Public Relations

Public Relations

This Is Google’s New Ad Campaign in New York [PICS]

google beetles

Remember back when Google used to not advertise? Those days are long gone, and the search giant is buying ads all over the New York City subway system: cute, basic drawings explaining various aspects of Google’s security or privacy policies.

Of course, Google just changed its privacy policy to make it blatant to users that if you give information to one Google product, you’re giving that data to all Google products. It’s part of the slow creep of Google+ into all our Google tools, and not everyone is happy about it. But maybe these adorable ads will help. Read More

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Airbnb Competitor Roomorama: ‘We Don’t Want to Trade Security for Volume’

Airbnb's reputation.

The story of the Airbnb user whose apartment was burglarized and trashed by an Airbnb renter continues. A blog post written by the victim, “EJ,” took a month to hit the internets–but once it did, it hit big, prompting Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky to write a response on TechCrunch yesterday to say that he was in close contact with the victim and the police and that with Airbnb’s help, a suspect was in custody.

Bullshit, EJ wrote in an update on her blog yesterday, responding to Mr. Chesky line by line. Someone was apprehended a month ago, she writes, but he or she was “transferred to a neighboring jurisdiction for prosecution of previous crimes, and no charges or arrest warrant has been issued for my case within San Francisco County. If this has changed and Chesky‚Äôs statement is in fact true, I have not been made aware by city officials.” Read More