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Thumbing through guide books for restaurant and shopping tips while on holiday could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to mobile travel technology that knows where you are and what you like and can ping you personalised recommendations.
With one million people expected to seek asylum in Europe this year and governments arguing over how to cope, thousands of volunteers are taking to the Internet to offer refugees shelter free of charge.
Three young Dutch start-up entrepreneurs have launched a website to find temporary accommodation for refugees fleeing to Europe, modelled on the popular Airbnb home rental site.
At the end of July, Homejoy, a start-up company that used the Web to offer house cleaning, hung up its mops, leaving customers in the lurch and Google Ventures and other top-tier private equity backers out the more than US$35mil (RM150.4mil) they had sunk into the company.
Brazils president Dilma Rousseff criticised ride-sharing software Uber for increasing unemployment, adding to a chorus of labour concerns about the world's most valuable venture-backed start-up.
The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the US start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said.
Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm.