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Data, Privacy Concerns Are Raised After Startup Tries To Rent Farmland

An Internet startup that wanted to be a kind of Airbnb for farmland hit a snag in recent weeks: a wave of criticism on social media. Farmer Twitter is angry.
Tags: News, Airbnb, Farmer Twitter


Forbes Criticizes Airbnb 'Surveillance Bugs To Make Sure Guests Behave'

"So this is creepy," writes a Forbes cybersecurity reporter, saying Airbnb "has put aside the stories of hosts secretly spying on guests" to promote a new line of devices Forbes calls "surveillance bugs to make sure guests behave." Vice reports: As part of its "party prevention" campaign, the home-sharing service is offering discounts on devices designed to alert hosts when there's an irregular level of noise in their homes... An email I received on Thursday from Airbnb (I've occasionally re...
Tags: Tech, Airbnb, Forbes, Evan Greer


What is a microcation

This is the Travel Take, where Matador’s writers and editors make the case for their favorite travel hacks, tips, and personal tics. We’re living in a golden age of travel. There were 1.4 billion international tourists in 2018, according to the World Tourism Organization, and, thanks to technology, it’s never been cheaper to get from one side of the world to the other. Yet in this rush to see sights far and wide, it’s easy to lose sight of the wonders close to home. International travel has b...
Tags: Travel, New York, Sweden, Washington, New York City, US, Los Angeles, New York Times, Italy, Amsterdam, Airbnb, Venice, All, World Tourism Organization, Hudson Valley, Allianz Global Assistance


Call for English councils to be given powers to regulate Airbnb

Caroline Lucas urges move to help ease ‘intolerable’ pressure on availability of local housingLocal councils in England must be given powers to regulate Airbnb and other short-term letting sites in order to alleviate the “intolerable” pressure they put on the availability of local housing, the Green party MP, Caroline Lucas, has said.Her intervention followed a Guardian investigation that found one Airbnb listing for every four residential properties in some hotspots across Britain. Airbnb has d...
Tags: Politics, England, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Housing Market, Property, Brighton, Airbnb, Green Party, Caroline Lucas, Britain Airbnb


Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 February 2020

By all accounts, the Airbus A220 is a lovely plane, well liked by airlines and passengers alike. How ironic that this great airplane almost completely destroyed its developer – Bombardier. See story below. Good morningThe Covid-19 virus (it now has a name) has been enormously on my mind the last several weeks, and for very direct and personally impactful reasons.  To help clarify my thinking, I wrote a detailed and careful analysis of the present situation and the possible unfolding future, an...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Florida, UK, New York, Science, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Ipo, Singapore, Miscellaneous


This Airbnb Airship brings the stargazing to your room

Airbnb has single-handedly changed how the world travels – it has not only made travel accessible but taken it up to a different dimension altogether with its one-of-a-kind homestays. Airbnb filled this gap that benefits the traveler and the host but also provides multiple tiers between hotels and motels. Like many, I love to travel and sometimes on dull days I will check for the most unique Airbnb stays, you can actually book igloos, treehouses, sheep trailers, caves, castles, and even a POTA...
Tags: Travel, Design, Living, Interview, Architecture, Outdoor, Airbnb, Product Design, Airship002, Roderick James


Exclusive: Airbnb expands pledge to fight human trafficking amid hospitality industry struggles

Airbnb is expanding its commitment to fight human trafficking with anti-trafficking nonprofit Polaris as the hospitality industry faces lawsuits.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Airbnb, Usa Today, Polaris


Revealed: the areas in the UK with one Airbnb for every four homes

‘Out-of-control’ dominance of rentals in some communities depriving locals of homes, critics sayThe Devon village changed by AirbnbHow Airbnb is forcing out Barcelona localsAirbnb has become so prevalent in Great Britain that some parts of the country now have one listing for every four properties, prompting concern that the rapid expansion in short-term lets is “out of control” and depriving communities of much-needed homes.Exclusive analysis by the Guardian identified Airbnb hotspots in both r...
Tags: UK, Wales, Housing, Barcelona, Communities, Society, UK News, Airbnb, Devon, Great Britain, England Scotland, AirbnbHow Airbnb


How to change your phone number on Airbnb in 5 simple steps

You can easily change your phone number on Airbnb to make sure that your host has the correct contact information should there be an issue or emergency situation. Your phone numbers are only shared between hosts and guests once they are paired, but they are never shared publicly on Airbnb.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While real-time chats over the phone isn't the main communication tool on Airbnb, it's still essential to have the correct phone number associated wit...
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How to change your Airbnb account password or reset it if you've forgotten it

You can change your Airbnb password easily in two ways.  Airbnb allows you to change your password via your account settings, or reset it through an email link if you've forgotten your password. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Like many online platforms, Airbnb stores some personal information like credit cards, so maintaining a secure password is of paramount importance.  Airbnb makes it easy to change your password once you're logged into your account; or, if you forget...
Tags: Trends, Airbnb, Lenovo, Martin Luther King Jr, Georgetown


The Org nabs $8.5M led by Founders Fund to build a global database of company org charts

LinkedIn has cornered the market when it comes to putting your own professional profile online and using it to network for jobs, industry connections and professional development. But when it comes to looking at a chart of the people, and specifically the leadership teams, who make up organizations more holistically, the Microsoft-owned network comes up a little short: you can search by company names, but chances are that you get a list of people based on their connectivity to you, and otherw...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Balderton Capital, New York, Microsoft, US, Linkedin, Tech, Walmart, Employees, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Talent, Sequoia Capital, Hiring


Founders Fund confirms $3 billion in new capital across two funds

Founders Fund, the investment firm led by its controversial co-founder Peter Thiel and partners Keith Rabois and Brian Singerman, has closed on $3 billion in new capital across two investment funds, TechCrunch confirmed. News of the firm’s latest fundraising close was first reported in Axios. The firm’s $1.2 billion Founders Fund VII closed in December and follows on the heels of a $1.3 billion Fund VI, which closed in 2016. The firm’s first growth fund, which raked in $1.5 billion, closed on Mo...
Tags: TC, Tech, Paypal, Peter Thiel, Airbnb, Wall Street Journal, Founders Fund, Thiel, Dan Primack, Keith Rabois, Banister, Rabois, Stripe Inc, Brian Singerman, Fund VII, Singerman Thiel


How to search Airbnb listings by map to see any area's accommodations

You can search on Airbnb by map to see a list of available options across nearby locations.  When searching for an Airbnb, all of the listings appear on a map, allowing users to filter accommodations by specific location. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Airbnb allows users to search for properties by map, where each of the available accommodations appear as price bubbles over the streets.  To search by map, first type in your dates, guests and location in the search bar, ...
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New York Rapper Pop Smoke Shot & Killed in Apparent Home Invasion Robbery in Hollywood

Pop Smoke, an up and coming rapper out of New York, was murdered Wednesday morning (Feb. 19) in an apparent home invasion robbery at a house he was renting in Hollywood Hills, California. The Los Angeles Police Department said a shooting was reported around 4:30 a.m. PST at a home in Hollywood Hills. Officials said the home is an Airbnb owned by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave and her husband, and Pop Smoke was renting the property at the time of the shooting....
Tags: New York, Celebs, Hollywood, Shooting, Guns, California, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Jazz, Airbnb, Party, Lapd, Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, Gun Violence, Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Hills


Watch the world change

Now that we’re a few months into the new year, I hope that you have more than begun to sketch out your plans for 2020 and beyond. As you push into 2020 and map out your plan for 2021, it’s a good time to channel your inner marketer and lean on your curiosity and imagination. You’re going to need them. Think you don’t need to look ahead and anticipate how your world will change in the next year or two? Consider this: According to the World Economic Forum (in their report The Future of Jobs) 65% ...
Tags: Marriott, Starwood, Airbnb, Wyndham, Malcolm Gladwell, Branding, Hilton Worldwide, World Economic Forum, Kevin Kelly, Alec Ross, Forbes Airbnb, Daniel Pink Abundance, Michael Covel


A La Carte (February 19)

Last week’s article on blogging resulted in a flood of people sending their blog to me. There were so many that I couldn’t reply to each of you personally, but do know that I’m grateful. I added each to my RSS reader and look forward to tracking with them all. Today’s Kindle deals include a few solid choices like Christopher Yuan’s Holy Sexuality and the Gospel and Daniel Strange’s Plugged In. Westminster Books has a deal on a brand new book that comes highly recommended by a l...
Tags: London, Blogging, Cameroon, Airbnb, A La Carte, Bruce Ware, Nick Batzig, Christopher Yuan, Dave Hare, Daniel Strange


How to change your payment method on Airbnb in 5 simple steps

You can easily change your payment method on Airbnb on a computer. Airbnb allows you to store credit cards, which you can add or remove at any time as long as there is always a stored default payment method. Airbnb also gives users the option to change their payment method for upcoming reservations that still have pending payments. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Airbnb makes it easy to pay for reservations by storing credit card information.  As long as there is a defaul...
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Oyo’s revenue surged in FY19, but its loss widened, too

On Monday, budget-lodging startup Oyo reported a loss of $335 million on $951 million revenue globally for the financial year ending March 31, 2019, and pledged to cut down on its spending as the India-headquartered firm grows cautious about its aggressive expansion. The six-year-old startup’s growing revenue, up from $211 million in financial year ending March 31, 2018 (FY18), is in line with the company’s ambitions to be in a clear path to profitability this year, said Abhishek Gupta, Global C...
Tags: Startups, Asia, Europe, Japan, China, India, Softbank, Tech, New York Times, Airbnb, Oyo Rooms, Axel Springer, Oyo, Aditya Ghosh, Ghosh, Softbank Bloomberg


WeWork is bringing in a new CEO as it tries to right the ship — here's everything that's going on inside the coworking giant

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. WeWork has been slashing jobs and selling or shuttering businesses.  WeWork has announced real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani as its new CEO, replacing Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, who served as co-CEOs since Neumann was ousted. It's also seen a big board shakeup.  Marcelo Claure will stay on as chairman, according to The Wall S...
Tags: Google, New York, Mexico, Stanford, Wall Street, Softbank, Israel, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Kanye West, Brooklyn, Aol, Italy, Brookfield


Scammers have found a fertile field in Airbnb

Scammers have found a fertile field in Airbnb How many of you have used Airbnb as an alternative to a hotel or for an extended stay option?  Many times it works out well but like everything once successful the bad guys get into the game and scams begin and it all goes downhill from there.  Some sc...
Tags: Travel, Security, Business, Technology, News, Internet, Social Media, Sem, Scams, Cybercrime, Airbnb, Scam, Threats, Rentals, Hospitality, Vrbo


Airbnb has devoured London – and here’s the data that proves it

The number of Airbnb listings in London has quadrupled in the last four years as more and more of the city's housing stock has been gobbled up by short-term rental companies. As of May 2019, 80,770 properties in London were listed on Airbnb, with a staggering 23 per cent, or 11,200, of these thought to be in breach of a legal 90-day limit in the capital.
Tags: Travel, London, Airbnb


Airbnb suspends Beijing bookings through end of April due to coronavirus

Airbnb has blocked bookings in Beijing through the end of April amid the coronavirus crisis. Its impact on the hotel industry may be just beginning.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Beijing, Airbnb, Usa Today


Airbnb suspends Beijing bookings

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Airbnb is suspending bookings in Beijing from February 7 until April 30, according to The New York Times. The company will refund customers who had canceled their reservations, and will allow hosts to cancel bookings without penalty. In a statement, Airbnb said, “In light of the novel coronavirus outbreak and guidance from local authorities for the short-term rental industry during this public health emergency, bookings of all listings in Beijing with check-in...
Tags: Travel, China, Beijing, New York Times, Airbnb, Xiaozhu, All, Chongqing, Wuxi, Yongchuan District


Airbnb's cofounder makes a compelling argument on why more startups should join the Y Combinator accelerator

Airbnb's cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk was asked at an event if there was a time when they almost shut down the business. In 2008, the startup couldn't raise a dollar of venture capital. It had two customers, including Airbnb chief executive officer Brian Chesky. The cofounders made a pact that if they came out of startup accelerator Y Combinator and were "not in a materially better place" after 13 weeks, they would walk away. Blecharczyk said the accelerator gave the company the guidance and f...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Bay Area, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, New York University Stern School of Business, Airbnb Join


Airbnb's cofounder made an incredibly compelling pitch for startups to join Y Combinator: 'We were 13 weeks away from walking away from it all'

Airbnb's cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk was asked at an event if there was a time when they almost shut down the business. In 2008, the startup couldn't raise a dollar of venture capital. It had two customers, including Airbnb chief executive officer Brian Chesky. The cofounders made a pact that if they came out of startup accelerator Y Combinator and were "not in a materially better place" after 13 weeks, they would walk away. Blecharczyk said the accelerator gave the company the guidance and f...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Bay Area, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, New York University Stern School of Business, Airbnb Join


5 charts that help explain Airbnb's rise from spare-room startup to $31 billion travel behemoth

Airbnb has fundamentally changed the way many people travel by bringing home sharing into the mainstream. The company, last valued at $31 billion in 2017, has grown to rival the hotel industry, but competition is getting stiffer. Here are 5 charts that help explain the rise and evolution of Airbnb over the past several years. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Airbnb has gone from renting out a single air mattress to a marketplace of more than seven million short-term rental ...
Tags: New York City, US, Trends, Barcelona, Hilton, Airbnb, Vrbo, Airbnb Homeaway, Airbnbs, Skift, Dennis Schaal, Schaal, InsideAirbnb


11 Creative Ways to Make Money Online in 2020

This article has been contributed by Abhishek Talreja. Hardworking and smart business owners seldom have to worry about making money. Several platforms offer online entrepreneurs a way to explore their skills to the fullest. The internet paves the way for individuals to build the right connections, provide products and services and keep earning money. All you have to do is make the most of the right opportunities. Here are some exciting ideas to make money in 2020. 1. Become a Freelancer Freel...
Tags: Amazon, Freelancing, Business, Design, Craigslist, Youtube, Cms, Amazon Kindle, Airbnb, Guest Articles, Travelers, Make Money, Pat Flynn, Passive Income, Tradesy, YouTube Partner Program


Branding 4.0 For The 4th Industrial Revolution

In August 2019, 181 of the most powerful CEOs in the world, representing corporate giants such as JP Morgan Chase, Amazon, and Apple, made an extraordinary commitment. This commitment is so revolutionary that fully executed it will impact every facet of corporate America, from finance to governance, legal to investments, and performance to ownership. It will impact regulation, reputation, and relationships. And it will impact you. The Commitment These 181 CEOs committed to lead their compani...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, Microsoft, Nokia, US, America, Unilever, Davos, United States, New York Times, Bill Gates, Patagonia, Airbnb, Deloitte, Gates


Silicon Valley is betting $750 million that people don't want to buy stuff anymore. These 14 startups are bringing the sharing economy to sailboats, swimming pools, and luxury watches.

The share economy is booming, with giants like Airbnb and Rent the Runway as well as a long list of smaller startups targeting specific markets. From construction equipment and RVs to party supplies and luxury jewelry, consumers have the ability to rent almost anything. Some of these startups are peer-to-peer, while others offer an inventory of rentable items. We took a look at 15 startups and their VC backers in the share economy. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Rent the Runway has sho...
Tags: Utah, Nordstrom, Florida, UK, New York, London, Australia, California, Germany, US, Trends, Walmart, Paypal, Austin, Canada, Brooklyn


UN publishes list of companies with ties to Israeli settlements

Palestinian officials welcome report, while Israel slams it as ‘shameful’ blacklistThe UN has published a list of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the US-based TripAdvisor and Airbnb, and the British truck and digger maker JCB.Most of the 112 companies linked to settlements, which are regarded as illegal under international law, were Israeli. The list included 18 international firms, including the London-based online travel ag...
Tags: London, Israel, US, World news, Middle East and North Africa, West Bank, Netherlands, United Nations, Un, Airbnb, Tripadvisor, JCB, Opodo, Booking com Continue