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Airbnb just made booking easier for business travelers

Airbnb just made booking easier for business travelers

If you travel for business, staying in an Airbnb is a great way to enjoy the comforts of home, but getting that room booked can be a little tricky. Until now, you'd have to book the room yourself with a company card or go through the extra hassle of getting reimbursed. To ease all that is a newly introduced option called Business Travel Booking; with it, someone in a company, such as a manager, can book an Airbnb rental for other people in the company.

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You’ll be sleeping with the fishes in Airbnb’s underwater bedroom

You’ll be sleeping with the fishes in Airbnb’s underwater bedroom

Actually, you'll be sleeping with very large, very dangerous fishes. And while an underwater bedroom might sound scenic and lovely, unless you're hydrophobic, this one might not let you sleep in peace. That's because Airbnb's first ever underwater bedroom located in sweet, romantic Paris is actually a modified Shark Tank of the Aquarium de Paris. Don't worry, it's not a regular lodging, though listed in Airbnb. It is part of the Aquarium's marketing stunt that will reward chosen contestant with a sleepover they won't easily forget.

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Airbnb acquires Russian design firm Lapka

Airbnb acquires Russian design firm Lapka

For reasons no one is certain of, Airbnb has acquired a small Russian design firm called Lapka. The Russian company announced the acquisition on its website recently. The studio tasks itself with creating "the most beautiful science ever," according to its website, including "tools for self-care and mind harmony." One example of Lapka's work is a stylish breathalyzer someone can wear around their neck.

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Tesla crowdsources EV charging stations through Airbnb

Tesla crowdsources EV charging stations through Airbnb

As environment-friendly and enticing electric cars may be, there will always be the fear of running out of juice in the middle of nowhere, which is probably worse than running out of gas considering the scarcity of EV charging stations. Tesla has tried to address that range anxiety with a network of Supercharger stations from coast to coast in the US. But that might not be enough. In order to help defray the cost of putting more Superchargers, Tesla has enlisted the help of Airbnb and its hosts to offer EV charging in their very homes.

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Airbnb adds new tools for renters to maximize profits

Airbnb adds new tools for renters to maximize profits

Airbnb hosted its Open Air event in Silicon Valley, wherein the company introduced a new tools for both hosts looking to make as much cash as possible from the service. Airbnb wants to lure more people to rent their home or apartment out for a night on its site, and giving renters new tools to maximize profits is a great way to grow its base of rental properties. The new tool, Price Tips, uses an easy-to-read calendar layout (much like browsing for airline flights) with suggested prices for your property based on an array of factors including location, listing type, current price, availability, and how far away future available dates are.

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Super Mario-themed Airbnb in Tokyo is retro gaming paradise

Super Mario-themed Airbnb in Tokyo is retro gaming paradise

If you were wanting to stay a few nights in a Super Mario-themed hotel or apartment, there's few places you would think to look first than Tokyo, Japan. But what you might not expect is that instead finding it in some Nintendo-hosted location, you can book it on Airbnb for only 9,000 yen (about $75) per night. Going by the Airbnb username "Heart of Tokyo," host Parker has converted a one bedroom Tokyo apartment into a floor-to-ceiling Mario masterpiece. Now all you need to do is find some affordable airfare to Japan.

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Airbnb gives Android tablet and iPad users a slick, new interface

Airbnb gives Android tablet and iPad users a slick, new interface

Airbnb decided that instead of simply scaling-up its mobile apps, it would completely design a new tablet interface from the ground up. The new apps boast a "cinematic" interface. The entire feel of the app is more like browsing through a thick, glossy travel magazine than searching through wordy hotel reviews. The new Airbnb apps for Android and iOS tablets give users more of what they want, pictures. Any armchair traveller knows the best part about looking at new travel destinations is the photographs. Sure, descriptions can excite the imagination, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Airbnb to begin collecting taxes in Chicago, Washington, more cities

Airbnb to begin collecting taxes in Chicago, Washington, more cities

Airbnb has been receiving legal grief for some time now about collecting taxes from hosts on the service. The main arguments against Airbnb are that people use the service as a loophole to set up illegal hotels and not have to pay taxes, and that hosts have an unfair advantage over competition from real hotel businesses. While Airbnb already began collecting taxes last year in the cities of San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon, they have announced that the practice will expand to several more cities over the next few weeks.

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New service acts as Airbnb for Airbnb hosts

New service acts as Airbnb for Airbnb hosts

Airbnb has taken the world by storm. While the original idea for the service may have been renting out an extra room or second property, it's grown so large that now people even rent out the only residence they have. So, if you're a host and someone is staying in your home, where do you go? You now go to "Can I Stay with You While I Rent my Place on Airbnb?", or, as it's been dubbed, the "Airbnb for Airbnb."

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