Tag: Airbnb

Love Airbnb Rentals? Someone Might Be Watching You

Airbnb guests have reported of finding hidden cameras in rooms they have rented through the home-sharing service. The incidents raise questions about how the company can protect the privacy of their customers.

April 3, 2019

Airbnb Plus Is For Filthy Rich Travelers Who Don’t Mind Spending A Luxury On Nice Rooms

Airbnb has unveiled two new tiers to its home-booking service to cater to its richer customer base. They’re called Airbnb Plus and Beyond, and they include homes verified and checked by the company itself.

Apps/Software February 23, 2018

A Woman Was Left Stranded By AirBnb Host Because Of Race: Is There Racial Bias Among AirBnb Hosts?

An Asian American woman and her companions were left stranded after their Airbnb host allegedly canceled their reservation with offensive text messages. Does Airbnb have a racial bias problem?

Viral April 9, 2017

Airbnb China Expansion Brings New Name And Hefty Investment: Meet 'Aibiying'

Airbnb has announced a major push for China, doubling down on its efforts and rebranding itself in the country. Airbnb will be called 'Aibiying' in China, which means 'welcome each other with love.'

Business Tech March 22, 2017

Airbnb Raises $1 Billion In Funding Round, Still No Plans For IPO

Airbnb has raised $1 billion in a recent funding round, with the company also reportedly enjoying profitability in Q2 2016. Airbnb, however, still has no plans to go public.

Business Tech March 10, 2017

Airbnb No Longer Just For Booking Rooms: You Can Now Also Plan Your Travel Activities Through The Service

Airbnb has revealed a revamped version of its app that expands the services offered beyond booking rooms. Travelers can now also plan their travel activities through Airbnb, along with accessing tips and recommendations from locals.

Business Tech November 17, 2016

Airbnb Under Siege: New York City, San Francisco Legal Battles Could Severely Damage The Online Rental Service

Airbnb is under siege as it faces tough legal battles in New York and its home city of San Francisco. The issues will severely test the business model of the online booking service.

Business Tech October 22, 2016

Airbnb Wants NYC Crackdown: New Rules Proposed For New York City Hosts

Airbnb has proposed new measures to regulate hosts in New York, as it's facing some tough legislation ahead. If a new bill passes in less than two weeks, some Airbnb hosts in NYC could face hefty fines of up to $7,500.

Business Tech October 19, 2016

Airbnb Raises $555 Million In New Funding Led By Google Capital

Airbnb announced that it aims to secure a hefty half a billion in funding with the aid of Google Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures. The money will reportedly go into expansion and development of the successful company.

Business Tech September 24, 2016

Airbnb To Launch New Anti-Discrimination Policies: Will They Be Enough To Protect Renters?

Airbnb is launching new anti-discrimination policies to answer the problem that is currently rampant in the home-sharing service. Diversity advocates applaud the initiatives as notable first steps, but will they be enough to protect renters?

Business Tech September 9, 2016

Airbnb CEO Promises To Battle Racial Discrimination, Unconscious Bias

At its OpenAir conference on Wednesday, Airbnb continued the conversation about racial discrimination and unconscious bias. How is the company addressing such platform issues?

Life & Style June 9, 2016

You Can Now Rent The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Lair Through Airbnb

For those looking for a totally tubular place to hide out, Airbnb is offering up the lair of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for rent to promote their latest movie, 'Out of the Shadows.'

Geek May 12, 2016

Neighbors Are Encouraged To Tell On Unregistered Airbnb Hosts In Paris - And It's Not The Only City With Annoyed Residents

Paris residents can now access a portal to see who is really listed as an Airbnb host, as it joins the list of cities that has had enough of the room-sharing website.

Life & Style May 10, 2016

8 Must-Have Apps For Frequent Travelers

Before you hop on your next plane, take a look at this list of helpful travel apps.

Apps/Software April 22, 2016

Airbnb To Police Itself, Promises Crackdown On Hosts Violating Short-Term Rental Laws Of San Francisco

Airbnb recently released a comprehensive data of its rental listings in San Francisco to work with the city's newly enforced laws. The company aims to implement stricter internal policies that would adhere to government laws that purge illegal listings.

Apps/Software April 4, 2016

Care To Sleep With The Sharks? This Airbnb Contest Has An Underwater Bedroom Waiting For You

Ever fancied sleeping with sharks AND going to Paris? Turn that into a reality as Fred Buyle and Airbnb team up to offer three lucky winners the chance to spend a night with the sharks of Aquarium de Paris.

Internet Culture March 30, 2016

Airbnb Now Allows Non-US Travelers To Book Rental Properties In Cuba

Airbnb has opened up its home rental service in Cuba to international travelers. Previously, only travelers from the United States were able to rent homes in the country through Airbnb.

Business March 21, 2016

You Can Now Airbnb The Murder House From 'American Horror Story'

You can now stay in the titular mansion from 'American Horror Story: Murder House' via Airbnb, all for the paltry sum of $1,450 per night.

Movies/TV Shows February 19, 2016

You Can Stay In This Realistic Airbnb Room Based On Van Gogh's 'Bedroom In Arles'

The Art Institute of Chicago has created a realistic Airbnb room based on Van Gogh's 'Bedroom In Arles,' with the room being created to promote a new exhibition showing all three of Van Gogh's bedroom paintings.

Internet February 10, 2016

No, Says Airbnb: Art Director Gets Too Creative, Offers Igloo For $200 A Night In New York

The listing for the now-viral 'Boutique Winter Igloo for 2' has been taken down from Airbnb's search results. The company said that while the igloo was well-constructed, it failed to meet its occupancy standards.

Business January 27, 2016

Airbnb's Formula To Be Profitable: China + Miliennials

Airbnb plans to focus on China and millennials this year to increase its profits. The company has entered into partnership with several venture capital groups in China to promote its services in the country.

Business January 25, 2016

Biggest Tech IPOs Of 2015 And Biggest Tech IPOs To Expect In 2016

The year 2015 has been a slow one for tech IPOs, but there is much to expect once 2016 rolls around. Which companies had the biggest IPOs in 2015, and which ones are expected to go public in 2016?

Business December 30, 2015

Airbnb Sued Over Hidden Camera That Recorded Private Conversations, Naked Footage In Rental Home

After finding a hidden camera in the living room of their rental home, a couple from Germany sued both the owners of the place and Airbnb. Naked images and personal conversations were caught on tape, according to the plaintiff.

Legal December 21, 2015

Study Spotlights Racist Tendencies In Airbnb Hosts

A Harvard Business School study proves that Airbnb's lack of user anonymity sparks racial prejudice in hosts. African-American profiles receive 16 percent less positive response than White profiles.

Society December 12, 2015

Airbnb Tops List Of Glassdoor Annual Ranking Of Best Places To Work In 2016

Glassdoor's annual ranking of the best places to work has been published. Airbnb dethroned Google and is recognized as the best place to work for in 2016.

Business December 9, 2015

Airbnb Gets Sued For Allegedly Stealing Decorating Ideas From French Designer

An interior designer is suing Airbnb for allegedly copying her apartment designs for its San Francisco office without her permission.

Legal November 17, 2015

Airbnb Waives Service Fees To Facilitate Accommodations For Families Of Paris Attacks Victims

Airbnb offered assistance to families and victims of the Nov. 13 attack in Paris, where over 100 people died. According to Airbnb, free accomodation is available for those who are affected and in need of a place to stay.

Society November 16, 2015

American Express Partners With Airbnb To Let Cardholders Book A Room With Reward Points

AmEx cardholders can book a rental on Airbnb using their membership reward points and quickly check out thanks to new partnership.

Deals November 3, 2015

Airbnb Is Getting Rid Of Snobby Ads In San Francisco

Airbnb's latest string of billboard ads in San Francisco touted the municipal resources, like public libraries and parks, their taxes went to - with passive-aggressive phrasing that offended and riled up the city's denizens.

Business October 22, 2015

Airbnb Acquires Russian Hardware Startup Lapka, Leaving Everyone Confused

Russian hardware start-up Lapka has been snapped up by Airbnb. However, Airbnb is keeping mum on the amount it shelled out to get Lapka in its kitty.

Deals October 1, 2015

Soon You Will See Tesla Charging Stations At Certain AirBnb Properties

Tesla Motors and Airbnb have signed a deal to equip certain Airbnb properties with Tesla charging stations. The companies will start on the California coast initially, eventually aiming to expand to 'select homes across the globe.'

FUTURE TECH August 21, 2015

The White House Launches First-Ever Demo Day To Encourage Tech Diversity

President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Demo Day to increase diversity in tech.

Start Ups August 4, 2015

Airbnb Finalizes $1.5 Billion Funding At $25.5 Billion Valuation

Home-rental service Airbnb completed a deal with a private funding round that raised $1.5 billion, propelling its value at $25.5 billion.

Money June 29, 2015

Conan O'Brien Just Put A Listing For His Studio On Airbnb

You can now spend a night in the studio where Conan O'Brien films his late-night TBS show through Airbnb. If you're lucky enough to win this contest, that is.

Movies/TV Shows May 28, 2015

Best Travel Apps To Help You Plan Your Next Trip: Skyscanner, Hipmunk, TripIt And More

Check out these 10 travel apps to help you plan a fun, stress-free vacation.

Apps/Software May 5, 2015

Airbnb Rooms Are Now Available In Cuba

Airbnb announced on Thursday that travelers in Cuba can now book a room from over 1,000 listings.

Internet Culture April 2, 2015

Airbnb Partners With Deutsche Telekom To Pre-Install App On Android Devices In 13 European Countries

Starting this spring, customers in 13 European countries who sign up for Airbnb through the app on Deutsch Telekom phones will get a voucher worth about $34 of free accommodation. It's the first such partnership for Airbnb.

Apps/Software February 26, 2015

Google Now Gets Even Better With Cards From Over 40 Apps

Google Now will now begin pulling information from third-party apps to add new cards that users can either find extremely useful or extremely freaky.

Apps/Software January 31, 2015

Want to Drive a Tesla Model S? Phoenix Man Lists EV on Airbnb for $85 per Night

Steve Sasman listed his Tesla Model S on Airbnb, allowing customers to sleep in the electric vehicle as the world's first Tesla hotel.

FUTURE TECH January 26, 2015

GingerbreadBNB: Book Your Virtual Gingerbread House Stay And Help The Homeless

As you're deciding where to stay during your holiday travels this season, you might want to consider lodging in a Gingerbreadbnb. It's for a good cause, and that's pretty sweet.

Internet Culture December 16, 2014

Startup EatWith is ‘Airbnb for home-cooked meals’

EatWith received $8 million in funding to expand its social service of connecting traveling and local foodies with hosts who serve a home-cooked meal.

Internet Culture September 18, 2014

Airbnb faces opposition from new 'Share Better' campaign

A coalition made up of elected officials, housing activists and hotel owners in New York launched a campaign on Friday to battle Airbnb and other ‘illegal hotel’ websites. The coalition blames the sites for adding to the affordable housing crisis in New York.

Internet Culture September 14, 2014

New Airbnb 'meaningful' Bélo logo becomes butt of jokes and criticisms

New AirBnB logo has sparked controversy over its genitalia references. The logo, launched by the company in San Francisco, is the latest controversy to hit the company.

Business July 23, 2014

New Airbnb logo is all about 'belonging'...or is it sexual?

The new logo of Airbnb is the symbol for belonging. However, many Internet users are seeing something else, in a sexual interpretation of the logo.

Apps/Software July 19, 2014

Airbnb logo draws social media backlash, may also ignite copyright battle

Airbnb updates its logo and brand image, some say it reflects a female sex organ. Another company with a similar logo is apparently looking for a new design.

Internet July 17, 2014

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