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Faecbook’s new desktop UI is live for public consumption

Facebook’s desktop web interface got a total overhaul recently. It’s been in beta for a while, but now it’s live for everyone if you go into the settings and turn the new interface on. At first glance it’s basically the mobile UI and the news feed column doesn’t go very wide. Groups are more obvious though, with a quick way to access all of them in the one spot. I like it as Groups is pretty much what I use Facebook for. This new look will be the default for everyone later in 2020. Can’t wait to witness the mass hysteria when everyone’s cheese is moved!

Levandowski pleads guilty to one criminal charge of stealing Waymo data

Anthony Levandowski has agreed to a plea deal where he admits guilt to one of the 33 criminal indictments the Department of Justice has thrown at him, in return for the DoJ not seeking more than 30 months in jail. The specific thing he pleaded guilty to is "downloading to his personal computer a file that tracked technical goals for Google’s self-driving project". In court papers he said, "I downloaded these files with the intent to use them for my own personal benefit, and I understand that I was not authorized to take the files for that purpose". Levandowski could have been facing up to 10 years on each of the indictments, so taking the single guilty offer for a possible max of 30 months is probably the right thing to do.

Not News

Web browsers do so much more than render HTML in 2020

Over the last 30 years, web browsers have evolved from things that render HTML to practically mini-operating systems, as demonstrated by Luigi De Rosa's list of things web browsers in 2020 are capable of. The vast majority are related to mobile web browser use and I had no idea they were actually cross platform. Stuff like requesting payments (Apple Pay & Google Pay), checking if certain native apps exist, the "share via" sharing cards in Android/iOS, support for game pads, picture-in-picture video playback and others just show how much you can do with a web browser alone these days.


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