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The Age of Airbnb: How Cities Adapt to the Sharing Economy

BY Sam Roudman | Monday, June 17 2013

Photo: Sam Howzit

Austin is one of a number of cities coming to grips with how to regulate the growing online market for short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb and HomeAway. While creating these regulations gives cities the opportunity to raise revenue through licensing, it also creates a Gordian knot of competing interests. Here's the path some cities are paving through the obstacles towards a new legal framework for the sharing economy. Read More

Airbnb is Disruptive, But Is It Getting "Creepy" Now, Too?

BY Sam Roudman | Monday, June 3 2013

Airbnb, already under fire from regulators and the hotel industry its business model is shaking up, might be in for some flak from its own customers, too. The point of contention is a new user verification program called Verified ID, which asks users to provide more details about their real-world identity. Read More

Trend Watch: Toward a 21st Century Bureaucracy

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, January 18 2011

President Obama signs the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, a bill that calls for new regulation of the U.S. food supply. Read More