business
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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

privacy
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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Airbnb Told to Stop Smashing on Mystery Costs at the End

Room booking app operator Airbnb has been handed a big of list of things it needs to do better, with EU consumer commissioners warning it to stop hiding additional fees until the very end of the booking process, as that's a bit of a shady thing to do and has ruined many a dream of a cheap night somewhere bearable. Read More >>

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Try to Top My Airbnb Horror Story

I should start by saying I do not hate Airbnb. Actually, despite its shortcomings, I love it, and I use the app almost exclusively when I’m travelling for leisure. I’ve had plenty of great experiences: a villa on the beach of a surf island in the Philippines, a cabin in Scotland with a fireplace complete with a perfect-for-Instagram wood chopping station, a glass house optimal for Aurora viewing in Iceland... but this is not those stories. Read More >>

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Airbnb Teams Up With August Smart Locks and What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

One of the biggest issues with renting an Airbnb is the potential complications of getting into the Airbnb. Will the host be available to give you the key? Will the neighbours think you’re trying to break in if you’re awkwardly scouring the premises? Is there some annoying trick to getting the door to unlock? Sometimes the anxiety about getting into a rental can make the beginning of a holiday even more stressful. Read More >>

travel
Study: That Airbnb You’re Staying in Might Be a Fiery Death Trap

Before you book your next stay in an Airbnb, check to make sure it doesn’t run the risk of becoming a blazing hot inferno that will lead to your untimely demise—especially if you're taking a jaunt across the Atlantic. A study published in the journal Injury Prevention found an alarming number of Airbnb venues in the US lack basic safety protections that are required of hotels and other lodging options. Read More >>

privacy
Airbnb Will Start Automatically Handing Over Guest Info to China’s Authorities

Airbnb China notified users Wednesday that, as required by law, guest information will soon be automatically logged with the government. Read More >>

travel
10 Tips to Find an Airbnb Accommodation That Probably Won’t Suck

You’ve opened up the Airbnb app or website with the intention of finding the perfect place to stay on your next trip—so how do you make sure you pick the right option out of what could be hundreds of possible choices? You want to avoid creepy hosts and run-down rooms. So here’s how to hunt down the perfect accommodation for you, not just the listing with the lowest price or the nicest photos. Read More >>

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AirBnB’s Latest Competition Gives You the Chance to Stay in the Blue Planet II Exploration Ship

There seem to be a lot of instances of booking sites giving ordinary people the chance to stay somewhere outlandish and spectacular. Laterooms did it with the iconic Coke Lorry just before Christmas, and AirBnB offered one lucky family the chance to stay in Denmark's Lego House. Read More >>

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Airbnb Beats Landlord Giant’s Lawsuit Over ‘Illegal’ Sublets

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a major property management company against Airbnb, ruling that Airbnb can’t be held responsible for giving tenants a platform to break their lease agreements. Read More >>

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AirBnB is Giving You The Chance to Win a Night in Denmark’s Lego House

Remember the Lego House in Denmark? It's a museum/activity centre in Lego's home town of Billund that opened at the end of September, with different zones full of cool stuff about the iconic brand. Well you could get the chance to stay there for a night, thanks to a new competition from AirBnB. Read More >>