Airbnb Offers to Give a Little in NY, SF Tussles


Airbnb recently proposed changes to its listing policies for short-term rental property owners in New York City and San Francisco, possibly in response to threats of aggressive action from state and local lawmakers. With respect to New York operations, Airbnb on Wednesday proposed a set of five changes in an article penned by Chris Lehane, the company’s global head of public policy. Airbnb supports a three-strikes policy that would bar landlords from offering short-term rentals if they repeatedly broke the rules.

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Airbnb Fights City Hall Over San Francisco Registration Rule


Airbnb recently filed suit against San Francisco over a new rule governing short-term rentals, which the city’s Board of Supervisors approved last month. An Airbnb-supported law adopted earlier this year requires short-term rental hosts to register with the city, but it’s estimated that only about 20 percent of them have done so. The new rule requires short-term rental listing services like Airbnb to enforce the law by ensuring that hosts advertising on their websites have registered with the city before posting ads online.

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Airbnb Holds its Breath as San Franciscans Vote on Prop F


San Franciscans will vote Tuesday on Proposition F, also known as the “Airbnb Initiative,” which seeks to restrict short-term rentals. Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. At first glance, it appears that the fight is about short-term rental aggregators such as Airbnb. However, the battle lines are muddy. On one side, landlords support Prop F, because tenants sometimes contract with such aggregators without their permission. However, many tenants also support it.

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Tech brands pull April Fools' Day pranks

From Airbnb listings for homes in ancient Greece to Tinder matches between singles looking for a ride and Uber drivers, April Fools’ Day is in full swing in the tech world. The unofficial holiday that falls on the first day of April every year offers a great marketing opportunity for established brands to show off their funny bones.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/04/01/in-on-joke-tech-brands-pull-april-fools-day-pranks/

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