Katie Couric actually conducts a damn good interview of AirBnB founder. Maybe Marissa was right to bring her over. Why Is the ‘Sharing Economy’ Starting So Many Arguments?
In New York, renting out spare living space to short-term visitors via Airbnb has become a heated regulatory issue. In San Francisco, the city attorney has just ordered Monkey Parking, a service built around auctioning off public parking spaces, to knock it off. If you’ve bumped into these controversies, you may be confused about how this “sharing economy” thing can sound so virtuous yet spark such vociferous opposition.
Microsoft is also announcing deep price cuts to its cloud storage called OneDrive. For 100 GB Microsoft is reducing the price from $7.49 to $1.49 and for 200GB from $11.49 to $3.99. Microsoft is also increasing the size available for Free from 7 GB to 15 GB.
Jeff Bezos says, “Your margin is my opportunity.” That’s probably what Lyft and Uber were saying to each other as they slashed their commissions to 0. How do you beat a company that doesn’t need to make money? The 8 hours you need to sleep each night, are my opportunity. The time you spend with your family and friends, is my opportunity. If you’re not maxed out, if there’s still a shred of humanity left in you, then you’re just leaving your lunch on the table.
Now is a good time to make sure all the data on your iPhone is backed up in the cloud. CBS Los Angeles reports that the huge iOS ransomware scam that first popped up in Australia on Tuesday has now made its way to the United States. Hackers have figured out a way to exploit the Find My iPhone feature in iOS to lock up users’ iPhones and iPads and demand a ransom from them if they ever want to use their devices again
But because after watching real estate implode last decade, the average American still believes their home will make a great long-term investment. As my colleague David Hanson wrote last week, a recent Gallup poll shows that Americans now believe housing is the best long-term investment, beating out stocks, bonds, and gold. They might be right, only because the average stock investor does so poorly that a home may indeed be their best investment.
The only major personality trait that consistently leads to success is conscientiousness . “I t’s emerging as one of the primary dimensions of successful functioning across the lifespan,” Paul Tough writes in “How Children Succeed.” “It really goes cradle to grave in terms of how people do.” Tough says that people who test high in conscientiousness get better grades in school and college, commit fewer crimes, and stay married longer.
Jack Dorsey’s payment start-up is burning through massive amounts of cash as it tries to scale its payments business. I have heard the same things from sources across the business—that Square had met with Apple, Google and PayPal in a bid to sell itself before the cash ran out. There was even an unconfirmed story of a secret London meeting last year between Square and Visa (which invested in the start-up during the spring of 2011).
Move over, Google Fiber: AT&T has begun discussions to bring its ultra-fast U-Verse GigaPower Internet service to 21 cities across the U.S., the company said Monday. AT&T and Google are racing to roll out Internet service with speeds of up to 1 gigabit a second, a bandwidth that can easily handle today’s high-definition video and audio. AT&T plans to roll out U-Verse GigaPower to more markets more quickly than Google can.
This baby panda is anything but cute. “Unflod Baby Panda” is the name given to a newly discovered malware campaign that targets jailbroken iOS devices, whose owners have disabled Apple’s built-in limitations and security measures in order to get more control over their iPhones, iPads and iPods. Members of the online forum Reddit are credited with first discovering Unflod on Apr. 17, when members of the “r/jailbreak” subreddit tried to help a user whose jailbroken iPhone was behaving strangely.
Last week, we took an in-depth look at Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone to see how it compared with the HTC One (M8). While the competition was certainly intense, in the end we called HTC’s new flagship phone the best Android smartphone in the world. In terms of sales, however, the M8 will never compete with the Galaxy S5.