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It looks like there's normality that's been restored: a new US president, a new vaccine (the first of many) is in the offing, and it's raining in London.
As always, those articles in bold were my most favourite. The marketplace article (3) was a great summary of business models of the day. Third Surge (9) gives you the reality of the front line. Tech recommendations include the top 10 emerging technologies of the year. It is a must read to stay ahead of what's going on while we have all been focused on politics and the virus.
Stay sane, stay safe!
Onward! - Rahim
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My recommendations for this week
1. The Husband and Wife Team behind the Vaccine Link
2. The Digital Nomads Did Not Prepare for This Link 3. The Marketplace Monetization Map: Complexity and Asymmetry Link
4. The Next Decade Could Be Even Worse Link
5. Hackers are trying to disrupt and steal COVID-19 vaccine research Link
6. Kombucha was just the beginning. This designer wants to create a bacteria-based food industry Link
7. Students Have To Jump Through Absurd Hoops To Use Exam Monitoring Software Link
8. The Rise of the Roommate Link 9. Third Surge: Health-care workers can’t go on like this Link
10. How to know who’s trustworthy Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2020 Link
2. McPlant Link
3. Welcome Back to the Office. Please Wear This Tracking Device. Link
4. 'It's the screams of the damned!' The eerie AI world of deepfake music Link
5. How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things Link 6. The flying car is here – and it could change the world Link
7. Q&A: WeChat guru Matthew Brennan on the superapp’s next move Link 8. Facebook, QAnon and the World's Slackening Grip on Reality Link
9. China Has Caught Up To U.S. In AI, Says AI Expert Kai-Fu Lee Link
10. The quickest bite Link
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