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Airbnb Boss Reacts to Party That Left 5 People Dead

'We must do better, and we will,' tweets Brian Chesky

(Newser) - Airbnb's CEO said the company was taking actions against unauthorized parties in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Halloween party held at an Airbnb rental home in California, the AP reports. In a series of tweets , Brian Chesky said Saturday the San Francisco-based company is expanding manual... More »

Airbnb's Newest Rental Will Let You 'Live Like a Lord or Lady'

For $150, 2 guests will get to stay at Highclere Castle, best known as the Downton Abbey estate

(Newser) - The long-awaited Downton Abbey movie is about to hit theaters , and now there's more good news for fans—two of them, anyway. Highclere Castle, the site in Hampshire, England, where the hit show was filmed, is now available on Airbnb for a one-night stay this autumn, and it promises... More »

Big-Name CEOs to Congress: You Need to Act Now

Heads of Twitter, Uber, others write letter asking for tougher gun laws

(Newser) - The CEOs of nearly 150 companies are stepping into the nation's gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong "red flag" law. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter, and Uber asked Congress to pass a... More »

Guy Lists Nasty Pothole on Airbnb

In New Orleans, it's a way to get the city's attention

(Newser) - Notice Homer's Hideout on Airbnb? If it resembled a pothole dressed up to look like a Simpsons-style living room—replete with couch, sofa, and Homer Simpson doll—then that's the one, City Lab reports. New Orleans resident James Collier cooked up the listing to attract city officials who... More »

Report: Marriott Wants 'Piece of the Pie' From Airbnb

Hotel giant reportedly getting into the home rental business in the US

(Newser) - With about 5 million listings, Airbnb is the biggest platform for home rentals in the world. It may soon be getting some stiff competition with deep pockets, however: Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Marriott will next month be launching the first phase of its own US home-sharing business,... More »

Family's Airbnb Stay Turns Sour After Connecting to WiFi

Nealie Barker and husband discover hidden camera livestreaming them, kids at Ireland property

(Newser) - It was not an April Fools' joke Nealie Barker posted on Facebook April 1. "PLEASE SHARE WIDELY," the New Zealand mom wrote about a recent experience she and her family had while on vacation in Ireland. Sky News and the New Zealand Herald report that Barker and her... More »

Woman's Body Found Near 'Sketchy' Airbnb

Costa Rica officials aren't sure if it is that of missing US woman Carla Stefaniak

(Newser) - A grim find has been made in the search for a Florida woman who was reported missing after she failed to return from a trip to Costa Rica. Officials with Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department say a woman's body was found at the back of the Airbnb property... More »

Black Airbnb Guests Detained After Neighbor Calls 911

Group plans to sue

(Newser) - A lawsuit is planned by three black people briefly detained by police as they left a rental property in Southern California after a 911 caller wrongly reported they might be burglars, the AP reports. The Rialto Police Department said Monday that it has received notice of legal action by the... More »

She Used Her Parents' Card to Rent a Party House. It Did Not End Well

Parents agree to pay $20K for repairs

(Newser) - A party that left a house in West Vancouver, Canada, trashed should serve as a lesson to teenagers, parents, and people who rent out homes online, police say. Authorities say a 14-year-old girl used her parents' credit card—without their permission—to rent out a luxury home for the March... More »

Zambian Tourism Ad Uses Trump Controversy

It's causing a stir, though website isn't the official government-run site

(Newser) - It's not subtle. A new ad from a tourism website in Zambia gleefully plays off President Trump's alleged description of African nations as "shithole countries," reports Newsweek . The ad on Zambiatourism.com's Facebook page implores, "Visit ****hole Zambia," adding that "the only... More »

Couple Staying at Airbnb Find Hidden Camera in Bedroom

Dozens of guests going back years may have been recorded without their knowledge

(Newser) - A couple from Indiana staying in a Florida condo they rented on Airbnb last month was shocked to find a camera and microphone hidden inside what appeared to be a smoke detector in the master bedroom and another in the living room, WFLA reports. Derek Starnes tells WFTS he called... More »

Company Will Front Your Down Payment. Here's the Catch

You have to rent out a room on Airbnb for up to 3 years

(Newser) - A new startup is willing to spot you up to $50,000 for a down payment on a house—provided you're cool with a string of strangers coming into your new home for the first few years. KING 5 reports Loftium launched Monday in Seattle. It was started by... More »

Free in Texas: Airbnb Lodgings for Hurricane Evacuees

Service will link those with available inland lodging with those in Harvey's coastal path

(Newser) - As Texas hunkers down in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey , Airbnb has launched an initiative that will help people forced to evacuate the coastal areas link up with people with available housing in and near Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, the Houston Chronicle reports. The lodging rental company's disaster response... More »

Airbnb Makes Big Move Against Alt-Right Rally Attendees

Service cancels bookings for those coming to Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' event

(Newser) - An alt-right rally planned in a Charlottesville, Va., park Saturday is a follow-up to protests in May against the removal of a Confederate statue there . But those attending may have to rebook their lodgings: After Airbnb got wind of large groups making reservations through its system to ostensibly attend the... More »

Airbnb Host Who Stranded Guest for Racist Reason Is Punished

Tami Barker ordered to pay $5K, among other things

(Newser) - The (former) Airbnb host who canceled a guest's stay at her cabin in Big Bear, California, for racist reasons has been penalized. Tami Barker, who told would-be guest Dyne Suh "one word: Asian" when she canceled her stay at the last minute , must pay $5,000 in damages... More »

Now on Airbnb: The Entire Nation of Sweden

Country would like you to come take advantage of its 'freedom to roam' concept

(Newser) - If your last-minute weekend getaways involve turning to the loving arms of Airbnb, we have that special listing for you: It is the entire nation of Sweden, reports Mashable , and it can be yours for the bargain price of free. Citing the Swedish principle of Allemansrätten—the freedom to... More »

Airbnb Host Strands Guest in Storm Because She's Asian

Airbnb has banned the host permanently

(Newser) - Dyne Suh and her friends were minutes away from the cabin they'd booked on Airbnb for a weekend getaway in Big Bear, Calif., when the host abruptly canceled the reservation, leaving the group stranded in a snowstorm—and told Suh she was doing so because Suh is Asian. Suh... More »

Woman From China Said to Be Mystery Buyer of Trump Childhood Home

Trump Birth House LLC spent $2.14M for the Jamaica Estates abode

(Newser) - Someone has agreed to hand over $2.14 million for President Trump's childhood home in Queens—and an unnamed neighbor tells the New York Times she's witnessed suited-up people pulling up to the Jamaica Estates home in black luxury SUVs and speaking Chinese since the secretive deal went... More »

A First for Guinness: Overnight Visitor at Brewery

Airbnb's latest contest is at famous Dublin site

(Newser) - Guinness is inviting its first sleepover guest in the Dublin brewery's 258-year history—by transforming its rooftop bar into a penthouse with the city's most panoramic view. The maker of Ireland's ubiquitous stout announced Monday that it's hosting the latest "Night At" event by Airbnb,... More »

Airbnb Follows Super Bowl Ad With Call to House 100K

Company also will donate $4M to International Rescue Committee

(Newser) - Airbnb is following up its Super Bowl ad calling for acceptance with a campaign to provide short-term housing over the next five years for 100,000 people in need, reports the AP . An announcement on the rental service's website says it plans to start with refugees, disaster survivors, and... More »

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