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Airbnb’s new tool lets people check Wi-Fi speeds before they book

Airbnb’s new tool lets people check Wi-Fi speeds before they book

There are a lot of people who frequently travel for work. While many of those people choose to stay in a regular hotel room, some opt for more comfort and the ability to cook for themselves by staying in a short-term rental booked via Airbnb. Anyone traveling and trying to work with increased reliance on virtual meetings like Teams wants to know if the place they are staying has available Internet and Wi-Fi.

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Postmates, Doordash, Instacart, Airbnb dominate Marketplace top 100

Postmates, Doordash, Instacart, Airbnb dominate Marketplace top 100

A list of top marketplace-centric companies was released today. It's called the A16Z Marketplace 100, and it ranks the top 100 companies that are marketplace startups and/or non-public companies. On top of this list are four titans - all four of them relatively new companies - followed by a fifth... Valve. The top four companies on this list account for a whopping 76 percent of consumer spend. That's a dominance we don't often see in any industry... unless we're talking about the smartphone market, of course.

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Airbnb clarifies house party crackdown and bans some large gatherings

Airbnb clarifies house party crackdown and bans some large gatherings

House parties that occur in Airbnb rentals can be a big problem for both communities and homeowners, prompting the company to ban these parties altogether. As part of his safety directives given last month, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky detailed a new method the company will use to help stop these parties before they happen. In an update on the matter today, Airbnb clarified its house party ban and specifically which gatherings are prohibited.

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Airbnb Wienermobile rental photos: One night encased in sausage

Airbnb Wienermobile rental photos: One night encased in sausage

It would seem that the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has been put up for rental - sort of. Users can now "relish a stay in the real Oscar Mayer Wienermobile" now, so long as they keep the place clean and don't disturb the neighbors. While this may appear to be a marketing stunt, all the checks for actual reality with Airbnb seem to be cleared - you can almost certainly go stay a night in the Wienermobile, for real.

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Airbnb Adventures promises experiences fit for your Instagram

Airbnb Adventures promises experiences fit for your Instagram

As if renting rooms, apartments, and more unusual vacation accommodation isn't enough, now Airbnb is getting into the adventures business. Airbnb Adventures is the company's latest expansion, shifting beyond being an alternative to regular hotels and taking on the sort of hosted journeys that you'd typically go to a travel agent or specialist for.

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Airbnb adds donation tool for hosts to support temporary housing

Airbnb adds donation tool for hosts to support temporary housing

Airbnb has launched a new feature called Donations that enables communities to help provide temporary housing for individuals who need it. The donation option is available to Airbnb hosts located in the United States, giving them the option to donate a small portion of the income they generate from rentals to support local housing needs.

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Airbnb Japan cancellation crisis: What you need to know

Airbnb Japan cancellation crisis: What you need to know

It's possibly every traveler's worst nightmare: that perfect, affordable Airbnb you booked gets unexpectedly cancelled. Now it's the headache facing thousands of visitors to Japan, with Airbnb forced by the government to axe upcoming reservations over a new registration process.

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Airbnb Plus takes on high-end hotels with quality promise

Airbnb Plus takes on high-end hotels with quality promise

Airbnb is taking on high-end luxury hotels with Airbnb Plus, a subset of homes from only the highest-rated hosts. The new category was announced today, as an option for travelers looking both for a more unique place to stay and more confidence that what they'll turn up to when they arrive will be as promised in the listing.

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Airbnb now takes restaurant reservations in 16 US cities

Airbnb now takes restaurant reservations in 16 US cities

Airbnb, much like Uber before it, is expanding its business by getting into the restaurant industry. In this case, the company has started accepting restaurant reservations on behalf of customers who plan to eat out while traveling. The service currently supports nearly 650 restaurants throughout the US; Airbnb says this is a curated selection and that the reservation process takes place directly within the Airbnb app.

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Airbnb compromises with New Orleans over rental regulations

Airbnb compromises with New Orleans over rental regulations

Airbnb may have revolutionized the way people travel and find places to stay, but the company still struggles to find acceptance in cities with strict regulations over short-term rentals, not to mention the hotel industry. But that seems to be changing in New Orleans, one of locations where Airbnb has had difficulty in operating, as the company has reached a new agreement with city officials, conceding on a number of registration and regulation policies.

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Ten cities team up to create sharing economy ‘rule book’

Ten cities team up to create sharing economy ‘rule book’

Sharing economy services like Airbnb and Uber have spread all around the world, and many cities aren’t happy about it. The business models are relatively new and many places don’t have established regulations on how to deal with these services; some have dealt with this by banning them altogether, while others have scrambled to alter or enact new legislation. Ten cities have decided to take a more proactive approach, joining together to create universal rules on how to handle such services.

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Airbnb Collaborative Wish Lists make group trips much easier to plan

Airbnb Collaborative Wish Lists make group trips much easier to plan

Have you ever tried planning a trip somewhere with a group of friends? It works out about as well as trying to heard cats. Everyone wants to go their own direction, and no one really wants to make the tough decisions. Eventually once everyone has had their own say, someone has to step up and start coordinating the whole thing. Well Airbnb knows this struggle, and they're here to help streamline the process.

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