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Level Up - Issue #53

In this edition, I want to summarise some news I found interesting for the week that doesn't normally

Level Up

August 16 · Issue #53 · View online
Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.

In this edition, I want to summarise some news I found interesting for the week that doesn’t normally fit into the newsletter. Let me know if you like this slightly different intro.
At the start of the week Mozilla laid off 250 people after declining revenue. Those you who are hiring may be interested in the talent directory they created. Worry over one of their significant income streams (from Google) seems to have evaporated though with a new contract recently signed. Apparently payments from search engines to be default for their region provides ~90% of Mozilla’s revenue.
Microsoft continues its endeavour to buy the US part of Tik Tok while Apple just banned Epic Games, producer of the very popular Fortnite. Epic Games retaliated by filing a lawsuit and released a tongue-in-cheek video of an old apple commercial in response.
An in more remote working news, a couple of other tech giants indicated a “more permanent” work from home approach including Facebook (until Jul 2021) and Atlassian joining the ranks of others like Twitter, Zillow, Shopify, Square and Slack.
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Why Is This Idiot Running My Engineering Org?
Reasons to step into a leadership role (and the reasons not to)
The path to managing managers
Saying Goodbye to PhoneGap
The technology behind fighting harassment on LinkedIn
The Golden Rule of Platforms
State of Frontend 2020 Report
A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use
Limit Work for Reliable Servers (with examples in Go/gRPC)
Organisation & Processes
Secure at every step: A guide to DevSecOps, shifting left, and GitOps
The Pandemic Workday Is 48 Minutes Longer and Has More Meetings
How to Run a Remote GameDay
Interesting tweets
Yes! Very underrated!
Ali Mese
Underrated: Promoting a writing culture within companies.
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