sharing economy | WRAL TechWire - Part 23

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Speaking out via Twitter: Lively AirBNB, ‘sharing economy’ debate in Raleigh

The “sharing economy” debate is intensifying in Raleigh as a public meeting Monday night about AirBNB spilled over to include comments about Uber, paying taxes and fees – and who do you call in an AirBNB emergency? Twitter was alive with Tweets from the event, a “trending” event for the Capital City. (Check out WTW’s Twitter feed for more comments and photos at: Our own’s marketing guru Lisa Jeffries attended and put together a Twitter feed for WTW. While a taxi driver confessed he’s being hurt by ride-sharing service Uber, a number of entrepreneurs spoke out in...

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Is rider safety the real Achilles’ heel for Uber and Lyft?

The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. A bigger threat to the new industry’s impressive start could come from customers — if enough people stop using the services over fears that drivers aren’t safe. Not safe as in the drivers won’t get into an accident — safe as in they won’t attack passengers. Uber operates in more than 250 cities in 50 countries, and recently was valued at $40 billion based on $1.2 billion that investors poured into the...

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#WTWTrends: GSK jobs, HQRaleigh, startups, innovation grants, and Airbnb Trending in the Triangle

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Get the pulse of technology in the Triangle with the best in local technology, venture, biotech, and life science news on Wednesday as curated by @WRALTechWire. Highlight your news for consideration using the hashtag #WTWTrends. If you are on a mobile device, click According to sources, GlaxoSmithKline is laying off hundreds of workers involved in R&D at its campus in Research Triangle Park. There were far too many comments discovered to publish them all, so we highlighted a few for you. In other news, 12 startups in the Triangle and another in Wilmington...

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Airbnb crackdown: Raleigh orders homeowner to halt online room rentals

City officials on Tuesday ordered a Raleigh man to stop renting out a room in his Five Points home through the Airbnb website while the city studies the growing trend of using such online services. Airbnb offers unique places to rent in more than 190 different countries. The site lists hundreds of rooms for rent in Raleigh, and many are nightly rentals in private homes – areas that aren’t zoned for conducting business such as offering accommodations. More “Shared economy” coverage: City of Raleigh challenged by “shared economy” Uber disciplines executive over privacy issue Ride-sharing, rentals on General Assembly...

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