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It seems like Keanu Reeves may have had a change of heart around NFTs. In December, the actor was sent into peels of laughter after my colleague Alex Heath asked him about the idea of digital scarcity and digital collectibles. Reeves commented that digital items are easily reproduced.

Now, though, he’s joined a project from Non-Fungible Labs, acting as an advisor for a program called the Futureverse Foundation, which aims to improve “the digital and physical worlds through the support of diverse artists and creative communities.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, that involves introducing traditional artists to NFTs and funding their efforts.

Reeves, reacting to a question about NFTs.

The art connection here isn’t exactly a surprise — Reeves’ partner, Alexandra Grant, is a prolific artist whose work has been featured in plenty of exhibits, according to her website. She’s also an advisor to the foundation, and she features heavily in a video released by Non-Fungible Labs to announce and explain the initiative.

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In that video, Grant talks about how NFTs can be used to bring artists into “a new possible economy.” That lines up well with what the Futureverse Foundation’s website describes as its mission: to build “a metaverse where anyone can access and create in an open, rich, and diverse world.” Still, the foundation’s first charitable grant mainly seemed to focus on the physical world rather than the metaverse: it gave art historian Nana Oforiatta Ayim 100,000 euros to help her curate Ghana’s exhibition at an international art show in Venice. (To be clear, I think that sounds like a pretty admirable donation.)

In a press release from the Futureverse Foundation, Grant calls it “one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on” and says she looks forward to “dreaming up a new model for arts philanthropy.” Meanwhile, Reeves’ statement reads a bit more generic:

I am honored to be joining Non-Fungible Labs’ efforts in cooperation with Alexandra Grant for the extraordinary program and opportunity of the Futureverse Foundation, in support of artists and creators globally.

Still, teaming up with an NFT project as an advisor for its charitable foundation that explicitly aims to get artists into the metaverse is quite an evolution from laughing at the idea that NFTs could be valuable. Non-Fungible Labs has somewhat addressed the video of Reeves laughing at the idea of NFTs, which someone posted in response to its Futureverse Foundation announcement on Twitter along with the question, “Did he change his opinion about NFTs?” The company responded “more than an NFT.”


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Exclusive: Berlin-based WorkMotion, an HR software startup that helps companies onboard and manage staff abroad, has raised a $50M Series B led by Canaan (FinSMEs) – TalkOfNews.com

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Berlin-based WorkMotion, an HR software startup that helps companies onboard and manage staff abroad, has raised a $50M Series B led by Canaan  —  WorkMotion, a Berlin, Germany-based HR-tech company for global employment, raised $50M in Series B funding.  —  The round was led by Canaan …


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Exclusive: Toyota Tundra Pickup, BZ4X EV Recalled for Separate Issues – CNET – TalkOfNews.com

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Toyota issued two voluntary recalls for the Tundra pickup and BZ4X EV, affecting more than 46,000 cars in the US.

Why it matters

Toyota urged BZ4X owners to not drive their cars until recall work is completed.

What’s next

The repair work will be completed free of charge, and owners will be notified in July.

Toyota announced a pair of voluntary safety recalls this week affecting two of its newest products. The 2022 Tundra pickup and 2023 BZ4X electric SUV are the subjects of two separate recalls that cover more than 46,000 vehicles in the US.

The Tundra recall concerns rear axle nuts that can loosen over time and potentially fall off. “If complete separation occurs, this can affect vehicle stability and brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash,” Toyota said in a statement. Owners of the defective trucks will be notified by the end of July, and Toyota says approximately 46,000 Tundras are affected.

The BZ4X recall is significantly smaller; Toyota says roughly 260 vehicles are involved. This one is far more serious, however. “After low-mileage use, all of the hub bolts on the wheel can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle,” Toyota said. It’s pretty obvious why this is not good.

In fact, Toyota says the affected BZ4X SUVs should not be driven until a fix is performed. However, “no remedy is available at this time,” Toyota said. “Until the remedy is available, any authorized Toyota dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loaner vehicle free of charge to the owner.”

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This recall also applies to the BZ4X’s kissin’ cousin, the Subaru Solterra. According to Reuters, about 2,600 Solterras are affected globally, though a US spokesperson said none of the EVs have been delivered to customers.

To check if your car is affected by this or any other recall, visit CNET’s how-to guide.

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