Meta Set to Open First Retail Store Next Month

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    The Facts

    • Meta will open its first retail space in their Burlingame, California campus next month.

    • The store will be used to showcase Meta's new range of virtual and augmented reality devices such as the Portal, Meta Quest 2 and Ray Ban Stories.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    The "metaverse" is just a band-aid that Big Tech companies are using to stay one step ahead of regulators. The very firms that turned the first version of the internet into a cesspool for spreading misinformation, abusing user privacy, and undermining democracy are now moving on to greener pastures.

    Narrative B

    The metaverse is the next generation of the internet - just imagine PCs, game consoles, and smartphones all combining the physical and digital world in a single, immersive ecosystem. This could be an $8-13 trillion market by 2030, with as many as 5 billion users worldwide. There are a lot of details to work out along the way, but the future is almost here!

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