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DoorDash, a food-delivery startup with a $16 billion valuation and pending IPO suddenly faced a tidal wave of traffic in March.  The company's app was bogged down and restaurants were requesting faster payment, and engineering VP Ryan Sokol new the company needed to complete its systems overhaul as soon as possible.  DoorDash huddled with Cloudflare and, in a furious all-nighter, the companies wrapped up the revamp, which may have saved millions of orders from being lost, Sokol says.  The engineering triumph culminated in a memorable moment with the Simon and Garfunkel classic, "The Sound of Silence."   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In March, when restaurants across the country were closing their doors and turning to pickup and delivery orders to survive the coronavirus pandemic, Doordash vice president of engineering Ryan Sokol – a former pizza delivery guy used to hustling – realized he was facing a perfect storm. Doordash, a food-delivery startup with a $16 billion valuation and initial public offering expected soon, began receiving a tidal wave of needs from restaurants, delivery people (which the company calls "dashers"), and consumers.  Sokol's team needed to address a massive surge in traffic, a rapidly expanding team with lots of new employees, and an an on-going systems overhaul that Doordash began in August 2019.  "It was all hands on deck, all the time," Sokol says. "When we got breathing room on engineering projects, we were all uploading new restaurants' menus into our system." Then it got worse.  Restaurants needed to get paid faster than DoorDash's weekly cycle. "The restaurants were saying, 'We're going to have to close down. We can't wait a week,'" Sokol says. "I'm a restaurant guy. I knew exactly what they meant. In restaurants, cashflow is everything."   Meanwhile, DoorDash's mobile app, suddenly burdened with many new users, had slowed to a crawl. The systems upgrade needed to address it all and Sokol realized they had to complete it right now. Without it, "we would have lost hundreds of engineering hours — and I would imagine hundreds of thousands if not millions of orders — due to outages," he says.    What was at risk was a key priority for Sokol: Reliability. "We talk about it all the time," he says. "It may be my most important value. We have to be there for restaurants, dashers, and consumers. We cannot fail them when it comes to reliability." DoorDash had been working on the systems overhaul for months with Cloudflare, the San Francisco internet performance and security company that acts like a gatekeeper for other companies' websites and apps. So the two companies huddled on the situation – and in 100 engineers' homes across the country, people started brewing coffee. Days of furious work culminated in employees from both companies working all night to complete the overhaul and address the engineering issues. As a result, the app was 40% faster, restaurants could get paid within a day, and the companies had confidence that restaurants and diners were not vulnerable to attackers.  "That was a big part of it," Sokol says. "The last thing we wanted was to open up a new threat vector where the restaurants or consumers right now could get hacked."  The accomplishment was also a win for Cloudflare, the company says. "We'd been working with DoorDash for many months before COVID-19," says Cloudflare CTO, John Graham-Cumming, and was delighted to "help DoorDash handle the incredible increase in traffic." When everything settled down, the entire DoorDash engineering team got on a conference call to go over the project. Sokol knew that a production manager and his team had made a kind of theme song out of Simon and Garfunkel's powerful 1967 hit "The Sound of Silence." So he waited for a pause on the call, put on the song, and turned it up.  "And I saw 100 exhausted nerds who knew they'd done something really big just start to get down," he says. "Lots of air drumming. It was beautiful."  DoorDash has its critics. Consumers have sued DoorDash and other companies for imposing what they say are unfairly high fees during the pandemic. Cities have capped food delivery fees in an effort to defend restaurants against such fees. DoorDash responds that it cut commissions in half for more than 150,000 restaurants from March through May. (The company is in a "quiet period" and unable to discuss any specific financial aspects of its business due to the February filing of IPO paperwork.)   Whatever criticisms the company faces, though, the hustle of Sokol's team provided economic opportunity for the struggling restaurant industry, he says. And the coast-to-coast all-nighter stands as one moment early in the pandemic that helped a lot of restaurants, delivery drivers, and diners, the two companies say.  How do you find people willing to work under that kind of pressure? Sokol says that the willingness to take on thorny issues is something he looks for while hiring. "We don't want to hire someone who is just looking for a safe place to land," he says. "We want someone with intellectual curiosity, who really loves challenges, and knows how to build things that can scale." An appreciation for "Sounds of Silence" isn't mandatory, Sokol says. But it helps. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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We also saw the new Galaxy Buds Live and Watch 3, and heard from K-pop legends BTS.
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Combining a looter-shooter with a beat-'em-up may not be gaming's PB + chocolate.
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The company is wooing creators with features they know and love, on a platform President Trump doesn’t publicly hate.
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Investigation could cost the company $250 million.
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Automation tool RDS can now push MySQL and PostgreSQL onto Arm, MariaDB coming soon Amazon Web Services has made instances powered by its home-baked Arm servers more approachable by starting a preview of its Relational Database Service (RDS) service on the hardware.…
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Variables are one of the fundamental blocks of any programming language, the way each language defines how we declare and interact with variables can make or break a programming language. This means every developer should be able to understand how to effectively work with variables, their rules, and particularities. In today’s tutorial, we’re going to learn how to declare, interact, and scope variables in JavaScript. We’ll introduce new concepts and important JavaScript keywords like var, let and const. So, let’s get started. Declaring variables Nowadays JavaScript has three different keywords to declare a variable — var, let and, const. Each has its own properties and particularities. Let’s start by… This story continues at The Next Web
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Why pay $70 for Nintendo's controller when you can get this top-rated alternative?
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A deal between AMC and Universal could have movies reaching download and streaming services in just a few weeks.
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The cabin design looks nice. But why are these renderings?
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Activists say Facebook's resilience to the boycott points to a competition problem
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Photo storage startup Loom announced it had been acquired by Dropbox in 2014; it also said it would be shutting down its service a month later. In 2015, Divshot revealed it had been bought out by Google; it also added it would be closing doors two months later. Guess what happened when Meta Mind got acquired by SalesForce in April 2016? It shuttered the same year in June. You get the idea. When startups break the news they’ve been acquired, there’s also a tendency to announce they’ll be shutting down their services, like three days later. But more than the… This story continues at The Next Web
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Wonder Woman, He-Man and Baby Yoda are among the latest characters to be transformed into Hot Wheels cars. Mattel shared sketches of its upcoming die-cast cars during a [email protected] panel.
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Netflix's German science fiction series stuck the landing in its third and final season.
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Facebook could be trading out likes for follows amid a large Pages redesign test
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Image: Rivian Tesla says it has discovered a “disturbing pattern” of former employees who took confidential information and trade secrets on their way to new jobs at EV startup Rivian, according to a new lawsuit first reported by Bloomberg. Tesla even claims Rivian is “knowingly encouraging” this behavior, and it is seeking unspecified punitive damages for what it alleges is “despicable, wanton, oppressive, willful, malicious, [and] duplicitous” conduct. Rivian calls the allegations “baseless.” Rivian is perhaps the richest EV startup in the world, having raised more than $5 billion in the last year and a half. It’s slated to start delivering a premium electric pickup truck in early 2021, ahead of when Tesla’s Cybertruck is supposed to hit the road.... Continue reading…
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Chinese short video platform TikTok is currently facing close scrutiny and risks being booted out of the US — which is home to some of its most popular content creators — but the app may find a lifeline there. The Information reports that a number of US-based investors who already have a stake in TikTok‘s parent company, ByteDance, are considering purchasing the subsidiary company to gain control of the platform. The move could ease some concerns among governments and users about TikTok handing user data over to Chinese authorities. There isn’t yet a timeline in place for this, but Bytedance… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Security
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In today’s global digital economy, organizations need to have applications that are always on and that perform in real time. Applications such as digital payment systems, real-time inventory tracking, and online gaming rely on resilient systems with fast access to data centers distributed across the world. For applications like these, it is unacceptable to compromise data consistency for any transaction, whether the data is stored in a private cloud, a public cloud, or any combination of both.But operating a cluster across geographically distributed data centers or cloud regions introduces high costs, data inconsistencies, and limited resiliency. To overcome these obstacles, Aerospike has developed a multi-site clustering feature in Aerospike Database 5 that enables enterprises to operate a single database cluster across multiple locations without risking data loss or restricting data availability.To read this article in full, please click here
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Helped by product business growing well and staff not being keen on new jobs right now Indian services outfit HCL says the worst of the COVID-19-induced economic downturn is behind it. And we should all wish that our worst is as bad as HCL’s because the company just posted strong results for Q1 2021.…
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The new interface is similar to what’s offered on Facebook and LinkedIn. | Image: Twitter Twitter has unveiled a new interface for its direct messages on the web, allowing you to send and receive DMs without having to leave your timeline. While currently you have to open up a separate section of Twitter’s website to look at your DMs, now you’ll be able to access them from a pop-up window to the bottom right of your timeline. From Twitter’s video, it looks like a similar interface to what the likes of Facebook and LinkedIn currently offer for DMs on their platforms. It looks like a decent improvement for the platform’s messaging interface, but Twitter ended up announcing the feature at the worst possible time, during the worst hack to ever hit the platform. Twitter’s official account announced the roll out of the feature at... Continue reading…
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(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) The National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the National Science Foundation has awarded Nadia Shakoor, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a three-year, $1.4 million grant to develop FieldDock, an integrated smart farm system.
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(University of Texas at Arlington) Shouyi Wang, associate professor of industrial engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, is using a three-year, $466,068 grant from the National Science Foundation to determine how to meet the demands of an extremely dynamic and uncertain energy market. Electrical engineering Professor Wei-Jen Lee and industrial engineering Professors Victoria Chen and Jay Rosenberger are co-principal investigators on the project.
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Highly cinematic adventure offers a story mired in pain and uplifted by hope
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It has been more than half a year since Google announced its plans to acquire popular wearable brand Fitbit but that deal may be in danger of falling through. That is if privacy advocates have their way and convince the European Commission of the risks that this deal would entail. Although it may not have been legally or technically required … Continue reading
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(Lehigh University) Lehigh University PhD student Vincent Graber's research project related to burn control in fusion reactors has been selected for funding by the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research program. Graber, a mechanical engineering student in professor Eugenio Schuster's Plasma Control Group, will conduct his research at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.
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Pokemon GO’s latest update spilled a bit of info on the future of the LOOK of the game in addition to releases of new Pokemon. This update includes Map Display Settings – that’s new. That might not seem particularly exciting, but it’s a key component in the future of the game – the way the game looks in the way … Continue reading
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Chinese phone maker Lenovo gave us an official “first look” at the upcoming Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G.Well, the brand decided to completely blur out the device, which makes us wonder what’s the point of the entire video.In addition to that, the highly-skilled Lenovo video editing team managed to hide every possible interesting spec with the squeak of a duck.If you’re still willing to watch the video you can check it out at this link.Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G about to debut, here’s the first promotional videoThe only real detail we learn from the video is that the smartphone will be really affordable.
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North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2003.It subsequently developed nuclear weapons, with five underground nuclear tests culminating in a suspected thermonuclear explosion (a hydrogen bomb) on 3 September 2017.Now a team of scientists, led by Dr K. M. Sreejith of the Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), have used satellite data to augment measurements of tests on the ground.The researchers find that the most recent test shifted the ground by a few metres, and estimate it to be equivalent to 17 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.Dr Sreejith and his team turned to space for a solution.Using data from the ALOS-2 satellite and a technique called Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR), the scientists measured the changes on the surface above the test chamber resulting from the September 2017 explosion, sited at Mount Mantap in the northeast of North Korea.
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When Paramount released its first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog earlier this year, fans of the game franchise were not thrilled with the protagonist’s character design.In fact, they were downright horrified by a monstrosity with human teeth and eyes, long legs, and little resemblance to the hero they knew.Now, a redesigned version has appeared in a new trailer, and he’s looking a lot better.Opening with a shot of the Green Hill Zone made famous in the game series, the latest Sonic the Hedgehog trailer immediately shows off Sonic’s new appearance, with a zoomed in shot of his eyes.Though there is still a slightly bit of fur separating his eyes, they almost form into the one giant oval fans recognize, and the irises have a taller shape that is more cartoony.His mouth has been colored a darker shade that better fits his blue fur, as well, and the human teeth have also been removed.
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