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Meta öffnet Horizon Worlds

»Meta opens up access to its VR social platform Horizon WorldsFacebook’s first stab at the metaverse is Roblox meets the OASIS – More than two years and a company rebrand later, Meta is finally opening up access to its VR social platform Horizon Worlds. Starting Thursday, people in the US and Canada who are 18 and up will be able to access the free Quest app without an invite. – Horizon Worlds is Meta’s first attempt at releasing something that resembles CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the metaverse. It’s an expansive, multiplayer platform that meshes Roblox and the OASIS VR world from Ready Player One. Originally just called Horizon, it requires a Facebook account and lets you hang out with up to 20 people at a time in a virtual space.«

The Verge

Decentraland: 300.000 MAU

»Decentraland Stats: 300K Monthly Active Users, Under 20K Daily Users – While there’s way too much media hype about a putative „real estate boom“ in blockchain-based virtual worlds, this isn’t to dismiss these worlds out of hand. … In terms of actual usage, according to Decentraland co-founder Ari Meilich, who I chatted with late last month, Decentraland currently has: About 300,000 monthly active users, 18,000 daily active users, A maximum concurrency of 2,500.«

New World Notes

Amazon Logistics bald Nr.1

»Amazon Logistics sieht sich in den USA bereits als Nr. 1 – Spätestens Anfang kommenden Jahres will Amazon Logistics in der Paketzustellung die Marktführerschaft in den USA übernehmen, hieß es diese Woche… Hierzulande dürfte Amazon auf einem ähnlichen Weg sein und DHL & Co. über kurz oder lang den Rang ablaufen.«

Exciting Commerce

»Italy fines Amazon €1.13B for abusing market dominance – Competition agency also orders Amazon to set ‘fair and non-discriminatory standards’ for third-party sellers. – Italy’s competition authority slapped a €1.13 billion fine on Amazon for abusing its dominant position in the market and harming competitors in the e-commerce logistics service.«


TikTok: 2022 1,5 Mrd. User?

»New Report Suggests TikTok Will Surpass 1.5 Billion Users in 2022 – Despite ongoing challenges from rival platforms, along with regulatory concerns, and even restrictions in some regions, TikTok continues to go from strength to strength. And according to the latest data from App Annie, the app’s growth momentum won’t be slowing down any time soon. – As per App Annie’s 2022 Mobile Forecast report, TikTok is set to surpass 1.5 billion users in the next twelve months, as its cultural influence continues to spread around the world.«


»TikTok internal docs reveal just how simple it is to keep you addicted – TikTok’s strategy to keep over a billion people visiting the social media platform each month is so straightforward (relatively speaking) that it can be explained via a document titled „TikTok Algo 101.“ While the in-house memo — leaked over the weekend to The New York Times — doesn’t reveal shocking secrets, per se, it still provides a candid look at just how refined social media algorithmic engineering has become, as well as how companies like TikTok exploit humans’ “tendencies toward boredom [and] sensitivity to cultural cues” to maximize our time on the apps.«


Emojis: Lachen und Herzen

»‘Face with tears of joy’ is once again the most-used emoji – The world’s favorite emoji isn’t going anywhere – Until recently, I was a firm believer in the traditional smiley emoji. “It’s cute!” I used to think, as I happily used it to indicate my gentle amusement at everything from puns to fun weekend plans. But apparently, this was a mistake, and when I thought I was expressing sincere happiness, I was actually sending an emoji that’s “colossally insulting in every conceivable way,” according to The Guardian.«

The Verge