More than two years ago, Airbnb made its first foray into the luxury travel market when it bought Luxury Retreats, a Montreal-based firm that rented out high-end beach villas and ski cabins. About 2,000 of those accommodations can now be rented on Airbnb’s main website under a new category called “Airbnb Luxe,” where options such as a $17,000-a-night French chateaux and a $6,000-a-night Tuscany...
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Signal Chief Meredith Whittaker Could Use Some Backup in the Fight for Encryption
I was about to sit down for coffee in Brooklyn with Meredith Whittaker when she started apologizing for the messages blowing up her phone. “Sorry, we’re launching our post-quantum protocol today,” she said while tapping away in—what else—her Signal app. Whittaker, the president of the Signal Foundation, the nonprofit behind the world’s most heavily encrypted...
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