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I spent a week away with the fam in unplug mode this week, so my reading has been skewed more towards what I was specifically interested in and a little less broad than usual. Read T1 for the first commercial for Metaverse that we will all be able to access (at work) and read A4 for microbiome amazement. Lots of other amazing stories tucked in there as per usual!

Stay curious!

Onward! - Rahim

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My Reading Recommendations (A)

1. The Coronavirus Is Here Forever. This Is How We Live With It. Link
2. A natural pandemic has been terrible. A synthetic one would be even worse Link
3. British study shows COVID-19 vaccine efficacy wanes under Delta Link
4. The Fascinating Link Between Gut Health and Cancer Treatment Link
5. How Bookstagram Became One Of The Most Drama-Filled Corners Of The Internet Link
6. OnlyFans shows Visa and Mastercard are 'choke-points' of online speech Link
7. This 'imperfect' virtual influencer is challenging beauty standards in China Link
8. How to Remember What You Read Link
9. Why Did the Afghan Army Evaporate? Link
10. The Spinecollector Link

My Tech Recommendations (T)

1. Inside Facebook's Metaverse for Work Link
2. A Bubble Tea–Making Robot Is a Portent of Things to Come Link
3. Apple’s Double Agent Link
4. AI Day Showcases The Breadth Of Tesla’s Ambition Link
5. Stablecoins find a use case in Africa’s most volatile markets Link
6. Would you let a robot lawyer defend you? Link
7. How AI-powered tech landed man in jail with scant evidence Link
8. A useful tool or dehumanising? Robot police dog that scans homeless people sparks debate Link
9. Crypto is reshaping the world economy, 50 years after Nixon ended the dollar’s peg to gold. Here’s how some are playing it Link
10. Apps Getting Worse Link
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