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Airbnb’s regulatory roller-coaster ride has taken new twists as the company enters its second decade. When the home rental site sent employees updates on its talks with local governments in June, it heralded positive momentum with politicians in two of its “toughest markets,” Barcelona and Berlin. It decried a “problematic” bill passed by the Pennsylvania House ...
The dockless scooter wars are in full swing. With the announcement of huge funding rounds at billion-dollar valuations, deals with ride-hailing companies and a spate of local regulatory action, there is a lot of attention being paid to the scooter market, and a lot of wild predictions being made by industry watchers.
As timelines for commercial-grade self-driving cars drift further into the ...
Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden seemed to be making all the right moves recently. His launch of an electric scooter service last year kicked off a larger wave of investment in the sector and spawned clones, as he calls other scooter startups. He already has made a lot of money from Bird, selling shares in the company’s latest $300 million fundraising round, in which it was valued at $2 ...
When President Donald Trump slams Amazon on Twitter, it is easy to dismiss the attacks as social media bluster, motivated by antipathy towards Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos because of his personal ownership of the Washington Post. But there are other signs that Amazon critics are gaining influence in Washington, D.C., with arguments that the company’s market power should be reined in.
Last week, ...
Instagram, which recently reached a billion users, might have as many as 95 million bots posing as real accounts on its platform, according to a new study conducted for The Information by the research firm Ghost Data.
That tally is somewhat higher than in a similar study the research firm did in 2015. The increase is concerning, experts say, because bots, which are accounts controlled by ...
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