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Airbnb logo at Tokyo event. Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

Fred Reid, a long-time airline executive who was the founding CEO of Virgin America and president of Delta Airlines and Germany's Lufthansa, is joining home-sharing company Airbnb as its first global head of transportation. Most recently, Reid worked for Kittyhawk, the Larry Page-backed "flying car" company.

The big picture: Airbnb has made it clear it wants to go beyond travel accommodations, and after expanding to "Experiences" in late 2016, it's now looking to add transportation to its stack. The company won't build its own airline, nor serve as a plane ticket aggregator — instead, it will seek to make it easy to book a range of transportation options it deems in line with its brand of boutique travel.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.

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