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You Can Now Sleep In This Trippy Airbnb Bedroom Based On A Van Gogh Painting

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to see the world through the eyes of Vincent Van Gogh, now you can. The Art Institute of Chicago built a life-size replica of his popular painting, Bedroom In Arles.


Even Airbnb's CEO Can't Be Bothered To Comply With SF Law

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky still rents his couch out for $US50 ($72) from time to time, his own personal contribution to astronomical housing prices in San Francisco. But since last February, all Airbnb hosts are supposed to register with the city, something it seems Chesky hasn’t yet done.


Dyson And Airbnb's Hidden House In Melbourne: Chock Full Of Classic Design Icons And Dyson Tech

A month ago, Dyson and Airbnb teamed up to run a competition — something between a guessing game and a treasure hunt, or a real-life version of GeoGuessr. The prize was a weekend’s stay in an unlisted, one-of-a-kind Airbnb listing — which turned out to be a pop-up apartment on the roof of Tonic House in Melbourne, stacked full of Dyson gadgets and inventor James Dyson’s design icons.


What Happens When Your Dad Is Killed While Staying In An Airbnb

With over one million unregulated listings globally, critics of Airbnb have long said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt at one of the startup’s rentals. The most nightmarish scenario possible happened to a writer who is now coming forward: On Thanksgiving Day 2013, his father died from injuries sustained at the Airbnb where his family was staying.


SF's Nasty Prop F Battle Proves Airbnb Is More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined

This week, San Francisco voters defeated Proposition F, a set of regulations for short-term rentals which many thought might help ease its housing problems. The defeat is being credited almost singlehandedly to Airbnb. Will the entire city of San Francisco become overrun with Airbnb rentals now? Probably not. Have we gotten a taste of what Airbnb will do to win? Yeah — and it’s kinda scary.


San Francisco Has Voted Against Limits On Airbnb Rentals

San Francisco’s attempt to more tightly control services like Airbnb has been voted down in a city-wide ballot.


Airbnb Really Screwed Up With Ads About Paying Taxes

This week, Airbnb rolled out a series of ads around San Francisco to raise awareness of the $US12m or so it raises for the city through hotel taxes. Sadly, the effect was passive-aggressive — and it’s now at the receiving end of biting criticism.


LA Residents Try To Hide Hollywood Sign From Tourists, Except On Airbnb

Last year, a group of homeowners who live in the Hollywood Hills had directions to the Hollywood Sign changed on Google Maps to keep tourists away from their streets. All the tourists, that is, except for the ones who rent their properties on Airbnb. They want those tourists to know exactly where the Hollywood Sign is.


Aussie Startup Is Airbnb For Parking

Nowhere to leave your car at work? A Melbourne team is making it easy to rent unused parking spots across Australia. Better yet, it’s free to put up a listing.


The FTC Wants Your Opinion On Airbnb, Uber And Lyft

Should cities treat Airbnb rentals like any other hotel room? What kind of insurance should Uber drivers carry to protect passengers? These are just some of the questions that the Federal Trade Commission will (probably) be discussing in an upcoming workshop exploring the so-called “sharing economy”. And it wants to hear from you.


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