Airbnb

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Columbus City Council is scheduled to vote Monday evening on a measure that would regulate the short-term rental industry.

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Starting July 24, the newest version of the Google Chrome is notifying users anytime they try to access an unencrypted or unsecure page.  HTTP sites are less safe than those beginning with HTTPS, which prevents eavesdropping and tampering from third parties. The tech giant has been trying to push for more secure sites on the Internet.   Today on Tech Tuesday, we discuss Google’s latest move toward greater user security. We’ll also talk about possible regulations on Columbus AirBnB and other short-term rentals in the city.  

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With a wide front porch and soft chairs gazing onto the front yard, Scott Haskett’s Airbnb looks like other houses on his tree-lined street in the Short North. 

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Airbnb has become a convenient fallback position for scores of travelers who prefer the so-called online sharing economy. Last year, the company implemented a nondiscriminatory policy, but a Rutgers University study has revealed that Airbnb hosts are still more likely to reject queries from disabled travelers.

 Today on Tech Tuesday: disability discrimination in the sharing economy. Also, the risks of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoins, and news from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.