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While You Were Off the Grid
Posted By Renee Oricchio On August 1, 2011 @ 6:21 pm In Internet and Online Business | No Comments
Welcome back vacation warriors!
You picked a great time to be away last week. Outside of tech, there was really only one story to pay attention to: Washington continuing to fiddle while the deficit burned. High drama was not limited to the political sphere, however. It was drama and not Apple, Google or Facebook dominating the tech world last week. Here’s an update of what happened while you were… Off the grid!
This was the big tech story that had everyone talking last week. An anonymous California woman, believed to be an event planner of some sort, blogged a riveting first-hand account of what happened when she rented out her San Francisco apartment through Airbnb.
Airbnb, for those of you unfamiliar with this company, is an apartment matchmaker for travelers who would like to make a few extra bucks renting out their homes while they are away—and sublet them to other road warriors and tourists who might prefer the home touch over the hotel touch. For the most part, these are matches made in heaven, and Airbnb is growing like a weed.
Last week’s avalanche of stories over this, however, could potentially have the effect of one big dose of Roundup on Airbnb (sticking with that “weed” analogy).
The anonymous woman described coming home and finding that the renters had absolutely decimated her home; destroyed her belongings, trashed her apartment, stolen irreplaceable family heirlooms, violated her most intimate personal belongings (her panty drawer, for example), broke into her private files taking her most sensitive personal identity information and vandalized the property itself. She describes being left traumatized and unable to continue leaving there, while now fearing for her life after such a malicious attack.
Since her original posting, there have been rumors, speculation, blame-the-victim public floggings all over social media, along with outcries for compassion and justice on her behalf. I told you, drama was the big headline last week!
Here are the big nuggets from the fall-out:
In other news, last week it was reported that the Apple iPhone 5 will be available in September. Scratch that; it’s going to be October sometime.
Welcome back to the grid!
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