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The story of Gamstop dominated the week. A9 gives you the summary to understand how that all came to be and how the power of the group continues to dominate our world. If you want one thing to read this week, I would skim Ben Evans' Great Unbundling. (T2) It's a 100 slide deck but it will give you a very good flavour of the state of big tech - and the world. 

The Tim Cook interview (A1) is very good, and he talks eloquently on data privacy, although I do find it ironic that big tech is trying to solve that problem, when, in fact, they are very much part of it. Two excellent pieces on a post corona world talk of remote working (A3) and friendship (A5).  The latter is an interesting research piece that puts relationships into context and how we may now become more dependent on those we have established loose ties with during lockdown - where does that leave us after lockdown - and will we resume friendships in the same way now that we understand the value of communication.

Stay curious!

Onward! - Rahim

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My Reading Recommendations (A)

1. Tim Cook on Why It's Time to Fight the "Data-Industrial Complex" Link
2. How Bad Is Your Spotify? Link
3. Chronicling the Remote Working Shift Link
4. Congrats America, You’re Not the Dumbest Country in The World Anymore. Britain Is. Link
5. The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship Link
6. Worrisome New Coronavirus Strains Are Emerging. Why Now? Link
7. Technology promises hugs at a distance. Beware what you wish for Link
8. The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try. Link
9. The GameStop Reckoning Was a Long Time Coming Link
10. All the 2021 trend reports in one place Link

My Tech Recommendations (T)

1. 13 investors say lifelong learning is taking edtech mainstream Link
2. The great unbundling Link
3. Daniel Ek interview Link
4. The Battle inside Signal Link
5. Driverless robotaxis are now available for public rides in China Link
6. How Tupac and Thanos led to Douglas, the most impressively humanlike A.I. yet Link
7. New Rocket Thruster Concept to Take Humans to Mars 10 Times Faster Link
8. No more needles? Link
9. Drone Swarms Are Getting Too Fast For Humans To Fight, U.S. General Warns Link
10. No Trees Harmed: MIT Aims to One Day Grow Your Kitchen Table in a Lab Link
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