Kara Swisher

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Viral Video: Airbnb’s Apartment Trashing Gets Taiwanesed (Of Course!)

Airbnb recently raised $112 million in funding, but it’s not getting off the hook quite yet for a recent incident in which a property listed on its site got trashed by renters.

The incident was, no surprise, perfect for the folks over at Next Media Animation, the CGI news outfit from Taiwan.

The online rental start-up has gotten a lot of flack for the high-profile story of a woman in San Francisco whose apartment she rented to someone using Airbnb was badly vandalized.

Here is NMA’s version:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik