Airbnb is making a move into restaurant reservations

Airbnb already hooks you up with bed and breakfast. Now it’s looking to expand into lunch and dinner. The home-sharing site said Wednesday it will partner with restaurant reservation service Resy, allowing users to reserve tables without leaving the app. The move marks the next step toward the startup’s ultimate goal of becoming a service…
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Fancy smart locks marketed to Airbnb hosts permanently broken by software update

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The Internet of Things continues to amaze, but unfortunately for all the techno-utopians of the world, it’s for exactly the wrong reasons. 

The latest case study in why connecting every little thing to the internet might not be such a good idea is brought to us by Lockstate — a company that manufactures, among other things, a Wi-Fi enabled smart lock marketed to Airbnb hosts around the world. The device allows for keyless entry and remote monitoring, along with the charming ability to be remotely bricked.

And, surprise, that’s exactly what happened on Aug. 7 when Lockstate pushed an errant firmware update that left a number of its locks permanently busted. Whoops. Read more…

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NYC hotel industry releases new ad that suggests Airbnb helps terrorists

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The hotel industry is holding nothing back in its war against Airbnb.

The Hotel Association of New York City has released an advertisement that ties Airbnb to terrorism, using the recent Manchester bombing to associate the rental business with ways for terrorists to find housing.

Airbnb did not harbor any of the suspects around the bombing, though the company had initially been connected to an apartment that had been raided by police. That apartment turned out not to be an Airbnb, but rather a private room booked through another company.

Still, the ad uses the Manchester bombing to point the finger at Airbnb’s refusal to hand over addresses of listings to law enforcement.  Read more…

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