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  1. New York governor approves new regulations on Airbnb

    A 3D printed people's models are seen in front of a displayed Airbnb logo in this illustration(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that would place new regulations on online home rental companies like Airbnb. Existing New York state law bars most urban apartment-dwellers from renting out their units for less than 30 days if they are not present. The law recently passed by the state legislature would bar even advertising a rental that violates that existing law, which could help regulators crack down on Airbnb itself in addition to the users of its service. Airbnb had previously said it would sue if Cuomo approved the bill....

  2. New NYC law, San Francisco lawsuit highlight global risks for Airbnb

    Chesky co-founder and CEO of AirBnb attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO/BERLIN (Reuters) - Airbnb, the online lodging service that investors now believe is worth $30 billion, faces a reckoning. "Throughout the country, people representing cities have called me to ask what's going on with the litigation," he said.

  3. Thai junta says Google removing content with royal insults

    Google logo adorns entrance of Google Germany headquarters in HamburgThailand’s government met with representatives from Internet giant Google, amid growing calls from Thai hardline royalists to bring those who insult the monarchy to justice, as many Thais look with uncertainty to a future without their revered king. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death on Oct. 13 has thrown the country of 67 million into mourning. It has also led to the rise of ultra-royalist vigilante groups who say they will punish anyone perceived to have insulted the monarchy during a highly sensitive time for Thailand.

  4. Samsung placing product images in Youku videos, targeting Chinese viewers

    The logo of Samsung Electronic is seen at its headquarters in SeoulBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Advertising technology company Mirriad says it is working with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and China's video site Youku to market Samsung products to Chinese viewers who are gravitating toward streaming video content. For instance, in the show "Ode to Joy" on Youku, as two characters emerge from an underground escalator in an urban setting, a billboard at the landing bears an ad for Samsung's Galaxy C phone. After the episode was shot and produced, the ad was inserted by Mirriad's technology over a real billboard at the setting.

  5. EU regulators want to know if LinkedIn data is unique: sources

    The logo for LinkedIn Corporation is shown in Mountain View, CaliforniaBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators want to know whether LinkedIn's data is unique, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday, which could be key to their decision on Microsoft's $26 billion bid for the social network. The European Commission earlier this week sent questionnaires to third parties, asking for their views on the subject after Microsoft sought approval for its biggest ever acquisition. One of the questions asked whether LinkedIn's data from its 433 million professionals is unique and whether it can be replicated, and to what extent substitutes exist for LinkedIn, the people said.


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