Airbnb is Going Public

Airbnb announced that it expects to become a publicly traded company next year, in a press release made in accordance with Rule 135 of the US Securities Act of 1933. Read More >>

Cheapest Airbnb in the UK is a One-Person Tent in Someone’s Back Garden

Would you pay £8 (and a £1 service charge) to stay in a crappy tent on someone's patio? Read More >>

London Airbnb Host Evicted for Renting Out Council Flat

A "cosy studio apartment" in London Victoria has been removed from Airbnb, after a Westminster council investigation found that it was an illegal sublet of a man's social housing home. And he'd been running it as a holiday let since 2013. Read More >>

Airbnb Cabin From Avengers and Godzilla Gets Real Expensive to Stay in Once the Internet IDs It

Owners of an Airbnb cabin have jacked up the price of their property after realising people will pay good money to stay at the same place as Tony Stark. Read More >>

Airbnb Will Help New York City 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 Airbnb rentals illegal in the city. New Yorkers are also caught up in the mix – affordable housing is hard enough to find as it is and some residents are unhappy with the revolving door of strangers coming in and out of apartments. Read More >>

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 >>

Gentrified Spice Girls Bus Hits Airbnb

The current owner of the Spice Bus, as featured in baffling 90s film Spice World, has given it a modern refit, filled it up with soft furnishings that have flags on and say "Girl Power" everywhere, and is about to put it on Airbnb for fans to live out their wildest Spice Girls fantasies in. Well, their second or third wildest Spice Girls fantasies at least. Read More >>

‘Clean Home’ With ‘Private Bathroom’ on Airbnb Just a Roadside Shipping Container, Guest Says

A man says he paid €134 (£116) for what was promised to be a clean home with a private bathroom in Amsterdam, only to find that his Airbnb was a shipping container illegally parked on the side of the road with a bed in it. Read More >>

This is The Strongest Sign Yet That Apple TV+ is Going to Suck

The more we learn about Apple’s forthcoming streaming service, the more underwhelming this product ultimately sounds – and a new whisper of one its offerings isn’t doing Apple any favours. Read More >>

Upcoming Tech IPOs Will Mint Hundreds of Overnight Millionaires and Silicon Valley Vultures Are Licking Their Chops

The day started with an intense tropical storm consuming the US city of San Francisco, California, but by evening the clouds had parted just in time for a group of grinning and excited venture capitalists, techies, and real estate agents to gather at atop a downtown highrise that overlooks the city all the way to across the Bay to Oakland. Read More >>

Airbnb Discussed Potential Deal to Acquire Booking Service Hotel Tonight: Report

With reported ambitions for growth ahead of a possible IPO, Airbnb may have discussed a deal to buy travel bookings service Hotel Tonight, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Read More >>

eBay and Airbnb Join Tech Giants in Banning Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Cases

Just over a week after the massive Google walkout, some tech companies are taking strides toward ending a commonly used practice in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to keep disputes out of the limelight. And on Monday, it was revealed that two more companies followed suit. Read More >>

This Sensor Is a Party Narc

Amid a wave of nightmarish Airbnb incidents, in which hosts have been caught spying on guests without their consent, a company called NoiseAware is getting some attention for its upcoming, internet-connected party-alarm sensors. They don’t record audio or video, but they can surveil guests and fire out an alert if it sounds like someone is throwing a rager. Read More >>

Payouts to Rideshare Drivers Have Shrunk By Half, Study Finds

Earnings for gig economy workers in the transportation sector—think drivers for Uber— plummeted by 53 per cent in the US, according to research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Read More >>

Airbnb Ditches Plan to Offer Luxury Night on China’s Great Wall After Backlash

Airbnb, a company that considers everyone’s home to be part of one big hotel, recently decided it might be a good idea to bring cultural heritage sites into its real estate portfolio. But a special offer to spend a night on the Great Wall of China has been cancelled after complaints on social media. Read More >>