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one man's house is another man's ... pineapple?
Airbnb is launching a new magazine. It's called Pineapple.
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Airbnb has announced that it's getting into the magazine business. Their new quarterly print publication, dubbed Pineapple, is "named after the fruit that was a symbol of hospitality in colonial New England," according to The New York Times. The first issue is 128 pages, contains no advertising, and will be available for purchase for $12. Read More
Market forces
Beyond Pricing will help Boston Airbnb hosts adjust rates based on demand
Airbnb host Jen Lawrence rents a pull-out couch in the living room of her Somerville home. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)
If you've ever tried to book a flight during February's school vacation weeks, or a hotel in Arizona in August, you've seen demand-based pricing in action. In some cities, even parking meters adjust their prices based on how many spots are left on a block. Now a San Francisco startup, Beyond Pricing, is bringing demand-based pricing to people who rent out their homes — or just spare rooms — through Airbnb. The free service adjusts the price of a condo in the North End or a spare bedroom in Back Bay up or down, based on how much demand exists on each specific night of the year. Read More
Sharing economy debate
Airbnb to get a closer look from the Boston City Council
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After settling its dispute with parking app Haystack, the Boston City Council will now start to look into "for-profit lodging in personal residences." In particular, the council will hold a hearing to decide if more regulation needs to be put into place for companies like Airbnb, Boston-based FlipKey, HomeAway, and others. Read More