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Amsterdam to halve Airbnb-style tourist rentals to 30 nights a year per host

City councillors in Amsterdam have decided to reduce by half the number of nights Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments in the city -- imposing a cap of 30 nights per year, down from the current

GuestReady, a service for Airbnb hosts to manage their property, raises $3M

With over four million listings across more than 65,000 cities worldwide, Airbnb has not just upended the global hospitality industry — it has inadvertently created an industry within an industr

Lyft hires Katie Dill as VP of Design

Lyft has hired Katie Dill as its new Vice President of Design, overseeing design in a broad sense across the company, covering user experience, product and more. Dill joins from Airbnb, where she was

Airbnb’s major China rival Tujia raises $300M more at a $1.5B valuation

Airbnb finally got serious about the Chinese market this year, and now its chief rival in the country — Tujia — has tapped investors for $300 million more to sharpen its focus on global ma

Airbnb urges housing reform in Berlin after court overturns permit rejection

Airbnb is celebrating a partial win over a housing law change in Berlin that last year led to a total clampdown on the short term renting of entire homes to visitors to the city. City authorities had

Update bricks smart locks preferred by Airbnb

A subset of smart locks made by Lockstate have been bricked after an update. The smart lock vendor is part of Airbnb's Host Assist program, and integrates with the accommodation rental platform so, f

WanderJaunt wants to make a brand for itself on Airbnb with $2M in seed funding

When WanderJaunt co-founder Michael Chen told me he wanted to build a hotel chain, like the Westin, from the ground up on Airbnb, I wasn't sure what to think. There are already dozens of property man

Japan passes law legalizing Airbnb and other sharing economy rentals

There’s good news for Airbnb in Japan where the government has approved legislation that legalizes its service, and others like it, in the country. The law, which was passed by Japan’s upp

Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science

Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for

Airbnb’s new open source library lets you design with React and render to Sketch

Today, Airbnb’s design team open sourced its internal library for writing React components that easily render directly to Sketch. Instead of trying to get Sketch to export to code, the Airbnb t

Honing its dynamic pricing formula, Vacasa wants to make homeowners more cash than Airbnb

With updates to its dynamic pricing system, Vacasa wants to offer smartly priced vacation rentals with an algorithm that takes everything and the kitchen sink into account. A self-described tortoise t

Airbnb pledges not to replace human community with AI

Airbnb wants to mold its hosts into a powerful organizing force, akin to a union, to advocate on its behalf with local governments around the world and to serve as an ideological rebuke to the advance

TravelTriangle raises $10 million to bring India’s travel agencies online

India’s TravelTriangle, a marketplace for finding and booking travel and holidays, has closed a $10 million Series B funding round. The four-year-old company is focused on bringing India’

Airbnb authorizes $153 million more funding

A new Delaware filing for Airbnb, identified by CB Insights, suggests that the travel service has authorized another $153 million in Series F shares. This implies that they might be raising an extensi

The 12 largest Series B rounds of 2016

Let’s face it, if you’re an investor, you were probably priced out of these insanely large rounds. If you’re a founder, you’re swooning at the mere prospect of making such a st

Airbnb’s plan to compromise with cities as regulatory challenges pile up

Airbnb looks to be making a key strategy change with regards to its global lobbying efforts. After a failed lawsuit that made the company little progress in the state of New York, Airbnb is rallying b

Airbnb rivals Wimdu and 9flats consolidate

Two European Airbnb rivals have agreed to join forces. An early Rocket Internet Airbnb clone, Wimdu, and another accommodation platform originally headquartered in Germany, 9flats, are merging some fi

Airbnb files $555M round with the SEC led by Google Capital and TCV

Airbnb formally filed a Form D with the Securities and Exchange Commission this afternoon announcing that it had raised $555,462,180 in an equity deal. Last month, TechCrunch independently verified

Airbnb faces fresh crackdown in Barcelona as city council asks residents to report illegal rentals

Airbnb is facing a further squeeze on its activities in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital that's hugely popular with tourists -- ramping up tension with local communities dealing with inflating rents

Blavity, the BuzzFeed for black millennials, is raising $1 million and gets a redesign

Blavity, the new media and lifestyle site for the young and black in America, takes on meaningful subjects like the Black Lives Matter movement, NFL player protests and discrimination from Airbnb. The
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