NEWS DIGEST 07.05.2022: Today’s world news

Hi readers! This warm Saturday morning, we bring you the latest from our Twitter feed.

Apple is rumored to launch new versions of its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro later this year, according to a Sunday newsletter from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Updated models of the higher-end, 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are said to not arrive until 2023. The MacBook Air was originally rumored to debut at the end of 2021 or in early 2022, but Gurman now speculates that a redesigned MacBook Air will be coming near the second half of this year. The upcoming Apple laptop is also said to feature an updated design, MagSafe, and an M2 chip. As for the MacBook Pro, the new 13-inch model is rumored to sport an M2 chip as well. The laptop could arrive as early as June for Apple’s WWDC. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment – New MacBook Air and 13-Inch MacBook Pro Rumored to Arrive Later This Year (CNET ~ Computing)

Earlier Biden released a statement calling on Congress to codify abortion rights and urged voters to elect lawmakers who would support those rights. ‘A dark and disturbing day for America’: Democrats plan vote on codifying Roe v. Wade. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Tuesday the Senate will hold a vote to codify abortion rights, calling it “a dark and disturbing day for America” after a leaked Supreme Court opinion detailed the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Murkowski, Manchin hold firm to their positions. Two senators whose stance on abortion runs against their party’s position stayed true Tuesday to their long-held beliefs in light of the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, an abortion opponent, expressed concern with any effort by his fellow Democrats to eliminate the filibuster to codify abortion rights. Biden supports abortion rights, but Democrats don’t have the Senate votes. Soon after taking office, President Joe Biden allowed federal funds to flow again to international groups that provide or refer patients for abortion services – ‘Whole range of rights could now be at risk’ if Roe v. Wade is overturned, Biden says; Obamas rip draft opinion: Live updates (USA Today News)

Any peace deal with Russia would depend on Russian forces pulling back to their pre-invasion positions, Ukraine’s president says. Finally taking Mariupol would be Russia’s biggest achievement in two months of war and would give Russia’s President Vladimir Putin something to celebrate on 9 May, which is Victory Day in Russia – the day the country marks the Soviet victory over the Nazis in World War Two. However, speaking from Kyiv to the Chatham House think tank in London, Mr. Zelensky said there could be no question of Russia holding on to the territory it has conquered since it invaded Ukraine. “To stop the war between Russia and Ukraine the step should be regaining the situation as of 23 February,” he said in response to a question from the BBC, referring to the day before the war began. Meanwhile, Mr. Zelensky said he was inviting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to visit Ukraine on 9 May. The German leader’s presence in Ukraine on the day Russia commemorates the Soviet sacrifice in World War Two would be highly symbolic. The US says it is also providing intelligence to Ukraine, and US media reports have quoted officials as saying US intelligence helped Ukraine sink Russia’s flagship missile cruiser the Moskva – Ukraine war: Russia must withdraw to pre-invasion position for a deal – Zelensky (BBC News ~ World – Europe)

Pretty soon, it will be easier to list the number of resources that are not serverless, given that cloud providers are all in on serverless, and serverless cloud services are increasing each month. The question then is are we always being cost-effective and fully optimized in terms of spending and resource utilization by leaving the scalability to automated processes, such as serverless and cloud-native autoscaling? Say an inventory application has built-in behaviors that the scaling automation detects as needing more compute or storage resources. You end up paying 5 to 10 times as much for resources that are not really utilized, even if they are returned to the resource pool a few moments after they are provisioned. Leaving scalability just up to automation means that the likelihood of provisioning too many or too few resources is much higher than if the resources are provisioned to the exact needs of the application – Leaving cloud scalability to automation (InfoWorld United Kingdom ~ Cloud Computing)

The Battle of Donbas is raging high, but it’s not going the way Russia wanted it to. Almost 20 days in, the much-anticipated and feared grand offensive falls short of expectations. It is still not even close to achieving its ultimate goal — the encircling and crippling of the core Ukrainian military group in the region. Amid fierce hostilities, Russia has only managed to achieve limited territorial gains at significant cost. Slow and painful, the offensive has gradually stalled amid weak Russian reserves and strong Ukrainian defenses. The assault appears destined to fall short of the symbolic success that Russia likely wished to achieve prior to Victory Day on May 9, the day on which Russia commemorates its role in the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II – Russia’s offensive in Donbas bogs down (The Kyiv Independent ~ National)

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