Party’s over: Airbnb bans events permanently

Airbnb has made permanent its pandemic-era prohibition of parties at the properties rented out globally through its app, saying Tuesday the rules have been effective against problematic events. The rental platform has gradually tightened its policies on parties after complaints and some high-profile trouble, including a 2019 shooting that killed five in California. Airbnb provisionally […]

Vienna returns as world’s ‘most liveable city’

The Austrian capital Vienna has made a comeback as the world’s most liveable city, according to an annual report from the Economist published Thursday. The Ukrainian capital Kyiv was not included this year after Russia invaded the country in late February, while Russian cities Moscow and St Petersburg fell in the rankings over “censorship” and […]

Ultra-fast delivery firms face post-pandemic hangover

by Joseph Boyle and Corentin Dautreppe with Glenn Chapman in San Francisco, Thomas Urbain in New York and Cat Barton in Seoul Prathamesh Jathar is one of many brightly dressed riders zipping through the streets of Berlin, dropping off groceries just minutes after the orders come in. The 25-year-old Master’s student from Mumbai could be […]

No slump for pump and dump cryptocurrency gangs

by Joseph BOYLE In a sleepy corner of the crypto-economy, the value of an obscure coin called Enzyme was tumbling downwards along with its peers earlier this month — but then something unusual happened on May 15. Enzyme, also known as MLN, rocketed from 30 cents to 47 cents in just minutes and daily trading […]

New York sneaker expo presents some of Virgil Abloh’s last works

Some of Virgil Abloh’s final creations will be on public display in New York in an expo that also confers further mystique to the lucrative world of specialty sneakers. Opening Saturday and running through the end of May, the show will present 47 customized Nike “Air Force 1” sneakers designed by Abloh and assembled at […]

iPod RIP: How Apple’s music player transformed an industry

  by Joseph BOYLE and Jules Bonnard At the height of its powers the pocket-sized music player known as the iPod shifted tens of millions of units each year, helping Apple to conquer the globe and transforming the music industry. But that was the mid-2000s –- a lifetime ago in the tech industry. After years […]