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Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed

When Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller announced criminal charges against Russian operatives for interfering with the 2016 presidential election, descriptions of how the Russians used modern communications technologies were all too familiar. Journalists referred to the ways in which Russia “manipulated social-media platforms,” and tech company executives like Facebook’s Rob Goldman decried “how the Russians abused our system.” WIRED OPINION ABOUT Joshua Geltzer is executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as an ASU Future of War fellow at New America writing a…

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Seattle study puts down some common criticisms of Airbnb-style renting as regulations loom

Airbnb may have put its foot in its mouth before when it comes to communicating the benefits it brings to cities, but its hard to argue with raw, uncut science. A new study from the Internet Association, a trade group comprising many online properties including Airbnb, takes a hard look at housing stats in Seattle and bats away a few issues commonly brought up regarding the service. One criticism that appears repeatedly, especially in fast-growing cities where gentrification and developers are roundly resented, is that people are buying up housing…

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VCs determined to replace your job keep AIs funding surge rolling in Q2

Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn These are good times for AI entrepreneurs. Recent analysis of venture data shows that funding for artificial intelligence startups continues its upward trend in 2017, with investment hitting new highs. (For deep dives into aggregate Q2 venture performance, headherefor the world, andherefor just the U.S.) Venture, corporate and seed investors have put an estimated $3.6 billion into AI and machine learning companies this…

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With autonomy, commercial real-estate could go mobile

Cyrus Radfar is a founding engineer of AddThis, which was acquired by Oracle. More posts by this contributor: Autonomous cars will bring a moveable feast of products and services Transport’s coming upheaval The coming years could see the next great land rush across the US and many other countries worldwide, but it might not even involve land. Instead, the next trend for savvy investors could be fleets of autonomous vehicles. A previous article posited the idea that the retail industry may be about to experience its greatest disruption since the rise…

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Airbnb settles lawsuit with San Francisco

Airbnb Head of Global Policy Chris Lehane announced today that the company has settled its lawsuit with the city of San Francisco. Last year, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. This agreement helps protect the citys precious housing supply by obligating these companies to ensure that all their listings are legal and properly registered. This is a game changer. The settlement will also make it easier for residents who follow the rules to supplement their income by renting out a spare room or their home while…

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Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties

Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Keeping things a little more lax than cities that have adopted a Seattles proposal would allow each short-term rental host to list their own place of residence coupled with one extra housing unit. The city has issued a revised set of short-term rental regulations that aim to strike a balance between keeping long-term renters and short-term hosts happy. In Seattle as in many cities, short-term rental services…

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