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Airbnb targets business travelers, inks partnership with Concur

Airbnb wants to reach more business travelers and today announced a new partnership with Bellevue-based travel expense company Concur. Business travelers who use Concur’s TripLink booking service will be able to reserve Airbnb listings straight from Concur’s platform and have their expense reports automatically updated to TripLink. It’s part of a new push from Airbnb toward… Read More

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Last-minute travel heats up with new mobile offering from Airbnb

Airbnb is experimenting with a new service that will enable the San Francisco company to enter the very crowded field of booking last-minute accommodations over a phone. Starting today, Airbnb will allow travelers to book affordable rooms for rent in people’s homes or luxury vacation houses for the same day. The service is launching today in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Airbnb says… Read More

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Airbnb picks Portland as first ‘Shared City’ in effort to address tax issues, encourage livability

In a move that could both improve the livelihood of cities and appease lawmakers that frown upon the company’s business practices, Airbnb announced today a new long-term initiative called “Shared City,” and has picked Portland, Ore., as its first destination. Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky outlined the goals of the amibitious program in this… Read More

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Airbnb may be worth more than Expedia

Airbnb is reportedly in talks to raise up to $500 million at a $10 billion valuation, which would make it worth slightly more than publicly held Expedia. The six-year-old San Francisco start-up epitomizes the sharing economy, by allowing people to rent out unused rooms in their home — or entire islands and castles — to anyone… Read More

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AWS server issues take down Instagram, Airbnb, Flipboard

People posting photos, recording videos, making room reservations and reading the news on Sunday afternoon had to take a break for a few hours as an Amazon Web Services outage took down several popular websites. Sites like Instagram, Airbnb, Vine and Flipboard all went out of service for a short period on Sunday due to… Read More

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Legalize couchsurfing: Why renting rooms shouldn’t be like harboring fugitives

Tight budgets and the internet have given rise to the hottest new thing in travel accommodations. Web-based company Airbnb has received a lot of press recently for its for-profit service that matches travelers with spare bedrooms, such as mine (pictured). It’s already growing like moss in the Northwest winter, but the potential is much bigger than most… Read More