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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FTC Gives E-tailers Bad Shipping News


The Federal Trade Commission has updated a longstanding rule governing mail- and phone-based retailers to explicitly include e-commerce vendors as well, meaning that online retailers now must abide by a 30-day shipping requirement or refund customers’ payments if they can’t. Since 1975, buyers from mail- and phone-based sellers have been entitled to expect shipment of their orders within any advertised time frame, or 30 days if no specific promise is made, according to the FTC’s “Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule” issued that year.

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FCC OKs Controversial Net Rules, Screaming Period Begins


The FCC on Thursday approved by voice vote proposed rules governing neutrality on the Internet. Following a public comment period and review of those comments by the commission, the agency will finalize the rules, possibly as soon as the end of this year. “Today marks the starting line for a new conversation, not the finish line, and Chairman Wheeler seems to be asking the right questions,” said Nuala O’Connor, CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology. “Everyone who values the Internet now has the opportunity to speak up and be heard.”

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