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Airbnb yesterday announced a settlement agreement with San Francisco over the thorny issue of short-term rental laws.

Table-setter: This is a big brick in the home-sharing unicorn's path to IPO, as sources have said that the offering will not come before there is more regulatory certainty in a small handful of key markets. San Francisco was one of these, more because of its status as home base than because of its percentage of revenue. Next up is New York City, since that's where the company would list and where many of its (potential) public market investors live.

But: Airbnb chief biz/legal officer Belinda Johnson was asked yesterday at the Milken Global Conference for a single salient point made by New York regulators. She couldn't come up with one.

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Parties trade election influence accusations at Big Tech hearing

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A Senate hearing Wednesday with Big Tech CEOs became the backdrop for Democrats and Republicans to swap accusations of inappropriate electioneering.

Why it matters: Once staid tech policy debates are quickly becoming a major focal point of American culture and political wars, as both parties fret about the impact of massive social networks being the new public square.

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Germany goes back into lockdown

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will enact one of Europe's strictest coronavirus lockdowns since spring, closing bars and restaurants nationwide for most of November, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Germany is the latest European country to reimpose some form of lockdown measures amid a surge in cases across the continent.

How overhyping became an election meddling tool

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As online platforms and intelligence officials get more sophisticated about detecting and stamping out election meddling campaigns, bad actors are increasingly seeing the appeal of instead exaggerating their own interference capabilities to shake Americans' confidence in democracy.

Why it matters: It doesn't take a sophisticated operation to sow seeds of doubt in an already fractious and factionalized U.S. Russia proved that in 2016, and fresh schemes aimed at the 2020 election may already be proving it anew.