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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work