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Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Company claims new rules violate constitutional rights

AIRBNB FILED SUIT against the city of Boston Tuesday seeking to block officials from implementing new regulations on short-term rentals set to take effect January 1, claiming the rules illegally require the company to turn over private host information and to bar investors from listing multiple units. In its lawsuit, Airbnb portrays itself as merely(...)

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Senate gives special treatment to Airbnb

Senate gives special treatment to Airbnb

House bill gets it right on regulating short-term rentals like lodging

REAL ESTATE INVESTORS are increasingly reshaping local residential neighborhoods by acquiring homes and apartments and converting them into full-time tourist lodging as “short-term rentals.” What began about a decade ago with a few homeowners offering an occasional room for rent is now a hot investment trend—producing record earnings for absentee owners, but also threatening housing(...)

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The right prescription for biomed innovation

The right prescription for biomed innovation

Stronger intellectual property protections needed to safeguard research and development

JUST AS ATLANTA has a booming film industry and Silicon Valley has become synonymous with technology, Boston has earned its place as America’s hometown for biomedical innovation. With a hyper-educated workforce, a cutting-edge biopharma and medical device sector, and massive investments in research and development, it’s no wonder Beantown has seen such a surge in(...)

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Making book on Beacon Hill

Making book on Beacon Hill

Supreme Court ruling on sports betting ban opens door for state to cash in

MONDAY’S RULING FROM the U.S. Supreme Court that states are free to legalize sports betting opened the door to the possibility of a further expansion of gaming in Massachusetts, a topic Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to talk about with legislative leaders Monday afternoon. The decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which the(...)

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Boston’s brand as tech destination is muddled

Boston’s brand as tech destination is muddled

State, industry, academia need to get on same AI page

WHEN WE CHOSE BOSTON as the US beachhead for our international software company, we knew we’d get a critical benefit: close proximity to innovators and other highly skilled professionals. Boston’s relatively easy access to Europe, where we do much of our business, also helped with our decision. But we also knew what we wouldn’t be(...)

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Net neutrality hearing gets hot

Net neutrality hearing gets hot

Senators clash with internet service providers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SENATORS PUT REPRESENTATIVES of internet service providers on the hot seat Wednesday at a hearing on a Senate bill intended to promote fair internet practices known as net neutrality. Internet service providers (ISPs) and their representatives have said they do not currently and do not intend to slow connection speeds for(...)

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Rosenberg suggests House to blame for Airbnb inaction

Rosenberg suggests House to blame for Airbnb inaction

Senator says ‘it’s not rocket science’ to craft regulations

SEN. STAN ROSENBERG chastised his fellow lawmakers on Thursday for dithering for years while the short-term rental industry embedded itself in the market and grew unencumbered by regulations and the lodging tax “It’s not going away, technology is not going away,” said Rosenberg, who was part of a CommonWealth magazine Newsmakers panel discussing how Beacon Hill(...)

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The Airbnb gold rush is on

The Airbnb gold rush is on

Whole buildings, like this one in Chinatown, are being converted into hotels

Photographs by Ken Richardson AIRBNB, LIKE THE draw of ride-hailing apps to car owners, started with the premise that your home can make you a little extra money by renting out rooms to travelers looking to save a few dollars. Empty-nesters, they said, could rent out junior’s bedroom now that he’s moved out and put(...)

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Everyone knows Anthony in the North End – just not this one

Phony host names on rental site mislead as to who the owner is

THIS STORY IS A SIDEBAR TO THE MAIN STORY: THE AIRBNB GOLD RUSH IS ON. ANTHONY WAS A popular Airbnb host. His 88 units in Boston, including about half in the North End, drew more than 2,000 mostly positive reviews over a 15-month period. “We had a fantastic stay in Anthony’s place,” wrote Carol from(...)

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