Liz Gannes

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Airbnb Fights New York Subpoena of User Data

Airbnb just got itself and one of its hosts out of a legal jam in New York City, but late on Friday the company was subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in an effort to obtain user data that might indicate illegal rental activity. “[T]his demand is unreasonably broad and we will fight it with everything we’ve got,” the company said. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky had tried to fend off regulators in advance with a blog post last week, but he did not make any major concessions. The company said it has 15,000 hosts in the city, and 225,000 members.


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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