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Ultra-local ‘Facebook’ turning city neighbours into friends

Perched on makeshift seats next to a buffet with fresh fruit, elderflower cordial and homemade muffins, neighbours laugh and chat on a leafy patch amid modern apartment blocks in Vienna’s 15th district.


The gnawing anxiety of having an algorithm as a boss

I recently got the Internet in my apartment fixed, and my technician had an unusual request.


Going TikTok: Indians get hooked on Chinese video app ahead of election

A video clip shot on a sparse rooftop of what looks like a low-rise apartment block shows a young Indian man swaying while lip-syncing a song praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


CES 2019: A high-tech spin for the old-school peephole

Ring’s new Internet-connected video doorbell fits into most peepholes, for apartment dwellers or college students who want a video doorbell, but may not be allowed to install one next to their doors.


Tech execs back California bill that aims to build more housing near transit

Bigger, taller apartment buildings surrounding your neighborhood BART station? More than 100 California tech leaders are enthusiastically saying yes, please.


Serial killer prompts Japan, and Twitter, to mull online rules

A Japanese serial killer’s alleged use of Twitter to lure victims to his apartment has prompted the government and the social-media platform to look at how the tool is regulated in the country.


Bakers are cashing in on Instagram’s cake obsession

In a cramped Manhattan apartment kitchen, Chelsey White painstakingly bakes, assembles, frosts and decorates an elaborate mermaid-themed cake.


Airbnb backs off fight with governments, offers policy suggestions

In a moment of peace-making with regulators, Airbnb released a set of policy suggestions for governments that are considering new laws for home- and apartment-renting.


Airbnb, New York City settle rental law lawsuit

Airbnb Inc and New York City said they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals.