Two things we can’t stop talking about: the company formerly known as Facebook and the Metaverse. AI and machine learning feel left out. Meta Metaverse, Crypto, and NFT that will continue to dominate tech news now. The hype train just left for Crazytown on the Sea, playing Art Baisel in Miami this week. If you don’t know, now you know.

Meta’s Quest 2 just released new software updates, just in time for Christmas. Users can now sync smartphones (iPhone X), to create a mixed reality view of the user inside the game. Cross-platform communication with Messenger, sharing of multi-user applications, cloud backup and Horizon work rooms. How do you spend ten billion dollars a year? By checking everything on the product roadmap.

Investors take hold of Metaverse real estate in virtual land boom. From NY Times Business. Real estate in the Metaverse goes fast, even though there is an unlimited supply, no one knows which platforms will survive. Is it a bubble? We will find out soon. Metaverse Group has a virtual headquarters in a world called Decentraland in Crypto Valley. The Toronto Virtual Real Estate division of the Real Estate Investment Trust plans to build a portfolio of properties in Decentraland, Somnium Space, Sandbox and Upland. “It’s inevitable that the metaverse will be the world’s No.1 social network,” said a virtual real estate investor who has never heard of Second Life.

Dreamscape Immersive and Zoe Immersive team up to simplify 3D creation Dreamscape Immersive, which specializes in location-based entertainment, education and defense contracts, and Zoe Immersive, which is a virtual reality creation tool that enables low-skilled users to create virtual reality environments, announced an agreement to use Zoe’s tools to allow Dreamscape Learn users to create their own virtual spaces like VR classrooms.

‘MissionX’ Arena Scale VR Laser Tag Now Available on App Lab. This arena-scale roaming virtual reality experience that turns any open space into any type of play space with five virtual laser tag arenas Up to 10 players can compete against each other in spaces as large as 32’x65 ‘.

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6 lessons on the future of the metaverse from the creator of Second Life (Andrew Show / Yahoo)