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GitLab 14 is here. GitLab 14 delivers modern DevOps with a complete DevOps platform, for a streamlined experience that unleashes the power of DevOps. Over the past year, GitLab has shipped advanced DevOps platform capabilities that enable any team to build and deliver software with velocity, trust, and visibility – no matter their size, industry, or location. [GITLAB]

Public Windows PrintNightmare 0-day exploit allows domain takeover. Technical details and a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit have been accidentally leaked for a currently unpatched vulnerability in Windows that allows remote code execution. Despite the need for authentication, the severity of the issue is critical as threat actors can use it to take over a Windows domain server to easily deploy malware across a company’s network. [BLEEPINGCOMPUTER]

Shopify drops its App Store commissions to 0% on developers’ first million in revenue. Shopify says it will drop its commissions on app developer revenue to 0%, down from 20%, for developers who make less than $1 million annually on its platform. This benchmark will also reset annually, giving developers — and, particularly those on the cusp of $1 million — more earning potential. [TECHCRUNCH]

Google Play developers will need to enable 2-Step Verification and meet identity requirements. To improve developer security on the Play Store, Google is requiring those that develop for Android to abide by 2-Step Verification and new identity requirements later this year. [9TO5GOOGLE]

Microsoft announces the first Insider Preview for Windows 11.This release includes access to the new Start menu, multitasking features, and overhauled Microsoft Store. This official preview also features an updated File Explorer that replaces the ribbon with a command bar to simplify file management a little more. [BLOGS.WINDOWS]

The technical preview of GitHub Copilot is launched. This is a new AI pair programmer that helps you write better code. GitHub Copilot draws context from the code you’re working on, suggesting whole lines or entire functions. [GITHUB]

Google will now consider letting your video, music or book app evade its 30 percent cut. Google is opening up applications to a new program for developers of media apps that lets them keep more of what they earn — paying a lower 15 percent commission to Google in exchange for supporting certain platforms and features. [THEVERGE]

Announcing the Ionic Framework v6 Beta. Framework v6 brings new components that make it easier to build mobile and desktop experiences. Components include Accordian, Breadcrumbs, Datetime, and more. [IONICFRAMEWORK]

Python 3.9.6 is released. Python 3.9.6 is the newest major stable release of the Python programming language, and it contains many new features and optimizations. There’s been 146 commits since 3.9.5 which is a similar amount compared to 3.8 at the same stage of the release cycle. [PYTHON.INSIDER]

PHP 8.1.0 Alpha 2 available for testing. The PHP team has announced the second testing release of PHP 8.1.0, Alpha 2. This continues the PHP 8.1 release cycle, the rough outline of which is specified in the PHP Wiki. [PHP']

AWS introduces a public registry for AWS CloudFormation. In case you missed it, this registery provides a searchable collection of extensions – resource types or modules – published by AWS, APN partners, third parties, and the developer community. The registry makes it easy to discover and provision these extensions in CloudFormation templates and CDK applications in the same manner as used for AWS-provided resources. [AWS]

Dev Resources & Articles

We recently interviewed a CTO of a game/web development studio/collective (100% open-source), Liam Arbuckle, and asked him what it's like working on open-source game development.

Challenging the myth that programming careers end at 40. The question-and-answer site Quora may have strayed into a stereotype, when a user asked the loaded question, “Is software development really a dead-end job after age 35-40?” [THENEWSTACK]

5 hidden mistakes that can ruin a developer’s career. It’s hard to find a new development job, so when you’ve got one, the last thing you want to do is lose it without even knowing why. [SITEPOINT]

Code House.The world biggest storehouse of developer cheatsheets. 300 + cheatsheets, and open-source. [CODEHOUSE]

The Memo. This article talks about Jeff Bezos' 2002 memo, and how it created the systems and incentives for radical organisational transformation. [CHRISLAING]]

7 Tips on How to Win In Our Referral Program. Here are a few tips on how to climb the leaderboard faster. Read, learn, and apply! [DEVELOPERNATION]

How databases handle 10 million devices in high-cardinality benchmarks. This article explains what cardinality is and why it crops up often with databases of all types. [QUESTDB]

What’s new in the Docker and Kubernetes CIS benchmarks. One of the challenges with container security and its standards is keeping current with new releases and products. New versions of the Docker and Kubernetes CIS Benchmarks were released recently to capture changes in the new versions of those projects, both to keep things current and to expand coverage to help people keep their environments secure. [BLOG.AQUASEC]

Forget databases. You need a data platform. We need one platform to ‘process, store, secure, and analyze data in real-time, across all the relevant data sets,’ says MongoDB’s CTO. But not a data warehouse and not a data lake. [INFOWORLD]

Everything that’s new in React Native 0.64. React Native 0.64 is now live. This new version benefits and supports the entire React Native community. [JAVASCRIPT.PLAINENGLISH]

Java logging APIs tutorial. This tutorial shows logging using the Java built-in logging APIs in the java.util.logging package. [MKYONG]

How iOS 15 makes your app launch faster. The most intriguing feature from WWDC21 was buried deep in the Xcode 13 release notes. [MEDIUM]

Are feature flags, build variants, and sample apps related concepts?This article focus on Android projects, but the idea can be applied on other kind of projects too. [PROANDROIDDEV]

Custom property brain twisters. Would you have got it right? [CSS-TRICKS]

Parsing in JavaScript: tools and libraries. The best options for parsing in JavaScript. [TOMASSETTI]

New ES2021 JavaScript features (now available). In case you missed it, the new ES2021 JavaScript features have been recently approved by the ECMA General Assembly and are now already supported by recent versions of the most popular browsers. [DEVTO]

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