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How One Rental Startup Gamed Airbnb (The Information)

Domio was part of a wave of short-term rental startups drafting behind the Airbnb juggernaut. But an investigation shows it has engaged in efforts to flout local rental laws with misleading online identities and other questionable business practices.   
             a follow up: Rental Startup Domio Faces Likely Shut Down After Failing to Raise Funds

Inside Amazon’s Trucking Ambitions (The Information)

A new leasing program for Amazon-branded trucks. An in-house training program for drivers. Amazon is muscling its way into the middle-mile trucking business, just as it challenged UPS and FedEx in last-mile delivery.


The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers (WIRED)

It's not that one of our systems is broken; it's not even that all of our systems are broken. It's that all of our systems are working toward the spread of polluted information and the undermining of democratic participation.

Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win (WIRED)

Submit a project. Rack up points by completing quests. Post weekly updates. This is tech culture distilled into a game—with real consequences.

The Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed (WIRED)

Instagram, YouTube—you name it. Influencers are being paid handsome sums to pitch you products in natural settings. That video you just watched? $50,000.

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Amazon Plans for Rural Deliveries Amid Postal Service Problems  (The Information)


Amazon Quietly Expands Large-Scale Covid Testing Program for Warehouses (The Information)


What’s Ailing an Amazon Health Venture (The Information)


Amazon’s Massive Spike in Delivery Stations Poses Threat to USPS (The Information)


Airbnb and New York City Reach a Truce on Home-Sharing Data (WIRED)


You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You (WIRED)