Box of Amazing: Awakening the Matrix  
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Editor's Note
Hello from London. 

The 2021 reviews of the year are coming in fast and strong, almost as quickly as the predictions for 2022. There are a couple in this email. I haven't yet decided whether (or how) I'll do my annual 50 trends to watch out for. It might be something else entirely. What I did love was Google's Review in Search - "how to heal" - I think you'll love it too. 

I'm excited about what the new Matrix movie brings to the mix - especially the next generation gaming graphics. Gotta check out Keanu below.

Stay curious!

Onward! - Rahim

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Must Reads
 
1. Apple's control over your iPhone - When we look at big tech, sometimes we judge from afar, have views on privacy, talk about how we should boycott these services because they control our lives. The reality is that we are slaves to the tech that we use, to support our day to day survival. "Apple is facing growing scrutiny for the tight control it has over so much of the mobile-first, app-centric world it created. The iPhone, which was released in 2007, and the App Store, which came along a year later, helped make Apple one of the most valuable companies on the planet, as well as one of the most powerful. Now, lawmakers, regulators, developers, and consumers are questioning the extent and effects of that power — including if and how it should be reined in." The big questions in this Recode article are whether Apple, in this example, should set the rules and what do we miss out on when they have a monopoly? It's pertinent not only to Apple but also to all of the tech that we use. We push back so much, but we are now in an age where are out of control. We don't own our present, and it feels we won't own our future.  How much control should Apple have over your iPhone? (Recode)

2. Whatsapp Crypto Payments -  It's in testing but Meta/Facebook/Whatsapp is testing crypto payment using whatsapp. The cryptocurrency payment feature is for a small number of users in the United States. "The pilot program lets users of the encrypted messaging app send and receive money "instantly, securely, and with no fees" using the Paxos Dollar (USPD) stablecoin, whose value is linked to the US dollar. The way the payments work in WhatsApp is similar to sending regular attachments in a conversation. Users tap the plus (+) icon and then select Payment from the menu that appears. Users who are paid this way receive USDP, which can be withdrawn to a bank account in its equivalent value in US dollars." While this is just a simple integration, this demonstrates more mainstream availability of this currency invading our lives. WhatsApp Launches Instant Cryptocurrency Payments in the US (Macrumours)
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The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects: Why do some products take off? And what can we learn from them? The hardest part of launching a product is getting started. When you have just an idea and a handful of customers, growth can feel impossible. This is the cold start problem. Andrew Chen has a solution. As a partner at the pre-eminent VC firm Andreesen Horowitz, he has invested in some of the world's fastest-growing companies. Along the way, he's become one of the most renowned bloggers in tech - hailed by Wired as a 'true Silicon Valley insider'. Now, Chen reveals how any organisation can surmount the cold start problem. His solution lies in the network effect: the way a service improves as more people sign up. It means that today's leading products - from Wikipedia to to WhatsApp - get more powerful with every additional user. Drawing on interviews with the founders of LinkedIn, Zoom, Uber, Dropbox, Tinder, Airbnb and more, Chen unpicks how to start and scale these network effects. He reveals how to build an 'atomic network' that is just big enough to sustain itself. He uncovers how to spot the tipping point after which growth takes care of itself. And he explores why some big companies manage to sustain viral network effects for years (while others quickly stop growing). The result is a one-stop guide to scaling a product, road-tested at some of the world's most valuable companies. Amazon UK, US
This demo morphs from breathtakingly realistic cinematic to fast-paced third-person shooter experience, complete with an action-packed car chase sequence, and also provides a rich, vastly detailed open world to explore. Step into the world of one of the most iconic action franchises ever made and explore the future of interactive storytelling and entertainment.
Recommended Reads

Now


1. 52 things I learned in 2021 Link
2. How TikTok Reads Your Mind Link
3. The Pandemic of the Vaccinated Is Here Link
4. Well I Guess This Is Growing Up Link
5. The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain Link

Near

1. Three Steps to the Future Link
2. Technology Predictions 2022 (GP Bullhound) PDF Link
3. The therapists using AI to make therapy better Link
4. I Asked NFT Millionaires How To Invest $1000 Link
5. Researchers say newly found particle could help create "Exercise in a Pill" Link
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Is web3 bullsh*t? And is that even the right question? Link

Recently uncovered software flaw ‘most critical vulnerability of the last decade’: Log4Shell grants easy access to internal networks, making them susceptible to data loot and loss and malware attacks Link

Why crypto: Beyond the idiocy, web3 has exciting possibilities Link

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