Airbnb raises at least $500m in new funding at $30bn valuation

Airbnb is worth more than Hilton Hotels, but its controversial business model depends on local authorities allowing it to operate outside of hotel laws Sleeping in other peoples beds has turned out to be a goldmine for rental startup Airbnb. The controversial Silicon Valley company has raised another half a billion dollars from investors at […]

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FBI investigation of leaked NSA hacking tools examines operative’s ‘mistake’

As explanations swirl in Washington for how tools were stolen, sources say an agent, an unsecured computer and Russian hackers are the focus A careless agent. A cache of hacking tools left on a remote and unsecured computer. A shadowy group of Russian hackers. A fire-sale on the deep web. This is the current focus […]

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Loretta Lynch: violence in Charlotte is ‘drowning out the voices of change’

US attorney general responds to second night of unrest in North Carolina as White House spokesman says violence distracts from issue of police killings The US attorney general has warned against escalating violence in North Carolina, as politicians reacted cautiously to the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. But Lynch made clear she that she […]

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Police officer will not be charged in fatal shooting of Korryn Gaines

Following a review, the state says it will not take further action over the shooting of a 23-year-old black woman who barricaded herself inside her home No one will be charged in the shooting death of a woman during a standoff with police that she posted on social media, a Maryland prosecutor said on Wednesday. […]

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Historic England to relist Oscar Wilde’s home and others with gay heritage

Pride of Place project honours LGBTQ men and women whose historical significance has been ignored or underestimated The homes of Oscar Wilde, Benjamin Britten and Anne Lister, a woman considered the first modern lesbian, are being relisted as part of a gay history project undertaken by project called Pride of Place. Duncan Wilson, chief executive […]

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Canadian and US tribes band together to fight Alberta oil sands pipelines

Aboriginal tribes from across North America, including Standing Rock Sioux who opposed North Dakota pipeline, also plan to counter tank and rail projects Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States have signed a treaty to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Albertas oil sands, saying further development would […]

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Women gain ground in Jordan election despite yawning gender gap

Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates Womens rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political representation after female MPs won 20 of 130 seats in parliamentary elections on Tuesday, compared with 18 out of 150 in the […]

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‘This is our reality’: NFL players grapple with reactions to anthem protests

Cam Newton, Richard Sherman, Michael Thomas and Jelani Jenkins spoke Wednesday in the wake of the latest police shootings NFL players continue to wrestle with the implications of the national anthem protests that have made headlines around the league over the past few weeks. Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas and linebacker Jelani Jenkins said on […]

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Derrick Rose rape accuser’s name to be made public during trial, judge rules

Judge cites precedence for civil trial set to begin 4 October despite defenses argument that dropping anonymity could lead to harassment The woman who accused New York Knicks player Derrick Rose of gang-rape will be unable to remain anonymous during the upcoming civil trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday, despite her lawyers arguing […]

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What’s next for Apple’s 13bn tax battle?

Margrethe Vestager is on a US charm offensive, making the case about recovering alleged unpaid taxes but she has been met with more offense than charm In the wake of last months controversial decision by the European Commission to

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