News and notes from around the interweb:
- Airbnb’s Chief Trust Officer resigned last year over the company’s data-sharing with China, while a co-founder of the platform declared “We’re not here to promote American values.” Sounds like Marriott, actually.
In the summer of 2019, Chinese officials approached Airbnb with an unwritten request for more user data, including more “real-time data,” such as when a user first makes a reservation, said one person familiar with the matter.
Mr. Joyce worried such data-sharing would enable Chinese government surveillance and put members of minority ethnic groups such as repressed Muslim-majority Uighurs at risk, that person said.
- Extend Qantas elite status for 12 months with just one flight
- The Port Authority of New York New Jersey could close its entire budget gap by pushing off the nearly-useless planned LaGuardia AirTran that fails to offer direct train access to Manhattan. Yet Andrew Cuomo insists on pushing forward preferring to hold out for a federal bailout instead.
- Remembering the MGM Grand Hotel fire 40 years later
- Baby shark, not permitted through TSA checkpoints.
- Sad to see what happened to this stored British Airways Boeing 747. With the airline literally selling first and business class inflight serviceware, and no intention to operate the aircraft any longer, one starts to wonder about the insurance money… (not really)