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πŸ”πŸ§  How Meta, Microsoft, and Amazon Are Challenging Google and Apple Maps

PLUS: Stack Overflow's AI Search 🀯, debug your code like a pro πŸ› οΈ, and and remember everything you browse on Safari πŸ”Ž

Happy Monday!

Welcome to the 20 new hungry minds who have joined us since last Monday! 🀯If you aren’t subscribed, join smart, curious, and hungry folks by subscribing here.

In this week’s issue:

  • πŸ—žοΈ Stack Overflow launches OverflowAI, a conversational search powered by GenAI. Meta, Microsoft, and Amazon team up to challenge Google and Apple Maps. Rewind launches an iPhone app to help you remember everything you browse on Safari.

  • πŸ› οΈ Learn about the AI agents trend and what it means for the future. Discover 12 tools and techniques to help you debug your code. Explore consistency patterns in database architecture.

  • πŸ’‘ Steal this business idea: Infora, a conversational AI platform that helps users find relevant news and articles based on their interests and preferences.

Reading time: 5 minutes

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Food for Thought

Sharpen your mindset

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β€˜I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.’

Thomas Jefferson

Mindset: This quote reminds us that luck is not something that happens by chance, but something that we can influence by our actions. The harder we work, the more opportunities we create for ourselves and the more prepared we are to seize them. Working hard also builds our resilience, confidence, and skills, which can help us overcome challenges and achieve our goals.

Example: One company that exemplifies this quote is Cisco, a global leader in information technology. Cisco has been ranked as one of the best companies to work for by Fortune magazine because it fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration, and empowerment among its employees. Cisco invests heavily in research and development, training and education, and social responsibility, which enable it to stay ahead of the competition and deliver value to its customers and stakeholders. Cisco also recognizes and rewards its employees for their hard work and contributions, which creates a positive feedback loop of motivation and performance and increases their luck surface area.

Action item: One concrete action you can take today to apply this quote is to set a SMART goal for yourself. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. A SMART goal will help you focus your efforts, track your progress, and celebrate your achievements. For example, instead of saying "I want to improve my sales skills", you could say "I want to increase my sales conversion rate by 10% in the next three months by taking an online course, practicing with a mentor, and asking for feedback from my customers". By setting a SMART goal, you will work harder and smarter, and increase your chances of success and luck.

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The Weekly Pulse

Tech, AI, and business news worth your time

Brief: Stack Overflow announces OverflowAI, a new feature that will enable users to find solutions to their coding problems using conversational search powered by GenAI, a generative AI technology that can create new content and data from existing ones.

Takeaway: This feature marks a major shift in how developers use Stack Overflow, from a keyword-based search to a natural language interaction. It also showcases the potential of generative AI to enhance the quality and relevance of the content on Stack Overflow, both on the public platform and on Stack Overflow for Teams. OverflowAI could make Stack Overflow more accessible, engaging, and useful for developers of all levels and backgrounds.

Brief: The Overture Maps Foundation, a group formed by Meta, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and TomTom, is releasing 59 million points of interest that could enable companies to build their own online maps without relying on Google or Apple.

Takeaway: This initiative shows how the other mega-cap tech companies are collaborating to create an alternative option for the online maps market, which is dominated by Google and Apple. By offering free and open access to the underlying map data, Overture could attract more app developers and users who want more customization and flexibility for their mapping needs.

Brief: Rewind, a startup backed by a16z, introduces an iPhone app that privately records your activity on Safari and lets you ask questions based on your web browsing history using GPT-4 integration and text recognition.

Takeaway: This app is a new way to capture and access your personal data without compromising your privacy or storage space. It could help you recall information, learn from your habits, and improve your productivity. It also showcases the potential of generative AI to enhance your memory and intelligence.

Brief: Arc is a new browser that stores tabs in a sidebar and automatically archives them after 24 hours. It also offers innovative features such as Spaces, Easels, and Boosts to help users organize and manage their tabs.

Takeaway: Arc is a browser for the modern web user who needs to juggle multiple tabs and projects. It aims to reduce tab anxiety and clutter by using a smart archiving system that preserves tabs without taking up space. It also enables users to create customized workspaces and access powerful tools to enhance their browsing experience.

Brief: After changing Twitter's name to X, Elon Musk faces backlash and skepticism from investors, users, and former colleagues who accuse him of nostalgia and hubris. Musk claims that X is a bold and visionary move that will redefine the future of social media and online payments.

Takeaway: The name change is a gamble that could either boost or sink Musk's reputation and influence in the tech world. It also reveals his longstanding obsession with X.com, the online payment startup he co-founded and lost in a boardroom coup that led to the creation of PayPal. X.com was Musk's first love and his biggest regret, and he may be trying to recapture its magic or rewrite its history with his latest stunt.

Brief: Bluesky, a Twitter rival, launches a new "Discover" feed that combines trending content, posts from accounts you follow, and posts from accounts near your social graph. The feed is algorithmic and personalized to each user's interests and preferences.

Takeaway: This change shows Bluesky's attempt to differentiate itself from other microblogging platforms and to increase user engagement and retention by offering more algorithmic choices and diversity. Bluesky hopes to attract users who are looking for a more customizable and flexible social media experience.

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The Rabbit Hole

Tools, trends, and resources curated to get you ahead

TRENDΒ (AI agents) β†’ A blog post deep dive on the AI agents trend and what it means for the future

TOOLΒ (debugging help) β†’ 12 tools and techniques to help you debug your code by Jordan Cutler

ARTICLEΒ (data patterns) β†’ A detailed post on consistency patterns in database architecture

TRENDΒ (coding assistant) β†’ A GitHub repository with an open-source AI coding assistant launchable from the command line

TOOLΒ (icon designer) β†’ An application to customize open-source icons and save them for free

ARTICLEΒ (model fine-tuning) β†’ How to fine-tune the recently released model from Meta, Llama 2, for any task you want

TOOLΒ (avatar creator) β†’ Create your own Notion-style avatars for free

ARTICLEΒ (open source learning) β†’ Free learning resources on DevOps exercises

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What If?

The business idea you should steal

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ“°Β Infora

(recommendation systems + news)

What? A conversational AI platform that helps users find relevant news and articles based on their interests and preferences.

How? Use natural language processing and machine learning to analyze user queries and preferences, and generate personalized responses with links to news and articles from various sources. The platform could also provide summaries, insights, and recommendations based on the content.

Why? With the abundance of information available online, users need a convenient and efficient way to access the news and articles that matter to them. A conversational AI platform could provide a seamless and engaging user experience, while also increasing user retention and loyalty. The global conversational AI market size is expected to reach USD 18.02 Billion by 2027, indicating a huge potential for growth.

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Burp-A-Laugh

The most important meal of your day

That’s it for today! β˜€οΈ

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