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Cities Band Together To Deal With Uber, Airbnb

Such is the power of Uber and Airbnb they have inspired international cooperation in this uncertain world. Mayors from 10 cities worldwide are working together to write a unified “rulebook” for how to deal with these companies.


Victorian Supreme Court Rules On Airbnb Case, Sub-Letting Tenants To Be Kicked Out

Much like Uber before it, the legal technicalities of sharing your place via Airbnb are starting to make themselves apparent in Australia. Recently, a landlord won the right to kick out tenants for putting their rented Melbourne property up on the crowd-lodging site.


Airbnb Bans Racist Host For Being Very Racist

Amid growing accusations of racism, Airbnb has permanently banned a North Carolina host who cancelled a black guest’s reservation and called her racist slurs. The ban is Airbnb’s attempt to do damage control at a time when social-media campaigns, personal accounts and even a Harvard research paper claim that the site is a hotbed of racism. It also provides a glimpse into the power of social media and the challenge of regulating users in the sharing economy.


There's An Airbnb In The Rio Olympic Arena, And You're Allowed To Jump On The Bed

Airbnb has just listed a bedroom built inside the Rio Olympic Arena, where the 2016 Olympic Games and gymnastics competition will be held.

Before you go rushing to book your stay, read on. Unsurprisingly, it’s not as easy to stay in this property as a regular Airbnb location — and it comes with a very special set of house rules.


Airbnb Is Cracking Down On 'Unwelcome Commercial Operators' In San Francisco

Airbnb has always claimed it’s a benevolant part of the sharing economy, simply helping homeowners get a little extra vacation cash, rather than a parasite driving up long-term rental costs. To prove that it’s serious, the company has announced a crackdown in San Fransisco.


There Is A Mario-Themed Airbnb In Japan And I Want To Go There

Image Cache: From the ceiling to the floor, this Japanese apartment is Mario-lover’s heaven. Goombas, mushrooms, Yoshi and more are scattered throughout, and there’s even a Nintendo-themed gaming area with SNES and NES consoles to pass the time.


Group Of Friends Book An Airbnb In France, Find Dead Body In The Backyard

On the list of Airbnb horror stories, which is a growing genre of nightmare non-fiction, “finding dead body in the backyard” has to be high. A group of friends who rented an Airbnb in Palaiseau, France, discovered exactly that on their rented property near some woods, according to AFP. Police suspect foul play.


Airbnb Finally Admits To Purging Listings To Make It Look Less Commercialised

After being accused of tweaking data to make it seem like a larger percentage of its New York City hosts were innocently renting out their personal homes, Airbnb admitted yesterday that it did indeed remove “roughly 1500” listings from its site before making the information public.


The 'Airbnb Of Parking' Offers Affordable Daily Parking In Aussie CBDs

Divvy Parking is the perfect lovechild of sharing economy giants Uber and Airbnb — letting you book a space for your car in secure parking that until now has gone underutilised. With public parking rates in Australian CBDs as high as $90 for a single day, Divvy’s added ability to book parking on a daily basis is a win for everyone.


Looks Like Airbnb Manipulated Its Own Data To Appear Less Evil

Airbnb decided to voluntarily release data in December to show just how much of a boon to the local economy the service can be. The problem: Airbnb apparently tampered with the data before they released it.


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