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Airbnb slashes staff in effort to ride out pandemic

May 06, 2020 - 8:47 AM

The home-sharing platform will be slashing a fourth of its workforce – about 1,900 people

AIRBNB. This illustration picture taken on November 22, 2019, shows the logo of the online lodging service Airbnb displayed on a smartphone in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Airbnb gets $1B investment for post-virus recovery

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Investors pour resources into the home-sharing platform, calling the desire to travel a fundamental need

AIRBNB. This illustration picture taken on November 22, 2019, shows the logo of the online lodging service Airbnb displayed on a smartphone in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Airbnb to pay hosts $250M for coronavirus cancellations

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:36 AM

Airbnb will pay hosts 25% of what they would typically be due if someone who booked between March 14 and May 31 cancels the stay due to COVID-19

AIRBNB. Airbnb on March 30, 2020 said it is devoting $250 million to help would-be hosts survive financial losses from refunds given to guests who cancelled travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Airbnb waives service fee for cancellations, incentivizes flexible reservations

Mar 12, 2020 - 3:33 PM

Guest service fees have been waived in the event of a cancellation

AIRBNB. This illustration picture taken on November 22, 2019, shows the logo of the online lodging service Airbnb displayed on a smartphone in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

3 killed in shooting at a Toronto Airbnb

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Police are not yet giving any information on the victims' identities or a possible motive

Cancellations, refunds: Managing hotel, Airbnb bookings during calamity

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:08 AM

Cancel your reservations as early as you can and always keep safe

TAAL'S WRATH. A view of the Taal volcano after sunrise taken in Tagaytay on January 13, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Airbnb to verify all listings as deadly shooting prompts safety move

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:32 PM

'By December 15, 2020, every home and every host on Airbnb will be reviewed with the objective of 100 percent verification,' CEO Brian Chesky says in an email to employees

AIRBNB. File photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Airbnb/AFP

DOT wants to regulate Airbnb lodgings

Sep 30, 2019 - 5:10 PM

There are no specific laws regulating online platforms like Airbnb

BUDGET. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Tourism and its attached agencie on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Apps, social media fuel 'booming' online prostitution – study

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The organization calls on authorities to 'mobilize social networks' and hold accountable websites which profit from online prostitution

7 Airbnb safety tips

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Essential advice to keep your Airbnb stay as secure as possible

After Lyft, here are 6 other tech companies planning for an IPO

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:57 AM

It's a big year for tech IPOs

Airbnb buys HotelTonight app to broaden travel offerings

Mar 08, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The deal 'accelerates our work to build an end-to-end travel platform that serves everyone,' says a statement from Airbnb

AIRBNB. File photo by Frazer Harrison/AFP

Hotel groups hail new offensive on Airbnb in Paris

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Paris city authorities demand a fine of 12.5 million euros ($14 million) against Airbnb for 1,000 properties without a registration number that were identified by local officials

AIRBNB. Photo by Frazer Harrison/AFP

Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and digital platforms such as YouTube and Airbnb

New York mayor signs into law new crackdown on Airbnb

Aug 07, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The US financial capital is the latest in a long line of cities to put Airbnb in its crosshairs amidst a global backlash against 'sharing economy' startups disrupting traditional industries.

Fed-up Spanish cities are bursting Airbnb's bubble

May 27, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Complaints abound in Spain that greedy landlords are throwing out long-term tenants to cash in on the tourist flow

Banners reading "No tourist flats" hang from a balcony to protest against holiday rental apartments for tourists in Barcelona's neighborhood of Barceloneta on November 24, 2016.  Barcelona city hall said today it would fine home rental websites Airbnb and rival HomeAway 600,000 euros ($635,000) each for marketing lodgings that lacked permits to host tourists.  / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA

Japan's new 'Airbnb law': a double-edged sword

May 20, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Short-term rentals will be legalized in Japan on June 15 under the new law, but there will also be fresh restrictions

This April 16, 2018 picture shows Japanese traditional tatami-mat room in short-term accommodation operated by Hyakusenrenma's rental house in Tokyo.  Rental platforms like Airbnb are hoping for a boost from a new law coming into force next month in Japan ahead of the 2020 Olympics, but experts warn it could actually hamper business in the short-term. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY JAPAN-TOURISM-LAW-AIRBNB-OLYMPICS,FOCUS BY MARIE HEUCLIN

Paris to sue Airbnb over undeclared listings

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Paris authorities, like other cities around the world, have been toughening restrictions on Airbnb

Ads bring political message to Super Bowl

Feb 06, 2017 - 10:50 AM

UPDATED In the biggest US sporting event of the year which is also a huge event for marketing political overtones were part of the story intended or not

A frame from the AirBnB ad aired during the telecast of Super Bowl LI, February 5, 2017. YouTube/AirBnB

Starbucks, Airbnb pledge support for migrants after Trump ban

Jan 30, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Starbucks says it planned to take on 10 000 refugees worldwide over the next 5 years in response to Trump s decree Airbnb said it would offer free accommodation to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US

IMMIGRATION BAN PROTEST. Protesters gather in Battery Park and march to the offices of Customs and Border Patrol in Manhattan to protest President Trump's Executive order imposing controls on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, January 29, 2017 in New York.  Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

Airbnb eyes tax agreements with 700 cities

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:07 PM

Airbnb operates in more than 190 countries and is reportedly valued at an estimated 30 billion

TAX AGREEMENTS. The 700 cities where Airbnb is working to get tax agreements generates 90% of the company's revenue. Photo by Frazer Harrison/AFP

Airbnb adds event-booking features, ramps up security

Nov 18, 2016 - 2:51 PM

The home sharing app adds Trips feature which lets travelers book local offerings or happenings

NEW FEATURES. The home-sharing app adds a feature that lets users see and book nearby events. Photo by Frazer Harrison/AFP

Airbnb raises $555 million to grow globally

Sep 23, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Investors in the latest round of funding include Google and venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures

HOME IMPROVEMENTS. The living space rentals app sets foundation for growth with new funding. Image from Airbnb

Japan latest battleground in Airbnb home-sharing war

Jul 27, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Hoteliers are complaining some local residents are unhappy with the influx of foreign visitors and authorities are looking into the rentals

This photo taken on April 7, 2016 shows Airbnb host Takahiro displaying his guest room at his room in Tokyo.  Airbnb hosts in Japan are learning the hard way that the home-sharing site's fastest-growing market is also becoming the next flashpoint in a global battle over the sharing economy. Calls for change have reached the highest levels of government, which is mulling a revision to the rules, as Japan's tourist numbers hit fresh records and Tokyo scrambles to build enough accommodation to host the 2020 Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY JAPAN-US-ECONOMY-INTERNET-TOURISM-HOTELS-AIRBNB,FOCUS BY DANIEL LEUSSINK

Yuri Van Geest on exponential growth and how to disrupt industries

Jul 08, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The co author of the best selling book Exponential Organizations is our keynote speaker for ThinkPH 2016

Airbnb sues over registration of San Francisco homes

Jun 28, 2016 - 9:20 PM

The site argues that a city ordinance will harm thousands of everyday San Francisco residents who depend on Airbnb

EU warns against curbing companies such as Uber

Jun 03, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Absolute bans of an activity should only be a measure of last resort says the European Commission

epa05341739 EU Commissioner in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska of Poland, gives a press conference on collaborative economy in Brussels Belgium, 02 June January 2016. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Can an 'Airbnb for offices' fly in Southeast Asia?

Mar 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

FlySpaces connects small businesses with short term work spaces riding on the global coworking trend and giving entrepreneurs flexibility and savings in the process

Logo baru UBER dan meluruskan kesalahpahaman

Feb 05, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Menyibak logo baru UBER dan meluruskan kesalahpahaman yang beredar di dunia maya

Logo baru dan lama UBER. Foto dari Tech in Asia

PLDT's Smart partners with Airbnb

Oct 29, 2015 - 3:28 PM

The partnership according to Airbnb regional director JJ Chai is seen to bring a 300 surge in Airbnb users in the Philippines

FASTEST GROWING. The Philippines, according to Airbnb's JJ Chai, is among the fastest growing markets for Airbnb in the region. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Airbnb apologizes for poor judgment in ads

Oct 23, 2015 - 10:22 PM

The ads are part of its tax battle with the city government of San Francisco

Tech visionaries on the world of today and tomorrow

Oct 14, 2015 - 2:29 PM

The innovators behind Facebook Infosys and Baidu among others share their views on emerging tech trends and highlight the human factor that shapes them

TREND SPOTTING. Tech titans discuss how technology will shape the world's future on the 2nd day of the  Forbes Global CEO Conference 2015 (From left): Zhang Ya-Qin, Vishal Sikka, Eduardo Saverin, Gary Rieschel, Forrest Li, Rich Karlgaard. Photo by Alecs Ongca/Rappler

'Sharing economy' surge creates labor conundrum

Aug 09, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Are those participating in the sharing economy empowered or are they being exploited by well funded technology companies?

LGBT-friendly tech, YouTube superstars, SCOTUS memes | SciTech4u

Jul 03, 2015 - 1:00 PM

More in this week s episode of SciTech4u

Use tech to scale up CSR

Jul 03, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Groups in the Corporate Social Responsibility space should not think of technology as something that s isolated from what s happening in the world today says technopreneur Manny Ayala

All eyes on PH startups in mega event for APEC

Jun 19, 2015 - 9:15 AM

The SlingshotMNL 2 day conference will be the official startup event for APEC which the country is hosting this year

FORWARD THINKING. DTI officials and members of the startup community debate tech startups' current and future role in the economy ahead of the big event. Photo by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

Platforms are conquering the business world – Internet experts

May 02, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Platforms are creating a world where every consumer is now also a producer

How e-commerce can tug at your heartstrings

Feb 13, 2015 - 6:46 PM

Online virtual encounters can come full circle You ll never know who and what you ll find

6 tips: Beginner's guide to Airbnb, an alternative to hotels

Oct 04, 2014 - 2:51 PM

Traveler Ana Santos talks about her experience with accommodations booked through Airbnb including the upside and some of the other things you need to consider

Technology, travel and 'tweet tourism'

Oct 07, 2013 - 5:40 PM

A new conference tackles the impact of technology on tourism and hospitality

INSTAGRAM.COM/NINATEROL. The social network Instagram has fast become a favorite among travelers because of its simple interface and photo-enhancing features

Airbnb and NYC gov’t team up

Nov 08, 2012 - 2:26 PM

Airbnb has teamed up with New York City to help connect storm victims to people in the area with free housing space

STORM SHELTER. Airbnb and NYC team up to help storm victims find free temporary housing.