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Fortnite’s Dragon Ball Z event is too good to skip, plus more weekend recs

Don’t know what to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered.

Fortnite’s Dragon Ball Z event is too good to skip, plus more weekend recs

Our recommendations for your weekend.

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Summer’s almost over, but there’s still time to check out some content. This week we’re excited to play Fortnite’s Dragon Ball Z event; “Prey” on Hulu includes some award-winning performances; and we can’t wait to spend the weekend with the comically sinister Cult of the Lamb.

Fortnite’s Dragon Ball Z event

Fortnite’s latest anime collab is really too good to miss. Following a successful crossover with the Naruto universe earlier this summer, Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball Z” has finally landed in Epic’s battle royale, and it's even better than we could have imagined. There are of course skins for purchase featuring protagonists Goku and Vegeta, and a quest tracker to unlock some other nice cosmetics for free. But it’s all the small touches — the in-game Kamehameha energy blast item and the ability to “power up” and transform your hair color, to name a few — that really push it over the edge and prove why Fortnite is truly at the forefront of the metaverse.

How the Three Arrows Capital co-founders torched the crypto market

The story of the so-called crypto geniuses behind crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital — Kyle Davies and Su Zhu — is almost too unbelievable, and you can already sense the limited-time HBO series or feature film Hollywood producers might try to cook up from these details. By far the best accounting yet of what exactly happened with TAC comes from Jen Wieczner at New York Magazine, who chronicled the rise and fall of the fund in a new feature this week, dishing out some hilarious new details, including the name of the duo’s $50 million super yacht that now sits vacant in Italy while Davies and Zhu remain in hiding.

‘Prey’ on Hulu is a refreshing update to the series

The Predator franchise isn’t exactly known for its sensitive portrayal of indigenous cultures. Yet, inexplicably, the new entry in the series about head-hunting alien assassins manages to accomplish many different things at once — including an award-worthy performance of a Comanche warrior from Sioux actress Amber Midthunder. The film features stellar action sequences and a refreshingly deep exploration of native gender roles as Midthunder’s Naru is pitted against a technologically advanced adversary.

Cult of the Lamb is comically sinister

Devolver Digital’s latest indie hit is Massive Monster’s Cult of the Lamb, an action-sim hybrid that blends elements of Animal Crossing with roguelike dungeon crawling. One part of the game involves growing a religious cult of followers through often vicious and manipulative means as part of a vengeful plot to strike back at the gods of old who sent you to be sacrificed. The other involves venturing into randomized dungeons to grow your following and strike your enemies down, all while providing for your growing religious order. The game’s comically sinister overtones mixed with its cartoony art style keep the overall tone light, but with enough depth to say something meaningful about the perils of organized religion.

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Policy

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“Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology” foreshadows the coming battle between nations over semiconductors.

“Chip War” outlines the nature of the coming battle over semiconductors, showing how the power to produce leading-edge chips fell into the hands of just five companies.

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“World War II was decided by steel and aluminum, and followed shortly thereafter by the Cold War, which was defined by atomic weapons,” Chris Miller, a professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, writes in the introduction to his latest book. So what’s next? According to Miller, the next era, including the rivalry between the U.S. and China, is all about computing power.

That tech rivalry and the story of how the chip industry got from four to 11.8 billion transistors are all part of Miller’s book, “Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology,” which comes out Oct. 4. “Chip War” outlines the nature of the coming battle over semiconductors, showing how the power to produce leading-edge chips fell into the hands of just five companies: three from the U.S., one from Japan, and one from the Netherlands.

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Musk’s texts reveal what tech’s most powerful people really want

From Jack Dorsey to Joe Rogan, Musk’s texts are chock-full of überpowerful people, bending a knee to Twitter’s once and (still maybe?) future king.

“Maybe Oprah would be interested in joining the Twitter board if my bid succeeds,” one text reads.

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“What do you do when someone says you can’t do this?” Allaire asked the athlete turned VC, who was beaming into Circle’s Converge22 convention by video.

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Benjamin Pimentel ( @benpimentel) covers crypto and fintech from San Francisco. He has reported on many of the biggest tech stories over the past 20 years for the San Francisco Chronicle, Dow Jones MarketWatch and Business Insider, from the dot-com crash, the rise of cloud computing, social networking and AI to the impact of the Great Recession and the COVID crisis on Silicon Valley and beyond. He can be reached at bpimentel@protocol.com or via Google Voice at (925) 307-9342.

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Dreamforce is the embodiment of that success. Every year, alongside frustrating San Francisco residents, the over-the-top celebration serves as a battle cry to the enterprise software industry, reminding everyone that Marc Benioff’s mighty fiefdom is poised to expand even deeper into your corporate IT stack.

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