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Inside Dev (Oct 9th, 2019)

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1. GitHub has renewed its $200k contract with ICE, an internal email sent to Fight for the Future reveals. In the email, GitHub CEO Nat Friedman says both GitHub and its parent company, Microsoft, deeply disagree with the US immigration policies ICE enforces. He continues, reminding employees of how it has protested these through various policy and advocacy efforts. However, Friedman argues ICE also enforces other policies "that are critical to our society, such as fighting human trafficking." "We do not know the specific projects that the on-premises GitHub Enterprise Server license is being used with, but recognize it could be used in projects that support policies we both agree and disagree with," he writes. To read the email in full, click here. - TWITTER

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2. Adobe announced it will deactivate all Venezualan accounts, except for Behance, on Oct. 29. The move comes after the U.S. government issued Executive Order 13884, prohibiting all services and transactions between U.S. companies, individuals, and entities in the South American country. Customers will be refunded by the end of October for any paid but unused services they bought from Adobe. Users are encouraged to download all content they've stored in their Adobe account by or before Oct. 28, as they will unable be able to after that date. - ADOBE

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3. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a system that makes memes accessible to the visually impaired. In a paper titled “Making Memes Accessible,” researchers say they've devised an accessible system that can classify and parse memes with up to 92 percent accuracy. The system essentially checks memes against a database, before describing it in the alt text of the file. “The thing we’re exploiting with memes is that for many of them, the visual content is reused and the text content is overlaid,” says Gleason. “The fact that visual content is reused means we can match that.”yms like “ROFL” and “gg,” which are commonplace in memes), the textual recognition can be highly accurate too." The researchers say they also used optical character recognition for the overlaid text. - MEDIUM

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4. SQLite 3.30 is now available. This latest release adds support for the FILTER clause on aggregate functions, in addition to adding support for the NULLS FIRST and NULLS LAST syntax in ORDER BY clauses. For a full list of changes, click here. - SQLITE

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5. WeWork is contemplating laying off about 500 of its 1,500 software engineers, data scientists, and product managers. The company is considering letting go of around 350 of these tech employees from its main corporate division. The rest of the layoffs would result from the sale or spinoff of companies WeWork as recently bought, such as SpaceIQ. Overall, media reports indicate WeWork may end up laying off a total of 2,000-5,000 of its 12,500 employees from various departments. - DICE

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Edited by Bobby Cherry, a senior editor at Inside.com who also curates Inside Pittsburgh.

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