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December 6, 2019 GMT

IN THE NEWS: UBER RELEASES SAFETY REPORT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Can using a ride-hailing service put you in danger? The question is being raised anew in the wake of Uber’s release of a long-anticipated safety report. The report says more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its 1.3 billion U.S. rides in 2018. Of the sex assaults, 229 were rapes. The safety report also details traffic deaths, murders and other serious problems that came up during Uber rides. Uber says the sex assault numbers are compiled from reports from riders and drivers. That means the actual numbers may be higher, given that sexual assaults commonly go unreported.

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IN THE NEWS: BRITISH ELECTIONS AND CYBERSPACE

LONDON (AP) — One researcher says the use of cyberspace in the U.K. is like “the Wild West.” Even two years after Britain found itself at the center of a global center over the misuse of Facebook data by political campaigns, politicians and their backers are again bombarding voters with misleading social media messages. The issue is considered important, since the upcoming election could determine the U.K.’s future relationship with the European Union.

ON THE WEB: AIRBNB ADJUSTS POLICY ON PARTY HOUSES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Airbnb is tweaking its rules to keep people from renting properties just to throw huge parties. The company says it’s banning “open invite” parties at all the properties listed on its site. Such parties are open to anyone — and are often advertised on social media. Airbnb has also banned large parties at apartment buildings and condos. The crackdown comes after a Halloween shooting at an Airbnb rental near San Francisco where five people were killed.

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Airbnb site: http://www.airbnb.com

IN STORES: JAYBIRD VISTA

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — If you get a charge out of running — and like listening to music while you do — you don’t want to run low on power, either in your legs or your headset. A new offering from Jaybird headphones tackles both issues. The Jaybird Vista earbuds make sure you will run out of physical energy before they run out of power. The Vista buds offer a whopping 16 hours of battery life when used with its charging case — and 32 hours if you use a single bud, instead of the pair. If you ever do run out of power, you can quickly get back up to speed; a 5-minute charge can yield another hour of play time. The buds fit comfortably, thanks to gels that mold to your ear canal. The buds are also waterproof and sealed so they resist sweat. And the rich sound can be customized using the build in equalizer. The Jaybird Vista earbuds retail for $179.99.

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Jaybird headphones site: https://www.jaybirdsport.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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