CHRIST, AIRBNB, GET IT TOGETHER. Airbnb, a company heretofore known mostly for a beautiful website, innovative business and the charm and grit of its founders, as well as their notorious Craigslist spamming, has potentially smashed its reputation to pieces as one user’s horror story came to light. CEO Brian Chesky responded publicly yesterday with a rather mild apology, and then the victim, a travel blogger named Emily whose existence and story have not been independently confirmed, wrote an update on her blog claiming that:
Twitter is a perilous platform! The company just introduced Following pages–as in twitter.com/betabeat/following–a public version of every users’ stream. This was one of the most popular features of News.me, the New York Times-sponsored, Betaworks-incubated social news reader iPad app that launched about a month ago. The main features of the app are: a stream of articles shared by people you follow, an Instapaper-like view for reading said articles, and the ability to peek into the feeds of other users.
How much is news worth? The New York Times can’t decide. Getting the paper delivered turns out to be the cheapest option, as it comes bundled with access to the website, smartphone and iPad apps.
Newspaper delivery + all digital access: $5.85 per week
All digital access: $8.75 per week
NYTimes.com + smartphone app: Read More
In Tablet We Trust
Ok, here is an interesting proposition. What if you started paying to read sites like Gizmodo, Mashable and Business Insider? No, these publishers aren’t building their own pay walls like some Grey Ladies we know. But if users want to read them in hip, socialized, tablet native app like News.me, they better get ready for Read More
Watch your back, Rupert Murdoch. The New York Times iPad app News.me could roll out any day now.
Sarah Perez at ReadWriteWeb is reporting thatthe social news service News.me just started accepting requests for invitations.
Few details are known about the venture, which the Times is developing in partnership with New York’s Betaworks. Read More