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Announcing AMP Real URL

The promise of the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project was that it would make the web, and, in particular, the mobile web, much more pleasant to surf. The AMP HTML framework was designed to make web pages load quickly, and not distract the user with extraneous content that took them away from focusing on the web page’s content. It was particularly aimed at publishers (such as news organizations) that wanted to provide the best, fastest web experience for readers catching…

Zooming Out From Engineering – Square Corner Blog – Medium

As originally seen on Greylock Partners’ blog, here are some insights on leadership, career development, and building teams at scale that Square’s Head of Seller, Alyssa Henry, shared during the 2019 SFELC Summit. Square’s Head of Seller & Developer Business Units & Infrastructure Engineering, Alyssa Henry Leading an organization of 10 employees is considerably different than leading an organization of 10,000+ employees. As teams increase and communication becomes more challenging, a lot can break down. In this episode of Greymatter, we share…

Kids living near major roads at higher risk of developmental delays — ScienceDaily

Young children who live close to a major roadway are twice as likely to score lower on tests of communications skills, compared to those who live farther away from a major roadway, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, Merced. Moreover, children born to women exposed during pregnancy to higher-than-normal levels of traffic-related pollutants — ultra-fine airborne particles and ozone — had a small but significantly higher likelihood of developmental…

Scaling Mobile Device Management for macOS with Chef at Uber

At Uber, the Client Platform Engineering (CPE) team is responsible for building both our IT infrastructure and advancing how we think about managing endpoints for workplace productivity. With over 20,000 global employees, hundreds of offices, and an ever-growing number of device types, we need to build flexible pipelines that allow us to easily inject new management workflows without slowing us down or causing technical debt. Over the past few years, the Uber CPE team deployed Chef, a singular system that…

Mobile Web Performance @ Caviar – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Across any e-commerce website, page load times are directly correlated with conversion rate. Faced with a page that takes longer than 3 seconds to load, 53% of users drop off, perhaps never to return. A 1 second delay in load time results in a 7% loss in conversions, 11% fewer page views, and 16% decrease in customer satisfaction. In terms of SEO, slow page speeds also impact indexing algorithms, which hurt crawl efficiency and leads to fewer pages being indexed.…

Deploying Rust with WASM on Cloudflare Workers

Wrangler is a CLI tool for building Rust WebAssembly Workers Today, we’re open sourcing and announcing wrangler, a CLI tool for building, previewing, and publishing Rust and WebAssembly Cloudflare Workers. If that sounds like some word salad to you, that’s a reasonable reaction. All three of the technologies involved are relatively new and upcoming: WebAssembly, Rust, and Cloudflare Workers. Why WebAssembly? Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet. We see Workers as an extension of the already incredibly…

MU team breaks new ground

Jian Lin, Yuan Dong and Jianlin Cheng led the team that recently published “Bandgap prediction by deep learning in configurationally hybridized graphene and boron nitride,” in the high-impact journal npj Computational Materials. Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms that has a wide array of potential uses, particularly as a candidate material for use in electronic devices, such as LED screens, touch panels, smart phones and solar cells. Graphene’s electrical and optical properties can be significantly altered for better…

Building a Real-time Earnings Tracker into Uber’s New Driver App

This article is the ninth in a series covering how Uber’s mobile engineering team developed the newest version of our driver app, codenamed Carbon, a core component of our ridesharing business. Among other new features, the app lets our population of over three million driver-partners find fares, get directions, and track their earnings. We began designing the new app in conjunction with feedback from our driver-partners in 2017, and began rolling it out for production in September 2018. Our driver…

Engineering Management Philosophies and Why They Matter Even if You Are Not a Manager

Annie is a software engineering manager leading a platform team within Square’s platform & infrastructure engineering organization. Prior to Square, she worked at a number of startups across a spectrum of industries from consumer products to enterprise solutions, as well as a wide variety of teams from sales to engineering. Having worked with many different managers, she’s formed her own leadership philosophies. “What are your management philosophies?” This question gets asked frequently in management discussions and it receives a different…

Kicking neural network automation into high gear — ScienceDaily

A new area in artificial intelligence involves using algorithms to automatically design machine-learning systems known as neural networks, which are more accurate and efficient than those developed by human engineers. But this so-called neural architecture search (NAS) technique is computationally expensive. One of the state-of-the-art NAS algorithms recently developed by Google took 48,000 hours of work by a squad of graphical processing units (GPUs) to produce a single convolutional neural network, used for image classification and identification tasks. Google has…