Meta's persuasive AI 🤖, Apple's RealityOS 🌎, starting a startup in your 30s 👨‍💻

Meta AI's Cicero AI can achieve human-level performance in the strategy board game Diplomacy. 

Daily Update 2022-11-23

Black Friday on AppSumo — treat yourself to new software at jaw-dropping discounts (Sponsor)

This Black Friday, AppSumo is bringing you some of the hottest business software deals at insane prices. Plus, you’ll get an extra 10% off already discounted lifetime deals. Save up to thousands of dollars a year in subscription fees! 🤯💸

One of the most popular products this year is Robomotion. It’s a robotic process automation (RPA) tool that lets you create a robot for all your boring, repetitive work tasks — like collecting and entering data. How cool is that?

Don’t miss out on AppSumo’s Black Friday Robomotion deal here (it’s a discount on top of the already discounted price!).


Big Tech & Startups

Meta researchers create AI that masters Diplomacy, tricking human players (3 minute read)

Meta AI's Cicero AI can achieve human-level performance in the strategy board game Diplomacy. Diplomacy is a game that requires deep interpersonal negotiation skills, implying that Cicero has obtained a mastery of the language necessary to win the game. The technology could be used to ease communication barriers between humans and AI or power video games where NPCs can talk just like humans. A link to a detailed site that explains how Cicero works is available at the end of the article.
RealityOS: Everything We Know About the Software Designed for Apple's Mixed Reality Headset (3 minute read)

Apple is rumored to be developing a mixed-reality AR/VR headset. This guide contains everything that is currently known about realityOS, the operating system that will run on the headset. It looks at the software goals for the platform as well as the different apps being developed for it. The guide will be updated over time as more is revealed about realityOS.

Science & Futuristic Technology

'SuperGPS' Technology Accurately Pinpoints Your Position Within Inches (3 minute read)

SuperGPS is a new approach to determining positioning that uses networks similar to telecommunication networks. It can provide devices with connectivity as well as accurate positioning. SuperGPS works by measuring and interpreting the timings of radio signals between transmitters and devices. It uses a synchronized atomic clock and fiber-optic cables to keep everything in sync and accurate to one billionth of a second.
A game-changing new hybrid EV battery recharges in only 72 seconds (3 minute read)

A new electric hybrid battery system called eTechnology can recharge to 80% in just 72 seconds. The battery's hybrid system uses technology from traditional batteries and ultracapacitors. eTechnology offers much longer lifespans than traditional lithium-ion batteries. The battery is well-suited for small city cars, drones, and e-bikes.

Programming, Design & Data Science

Llama (GitHub Repo)

Llama is a terminal file manager. It allows for quick navigation with fuzzy searching. Llama is very simple and minimalistic.
D2 (GitHub Repo)

D2 is a modern diagram scripting language that turns text to diagrams. It can be run as a command-line tool or used as a library to produce diagrams from Go programs. D2 features an API that makes it easy to build functionality on top of it. It also includes a variety of themes out-of-the-box.


How to test if we’re living in a computer simulation (5 minute read)

Our universe could be a computer simulation. A branch of science called information physics suggests that space-time and matter are not fundamental phenomena, but are instead made up of bits of information. There is some evidence that our reality could be simulated, and some prominent scientists believe that we are living in a virtual reality. Some of the methods of testing this theory are highly achievable with existing tools.
Ask HN: How do you start a startup in your 30s when you have wife/kids/mortgage? (Hacker News Thread)

This Hacker News thread contains many anecdotes about how difficult building a startup while having responsibilities can be. It may be impossible to create a business while raising children and paying off a mortgage without making significant sacrifices. Waiting and planning for when life is more manageable with less responsibilities is likely the best strategy. However, it can still be possible through a lot of hard work.
What features would you like to see in a TLDR job board? (Short Form)

After seeing the response to the spreadsheet listing firms that were still hiring last week, I am thinking about launching a job board to help TLDR readers find jobs and make new hires. If you are interested in a TLDR job board (as either an employer or job searcher) please fill out the short 2-question form linked above!

Quick Links

Extremely Linear Git History (3 minute read)

With extremely linear git history, commits have incremental version numbers, making it easy to discuss revisions.
Pinduoduo’s sister shopping app Temu tops US App Store (2 minute read)

Temu offers a wide range of products at lower prices through Pinduoduo's well-established supply chain.
Google's parent company Alphabet prepares to lay off 10,000 employees (2 minute read)

Alphabet plans to lay off 10,000 poor performing employees through a new performance management system.
Retrofitting null-safety onto Java at Meta (15 minute read)

Meta has developed a new static analysis tool for detecting NullPointerException errors in Java code.
Twitter is making DMs encrypted and adding video, voice chat (2 minute read)

Encrypting communications will allow users to communicate without having to worry about being spied on or their DMs being leaked due to a data breach.
Musk antagonist George Hotz hired to fix Twitter search — he’s got 12 weeks (3 minute read)

George Hotz, noted iPhone hacker, will also remove the login prompt to allow users to browse the service without signing in.

If your company would like to sponsor TLDR, please take a look at our sponsor page here.

If you have any comments or feedback, just respond to this email!

Thanks for reading,

If you don't want to receive future editions of TLDR, please click here to unsubscribe.


Key phrases

Older messages

Elon wants weekly updates 🐦, interesting weird tech scenes 👨‍💻, Tumblr joins decentralized social 🤝

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Twitter employees that are coding or doing technical work are now expected to submit a weekly summary of their work. Sign Up | View Online | Sponsor Daily Update 2022-11-22 📱 Big Tech & Startups

Amazon guts Alexa 🗣️, Twitter's 1:30am meeting 🐦, layoffs reset Silicon Valley culture 👨‍💻

Monday, November 21, 2022

Mounting losses and massive job cuts are leading to the downfall of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. Sign Up | View Online | Sponsor Daily Update 2022-11-21 Is your product working for everyone? (

Google reinvents search 🔎, inside Waymo's robotaxi 🚕, details from FTX bankruptcy docs 🏦

Friday, November 18, 2022

Google has announced new search features for Search, Lens, Shopping, and Maps. Sign Up | View Online | Sponsor Daily Update 2022-11-18 Clickhouse C++ Developer? Ahrefs is hiring - fully remote (Sponsor

Elon's ultimatum 🐦, FTX CEO's candid interview 🪙, ways to make money coding 💰

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Twitter employees have been told to commit to a new 'hardcore' Twitter or leave the company with severance pay. Sign Up | View Online | Sponsor Daily Update 2022-11-17 The new Sourcegraph Cloud

iOS customizable lockscreen 📱, Amazon Clinic 🏥, Meta open sources Git alternative 👨‍💻

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The latest iOS 16.2 developer beta includes toggles for hiding the wallpaper and notifications while using the always-on display. Sign Up | View Online | Sponsor Daily Update 2022-11-16 How Notion,

Treasury management should be top of mind for startup founders

Friday, December 2, 2022

TechCrunch+ Newsletter TechCrunch+ logo TechCrunch+ Roundup logo By Walter Thompson Friday, December 02, 2022 Welcome to TechCrunch+ Friday Image Credits: skodonnell / Getty Images A few years ago, I

🏆 Favorite Product Management posts from around the web in 2022

Friday, December 2, 2022

Favorite Posts of 2022 From Around the Web Throughout the course of the year, we share the best the internet offers on certain topics. As we get close to the end of another year, we'd like to share

iOS Dev Weekly - Issue 587

Friday, December 2, 2022

Did you win an App Store Award? No? Maybe next year you could! 🤞 View on the Web Archives ISSUE 587 December 2nd 2022 Comment This week saw Apple announce the 2022 App Store Awards winners.

SWLW #523: Hiring for additivity, How to pull off a Personal Annual Review, and more.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Weekly articles & videos about people, culture and leadership: everything you need to design the org that makes the product. A weekly newsletter by Oren Ellenbogen with the best content I found

4 Reasons To Set Your Course For TC Sessions: Space

Friday, December 2, 2022

Keep your finger on the pulse of the space industry Register Today 4 Reasons To Attend TC Sessions: Space 4 Reasons To Attend TC Sessions: Space 2022 You'll find so many ways to learn and grow at

Why Are People Scared of Phone Calls These Days?

Friday, December 2, 2022

Did You Know?: Ethernet was developed at Xerox PARC between 1973 and 1974. It was later formalized as a physical data transfer standard in 1985. Read in Browser Logo for How-To Geek December 2, 2022

Daily Coding Problem: Problem #953 [Hard]

Friday, December 2, 2022

Daily Coding Problem Good morning! Here's your coding interview problem for today. This problem was asked by Airbnb. Given a list of integers, write a function that returns the largest sum of non-

Android Studio's "I'm Feeling Lucky" Button

Friday, December 2, 2022

View in browser 🔖 Articles Android Studio's "I'm Feeling Lucky" Button Android Studio has a misleading "Make project" button that you shouldn't click. Large Screens

Issue #465: Phaser Help Center, waterfall, and Starcatcher

Friday, December 2, 2022

Weekly newsletter about HTML5 Game Development. Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Issue #465 - December 2nd 2022 If you have anything you want to share with the HTML5

New on-demand courses from Elastic Training

Friday, December 2, 2022

Plus upcoming courses, Boost Services, and free trainingㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ elastic | Search. Observe. Protect New Elastic Training offerings Take your skills to the next level with