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NYT | Bits The Business of Tecnology Daily Report November 5, 2013: In New York, Airbnb Offers Extra Income but Questionable Legality Inbox. x


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In New York, Airbnb Offers Extra Income but Questionable Legality | Airbnb is a service adored by some, despised by others, and most commonly known as a place to rent out your apartment while you are out of town for a few days, Elizabeth A. Harris reports. But doing so is often illegal in New York City, one reason the company has locked horns with the New York State attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman.
A huge amount of money hangs in the balance of this dispute, including revenue for Airbnb, as well as untold millions in hotel tax dollars that the attorney general says Airbnb has been costing the state every year. Also at stake is a discrete little economy, populated by New Yorkers who make a substantial portion of their income by renting out apartments on a short-term basis through the website, sometimes legally and sometimes not.
"Last year we made about $90,000 from this business," said Leslie, who rents out two rooms in her two-family house in Brooklyn through Airbnb. Leslie, a stay-at-home mother who is married to a teacher, agreed to speak only if her address and last name were withheld.
In most residential apartment buildings, renting out your space for less than 30 days is illegal, unless you are present when you have that visitor. The restriction does not apply to single- or two-family homes, like Leslie's, but zoning laws may still limit the practice. Leases and building bylaws may also forbid it.
Still, even those whose rental side business might surmount legal hurdles were skittish about being identified. Sometimes they did not want their neighbors to know. But they were also worried that the state might choose to make an example of them. Mr. Schneiderman has subpoenaed Airbnb for transaction information on many of its New York users, and the company is fighting to keep the information private. Read more »
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Tama Robertson is among the New Yorkers who use Airbnb to rent out rooms in their homes to short-term visitors, sometimes legally, sometimes not.
The Airbnb Economy in New York: Lucrative but Often Illegal | A number of New Yorkers make a substantial portion of their income by renting out apartments on a short-term basis through the Airbnb website.
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Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, at a House Intelligence Committee hearing last Tuesday.
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NYT | Asian Morning Today's Headlines November 5, 2013: Congolese Rebel Group Says It Is Laying Down Arms

 
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Top News
Children played on a destroyed M-23 tank last week near Kibumba, north of Goma.
Congolese Rebel Group Says It Is Laying Down Arms

By NICHOLAS KULISH

Victories against the group, M23, by the military of the Democratic Republic of Congo and diplomatic pressure on the rebels' supporters in Rwanda were seen as having paved the way for the move.
In Geneva, Diplomats Try to Push Syria Peace Conference

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE and ALAN COWELL

Senior U.S., Russian and U.N. diplomats met to build momentum for peace talks, despite rifts within the Syrian opposition and other states in the region.
Olli Rehn, the European Union's commissioner for economics and monetary affairs, said growth this year is expected to flatline in the 28 countries of the Union.
E.U. Predicts Anemic Growth and High Unemployment in 2014

By JAMES KANTER

Economic growth in 2014 should hit 1.1 percent in the euro area and 1.4 percent across the European Union and continue to strengthen in 2015.
. Greece Resumes Talks With Lenders Over Budget Gap
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Video Video: Brazil's North Zones
The Frugal Traveler heads to the north sides of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where urban explorers can find affordable adventures.

OPINION | Op-Ed | Norihiro Kato

If the Emperor Wore a Kimono

By NORIHIRO KATO

Why shouldn't the emperor - a living symbol of "Japaneseness" - wear that quintessentially Japanese item of apparel?
World
A Congolese Rebellion Routed, a Photographer's Work Continues

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A Congolese Rebellion Routed, a Photographer's Work Continues

By NICHOLAS KULISH

While the M23 rebels of Congo send signals of peace, the photographer Pete Muller, who has been documenting the conflict, will continue his work there exploring notions of masculinity.
German Officials Provide Details on Looted Art Trove

By MELISSA EDDY

A collection of about 1,400 works of art discovered last year at the home of an elderly man includes works by Picasso, Chagall, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and major German artists.
. Report of Nazi-Looted Trove Puts Art World in an Uproar
A member of the Bangladesh Rifles who was sentenced to death by a Dhaka judge in connection with a bloody 2009 mutiny.
152 Border Guards Given Death Penalty Over Revolt in Bangladesh

By JULFIKAR ALI MANIK and ELLEN BARRY

The sentence was imposed on members of the Bangladesh Rifles in connection with a 2009 mutiny in which scores were killed.
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World
Business
Ford Pays a High Price for Plant Closing in Belgium

By JACK EWING

Ford has succeeded in reaching a labor settlement in Genk, Belgium, but only after a long, bitter struggle that cost the company $750 million.
. Photographs  Slide Show: Belgian Town Braces for Ford Exit
. Map  Map: End of the Assembly Line
Greece Resumes Talks With Lenders Over Budget Gap

By NIKI KITSANTONIS

The two sides are disputing the size of a budget gap for next year and whether new austerity measures will be needed to cover it.
For more business news, go to INYT.com/Business
Technology
Acer, with J.T. Wang as its chief executive, has been hit hard by a decline in sales of desktop computers as more consumers and businesses turn to tablets and other devices.

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Acer's Chief Resigns Amid Slump in PC Sales

By ERIC PFANNER

The Taiwanese computer maker said Tuesday that its chief executive, J.T. Wang, had resigned, citing an inability to come to grips with a downturn in the PC business.
A screen shot of Google Helpouts, which capitalizes on the popularity of how-to videos on YouTube, as well as serves as a bridge between offline and online commerce.

Bits Blog

Helpouts From Google Connects People With Experts Over Live Video

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

Acknowledging that its search engine cannot answer everybody's questions, Google introduced Helpouts, for live, one-on-one video chats with experts.
Tama Robertson is among the New Yorkers who use Airbnb to rent out rooms in their homes to short-term visitors, sometimes legally, sometimes not.

The Appraisal

The Airbnb Economy in New York: Lucrative but Often Illegal

By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS

A number of New Yorkers make a substantial portion of their income by renting out apartments on a short-term basis through the Airbnb website.
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Sports
Tottenham goalie Hugo Lloris, left, was knocked unconscious after a collision with Romelu Lukaku of Everton on Sunday. Lloris stayed in the game.

On Soccer

No Heroism in Playing After a Head Injury

By SAM BORDEN

Hugo Lloris's ability to persuade trainers that he could play after a blow to the head showed the flaws of the Premier League's treatment of head injuries.
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Petr Cech, the Chelsea goalkeeper, has worn protective headgear in matches since he sustained a serious injury in 2006.
Time to Remove Coaches From Concussion Decisions

By ROB HUGHES

It's no longer enough to make it a guideline to remove a player after a blow to the head; it needs to become a rule.
The Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness said he was ''surprised'' at the court's decision, but vowed to fight his case.
Bayern Munich Chief Faces Trial for Tax Evasion

By MELISSA EDDY

Uli Hoeness is to be tried in March on charges of evading millions of euros in taxes, but the soccer club said it saw no need for him to step down.
For more sports news, go to INYT.com/Sports
U.S. News
Mr. McGinn, right, seeking a second term, was interviewed before campaigning Monday. The election is Tuesday.
Seattle's Mayor Faces Challenge, Despite Signs of Success

By KIRK JOHNSON

On the eve of Election Day, polls suggested that Mayor Mike McGinn was in trouble, even though the economy is doing pretty well and job numbers are growing.
Christie Hopes to Show G.O.P. He Has Diverse Support

By KATE ZERNIKE

Almost an assured presidential contender, Gov. Chris Christie is hoping to show his party that he can win big and attract black and Hispanic voters.
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Kentucky and other states are using counselors to seek out and sign up uninsured residents, providing a clear view of how enrollment under the health care law should work.
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High-Caliber Cosmic Nothingness
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Op-Ed Contributor

Kenya Tests International Justice

By MAKAU W. MUTUA

Africans and the West must stand firm, and not allow Kenya's leaders to delay their hearing before the International Criminal Court.
For more opinion, go to INYT.com/Opinion

MoneyShow Investors Daily Alert November 5, 2013: There is No Fed Endgame

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DealBook P.M. Edition November 5, 2013: In Surprise Exit, Bart Chilton to Depart Futures Commission.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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In Surprise Exit, Bart Chilton to Depart Futures Commission
In Surprise Exit, Bart Chilton to Depart Futures Commission Bart Chilton, the outspoken regulator whose colorful commentary on Wall Street positioned him as a fierce critic of the industry, said Tuesday that he would step down from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
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    Proposed Rule Limits Size of Commodities Traders' Positions
    Proposed Rule Limits Size of Commodities Traders' Positions The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is seeking to expand the types of commodities future contracts subject to trading limits.
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    Allen Edmonds Changes Private Equity Hands Brentwood Associates, based in Los Angeles, bought the men's shoemaker from Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison, based in Minneapolis, for about $180 million.
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    LOOKING AHEAD
    Twitter Many investors use Twitter, but beginning Thursday, they can buy a piece of the company, too. The microblogging network, with 232 million users, plans to sell at least 70 million shares of stock to the public at $23 to $25 a share in an initial public offering. The final price and number of shares is expected to be set on Wednesday night, but if it prices at the high end, Twitter would be valued at $13.9 billion at the start of its first day of trading.
    Economic Reports On Thursday, the Commerce Department will release its first estimate of economic growth in the third quarter of 2013. The announcement, which was delayed by the government shutdown, is expected to show an economy growing moderately, but not robustly. Experts will be watching closely to see how higher interest rates affected the housing sector, and whether cutbacks in government spending crimped growth. The consensus forecast among economists is for growth to have run at an annual rate of about 2 percent.
    Jobs Report On Friday, the Labor Department will announce the latest figures for job creation in October, along with the unemployment rate for the month. These figures are hotly anticipated because they will offer clues to how much of a hit the economy suffered with the government shuttered. The release was delayed by one week because of the shutdown. Economists estimate that about 135,000 jobs were created in October, with the unemployment rate rising to 7.4 percent from 7.2 percent in September. 

    Quotation of the Day
    "I'm reminded of the old Etta James song, 'At Last.'"
    Bart Chilton announcing his exit from the C.F.T.C. after nearly three decades of government service.