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Sharing startup Twisted Road wants to be the Airbnb for motorcycles

Austin Rothbard was frustrated. For the third time in a row, he'd found himself on vacation, in a scenic place that was perfect for motorcycling, without a motorcycle and without any way to rent one.

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Apps to screen tenants latest Chinese startups battleground

In its attempt to cool what are among the fastest-rising property prices in the world, China is pushing its people to rent instead of buy. That’s prompting venture capitalists to pour millions into an old-fashioned sector that’s being uprooted by technology: rental management.

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Car-sharing apps’ rising US popularity fuels tax debate

Lawmakers in Arizona and about three dozen other US states are weighing regulations for apps that let people rent their cars to strangers.

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Yelp! for real estate: Manhattan landlords are about to get graded

The for-rent advertisement for an apartment boasting natural light, a marble bathroom, and a granite kitchen sounds lovely, but what the listing doesn’t mention is that the building has a long history of tenant complaints and city-issued violations.

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Apps aid fashionistas in tracking down desired clothing, shoes

Fashionistas envious of clothing, shoes and accessories worn by strangers or seen on websites can turn to new apps for hassle-free shopping to find, and buy or rent, similar items.

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‘These are poverty-level jobs in Facebook’: Silicon Valley security officers protest for better wages

Eric Murphy generally makes about US$2,400 (RM9,611) per month after taxes as a security guard at Facebook, but his dream right now is not to buy a home or even rent out a one-bedroom apartment in San Jose, which averages about US$2,460 (RM9,851) monthly.

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Singapore proposes allowing Airbnb-type rentals, with tough conditions

Singapore proposed allowing private home owners to rent out their property for short-term stays but with stringent conditions, a move welcomed by home-sharing giant Airbnb.

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GM is said to plan Airbnb-like service for sharing your wheels

General Motors Co plans to start a pilot programme this summer that will enable car owners to rent out their vehicles when they aren’t using them, according to people familiar with the matter.