Sharing Economy

Hagerty gets into (classic) car sharing

How about driving a 1981 DeLorean for $880 a day, or taking a spin in a 1967 Pontiac GTO for $215?<p>In its effort to get a slice of the mushrooming car-sharing revolution as well as build interest in historic cars among a generation raised on Uber, an auto insurance agency announced Monday that it's …

Muscle Cars

Macron back and down — Barcelona investigation focuses on Ripoll — Merkel still on top

By Pierre Briançon | Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook’s EU Confidential podcast | Playbook desktop version<p>Hello I’m Pierre …

Circular Economy

Toronto shuts down short-term rentals on Dundas St. over safety fears

Toronto fire officials have taken the rare step of closing a string of Dundas St. W. buildings after the owners repeatedly ignored orders to fix fire …

Canadian News

Meet The Aristocrats Renting Out Their Castles on Airbnb

British and Irish aristocrats, needing to pay for their stately homes' upkeep, are renting out the residences on Airbnb, and discovering just how picky the modern traveler can be.<p>Back in the 1980s, the legendary, monocle-wearing, tourism impresario John Colclough, who had been running successful …

Airbnb

Housing affordability: 6000 homes removed from rental market as landlords turn to Airbnb

New data suggests landlords favour Airbnb-type rentals over long-term tenants, but the home-sharing website's impact on housing affordability remains …

Housing

Regulation of sharing economy urged to prevent exploitation

Greater regulation of the short-term online jobs market is needed to prevent exploitation of vulnerable workers, leading workplace experts have …

Australian News

Health

Interview<p>19. May, 09:13<p>Despite the expanding costs – and waistlines – caused by rising levels of European obesity, little is being done to remedy the …

Circular Economy

The Gig Economy Is Exploding: Here Are the Rules Employers and Freelancers Must Follow to Survive

Many used to think freelancing was just for journalists and hitmen. Now, project-based, temporary contracts permeate many professions.<p>Many used to think freelancing was just for journalists and hitmen. Now, project-based, temporary contracts permeate many professions. In fact, according to Forbes, …

U.S. Department of Labor

Forget car-sharing. In China, you can rent umbrellas, basketballs, washers — for a fee.

BEIJING — Sometimes, when considering the orgy of spending that is China’s start-up scene, it’s fun to imagine the pitch meetings.<p>“It’s like Uber, but for beds.”<p>“Bed sharing?”<p>“I know it sounds funny but — ”<p>“Take my cash.”<p>That exact exchange did not happen. But it may not be far off. Chinese …

World News

We Have a Solution for All Your Unused Beauty Products

In this sharing economy, Jane Larkworthy considers how to extend the Swap.<p>For years, I’ve been part of a clothing swap with a bunch of girlfriends. …

Beauty

Does Traditional Homeowners Insurance Cover Airbnb Rentals?

When I was a kid, nothing was more fun than a road trip and an overnight stay in a hotel. But things have changed — big time. Today's travelers are …

Home

Canmore and Banff crack down on Airbnb with heavy fines for homeowners who break bylaws

Print<p>Canmore and Banff are cracking down on illegal short-term vacation rentals found on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.<p>Under Canmore’s land-use …

Alberta

Vote for CityLab at the SXSW Cities Summit

We’ve got some great conversations in mind. To make them happen, we need your help!<p>There’s an exciting new addition coming to next year’s South by Southwest: a two-day summit that’s all about cities.<p>“As the world grows increasingly complex, cities have emerged as innovators, testing and developing …

Cities

The mouthpiece of China is officially annoyed with the country’s sharing-economy “gimmicks”

In China the “sharing economy” has taken off of late. But many of its supposedly innovative business concepts are nothing more than “gimmicks,” said the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Chinese Communist party, in a commentary published today (Aug. 15). It also argued such services need …

China

Uber Bans Racists Too

Internet firms like Google and GoDaddy are getting attention for shutting down a neo-Nazi website, but during this weekend’s violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, gig economy companies like Uber and Airbnb were forced to deal with white supremacists on the ground.<p>Uber …

Uber

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Has a Strong Message for White Supremacists

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky wants users to know exactly where his company stands on the ongoings in Charlottesville last weekend.<p>In the days before the …

Racism

Airbnb Permanently Bans White Supremacists From Using Its Services

<i>CBS Local</i> — White supremacists have been banned from making reservations and renting out spaces on Airbnb, and permanently denied access to the …

White Supremacists

Soorty – REPAIR, REUSE, AND RELOVE

Soorty’s ongoing dedication to drive the denim industry forward while making a positive impact is reflected by the manufacturer’s innovative journey …

Circular Economy

Airbnb's 'explosive growth' gobbles Queenstown

The tourism industry has been urged to "embrace" the surge in Airbnb listings in visitor hot spots such as Queenstown.<p>One in 10 dwellings in the …

New Zealand

Airbnb banned neo-Nazis from booking places to stay in Charlottesville

Move along, neo-Nazis. There’s no room for your hatred at Airbnb!<p>This week, Airbnb banned neo-Nazis gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia as part of …

Racism

Racking Up Rewards in the Sharing Economy and New Safety Video With Spanking

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news …

Airlines

Airbnb is kicking white supremacists off its platform

In anticipation of today’s chaotic “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, representatives of various radical right organizations did what most travelers do these days: They booked a place on Airbnb.<p>Readers of white supremacist blog The Daily Stormer organized to book a large number of Airbnb …

Racism

Airbnb: We’re Not Racist! One of Our Best Friends Is Black!

Taking a page from the manual <i>How to Apologize After You’ve Marginalized a Community,</i> Airbnb announced a new partnership with the National Association …

African-American News

Airbnb and overtourism – let the statistics have their say

Airbnb has released some figures which might please its investors but, on the face of it, do little to appease those who think that the platform is …

Airbnb

Short-term rental properties on the rise in Saskatchewan

The short-term rental market is heating up in Saskatchewan as the home sharing trend grows, but some say regulations are necessary.<p>Several websites …

Canadian News

As Colorado’s gig economy grows, critics say pay, benefits must catch up

Most mornings, Jonathon Row wakes up at 4 a.m., gets in his car, opens the Uber app on his phone and prepares to pick up early-morning fares at …

Uber

Paris cracks down on Airbnb renters with harsher fines

Paris authorities are cracking down on homeowners who rent out their properties for longer than the legal limit, with fines increasing more than thirteenfold since last year.<p>In the first half of 2017, Parisians renting property to tourists for more than the maximum of 120 days – many of them using …

European News

Airbnb hosts in Chicago must register with city starting Friday

The City of Chicago has started implementing an ordinance Friday that requires Airbnb hosts to register with the city before renting out their homes …

Chicago

City ready to enforce home-sharing regulations

Four months after Chicago’s stalled home-sharing regulations took effect, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has begun the painstaking process of …

Rahm Emanuel