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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.

Airbnb Offers A Luxury Cable Car 2700m Above The French Alps

Following to a similar marketing stunt — a plane transformed into a cool loft — Airbnb just listed this fake ad giving anyone the chance to spend a night in a beautifully refurbished cable car 2700m above Courchevel, in the French Alps.

Miniature Trip Around The World Makes Me Want To Leave This Town At Once

Video: Watch this excellent video that New Zealand-based production house Cirkus made for Airbnb. The detail and aesthetics are worthy of a Henry Selick movie or one of those precious vignettes from a Wes Anderson movie. 60 seconds that are pure gold.

Adults Who Live In Treehouses Aren't As Weird As You Might Think

Before I was born, my mum lived in a treehouse in the Smoky Mountains and had a pet goat with one ear. His name was Van Goat. This was the late ’70s, and even then it was a unique lifestyle. But my how treehouse culture has evolved.

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