most recently at wired. read my reporting here.
here are some clips in no particular order:
Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments
The high-profile unicorn is battling cities from Boston to San Diego over collecting taxes and enforcing zoning rules.
How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York
City officials say the network converted residential units in 36 buildings, earning more than $5 million for booking 24,330 rooms and housing 63,873 guests.
Airbnb and New York City Reach a Truce on Home-Sharing Data
Airbnb agreed to turn over information on 17,000 residences, so city officials can look for signs of illegal short-term rentals.
How Airbnb’s Fight to Overturn a New Jersey Law Imploded
The company spent more than $4 million opposing new rules that crack down on short-term rentals, echoing its tactics in other cities.
online influence & algorithmic manipulation
Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed
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.
You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You
The once-hyped social media company, known for gamifying mobile check-ins, is still alive and well as an incomprehensibly vast data empire.
A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online
As social media companies and payment processors crack down on offensive speech, people and groups are using the tools to harass their enemies.
The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers
Chronicling the internet’s worst impulses can be depressing, and every remedy only seems to make things worse.
Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful
With friends and relatives dispersed, a growing number of funeral homes will stream services, and demand is increasing.
Inside Pioneer: May the Best Silicon Valley Hustler Win
Submit a project. Rack up points by completing quests. Post weekly updates. This is tech culture distilled into a game—with real consequences.
Cities Examine Proper—and Improper—Uses of Facial Recognition
From New York City to Portland, Oregon, officials consider regulating how government and private businesses deploy the technology.