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airbnb to verify all 7 million properties to improve trust

Airbnb says it will spend the next year verifying that all 7 million of its listings are accurate and that the homes and rooms being offered for short-term stays meet basic quality standards. It’s one of several moves the San Francisco-based company is making to improve user trust and make it easier for guests, hosts and others to report problems and obtain refunds when things go awry. The changes come after a rough week for Airbnb. Last week, a shooting at an unauthorized Halloween party in an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California, left five people dead. A Vice story, meanwhile, revealed a scam by Airbnb hosts who put guests up at inferior properties after claiming the ones they initially booked weren’t available. Guests told Vice they had trouble obtaining refunds from the company…

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group says misinformation on the rise on facebook

An advocacy group tracking misinformation says it has found an increase in fake political news shared on Facebook ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. The group, Avaaz, said this week that misinformation is still being spread on Facebook despite measures the company has put in place since the 2016 elections. The researchers tracked the 100 most widely shared false news stories between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1 this year. The stories they tracked had all been fact-checked and debunked by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners, which include The Associated Press. The group found that, collectively, the fake stories were posted more than 2.3 million times and had an estimated 158.9 million views, along with 8.9 million likes, comments and shares. The false stories targeted both political parties, though Avaaz says the majority were against Democrats…

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grounded boeing jet hits another pothole in path to return

Regulators are asking Boeing to revise documentation of its proposed fixes to software on the 737 Max jet, and the company said this week that it is too early to know whether the request will further delay the return of the grounded plane. Boeing says it is in the final stages of making fixes to the Max, which has been grounded eight months after two crashes that killed 346 people. The CEO of American Airlines, a major Boeing customer, said he is growing more confident that the Max will soon be approved to fly again. Regulators began reviewing Boeing’s technical documentation within the last week, and the audit has not been completed. The review involves specifications for software to use a second flight-control computer, not just one, on all flights. Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe…

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doctors try crispr gene editing for cancer, a 1st in the us

The first attempt in the United States to use a gene editing tool called CRISPR against cancer seems safe in the three patients who have had it so far, but it’s too soon to know if it will improve survival, doctors reported Wednesday. The doctors were able to take immune system cells from the patients’ blood and alter them genetically to help them recognize and fight cancer, with minimal and manageable side effects. The treatment deletes three genes that might have been hindering these cells’ ability to attack the disease, and adds a new, fourth feature to help them do the job. “It’s the most complicated genetic, cellular engineering that’s been attempted so far,” said the study leader, Dr. Edward Stadtmauer of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “This is proof that…

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colorado voters narrowly approve legalized sports betting

Colorado became the 19th U.S. state to legalize some form of sports betting as election officials tallied this week a surprisingly close vote in which ballots for the measure narrowly surpassed “no” votes. More than 1.3 million Coloradans voted on Proposition DD, a bipartisan ballot measure crafted by lawmakers that legalizes sports betting next year and taxes it to fund a state water conservation plan. It led by a 51%-49% margin mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to unofficial returns. Legal sports betting has spread since New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2018 allowing all 50 states to offer it. But most states have generated limited tax revenue. An Associated Press analysis showed that seven states that reported on sports betting revenue for the fiscal year that ended in June generated just $74 million…

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agency: all states should require bicyclists to wear helmets

A government agency is recommending that all 50 states enact laws requiring bicyclists to wear helmets to stem an increase in bicycle deaths on U.S. roadways. The recommendation was among several issued by the National Transportation Safety Board after a hearing Tuesday on bicycle safety. The agency says 857 bicyclists died in crashes with motor vehicles in the U.S. last year, a 6.3% increase over 2017. Bicycle deaths rose even though total road deaths fell 2.4%. The NTSB also found that improved road designs to separate bicycle and vehicle traffic, and making bicyclists more visible through clothing, lights and technology would reduce the number of cyclist deaths. The agency wrote in its report that head injuries are the leading cause of bicycle fatalities, and that use of a helmet is the most effective…

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