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And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going: Airbnb Talks Up Its Economic Contribution to New York City

Don't worry, this lil owlhouse is safe. (Airbnb)

After notching a victory in the case of host Nigel Warren, locking down the legality of hosting while you’re still on the premises, Airbnb is dealing with another legal challenge from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He wants data on 15,000 local hosts, saying it’s necessary to determine unpaid hotel taxes and root out illegal hotel operators on the platform. The company is fighting the subpoena as, they say, too broad.

In the meantime, public policy head David Hantman convened a presser at General Assembly to tout how much the startup is contributing to the economy of New York City. Between the sternly upbeat tone and the stack of printed pamphlets, it felt like a visit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Read More

When Lawyers Send Letters

The Attorney General of New York Has Subpoenaed Airbnb for Local Hosts’ User Data

Hi bub. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Airbnb)

Guess AirBnB’s legal headaches aren’t over just quite yet. The New York Daily News says that the state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman (last seen busting up the fake Yelp review cartel), has subpoenaed user data for the 225,000 New Yorkers on Airbnb for all local hosts (the precise number isn’t clear).

He’s reportedly investigating violates of a 2010 state law against short-term apartment rentals. The idea is to go after those renting out to drunk French kids every weekend, but it’s not really clear where the line between “bad actor” and “power user” sits. Read More

Steal This

NY Attorney General Asks Tech Companies to Solve Phone Theft For Him

Just like this. (Photo: Let's Unlock iPhone)

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is worried about our state’s significant uptick in phone thefts, but that’s really more Tim Cook’s problem. Bloomberg reports that Mr. Schneiderman has penned a letter to tech giants like Google and Apple asking them why, if you guys are capable of making face computers and cars that drive themselves, can’t you make phones unstealable? Read More

Law and Order

New York Sues Sprint for Tax Fraud

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (Getty)

Sprint, the company your Dad uses for his holstered Nextel walkie talkie, apparently thought they could get away with not paying taxes. As it turns out, the reason Sprint contracts have been so cheap in recent years is because the company has been committing tax fraud, at least according to a new lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Read More

Law and Order

New York Partners With Tech Companies to Purge Sex Offenders From Xbox Live, World of Warcraft

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Typically online sexual predators are depicted infiltrating Facebook or chat rooms, not the equally as networked world of online gaming. That might be why it’s taken authorities awhile to identify those avatars as a potential target. In an unprecedented initiative dubbed “Operation: Game Over,” however, New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman announced a partnership with major tech companies that have agreed to “shed registered sex offenders from their networks, reports CNET.

Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group, Warner Bros., and Sony have all joined the effort, which has already helped purge more than 3,500 accounts of registered sex offenders in New York from platforms like Xbox Live and MMORPGs like World of Warcraft. Read More