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New Orleans Becomes New Model for Airbnb to Work With Cities


SAN FRANCISCO — When Airbnb started talking to the city of New Orleans last year about how to regulate the short-term rental market there, the company was fighting policy battles in places such as New York City and Barcelona. New Orleans officials said they sensed that the bruising global confrontations might make the online room-rental company more
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Can Uber and Airbnb boost lower-income consumers? A new study says so


Startups like Uber and Airbnb, which form the core of the new “sharing economy,” can have a particularly positive effect on people with lower incomes, according to a new report. The study, from New York University professor Arun Sundararajan and research scientist Samuel Fraiberger, analyzed data from two years of transactions provided by Getaround, a peer-to-peer car rental startup. While consumers across various income levels saw a positive impact, people who made less money experience a particularly big boost, the study found.

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2015 Legislative Session Preview: Will Airbnb make itself at home in Florida?


hat does it mean to own property? Are app-based lodging and transportation services showing the way toward an enlightened age of the Sharing Economy or simply enabling a kindler, gentler gentrification? Can I crash at your parents’ house in Boca for 70 bucks a night? As Airbnb expands its presence in Florida, such are the stakes in the looming fracas over short term rentals.

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Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors


The rise of “independent contractors” is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce — contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity. What makes them “independent contractors” is the mainly that the companies they work for say they are. So those companies don’t have to pick up the costs of having full-time employees.

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