FROM Alison Griswold
Airbnb Targets China Last year, Chinese tourists made 109 million trips out of the country. Now, Airbnb wants a piece of that action. Last June, the company raised a stunning $1.5 billion from investors and just announced that it’s planning to use some of that money to set up shop in China. What are the challenges?
Uber Battles Itself At a New York dinner party, Uber’s senior vice-president, Emil Michael, reportedly proposed a million-dollar opposition-research type campaign against reporters who have criticized the company. The dominant company in America’s ride-sharing business may be harming its own reputation by alienating the very people who use its service. That’s according to Alison Griswold of Slate.com , who’s written a lot about Uber.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
What's at stake if Hollywood writers strike? Writers in Hollywood just finished voting yay or nay to go on strike. The vote is expected to be in favor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll walk off the job. We get the details and look at the effects of the last strike.