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Airbnb Launches a Magazine - Posted November 17, 2014
Everyone who has used Airbnb and thought, "I love this, but why isn't there a pointless magazine attached to the experience?" you're in luck. The New York Times reports t... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Airbnb Launches a Magazine - Posted November 17, 2014
Everyone who has used Airbnb and thought, "I love this, but why isn't there a pointless magazine attached to the experience?" you're in luck. The New York Times reports t... [FishbowlNY]

What Would Bill Do? Media Coach Bill McGowan Takes on the Week's News - Posted November 6, 2014
It's time for another edition of our weekly series in which Bill McGowan, Clarity Media Group founder and advisor to executives at Facebook and Airbnb, ... [PRNewser]

Hotel CEO on Airbnb: 'We Wish We'd Thought of It' - Posted October 29, 2014
Well, yeah. If you have any hospitality or "sharing economy" clients, you're going to want to check out this interview with Choice Hotels CEO Steve Joyce, which ran on Bloomberg yesterday. Given the fact that Airbnb recently decided to change course and (sort of) ... [PRNewser]

What Would Bill Do? Media Coach Bill McGowan Takes on the Week's News - Posted October 17, 2014
Pic via Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America It's time for the latest edition of our ongoing collaboration with Bill McGowan, Clarity Media Group founder and advisor to executives at Facebook, Airbnb... [PRNewser]

What Would Bill Do? Media Coach Bill McGowan Takes on the Week's News - Posted October 10, 2014
In case you missed it, last week saw the beginning of what will be a regular feature on our blog: comments on trending news stories from Bill McGowan... [PRNewser]

What Would Bill Do? Insights on the Week's News from Media Coach Bill McGowan - Posted October 3, 2014
Readers may recall that, back in April, we had a couple of very ... [PRNewser]

Airbnb Logo Makes the Wrong Kind of Headlines - Posted July 17, 2014
According to BBC News, a seven-member team at London's DesignStudio worked on the new Airbnb logo for a period of a year. Surely, during that time, the agency group was... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Airbnb Logo Makes the Wrong Kind of Headlines - Posted July 17, 2014
According to BBC News, a seven-member team at London's DesignStudio worked on the new Airbnb logo for a period of a year. Surely, during that time, the agency group was... [FishbowlNY]

Airbnb Shows Its New Face to the World - Posted July 16, 2014
You may have heard of Airbnb. The company (and other "sharing economy" businesses lumped together despite serving different constituencies in different industries) has struggled a bit to define itself to the public as its business is a patchwork "community" made up of people who want to share their homes and people... [PRNewser]

Ad Age Reporter Cotton Delo Joins DKC PR - Posted June 12, 2014
In another example of the not-quite-new firms hiring journalists trend, Ad Age San Francisco bureau chief Cotton Delo has joined ... [PRNewser]

Who Is On Mark Zuckerberg's Friends List? - Posted June 10, 2014
Much has been made recently over the fact that while Facebook users can set their fr... [AllFacebook]

'Distruptive' Startups Refine Their Strategies for Working with Regulators - Posted May 22, 2014
Airbnb's executives have decided that the free market doesn't trump the law and that the rules do apply to them after all. The details have been reported elsewhere, but the decision is a ... [PRNewser]

Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Music, TV and Movies | LinkedIn Rankings - Posted May 22, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Goes Grassroots With 'Us vs. Them' Damage Control Campaign - Posted April 29, 2014
We might almost feel bad for Airbnb thanks to its appearance in an endless stream of negative headlines if the company--and its ideological partner Uber--weren't also responsible for so many think pieces about... [AgencySpy]

Airbnb Goes Grassroots With 'Us vs. Them' Damage Control Campaign - Posted April 29, 2014
We might almost feel bad for Airbnb thanks to its appearance in an endless stream of negative headlines if the company--and its ideological partner Uber--weren't also responsible for so many think pieces about... [PRNewser]

San Francisco Suing Landlord Who Evicted Disabled Tenants to Become AirBnB Hosts - Posted April 24, 2014
San Francisco tenants are dealing with the city's growing pains while landlords profit from a poor supply of housing in a rich supply of salaried tech workers. For much of that struggle, tenants have accused tech workers who are generally part of the demand, not the supply. There have been a lot... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Sex Workers Find AirBnB Convenient and Inexpensive - Posted April 15, 2014
AirBnB rental units are being used by sex workers, who cite the service as inexpensive, convenient, and lacking in surveillance when compared to typical hotels. This may very well surprise no one, but it's particularly hard to swallow for AirBnB hosts who are not aware of the ... [FishbowlDC]

Sex Workers Find AirBnB Convenient and Inexpensive - Posted April 15, 2014
AirBnB rental units are being used by sex workers, who cite the service as inexpensive, convenient, and lacking in surveillance when compared to typical hotels. This may very well surprise no one, but it's particularly hard to swallow for AirBnB hosts who are not aware of the ... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Bad Headlines Keep Coming for Airbnb - Posted April 14, 2014
A PR pro in Manhattan wanted to make a little money while out of town over a recent weekend, so she "rented" her apartment to a woman claiming to be an active service member who just wanted "a place to hang out before she got shipped out." The ... [PRNewser]

Airbnb Sex Party Victim: It's All About Finding the Outlets Most Likely to 'Sneeze' Your Viral Content - Posted April 1, 2014
Talk about backing into some media outreach. Thanks to Inc. reporter Will Yakowicz, there is now a highly entertaining ... [GalleyCat]

Airbnb Sex Party Victim: It's All About Finding the Outlets Most Likely to 'Sneeze' Your Viral Content - Posted April 1, 2014
Talk about backing into some media outreach. Thanks to Inc. reporter Will Yakowicz, there is now a highly entertaining ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Airbnb Sex Party Victim: It's All About Finding the Outlets Most Likely to 'Sneeze' Your Viral Content - Posted April 1, 2014
Talk about backing into some media outreach. Thanks to Inc. reporter Will Yakowicz, there is now a highly entertaining ... [FishbowlNY]

AirBnB Now Lets Users Rent Their Desks - Posted April 1, 2014
Decent workspaces are hard to come by. Just ask any urbanite seeking co-working spaces for their startup/app/company. They are far more common than you'd think, and it's likely that AirBnB is onto a new commerce scheme that will out-perform our greatest productive desires: renting out under-utilized desks. On AirBnB's website announcement, James... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Startups Like Airbnb Are Getting Better at Addressing Viral Scandals - Posted March 19, 2014
Allow us to overgeneralize in writing that tech startup founders can sometimes come across as...what's the word...aloof. Arrogant. Condescending. Maybe all that adulatory media coverage goes to their heads. The point, as Valleywag reminds us every day, is that they don't always respond to challenges in the most eff... [PRNewser]

Travel Is Facebook's Most Popular Subject, So Why Isn't The Industry Taking Advantage? - Posted March 11, 2014
Last November, Facebook revealed that more people share travel and ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook, Parse Detail SXSW Schedules - Posted March 3, 2014
Facebook and its Parse cloud-application platform a... [AllFacebook]

Airbnb Offers Journalists Solutions to Their #SochiProblems - Posted February 7, 2014
We've covered a weighty topic or two today, so we'll end the week on a lighter note: as Brian Morrissey of Digiday noted this afternoon, the famously responsive Airbnb decided to make the most of the many journalists documenting their te... [AgencySpy]

2013: The Year Of Open Source For Facebook Engineering - Posted December 20, 2013
2013 was the year of ... [AllFacebook]

PandoDaily Sits Down with Stealth Airbnb Hotelier - Posted December 9, 2013
There are no such customers, Airbnb insists. So PandoDaily reporter Cale Guthrie Weissman cleverly decided to use this denial to frame a ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

PandoDaily Sits Down with Stealth Airbnb Hotelier - Posted December 9, 2013
There are no such customers, Airbnb insists. So PandoDaily reporter Cale Guthrie Weissman cleverly decided to use this denial to frame a ... [FishbowlNY]

New Regulations Threaten Sharing Economy Tourism - Posted November 27, 2013
Businesses like Airbnb, 9flats and Windu are putting a dent in the traditional hotel and bed and breakfast market. But as the popularity of these sites and their services continues to grow, the burgeoning industry is starting to rub regulators and locals the wrong way. In fact, regulation... [SocialTimes.com]

How Much Will Airbnb Damage the Hospitality Industry? - Posted October 3, 2013
We're going to take a wild guess here: your travel and hospitality clients hate Airbnb. Why wouldn't they? Vacationers and business travelers alike are quite keen on the idea of saving time and money by renting someone's room for a few days. Despite the fact that this subletting practice is illegal ... [PRNewser]

Airbnb Encourages More Generosity with Disaster Response Tool for Emergency Housing - Posted June 13, 2013
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Airbnb hosts were able to provide over 1,400 free or discounted properties as emergency housing to survivors. Since then Airbnb has been working on building the infrastructure to make disaster relief a natural part of the Airbnb community. Wi... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Airbnb Won't Enter Car-Sharing Market, Seeking Strategic Friendships Instead - Posted June 5, 2013
Airbnb will capitalize on its success by expanding into more aspects of travel, founder Joe Gebbia said today in London at LeWeb, but it will work with car-sharing companies to build the collaborative economy rather than competing with them. As startups have cropped up promis... [SocialTimes.com]

Are Sharing Platforms the Next Revolution in Social Technology? - Posted June 4, 2013
[caption id="attachment_128840" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ivelin Radkov / Shutterstock.com[/caption] If Web 2.0 meant the flourishing of social media, Web 3.0 will consist of the use of social platforms to support individuals sharing goods and services with one another: That's the main argument of a report ... [SocialTimes.com]

Why New York Needs Airbnb - Posted May 22, 2013
[caption id="attachment_127748" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sophie helps a guest check her bags.[/caption] I spent the summer of 2008 living in a youth hostel in the middle of Times Square, where an old classmate I had reconnected with on MySpace had filled his two-bedroom apartment with bunk beds. I shared a basement with a... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Find: Sleep in Someone Else's Car in San Francisco, Just $103 a Night - Posted May 8, 2013
Rents in San Francisco getting you down? Try living in a 1990 Chevy Conversion van for $520 a month. It has no Internet or bathroom, but it has a queen-size bed and it runs! The van is parked at the seediest edge of the Mission District, according to the Airbnb listing. A studio... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Will Require Users to Provide Proof of Identify - Posted April 30, 2013
Airbnb is rolling out a new identity verification program that will eventually require all users around the world to connect their online identities with conventional forms of identification. Users have the choice of confirming their birthdate and partial social security number or uploading a scanned copy of a... [SocialTimes.com]

Legit Co-Founders Jeremy Barton, Rob Boyle Join Facebook - Posted March 19, 2013
Facebook's acquisition appetite was fed by gobbling up another management and development team, as Jeremy... [AllFacebook]

Regulatory Crackdowns Drive More Businesses for Airbnb, Says CEO - Posted March 10, 2013
Regulatory clampdowns have paradoxically driven more users to Airbnb, but the company continues working with municipal governments to negotiate regulations that protect consumers without impeding sharing, said CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky. "Every time some regulatory happens to dissuade people from ... [SocialTimes.com]

Former Facebook Director Of Engineering Mike Curtis Joins Airbnb As VP, Engineering - Posted February 21, 2013
Former Facebook Director of Engineering Mike Curtis booked a reservation through ... [AllFacebook]

How Facebook Can Break Into The Markets Of Craigslist And Ebay - Posted February 18, 2013
Facebook is moving to position itself as the hub of all interest-based communities (Pinterest, Spotify, Foodspotting, and Goodreads, for example) with i... [Lost Remote]

How Facebook Can Break Into The Markets Of Craigslist And Ebay - Posted February 18, 2013
Facebook is moving to position itself as the hub of all interest-based communities (Pinterest, Spotify, Foodspotting, and Goodreads, for example) with i... [AllFacebook]

Twitter, Facebook Did Not Make Fast Company's List of Innovative Companies - Posted February 11, 2013
Fast Company today released its annual list of the 50 most innovative companies. While smaller social networks like Pinterest made the cut, Facebook and Twitter were noticeably absent this year. Why? "Neither produced inno... [SocialTimes.com]

Infographic: Billion-Dollar Startups - Posted February 11, 2013
Price tags for social media companies have skyrocketed since Facebook debuted in 2004. These startups were valued at a billion dollars or more. This infographic from staff.com compares the company founding dates, estimated value, number of employees, and total capital raised for 13 companies from Facebook through Instagram. Facebook's market value is... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Metrics Page Syncs Animation With Scrolling - Posted February 7, 2013
Airbnb belatedly released its 2012 overview today, showing significant growth -- and impressive design chops. The short-term apartment rental service hosts 300,000 listings, more than double the 120,000 it had at the start of 2012. Three million people ... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram's Kevin Systrom Among Crunchies Awards Winners - Posted February 1, 2013
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark ... [AllFacebook]

Out for Undergraduate Technology Conference To Be Held At Facebook HQ Feb. 2 And 3 - Posted January 31, 2013
Facebook headquarters in ... [AllFacebook]

Podcast: Cracking Down on Bad Books, Shady Airbnb Listings, Windows 8 - Posted January 8, 2013
On today's social media edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog discussed three ways to make the internet a safe, legally compliant, and yet brutally honest place to browse. First, Boog offered his own parental words of wisdom regarding Microsoft's ... [SocialTimes.com]

Report: Half of Airbnb's NYC Listings Are Illegal - Posted January 8, 2013
Not all of the dwellings listed on Airbnb are legal. New York State law requires that an owner must be present in order for rentals that are shorter than 30 days to qualify for a transient occupancy, which puts renters at risk for listing their apartments while they're on vacation. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Social Travel Apps Thrive as App Store Hits 40 Billion Downloads - Posted January 7, 2013
Apple announced today that its App Store customers have downloaded more than 40 billion apps. It was a record-breaking year, the company said, with nearly 20 billion apps downloaded in 201... [SocialTimes.com]

Keep Your New Year's Resolution With The Help Of Facebook Apps - Posted January 2, 2013
What's the biggest resolution everyone makes on Jan. 1? Lose weight and be healthier. There are several Facebook applications tha... [AllFacebook]

Zipcar to Be Acquired by Avis, as Sharing Economy Goes Mainstream - Posted January 2, 2013
Avis rental car company will acquire the car-share company Zipcar for $500 million, the companies announced today. Zipcar, which went public in April 2011, has been a standard-bea... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Moves to Confront Its Regulatory Challenges Head-on - Posted December 20, 2012
Airbnb today launched a public policy blog written by its newly hired head of global public policy, suggesting that the company is taking seriously the potential regulatory challenges it faces. Airbnb hosts, who rent out rooms or their entire apa... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Acquires Local Information Platform Localmind - Posted December 13, 2012
Airbnb has acquired Localmind, a platform that allows users to share information in real time about what's going on at a particular place, the company said today. Localmind relies on check-ins from Foursquare and other services t... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Announces Neighborhoods, Local Lounges - Posted November 13, 2012
Airbnb today launched Neighborhoods, a feature that allows users to seeking lodging to research which neighborhood best suits their needs. The feature launched with 300 neighborhoods in seven cities around the world: San Francisco; New York; Washington, D.C.; London; Berl... [SocialTimes.com]

Social Media Newsfeed: iPad Mini | Tweetdeck | Election - Posted November 8, 2012
Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email.   iPad Mini Retina Rumor Arrives Early (CNET) Just ... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Partners with NYC to Lodge Sandy Refugees in Style - Posted November 7, 2012
Desperate times call for fabulous measures. The City of New York has turned to apartment-swapping destination Airbnb to find free shelter for New Yorkers who are still without power on the eve of yet another storm. Previously, Airbnb had ... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Offers Fee-Free Rentals for Sandy Survivors - Posted November 1, 2012
Airbnb joined today other tech companies looking to do good and get some PR at the same time, by offering special discounts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, offering to waive its fees on rentals in affected areas. Airbnb is based in San Francisco but has a robust s... [SocialTimes.com]

Mark Zuckerberg No. 2 On 'Fortune' 40 Under 40 - Posted October 11, 2012
Facebook finished second to ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Rolls Out Shared Activity Plugin For Apps - Posted September 20, 2012
Facebook launched a new plugin Thursday that allows users of ... [AllFacebook]

Airbnb's New Site Is Prettier, More Social, and Very Distracting - Posted June 28, 2012
Airbnb already defies all logic with a site full of beautiful spaces in desirable locations, not to mention real people handing over the keys to their homes. This summer, the company has outdone itself with a redesigned site and iPhone app that might turn aspirational travel planning into a dangerous addiction. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Airbnb Founder: 'We've Had a Crash Course in Crisis Management' - Posted August 2, 2011
Over the past week or so, we've heard crazy stories of houses vandalized and goods stolen from people who rented their pla... [AgencySpy]

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