations. Full-stack monitoring. Self-maintaining browser tests, API tests, SLO tracking. End-to-end visibility into any stack (on-premise or cloud). Drag-and-drop dashboards. We could go on, but what more could you possibly need? Get free unlimited monitoring for 14 days when you start your free trial of Datadog.


Ask HN: Where do you find the interesting jobs? (Hacker News Thread)

Many jobs aren't useful or interesting and the work is mind-numbing. This can cause developers to feel like their skills are being wasted. This Hacker News thread discusses how to find interesting work. The top replies advise working at a company big enough to have interesting work and to expect to make tradeoffs for other job perks.
Yes, inflation has come for tech products, too (5 minute read)

Inflation has impacted the price of tech products. It is less visible as technology products have long production cycles. There have been numerous examples this year of devices getting more expensive or not falling in price as they usually do. This is partly caused by ongoing supply chain issues and other inflationary effects.

Quick Links

Google might give the Pixel tablet a 64-bit-only build of Android (2 minute read)

Google is experimenting with moving the upcoming Pixel tablet to a 64-bit-only build of Android.
iOS VPNs have leaked traffic for more than 2 years, researcher claims (3 minute read)

Apple's iOS devices don't fully route all network traffic through VPNs as users might expect, an issue that Apple has been aware of for years.
Janet Jackson had the power to crash laptop computers (2 minute read)

Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation' music video contains one of the natural resonant frequencies for some laptop hard drives, causing the laptops to crash whenever the video is played on them or on nearby machines.
Five years later, Google is still all-in on Kotlin (3 minute read)

Google hopes that all Android developers will eventually switch over to Kotlin.
How philosophy can solve your midlife crisis (5 minute read)

Kieran Setiya, an MIT philosophy professor, published a book that examines the problems of middle-aged happiness and how philosophy can help people find peace of mind.
Streaming outperforms both cable and broadcast TV for the first time ever (2 minute read)

Data from Nielsen showed that streaming captured 34.8% of viewership in July, while cable accounted for 34.4% and broadcast 21.6%.

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