A Houston woman makes a split decision for home sharing

Feb 20, 2017
Her townhome is designed with two units to host short- or long-term paying guests.
Lydia Afeman’s townhouse in Houston is flexible on the inside, to allow for short or long-term paying guests. 
Florian Martin

Uber and Airbnb in the age of Trump

Jan 31, 2017
In his new book, Brad Stone writes about Silicon Valley startups that are changing the world.
A man poses holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London on October 28, 2016. 

 
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Disrupting the hotel industry and urban economies

Jan 26, 2017
Leigh Gallagher dives into the story of Airbnb in her new book, looking at how a business idea turned into a multibillion-dollar company.
Co-founders of Airbnb Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk speak at a Q&A at the Los Angeles Theatre during Airbnb Open LA on Nov. 19, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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Short-term rentals are reshaping real estate market in some cities

Sep 20, 2016
Some critics say popularity of Airbnb and other short-term rentals is discouraging investment in affordable housing.
The McMillin Court in Nashville, Tennessee, is now home to 16 short-term rental units that are booked through websites like Airbnb and VRBO. It had been apartments. The conversion has housing advocates worried about losing more affordable units. 
Tony Gonzalez

Airbnb thinks increased instant bookings will curb discrimination

Sep 8, 2016
The site will also downplay profile pictures and introduce racial bias training for its hosts.
As part of its new policy, Airbnb will implement measures to counter reports of discrimination in online booking and increase diversity among its employees as well.
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Uber and Airbnb: plenty of demand, but uncertain supply

Aug 18, 2016
The sharing economy has no shortage of travelers and passengers. Hosts and drivers? Not so much.
A Craigslist ad for Uber drivers.

AirBnB files a suit that could change everything

Jun 28, 2016
The company is suing San Francisco to stop fines over unregistered apartment rentals
A protester props up a sign during a demonstration outside of an apartment building that allegedly evicted all of the tenants to convert the units to AirBnb rentals on July 29, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
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Dear Airbnb: Your ads failed.

Oct 22, 2015
Social media reaction has been swift.

When sharing is scaring

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After horror stories, debate grows over how to keep users of new services safe.