Kevin Montgomery · 07/10/14 12:05PM

Lyft has already been declared illegal in New York City. The city's taxi commission is threatening to impound driver's vehicles, saying the e-hailing startup hasn't complied with "safety requirements and other licensing criteria."

Nitasha Tiku · 06/13/14 12:40PM

Uber and Airbnb should "pay zero attention to government regulations," because "built into these platforms is a far better regulatory system than the government could ever wish to concoct," argues Estimize CEO Leigh Drogen, who missed a few news cycles.

Nitasha Tiku · 03/18/14 01:00PM

Airbnb has been a blessing in disguise for San Francisco landlords itching to evict their tenants. The Chronicle says three-day eviction notices for Airbnb use are on the rise. Other landlords claim illegal Airbnb activity to skip the 72-hour "cure or quit" period.

Nitasha Tiku · 01/13/14 06:02PM

How did Bloomberg arrive at the block-headed conclusion that New York HATES the sharing economy? Maybe because they polled a very skewed sampling of your average citizen: "Ask a bunch of New Yorkers where they spend their money: apartments, cars, vacation lodgings, maybe designer handbags."

The Regulatory Crackdown on Airbnb and Uber Is Going Global

Nitasha Tiku · 12/30/13 01:25PM

The kumbaya sound of the "sharing economy" hums right by the fact that the irresistible middlemen who make it easy to find a place to stay or a cab at your fingertips do so for a hefty profit. And when profit and public infrastructure like housing and transportation collide, regulators are bound to follow.

Nitasha Tiku · 08/28/13 12:52PM

To explain the rise of "the sharing economy" made of startups like Airbnb, Uber, and TaskRabbit, The Verge looks to . . . the decline of serial killers. The two would seem to correlate about as well the growth of location services and the decline of horse-driven buggies. This has been a gentle reminder that regular killers can kill too.