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Warner and DressX; Digital Markets Act; Wirefraud ❌
Gm lovely readers,
The year is almost coming to an end, with 2022 Recaps and 2023 Prediction newsletters filling my inbox. I plan to take a minute and do some reflections as the year ends (something I like to do.) Writing the ups and downs of the year and critically thinking about what changes you would want to see in your life happen is important. We usually overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a year. 2022 felt like a heartbeat and was a difficult year for many. I hope we can all focus on bettering ourselves and find more happiness and success in the next year.
Here are three questions you can try out:
What are you most grateful for about this past year?
What brings you the most joy, and how are you going to do more of that?
What do you need to shed or leave behind from this past year?
1. reflect 2. set a goal 3. get clarity 4. set intentions and 5. manifest ♥️
Come chat about this week’s news, 2022 Recap and 2023 Predictions this Thursday at 1pm PST/4pm EST.
Warner partners with DressX. 🤝
One of the consistent brand players of web3, Warner Music Group, wants cool fits for their artists in the metaverse. Warner Music artists will be able to create and license digital wearables and merchandise for fans. Pretty clever, actually — digital merchandising costs way less to produce than physical merchandise. The items will be 3D avatar wearables as well as augmented reality virtual clothing items. They will be available to use on Instagram and Snapchat. So you can expect to buy (and sell) digital merch on Instagram as a digital collectible and use it as a camera filter to show off.
Digital Markets Act hits Apple. 🍎
European Unions law dictates that any tech company with a valuation of at least $80 billion and 45 million monthly users within the EU has to open up its platform to third-party developers. AppStore’s walls have been one of the keys to Apple’s garden, as they often cited security worries. However, developers in the EU may soon get access to everything from alternative app stores to more of the iPhone’s core functionality. This one is difficult because the safety and privacy of downloading apps have been essential aspects of Apple. If a third-party app store can be downloaded on iOS devices, that would allow developers to avert its 15-30% Apple Tax. If I know Apple a bit, I’m pretty sure they will make other app stores undesirable. I’m expecting a warning tag that reads, “this app hasn’t been checked by Apple’s security rules — download at your own risk.”
115 years. 🔒
Sam Bankman-Fried (FTX CEO) is facing up to 115 years in prison if he is convicted of all eight federal indictments against him and given the maximum sentence. He was denied bail as he was seen as a flight risk. He is currently going through assessments, and if the prison determines SBF either faces risks from other inmates or poses a particular risk himself, he could be sent to maximum security. US State Department found conditions at Fox Hill prison (where Sam is) to pose “significant human rights issues,” so even though he faces serious charges, hopefully, he is not in an unsafe environment.
On the DC side, new CEO John Ray III said FTX employees did invoices and expenses over Slack and used QuickBooks, a very low-level consumer tax software. “Nothing against QuickBooks. Very nice tool,” Ray said. “It’s not for a multibillion-dollar company.” He called the inner FTX circle “a very small group of grossly inexperienced and unsophisticated individuals,” and the said circle allegedly had a group chat titled “Wirefraud.” SBF denied being part of that group.
SBF is preparing to be extradited to the United States as soon as today.
Personal Online Data Storage from the creator of www. 🗃️
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has developed a new product called Solid that changes how people manage their personal information online. Solid allows users to create a ‘Pod,’ or personal online data store, which enables them to gather their data in a single, portable set. Users can grant or revoke access to their Pods for websites. Solid also serves as a universal login tool for websites that support Pods, eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords.
NFTs are going to International Space Station. 🛰️
Dreambound Orbital, a company that “launches blockchain experiments into orbit,” sent various NFTs as part of the NFT project Infinity Labs. The pseudonymous founder of the labs said she came up with the idea while receiving cancer treatment.
NFT assets included those by the Solana Foundation, Metaplex, Phantom, Brave, Magic Eden, OpenSea, World of Women, MonkeDAO, Fractal, DeGods, and Randi Zuckerberg.
I guess it’s Elon on the news for the 10th week in a row. 🐦
Will Elon continue to uphold the ultimate democracy voting system of Twitter polls and find a new Chief Twit? 57% of 17.5M voters think he should. What do you think? He went on to suspend prominent journalists from outlets like NYT, CNN, and WaPo, who covered his suspension of the @Elonjet account that tracked his private jet. Twitter Spaces also didn’t work for a bit — which our crypto Twitter was not happy about.
Speed Round 🕺
Solana DeFi exchange Radium got hacked for over $2 million.
Trump released NFTs with hilarious photoshopped pictures of him. That’s all I’m gonna say.
Video game and virtual reality OG John Carmack has resigned from his role as consulting CTO at Meta, saying that as a “systems optimization person”, he can’t stand seeing Meta operate “at half the effectiveness that would make me happy” anymore.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges and a $100 million fine against eight influencers who used Twitter and Discord to manipulate securities.
Dooplicators will be able for use in January. #welikethedoods
Ex-President and COO of Activision Blizzard Daniel Alegre is the new CEO of Yuga Labs. Needless to say but Activision Blizzard had a lot of issues with sexism and sexual harassment while he was in charge. Let’s hope the culture doesn’t travel with him.
Tweet Check. 🐦
New Article: Why Are We Not on the Moon 🌙
Breakthrough in fusion can possibly save us. This week, we heard huge news from Lawrence Livermore National Lab, who achieved net energy gain in a controlled fusion reaction for the first time ever. With this week’s news I wanted to publish this thought piece about space travel and For All Mankind of AppleTV+. I hope this can inspire you about our future and space travel.
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