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Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with ‘Covid-19 retreats’

Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with ‘Covid-19 retreats’

Technology
Airbnb hosts advertising properties as coronavirus hideouts are "dangerous and irresponsible", the government says.Owners have listed homes as being "Covid-19 retreats" and "perfect for isolating with family" in the British countryside.New coronavirus laws say holiday accommodation should be provided only to keyworkers needing to self-isolate.But some listings on the site allow instant booking of rentals without any vetting, BBC News discovered.The properties advertised as places to self-isolate include an "idyllic cottage", a houseboat and even a castle.Only one Airbnb host contacted by BBC News said their rental was available solely to keyworkers. But others complained the lockdown had disrupted their business.In response to the BBC News's findings, Tou...
Google retreats on controversial 'fake' price comparison scheme

Google retreats on controversial 'fake' price comparison scheme

Technology
Google has diluted a controversial scheme which critics say encourages the creation of "fake" price comparison sites - prompting one ad agency to say Google's "screwed everyone over". Sky News revealed last month that Google was offering substantial incentives - often amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds a month - to retailers who passed their ads through a Google-certified comparison shopping service, or CSS.The search giant then showed the names of the CSSs in its Google Shopping insert, giving the impression of a thriving comparison shopping marketplace.Now Sky News has learned that Google has slashed, by almost 85%, the incentives it gives all but the biggest retailers, effectively killing the scheme for many smaller agencies. ...
Oil retreats from $70 ceiling on fading geopolitical risk premium

Oil retreats from $70 ceiling on fading geopolitical risk premium

Business
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices dipped into negative territory on Friday on signs Washington would indeed extend waivers that let Iranian oil flow on the global market.The price for Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, hit $ 70 per barrel for the first time since December 2014 partway through the trading day Thursday, but gave up nearly all of the gains by the close. The bounce-back from the flirtation with the psychological ceiling at one point in overnight trading left the U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, down more than 1 percent.Traders and market watchers for much of the week said they expected U.S. President Donald Trump to go against the principles of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and not extend waivers to Iran. The president must regularly weigh sanctions and no...