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June 8, 2020, 11:45 AM

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Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
Airbnb had more US bookings from May 17 to June 3 than during the same period in 2019, as vacation-rental sites see domestic reservations increase globally  —  - Weekend getaways are turning into work-from-home respites  — Airbnb hasn't ruled out an IPO this year, CEO Chesky says
Robert Stevens / Decrypt:
Brave browser is caught revising typed-in domains to companies like Binance with URLs including affiliate referral codes; Brave says it will stop the practice  —  Brave, the crypto-friendly, privacy-first browser has been earning affiliate commissions by redirecting certain search queries to crypto companies via affiliate links.
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
NYU report criticizes Facebook for outsourcing content moderation, arguing it is a “grossly inadequate” way of dealing with a core task of social platforms  —  In a scathing examination of Facebook's content moderation strategy, a new study identifies the company's decision …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Study of kids aged 4 to 15 in the US, UK, and Spain finds they spent an average of 85 min/day on YouTube and 80 min/day on TikTok from February 2019-April 2020  —  A new study on kids' app usage and habits indicates a major threat to YouTube's dominance, as kids now split …
New York Times:
As the coronavirus speeds up efforts to expand voting from home either through mail-in ballots or online voting, an analysis of the associated security risks  —  Fear of the coronavirus is speeding up efforts to allow voting from home, but some of them pose security risks and may make it easier …
Rana Foroohar / Financial Times:
To remain this big and unregulated, Facebook aligns itself with powers that be, as its actions in Myanmar and now in the US show  —  To stay this big and unregulated, the social media platform can't afford to upset rulers  —  Oligarchs are immoral business leaders who …
Stephanie Wykstra / Undark Magazine:
After rolling out a flawed automated system in 2014, Michigan falsely charged thousands with unemployment fraud and collected millions in fines  —  REPUBLISH … I N 2014, Carmelita Colvin was living just north of Detroit and taking classes at a local college, when she received a letter …
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
As the pandemic suspends live sports, gamblers turn to betting on e-sports; some bookmakers say e-sports betting has risen 40x  —  Computer-vs.-computer games of FIFA livestream to gamblers on Twitch.  Fantasy contests carry League of Legends lineups.  In the coronavirus age, video games have grown into a darling for casinos.
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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
RiskSense report analyzing the top 54 open source projects finds security vulnerabilities doubled from 421 bugs in 2018 to 968 in 2019  —  Jenkins and MySQL vulnerabilities have had the most weaponized vulnerabilities in the past five years.  —  A study that analyzed the top 54 open source projects found …
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