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Airbnb Will Help NYC Track Down Illegal Rentals, and Other Cities Could Be Next

Airbnb and New York City have a long and contentious history. On the one hand, Airbnb wants everything to be hunky dory in its biggest market. On the other, New York City’s stringent short-term rental laws effectively make many Airbnbs rentals illegal in the city. New Yorkers are also caught up in the mix—affordable…Read more...
Tags: Science, Housing, New York City, Airbnb, Rentals, There Go My Illegal Hotel Tycoon Dreams


Airbnb will hand over data on 17K listings to New York City officials

The data has to do with hosts and reservations on Airbnb's platform and will be partially anonymized, Airbnb confirmed Friday.
Tags: Technology, New York City, Regulations, Radio, Bill De Blasio, Airbnb, Rentals, Industry News, Select, News Brief, Home Sharing


Amazon Isn’t Liable for Defective Marketplace Sale (No Thanks to Section 230)–Erie Insurance v. Amazon

A buyer purchased an LED headlamp in Amazon’s marketplace from a third party merchant (“Dream Light”) and gave it as a gift. The batteries allegedly malfunctioned and caused a fire in the gift-receiver’s house. The home insurer paid $313k+ for the loss and sought reimbursement from Amazon as the headlamp seller. The Fourth Circuit denies the claim because Amazon wasn’t in fact the seller. Section 230. The lower court ruled for Amazon on Section 230 grounds. The Fourth Circuit disagrees: The prod...
Tags: Amazon, Maryland, Law, Ebay, E-commerce, Fox, Airbnb, Lg, Osu, McDonald, Fourth Circuit, Erie, Ninth Circuit, Hinton, Amazon com Inc, Federal Circuit


Meet Murray Cox, The Man Trying to Take Down Airbnb

For four years Cox has been publishing reports that cast Airbnb as a big-city housing-villain, but the company had never reached out to him before. A rendez-vous was set for a WeWork meeting room on Broadway, across the street from Airbnb Inc.’s offices in New York. Was the location suitable to Cox, Airbnb wanted to know?  Well yes, Cox thought, or he could just walk downstairs since he works in the same building as Airbnb, close enough to connect to their Wi-Fi.  By day, Cox spends his time o...
Tags: New York, Science, Broadway, Airbnb, Cox, Airbnb Inc, Meet Murray Cox, Cox Airbnb


Heritage Travel on the Rise: Airbnb and 23andMe Team Up to Make it Even Easier

With the rise of at-home genetic tests like 23andMe, it has never been easier to learn about your ancestry, and this has contributed to a growing trend of heritage travel. People around the world are taking trips to connect with their ancestry, and that's why Airbnb and 23andMe are teaming up to make traveling to your roots easier than ever.
Tags: Travel, Airbnb, Heritage Travel


Shipping container Airbnb scam

Some pretty awful Airbnb experiences have been reported over the years, but this one might just top them all. Imagine showing up in Amsterdam expecting to stay at a clean, quaint home and instead finding an illegally parked shipping container. That’s exactly what happened to this man, who anticipated a tidy house with a private bathroom only to discover that his rental was actually a shipping container. British tourist Ben Speller described his experience in a Facebook post, saying, “So I boo...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Amsterdam, Airbnb, All, Shipping Container, Amsterdam Airbnb, Ben Speller, Airbnb Scam, Spurs Show Facebook


Airbnb and 23andMe travel program

There have been some pretty unlikely business collaborations throughout the years, and Airbnb and 23andMe might rank among the strangest. On Tuesday, the homesharing site and DNA-testing company announced a program to help people connect with their ancestry through heritage-based travel. The program is designed to capitalize on the increasing popularity of travelers visiting the homes of their ancestors in an attempt to reconnect with their roots. According to a statement by 23andMe, “The col...
Tags: Travel, Airbnb, Gizmodo, 23andMe, All, Ancestry


Airbnb Partners With 23andMe to Make It Easier for People to Get In Touch With Their Roots or Something

Airbnb and DNA-testing company 23andMe announced on Tuesday the two companies have partnered to help people “connect with their ancestry” through a heritage travel program.Read more...
Tags: Science, Genetics, Airbnb, DNA testing, 23andMe, Ancestry


The Exit: Getaround’s $300M roadtrip

In August of last year, Getaround scored $300 million from Softbank. Eight months later they handed that same amount to Drivy, a Parisian peer-to-peer car rental service that was Getaround’s ticket to tapping into European markets. Both companies shared similar visions for the future of car ownership, they were about the same size, both were flirting with expanding beyond their home market, but only one had the power of the Vision Fund behind it. The Exit is a new series at TechCrunch. It’s a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, Europe, Youtube, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Paris, Venture Capital, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Getaround, Talent


Airbnb launches partnership with DNA testing company 23andMe

The partnership comes amid what Airbnb says is a rise in "heritage travel," or trips people take to connect with their ancestors' homelands.
Tags: Travel, Technology, Ipo, Radio, Food And Drug Administration, Airbnb, Gentrification, Stock Market, DNA testing, Initial Public Offering, 23andMe, Industry News, Select, News Brief


Airbnb insists its systems were not hackedAirbnb insists its systems were not hacked

Fake bookings were ' isolated incidents'
Tags: Travel, Airbnb


11 tips and tricks for avoiding duds and finding the perfect vacation spot on Airbnb

Airbnb is one of the most popular ways to see the world, but there are lots of details to consider before booking with the site. These tips can help you avoid a mediocre experience with Airbnb so you can achieve true vacation nirvana. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. I use Airbnb all the time when I travel or go on vacation. Hotel rooms can be convenient and reliable, but I often find that booking a vacation home through Airbnb is cheaper, offers you more space, and is a li...
Tags: Europe, Trends, Paris, Reddit, Airbnb, Venice, Modena, Modena Italy


PayPal's CFO says its new partnership with Facebook Marketplace could dwarf the business it does with eBay

PayPal is eyeing a July 2020 deadline that will allow the payments processor to begin working with some of the largest marketplaces in the world, John Rainey, the company's CFO, told Business Insider. For the past five years, PayPal has been unable to work with a handful of large marketplaces due to an operating agreement it signed with eBay, its former parent company.  PayPal recently announced partnerships with Instagram and Facebook Marketplace as well, the latter of which Rainey said could...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Ebay, China, US, Trends, Paypal, Airbnb, Adyen, Rainey, eBay Paypal, Facebook Marketplace, John Rainey, Business Insider Once


A Recap of My Recent Section 230 Papers

I’ve been actively writing about Section 230 recently, so I thought it might help to round them up into a single post: * An Overview of the United States’ Section 230 Internet Immunity (2019). This is the basic primer you’ve always wanted. If you’re not an expert in Section 230 and want to read only one piece to get the lay of the land, this is it. * Why Section 230 Is Better Than the First Amendment (2019). This is the next piece to read after the primer. Once you understand the law, you need t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Law, Congress, San Francisco, United States, Airbnb, DOE, Grindr, Homeaway, Daniel, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Backpage, Armslist


A tech exec explains how it feels to spend 1.5 years preparing for a $226 million IPO, only to sell to PayPal for $2.2 billion

Maria Hedengren is the former chief financial officer of iZettle, the Swedish payments company that sold to PayPal for $2.2 billion last year. Hedengren had spent a year and a half working on a plan to take iZettle public. The company was just a day away from publishing its IPO prospectus. She told Business Insider that the acquisition had been the right decision for iZettle and that she doesn't regret not getting to ring the Nasdaq bell. Hedengren left iZettle after its acquisition to become ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Europe, London, Pinterest, Ipo, Trends, Paypal, SEC, Airbnb, Huawei, Nasdaq, Business Insider, Farfetch, Uber Lyft


You can now stay overnight on the Spice Bus, but don’t even think about partying on it!

If you know what the words scary, posh, baby, sporty, and ginger all have in common, please take a deep breath.
Tags: Lifestyle, Spice Girls, Airbnb, Gaycities Link, Spice Bus


Famous 90s movie set now an Airbnb

The original bus from the Spice Girls movie "Spice World" has been listed for rent on Airbnb in London.
Tags: News, Stories, Airbnb, Spice Girls movie Spice World


Spice Girls bus listed on Airbnb

The original bus from the Spice Girls movie "Spice World" has been listed for rent on Airbnb in London.
Tags: News, Spice Girls, Stories, Airbnb, Spice Girls movie Spice World


American tourist seriously scalded while showering in Airbnb awarded $513K

A tourist who was seriously scalded while staying in a Hong Kong flat she had booked through accommodation sharing website Airbnb was awarded HK$2.63 million ($513,744) by a court on Friday.Hailey Dai Schmidt, 47, was staying with... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Hong Kong, Business, Airbnb, Hailey Dai Schmidt


Airbnb joins the European Travel Commission to promote healthy tourism

Airbnb, the global community-driven end-to-end travel platform, has joined the European Travel Commission (ETC) as an Associate Member to support Europe as a travel destination and promote healthy tourism - tourism that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive, and sustainable - across the continent.  
Tags: Travel, Europe, Airbnb, European Travel Commission, European Travel Commission ETC


TripAdvisor prepares to woo advertisers outside travel and hospitality

TripAdvisor’s owl eyes see a lot. Travelers have been using the site, known for its googly-eyed owl mascot, to research trips and hotels since its 2000 founding.  Now, the Needham, Massachusetts-based company is planning to use the depth of information it has learned about its consumers to attract advertisers beyond travel and hospitality marketers. To that end, TripAdvisor is staffing up its advertising revenue team. Late last year, it hired Lindsay Nelson, a media executive formerly with Vo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Youtube, Advertising, Conde Nast, Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Vox, Nelson, Maguire, Needham Massachusetts, Lindsay Nelson, Christine Maguire, Roundel Nelson


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. The food delivery firm has raised $1.53 billion to date, making it one of the best-funded startups in Europe. Facebook is overrun with fake accounts impersonating tech execs like Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Sundar Pichai. The existence of the accounts raise questions about Facebook's ability to police its app for malicious behaviour. Microsoft and Sony made a joint announcement that they would "explore joint development of future ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Trends, Malaysia, Sony, Airbnb, Donald Trump, Huawei, Sundar Pichai, Cnbc, Alexa, Trump, Angela Ahrendts


Airbnb’s trending summer travel

A good way to know the under-the-radar destinations that are trending this year is to look at Airbnb’s booking data for this summer (between June 1 and September 2). The accommodation-sharing service is so incredibly popular that it’s in a unique position to show which destinations are piquing people’s interest, from China to Puerto Rico. Whether you use the list as a guidepost for where to go, or where not to go to avoid the crowds, is up to you, but understanding travel trends is always a u...
Tags: Travel, China, Tokyo, Airbnb, Wuhan, Rockies, Puerto Rico, San Juan, All, St Martin, Mao Zedong, Valenciennes, Vieques, Changsha China, Elbow River, El Yunque National Forest


Rent The Runway CEO throws serious shade at profitless tech behemoths: 'I haven't been given the permission or privilege to lose a billion every quarter' (UBER, LYFT)

  In an interview with CNBC, Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman explained her approach to leading a business, stating, "I haven't been given the permission or privilege to lose a billion every quarter." Hyman's comments were seen as a dig at notoriously unprofitable companies like Uber and Lyft that raised significant funding before going public earlier this year with mixed results. Rent the Runway's most recent fundraising in March round pegged the company's valuation at $1 billion. But Rent...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Trends, New York Times, Airbnb, Cnbc, Bain Capital Ventures, Runway, Hyman, Jennifer Hyman, Franklin Templeton Investments


Homelessness down slightly, former lawmaker Tam dies, $5.1M for Maui jail riot repairs, GOP retains state Chairwoman Ostrov, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Homeless in Chinatown, Honolulu ©2019 All Hawaii News Count shows homelessness down, but number of unsheltered homeless swells. The figures from the count, conducted on a single night in January, were released Wednesday and show slight declines in the overall homeless population. Hawaii News Now.Airbnb says it would have hauled in $64M in taxes for Hawaii last year. If the vacation rental platform Airbnb had been authorized to collect taxes on behalf of the state last year, it would have ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Gop, Hawaii, Korea, Airbnb, Hawaii Island, Lihue, Kauai, Maui, Josh Green, Tam, Honolulu, Hawaii County, House Senate, Ron


These are dogs of some of the most powerful executives in Silicon Valley, from Mark Zuckerberg to Travis Kalanick

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the owner of an adorable fluffy dog named Beast, but he isn't the only tech executive with a furry friend. Studies show that dogs can help reduce stress levels and boost productivity, so they make ideal companions for tech moguls running billion dollar companies. These are some of the most powerful dogs in Silicon Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With company cultures that celebrate—and even encourage —employees bringing their dogs ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, San Francisco, Trends, Long, David, Alaska, New York Times, Zynga, Marvin, Reddit


As Airbnb and Instacart gear up for rumored IPOs, here are the VC firms that have made the most early investments in billion-dollar startups

A new report from CB Insights showed SV Angel and Y Combinator as the top seed-stage and Series A investors in billion-dollar startups. Of the top five firms with early investments in "unicorn" startups, three invested in home rental startup Airbnb and grocery delivery service Instacart, both of which are rumored to go public in 2019. A unicorn typically refers to a privately-held tech startup that is valued at or above $1 billion. According to CB Insights, there are 344 of these unicorns in t...
Tags: Y Combinator, Top, Ipo, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, Instacart, Sv Angel, Cb Insights, PitchBook, Sequoia Capital China, IDG Capital, Airbnb Instacart, DoorDash Top, Instacart Top


Airbnb adds former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to board

Airbnb has made yet another addition to its board of directors as it inches toward an initial public offering, expected in the next year. Angela Ahrendts, the former senior vice president of retail at Apple, joins as its third independent non-affiliated board member. Ahrendts joined Apple in 2014 after serving as CEO of the British fashion house Burberry for eight years. Apple earlier this year announced Ahrendts would step down in April to be replaced by the company’s HR head, Deirdre O’B...
Tags: Apple, TC, Disney, Tech, Venture Capital, American Express, Airbnb, Pixar, EBITDA, Ken Chenault, Angela Ahrendts, Ahrendts, fashion house Burberry, Ann Mather, Deirdre O'Brien Airbnb


Phoenix Earthship features a food garden and jungle in off-grid fashion

An earthship is an accommodation with low environmental impact. The design of an earthship incorporates natural and recycled materials in the architecture and decor. It is built with conservation of natural resources in mind so that it produces its own water, electricity and food. Most earthships reuse discarded tires, cans and bottles for wall construction, and mud is common for wall plaster and floors. The energy savings through self-heating and cooling properties are remarkable. Most earthsh...
Tags: Design, Airbnb, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Off-grid, Phoenix, Rainwater Harvesting, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Earthship, Phoenix Earthship, Tres Piedras New Mexico


3 Tips On How To Handle Bad Reviews

As the web grows larger and larger, more and more reviews are cropping up online, both positive and negative. If you’re involved with selling products or services, you need to know what people are saying about your brand, and you need to respond appropriately. Here are three tips for handling bad reviews. Engage on Social Media For direct communication with customers, make sure to open up accounts on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. If you want to engage...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Sales, Airbnb, Yougov, Twitter Facebook Instagram, Amway, Rieva Lesonsky, Barry Feldman, GrowBiz Media, Channel Signal