🌏 Universal basic internet in India—almost

Plus: Crypto funding is drying up like lakes!
🌏 Universal basic internet in India—almost

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Two million in poverty in India are about to get free high-speed internet... Kerala’s launch of KFON makes it the first Indian state to have its own internet service.

…And 30 people in the UK are getting universal basic income. The trial program bestows ​​£1,600 ($1,989) a month for two years.

US regulators are suing Binance. The SEC is accusing the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume of selling unregistered securities in the US.

For Saudi Arabia, the price of oil is falling too low. The kingdom cut its oil output by a million barrels per day, trying to push the price up to its magic break-even figure: $80.90 per barrel.

Don’t worry, the world’s got another VR headset. Apple got into the game yesterday by announcing the $3,500 Vision Pro, due out next year.

Crypto VC funding has all but dried up

Fundraising for the cryptocurrency world has slowed to a crawl in the first half of this year. Julia Malleck explains why, in non-cryptic fashion.

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One big number: 40%

Apologies if you’re reading this over breakfast, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that around 40% of food poisoning cases with a known cause can be traced back to restaurant workers showing up sick.

One way to majorly reduce this number is to provide the folks who make your food with paid sick leave. Annalisa Merelli gets to the meat of the problem.

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