Airbnb touts $3 million tax collection, opponents still not buyi


NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tuesday, Airbnb announced it has collected more than $3 million in tax revenue for New Orleans since the beginning of the year, but not everyone believes the additional revenue outweighs the potential impact on neighborhoods. The tax is collected much like when someone stays at a hotel …

Student loan companies reach $21.6 million settlement over dubious debt collection lawsuits

Thousands of people who have been sued over past-due education debt are set to receive restitution from a $21.6 million government settlement with one of the largest owners of private student loans, National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts. On Monday Student Loan Creditor, Fined for ‘False’ Lawsuits, Must Halt Collections

Airbnb-condo deal makes it a hotel: critics

Airbnb is calling its new partnership with a Toronto condominium a milestone arrangement that is designed to improve the short-term rental market experience in the building near the city’s waterfront.But critics are crying foul, suggesting Airbnb’s deal with the board at Neptune Waterpark Condominiums (209 and 215 Fort York Rd.) …

Ivanka Trump touts child tax credit increase

Ivanka Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday was short, subdued and relatively unremarkable — in short, everything her father’s visit the day before was not. While President…

Microsoft in the dock again for aggressive user data collection

Microsoft has always collected user data, which the company has regularly suggested, is used for fixing errors, performance issues and to improve the apps and services it offers.Microsoft is facing questions again, this time from the Netherlands Data Protection Authority (DPA), over how the company collects user data from the …

Vancouver approves licensing plan for Airbnb-style rentals

Vancouver City Council has voted to legalize short-term rentals such as Airbnb, but will limit them to principal residences. Members of the ruling Vision Vancouver slate said the decision came down to preserving the city’s already limited long-term rental housing supply, rather than boosting the tourism business. “These are really, …

Votes now there to repeal Cook County pop tax, opponents say

The Cook County soda pop tax is headed to repeal, with enough commissioners signed on to withstand any veto by Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the lead sponsor said.Three more commissioners have switched their positions on the issue, according to a revised repeal ordinance posted Friday morning. The new version lists …

Vancouver bans short-term Airbnb rentals in laneway homes, basement suites

Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:27PM EST Last Updated Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:36PM EST Vancouver has banned owners of basement suites and laneway houses from listing them on Airbnb after a heated debate in which some city councillors warned that homeowners would not be…