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The San Francisco city attorney sued two landlords Wednesday,claiming they illegally converted residential housing into short-term rentals that were advertised on Airbnb and similar services. The former residents, two of whom were disabled, were evicted using the Ellis Act, a controversial California law that allows landlords to reclaim properties for their own personal use.
The first server designs resulting from IBM’s decision to open up its Power chip technology are being announced on Wednesday.
Don Tapscott talks about "Macrowikinomics: Rebooting The Business World" (which he co-authored with Anthony D. Williams), the follow-up to "Wikinomics". In their latest book, Tapscott and Williams proclaim the end of the industrial mode of production and predict the way forward is by internet-driven mass collaboration.
The non-profit endeavor plans to have a backup node in space in case the Bitcoin network fails.
If you call rigorous economic research on inequality a Communist plot, will it go away?
Maker spaces in libraries are the latest step in the evolving debate over what public libraries’ core mission is or should be. From collecting in an era of scarce resources to curation in an era of overabundant ones, some libraries are moving to incorporate cocreation: providing the tools to help patrons produce their own works of art or information and sometimes also collecting the results to share with other members of the community.
If you’re interested in building your own ASIMO, you’ve got to start somewhere. Kinematics’ modular TinkerBots provide a very great jumping-off point, letting you quickly assemble and program your own robots.
In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin argues that growing efficiencies will make production costs a thing of the past. (Is capitalism driving itself out of business?
Smart Citizen, in short, has created a tool that advances towards an intelligent city model, seeking to connect citizens with their urban environment in an optimal manner. Barcelona, as a mobile capital, has been the city chosen by Tomás Diez's team to implement the initial phase of the project, the starting point for the creation of a global Smart community. This is also why this summer Barcelona will host the 10th Fab Labs world congress, Fab 10, co-organized by Institut de Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (IAAC), FabLab Barcelona, Barcelona City Council, MIT and the Fab Lab Foundation.
The Sharing Economy: An old concept made new through the internet-based sharing of underutilized space, skills, and stuff for monetary and non-monetary benefits.Recently, a proliferation of start-ups have created digital platforms to connect owners with consumers.These companies encourage people—and businesses—to use resources more efficiently and to share non-product assets (like time) as well as conventional “stuff.”Citizens can share space in their homes (Airbnb), seats in their car (Lyft, Sidecar, UberX), places to park (Park Circa), used clothing (ThredUp), outdoor gear (gearcommons), time in the day (TaskRabbit, Instacart), and even capital (Zopa, Prosper).This trend has attracted significant attention from thought leaders (in 2011, Time Magazine crowned it one of ten ideas that will change the world), venture capital (Uber recently received 8M in funding from Google Ventures, and a recent round of financing for Airbnb would value it above B), the media, and, most recently, Congress.Nevertheless, regulatory mechanisms have not kept pace.Small-scale, non-monetized sharing has historically been ignored or exempted by the legal system (though barter exchange is taxable).The tipping point is near, however, as sharing with strangers becomes big business.Forbes estimates the sharing economy generated .5 billion in 2013.To grossly generalize, the law tends to prefer binary divisions: public and private, business and personal, donation and sale, consumer and provider, and, most saliently, my property and yours.In the sharing economy, many companies blur these boundaries, resulting in a legal gray area.Proponents, typically a younger, urban demographic, tend to view the regulatory hurdles as protectionism, serving entrenched operators in the market like taxicabs and hotels.Yet, for municipalities, regulating sharing economy companies requires balancing the safety and welfare of the public with the potential for new economic development opportunities.
Open Source for hardware and physical objects and processes is a growing movement. But „how to make money with that“ is the question most people ask within the first minutes. There are a lot of answers – a lot of open source hardware business models. And we get more. This page collects answers and organizes them in the „open source hardware business model matrix“.
At the outset, the Internet looked like a panacea for misanthropic germaphobes. We could interact with the world without actually having to physically engage with its messy parts. But then the sharing economy emerged and everything changed. We went from happily hiding behind our screens to being expected to join in a new age of sharing in the physical world. Wired’s Jason Tanz describes the cultural shift: “We are hopping into strangers’ cars (Lyft, Sidecar, Uber), welcoming them into our spare rooms (Airbnb), dropping our dogs off at their houses (DogVacay, Rover), and eating food in their dining rooms (Feastly). We are letting them rent our cars (RelayRides, Getaround), our boats (Boatbound), our houses (HomeAway), and our power tools (Zilok). We are entrusting complete strangers with our most valuable possessions, our personal experiences—and our very lives. In the process, we are entering a new era of Internet-enabled intimacy.” Yeah. Gross.
There's a seminal case with potential global impact unfolding in New York where Airbnb, the world's hottest accommodation company, is waging an increasingly personal battle with attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who this this week filed an affidavit with the state Supreme Court claiming that most Airbnb listings in New York are illegal.
Apparently net neutrality is officially dead. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the FCC has given up on finding a legal avenue to enforce equal access and will instead propose rules that explicitly allow broadband suppliers to favor companies that pay them for faster pipes:
In about 40 minutes, Cindy Manit will let a complete stranger into her car. An app on her windshield-mounted iPhone will summon her to a corner in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where a russet-haired woman in an orange raincoat and coffee-colored boots will slip into the front seat of her immaculate 2006 Mazda3 hatchback and ask for a ride to the airport. Manit has picked up hundreds of random people like this. Once she took a fare all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Another time she drove a clown to a Cirque du Soleil after-party.
Planned new rules would allow an Internet provider to negotiate separately with content companies and charge them for priority service.
Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
P2P Foundation founder Michel Bauwens suggested this short piece for translation: an interview with Philippe Langlois, in which he discusses the world of hackerspaces and the physical application of the open-source, collaborative mentality, applied to practical problem-solving in rural settings.
It is an amazing rapid prototyping environment that is like a Hackathon on the ocean floor. In April, we had the chance to meet Eric Stackpole and David Lang at the International Space Apps Challenge.
As the Facebook algorithm/shift to mobile/social optimisation conversationdrifts on, one thing we’ve noticed is that Facebook engagement for top publishers rarely declines as the months pass.
Hong Kong is often considered a global financial center and the city's stock exchange one of the most important in the world. But the city is also home to many alternative exchanges based not on money and stocks, but on sharing.
There’s another peer production platform for regulators, taxmen, and assorted other busybodies to get the vapors about: Feastly, the “Airbnb of dinner.”
The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking.