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Consumer

Signaling as a Service

“Instead of monetizing network membership, the software products that monetize most successfully have chosen another strategy: Make memberships free and monetize signal amplification instead.


Marketing

That smiling LinkedIn profile face might be a computer-generated fake

“NPR found that many of the LinkedIn profiles seem to have a far more mundane purpose: drumming up sales for companies big and small. Accounts like Keenan Ramsey’s send messages to potential customers. Anyone who takes the bait gets connected to a real salesperson who tries to close the deal. Think telemarketing for the digital age.”


Web 3

what are mfers

“a key moment was one day when i drew a cig on the kid and made it my pfp with my typical orange background. this crude stick figure kid with headphones and a quickly inked cig with smoke as he slouched in a chair with his arms extended to the keyboard was me…and all the tweets were from that smiling smoking motherfucker. whether a meme or joke or thoughts on the economics of nfts, that dude was typing them out–with a positive vibe but also a ‘don’t fuck with me’ vibe and the ‘it’s web3 i do what i want vibe.’ that’s how sartoshi looks”

“When it comes to DevCos, setting up onshore or where there is economic substance is usually the driver. Switzerland is an option where there is also a strong labor market for blockchain based businesses. The US, UK, Cyprus and others with strong IP regimes are also worth considering.”

Music NFTs 101: an Artist-to-Artist guide

“Artists have begun to see financial independence from selling even just one music NFT, and in the current state of the music industry this is definitely something; yet there’s more. Web3 enthusiasts have watched as a new wave of musicians and artists are finally able to connect directly with their world, and subsequently receive support on the most direct level possible. So, if this is the case, why isn’t everyone involved? Why are so many musicians still not convinced about web3?”



Science

Scientists Say There May Be a Mirror Universe in Which Time Runs Backwards

“These three fundamental symmetries, the scientists say, suggest the existence of a mirror universe that would be the exact opposite of ours, meaning it would be filled with oppositely charged and mirrored particles that are going backwards in time”

A locked-in man has been able to communicate in sentences by thought alone

“A completely paralyzed man has been able to communicate entire sentences using a device that records his brain activity. The man was able to train his mind to use the device, which was implanted in his brain, to ask for massages, soup, and beer, and to watch films with his son.”

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