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Narrators read our favorite written stories. You can listen to them anywhere, including on your smart speaker. Play for audio versions of WIRED's Business stories, including the latest on blockchain, crypto, startups, telecoms, national affairs, and tech culture.

    Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

    Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

    The number of Airbnb listings in London has quadrupled in the last four years as more and more of the city’s housing stock has been gobbled up by short-term rental companies. As of May 2019, 80,770 properties in London were listed on Airbnb, with a staggering 23 percent, or 11,200, of these thought to be in breach of a legal 90-day limit in the capital.

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    Why the FTC Wants to Revisit Hundreds of Deals by Big Tech

    Why the FTC Wants to Revisit Hundreds of Deals by Big Tech

    When Facebook bought WhatsApp for $22 billion in 2014, many observers scratched their heads. The smaller messaging platform had annual revenues in the low tens of millions. How could it be worth so much? Soon enough, however, Facebook’s logic became clear. While little noticed in the US, WhatsApp was already a juggernaut overseas, with hundreds of millions of users. In countries where Facebook was not as popular, the acquisition gave Mark Zuckerberg’s company an immediate foothold.

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    Sony Envisions an AI-Fueled World, From Kitchen Bots to Games

    Sony Envisions an AI-Fueled World, From Kitchen Bots to Games

    In 1997, Hiroaki Kitano, a research scientist at Sony, helped organize the first Robocup, a robot soccer tournament that attracted teams of robotics and artificial intelligence researchers to compete in the picturesque city of Nagoya, Japan. At the start of the first day, two teams of robots took to the pitch. As the machines twitched and surveyed their surroundings, a reporter asked Kitano when the match would begin. “I told him it started five minutes ago!” he says with a laugh.

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    Judge Rules That T-Mobile Can Acquire Sprint

    Judge Rules That T-Mobile Can Acquire Sprint

    You’ll likely have one less choice for mobile service soon. Last year, nine states and the District of Columbia filed suit to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion acquisition of Sprint. Tuesday, a federal judge ruled against the states, allowing the merger to move forward. The deal still needs approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, but it's not clear if the commission can actually block the deal.

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    Europe Limits Government by Algorithm. The US, Not So Much

    Europe Limits Government by Algorithm. The US, Not So Much

    One evening last June, residents from the Hillesluis and Bloemhof neighborhoods on the south side of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, crowded into a community room at their local playground. Many wore headscarves and some arrived after a protest march from a local mosque. The residents had assembled to learn more about a government system called SyRI that had quietly flagged thousands of people in their low-income communities to investigators as more likely to commit benefits fraud.

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    The UK Exited the EU—and Is Leaving a 'Meme Ban' Behind

    The UK Exited the EU—and Is Leaving a 'Meme Ban' Behind

    Article 13—a controversial piece of copyright legislation that is now called Article 17 but is more colloquially known as "the meme ban"—is no more, in the UK at least. Last week, the country's minister for universities and science, Chris Skidmore, confirmed that the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive after leaving the EU. Wired UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. The directive limits how copyrighted content is shared on online platforms.

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