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Uber’s days without drama resets back to zero

by Jason
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Your scandal is arriving now.Image: ALTAFFER/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Remember #DeleteUber? So much has happened since people complained about Uber CEO … err rather … former CEO Travis Kalanick being on President Donald Trump’s advisory council and Uber stopping surge pricing during Trump’s travel ban. It’s like we can’t go a day without Uber-related drama. SEE ALSO: Uber at war: Major investor sues cofounder Travis Kalanick for fraud Case in point: On Friday, a group of Uber shareholders requested via a strongly worded email that venture capital firm Benchmark step down from Uber’s board of directors. That news arrived just a day after […]

New ad claims Airbnb is good for terrorists

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Image: Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock The hotel industry is holding nothing back in its war against Airbnb. The Hotel Association of New York City has released an advertisement that ties Airbnb to terrorism, using the recent Manchester bombing to associate the rental business with ways for terrorists to find housing. Airbnb did not harbor any of the suspects around the bombing, though the company had initially been connected to an apartment that had been raided by police. That apartment turned out not to be an Airbnb, but rather a private room booked through another company. Still, the ad uses the Manchester bombing […]

Airbnb deletes accounts of neo-Nazis ahead of ‘Unite The Right’ rally

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Airbnb is actively deleting people from the site.Image: JENS KALAENE/PICTURE-ALLIANCE/DPA/AP IMAGES Airbnb isn’t letting neo-Nazis take advantage of its services, Gizmodo reported early Monday. SEE ALSO: What is an Airbnb ‘superhost’ exactly? It has to do with hospitality, not safety The home-sharing platform has deleted the accounts of suspected attendees of the United The Right, an event to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday. The event is being organized by The Daily Stormer, a racist website. Gizmodo cited tweets about the issue that included screenshots of emails from Airbnb about the user’s account being in “violation of our Terms […]

Marijuana company plans to build a ganja paradise in middle of nowhere California

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A stoner hotspot is in the works in California.Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Looks like there’ll soon be a Vegas-like destination in a remote part of California, designed just for pot lovers. American Green Inc., a marijuana tech-based firm and self proclaimed “seed to sale” innovator from Arizona just bought a small California town called Nipton last Thursday. Yes, you read that right: a whole town. SEE ALSO: Public transit systems are rapping about weed on Twitter because California According to a report from Business Insider, the company coughed up around $5 million for the small town that spans 120 acres […]

Lawsuit over sexual assault calls for Airbnb to clarify what exactly a ‘superhost’ is

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The domain of the superhost.Image: Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock A lawsuit in California this week claimed that Airbnb creates a “false sense of security” for its customersand one way it does that, the lawsuit contends, is through its superhosts. The woman who filed the lawsuit, Leslie Lapayowker, said she was sexually assaulted by a Los Angeles Airbnb host. As part of the lawsuit, she noted that her host was a “superhost”a designation granted by Airbnb to denote the very best of what the home-rental platform has to offer. “Thats why, she said, she was not concerned with booking the Los Angeles residence […]