🇨🇳 Airbnb is closing its domestic business in China
Plus: Hello? Hello? Is This Facebook? Anybody There? (Nope.), How GDPR Is Failing, and more…
Airbnb is closing its domestic business in China, sources say. All mainland Chinese listings — homes and experiences — will be taken down by this summer, but Airbnb will continue to maintain an office in the country to focus on outbound travel… (Deirdre Bosa / CNBC)
Hello? Hello? Is This Facebook? Anybody There? (Nope.). You thought you had to wait forever to speak with a customer service representative? Facebook and Instagram serve nearly 3 billion users a day with a help desk that numbers closer to zero. So pity John Bacon, a 72-year-old retiree of Cleveland… (Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal)
How GDPR Is Failing. One thousand four hundred and fifty-nine days have passed since data rights nonprofit NOYB fired off its first complaints under Europe's flagship data regulation, GDPR. The complaints allege Google, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram forced people… (Matt Burgess / WIRED)
Why we need a public internet and how to get one. For weeks, tech news has been dominated by billionaire Elon Musk's attempts to buy (and subsequently avoid buying) Twitter. And since Musk announced his plans in April, people have debated whether it's better for online social spaces like Twitter… (Adi Robertson / The Verge)
Conan O'Brien's Podcast Company Sells to SiriusXM in Deal Valued Around $150 Million. Conan O'Brien found a friend—and a buyer—in Sirius XM. The former late-night host sold his hit podcast, “Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend,” to the satellite-radio company, along with his Team Coco digital-media… (John Jurgensen / Wall Street Journal)
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