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Designing Netflix

System design, optimizations, and much more extensive details

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This is the eighteenth edition of CrunchX and here are the stories and resources we thought were worth spending the time.

1. Flight School

If you’re a Swift developer like myself and shun those fiddly and inefficient cross-platform ‘solutions’ in favor of efficient native development then you’ll be happy to know that Flight School has opened 3 of its excellent books for free download — “Guide to Swift Strings”, “Guide to Swift Numbers”, and “Guide to Swift Codeable” — all available here. Editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Visit the website here:

https://flight.school

2. Uploading to Amazon S3 directly from a web or mobile application

Sometimes a customer, user, or just a friend needs to send you a lot of data — and by a lot, I mean something that’s unfeasible to send by email. If you’re an AWS user (and who isn’t these days?) then here’s the official AWS way of setting up an S3 bucket for serverless upload (with optional authentication — but I’d seriously not do it without!). Written by James Beswick on AWS Compute Blog and editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Read the article here:

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/uploading-to-amazon-s3-directly-from-a-web-or-mobile-application/

3. Twitter pays a $150M fine for using two-factor login details to target ads

Twitter fined $150 million for targeting ads by using user phone numbers and email addresses. Social media platforms continue to pose a threat to privacy. Written by Jon Brodkin on ARS Technica and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/05/twitter-pays-150m-fine-for-using-two-factor-login-details-to-target-ads/

4. Microsoft To Reportedly Recognize Raven Software’s Union After Acquisition

Once the Activision-Blizzard acquisition goes through, Microsoft intends to honor Raven Software’s newly formed union. While uncertainty surrounds said acquisition, the statement promises a better future for the studio. Written by Mason Jones on Game News 24 and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:

https://game-news24.com/2022/05/26/microsoft-to-reportedly-recognize-raven-software-s-union-after-acquisition/amp/

5. Failing Forward — How We Grow from Incidents

Spotify engineers don’t just let go of incidents. They also use them for future incidents. To prevent this they also use synthetic tests, and other metrics to monitor incidents. Written by Clint Byrum on Spotify R&D Engineering and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:

https://engineering.atspotify.com/2022/05/failing-forward-how-we-grow-from-incidents/

6. Designing Netflix

How does Netflix design new features? This story goes into detail on that topic. By details, I mean system design, optimizations, and the nitty-gritty details. Written by Ankit Sirmorya on High Scalability and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:

http://highscalability.com/blog/2021/12/13/designing-netflix.html

7. All these Images were generated by Google’s latest Text-to-Image AI

Google has jumped on the text-to-image bandwagon: its latest rendition shows remarkably accurate pictures of what has been scripted into the algorithm. However, one must keep in mind that Google only shows the best results. Most of the pictures are rather unfinished and blurry. This article dives deeper into how specifically Google has been creating these pictures with text commands and what sets them apart from other providers such as DALL-E, for instance. Written by James Vincent on The Verge and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/24/23139297/google-imagen-text-to-image-ai-system-examples-paper

8. The Secret to Solving the World’s Crimes Lies in Data

Data can be a crucial part of investigating financial crimes. However, the data can also create new challenges for investigators and the police. Hence, according to this article, three principles should be given in order to successfully use data for solving financial crimes: bringing all data available together in one place, making the data usable for everyone involved, and exposing content and relationships within the criminal networks in order to identify the bad actors. Written and published on Inside BigData and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://insidebigdata.com/2022/05/27/the-secret-to-solving-the-worlds-crimes-lies-in-data/

9. Best data science tools and software 2022

This article breaks down what Data Science is in specific, what its importance is in today’s world, and what benefits can come when working with data properly. In this regard, the article also compares the top existing tools and software programs for Data Science for this year. Written by Brenna Miles on Big Data and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/data-science-tools/

10. Data Stories: Playing with Movie Data

This article shows you three exciting examples of how people have processed data from movies and the movie industry. It specifically shows what cars James Bond has driven so far in his movies, what actors Wes Anderson has cast for his films, and what trends instances have been occurring during the Oscars. Written by Upside Staff on TDWI and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://tdwi.org/articles/2022/05/25/bi-all-visualization-films.aspx

Closing Note

That’s our picks for this week. Hope you found something new, inspiring, astonishing, and crazy news going around the tech space. Thank you very much for taking your time to read this edition of CrunchX. Look out for the next edition the following week.

Regards,

CodeX Team

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