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Facebook announced yesterday it is changing its corporate name to Meta. The name change reflects the company’s growing focus on virtual reality, augmented reality and a new version of the internet that people are calling the metaverse. In this episode, NLW looks at the reactions to the news, from those who think it represents a huge mainstreaming opportunity for crypto and non-fungible tokens to those who see it as potentially devastating for the future of the internet.

See also: Decentraland’s MANA Jumps 80% as Facebook Rebrand Fuels Metaverse Bets

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “Dark Crazed Cap” by Isaac Joel. Image credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk.

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