Friday, August 1, 2014

Week in Review

Businesses that support the sharing economy continue to grow, as evidenced by this week's news headlines. Airbnb announced it is partnering with Concur, a commonly used expense account management software. This partnership, which will include Airbnb as an expense booking option within Concur's software, is expected to introduce Airbnb to the business traveler market. Airbnb is also making legal headlines, as users of the site expose legal loopholes.  Read the link below to learn how a thirty day Palm Springs condo rental through Airbnb evolved into renters claiming tenant rights. Stay tuned as businesses like Airbnb and Uber, and others that promote a sharing economy, have the attention of regulators and will likely lead to new laws and litigation.

Technology and the Workplace
Airbnb Taps Business Travel Market With Concur (WSJ)
The 'Sharing Economy' Goes White-Collar (NYTimes)
LinkedIn update may violate employee's noncompete agreement (HR Hero)
Court upholds just-cause termination based on misconduct discovered post-termination (HR Hero)
Smartphone kill switch could save US consumers $3.4B, study says (CNET)

Technology and the Law
Guests refuse to leave Airbnb host's house (CNN)
Facebook taunt to cops leads to quick arrest (Tech Times)
Bitcoin trading website accused of defrauding thousands of customers (LA Times)
How NOT to Produce Facebook Evidence (Delaware Employment Law Blog)
Lords describe Right to be Forgotten as 'unworkable, unreasonable, and wrong' (The Guardian)

There's an App for That
Google Maps on your feet:  Smartshoes vibrate to tell you where to go (The Washington Post)
With This Vision Correction Technology, Your Screen Wears the Glasses (NBC News)
This App Lets You Ask a Doctor Any Question in Real-Time via Smartphone (Mashable)
Square Bets Big on Next-Gen Credit Card Tech (WIRED)
Your iPhone Can Finally Make Free, Encrypted Calls (WIRED)

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