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There are many reasons not to buy a smart lock, but high on the list is the risk of getting remotely locked out of your crap. For hundreds of customers using Lockstate's smart locks, that potentiality became a reality last week — with some Airbnb users getting screwed the hardest.

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This weekend, Virginia's Lee Park is slated to be the meeting place of the Unite The Right rally, a much-publicised gathering of far-right personalities and their sycophants. With less than a week to go, Airbnb has taken active measures to delete the accounts of some members the company believes to be staying in Charlottesville for the rally — making lodging for planned attendees< like members of the National Socialist Movement that much more difficult.

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Okay, so most of Westeros is pretty inhospitable right now, for a bunch of reasons. But that doesn't its any less breathtakingly beautiful.

While you might not be able to stay at King's Landing, Winterfell or Qarth for real - these Airbnb locations are about as close as you can get.

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Airbnb can be an awesome service for frugal travellers, and it feels especially great to use when the only other option is staying at an overpriced boutique hotel in the same city. But the incumbent US hotel lobby is hoping to highlight some of the weaknesses of the "short-term rental" service, including how it negatively impacts communities and allows unregulated businesses to thrive.

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The tech industry doesn't just have a diversity problem. It has a results problem. Major tech companies pour millions of dollars into recruiting, but there remain significant, quantifiable discrepancies — in workforce diversity, in gender equity among people of colour and in representation among top leadership. Even the industry's annual diversity reports, a crucial step towards transparency, can hide vital information and nuance.

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If you need a place to stay while visiting New York City, you should probably start considering options besides Airbnb. Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that makes it illegal to advertise short-term rentals.

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Airbnb has long dealt with a problem of racist hosts who discriminate against people for reasons including race, ethnicity, and gender. After facing widespread criticism and class action lawsuits, the burgeoning startup valued at upwards of $US25 ($33) billion is rolling out new rules in an attempt to combat racism.

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For two weeks, homeowners in Rio de Janeiro will have some highly desired real estate as people from around the world flock to the city (perhaps cautiously) to watch the Olympic Games. Basic economics would suggest the locals will engage in a little bit of price gouging. But woah, some people are getting super gutsy.

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Are you worried about the San Francisco housing crisis? The city's new law has your back. Are you worried SF's new law might hurt your Airbnb profits? Airbnb has your back. The rental company is suing its hometown for passing a law requiring renters to register with the city, though Airbnb helped draft that very law. Ah, how money changes people.

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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.