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Airbnb buys HotelTonight in deeper expansion into hotel-booking business
Home-renting company Airbnb has bought HotelTonight, an app for finding hotel rooms at a discount, as it wades deeper into the hotel-booking business to attract a wider variety of travelers ahead of a hotly anticipated initial public offering. The acquisition, which Airbnb announced on Thursday, expands the company’s inventory by adding a number of listings from hotels, long viewed as the arch enemy of Airbnb, and is part of a strategy to win over travelers who have shied away from the risks and quirks of renting a stranger’s home. (Fonte: Reuters)

Voatz, the blockchain-based voting app, gets another vote of confidence as Denver agrees to try it
A controversial blockchain-based mobile voting app called Voatz is getting put to the test again.  The city of Denver revealed today that it has agreed to implement a mobile voting pilot in its May municipal election using the four-year-old, Boston-based startup’s technology. It will be offered exclusively to active-duty military, their eligible dependants and overseas voters using their smartphones. All were notified that they can use Voatz  via a newsletter this morning, along with a link to sign up to participate if they so choose. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Netflix chief marketing officer to leave
Netflix Inc said on Thursday Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Bennett will step down after seven years in the role, during which the online video-streaming giant’s paid subscribers jumped five-fold to 139 million. Bennett, who joined in 2012 after spending nearly a decade with Warner Brothers, was responsible for launching Netflix’s popular franchises such as “House of Cards”​, “Orange is the New Black”​, and “Narcos”. “The past seven years have been the most rewarding of my professional life, and we are at the top of our game, which is why this was the right moment for me to retire,” Bennett said in a post.
(Fonte: Reuters)