I mean, if you're going to censor something, doing so AFTER it hits CNN is just... I'm getting vibes of Baghdad Bob from beyond the grave here...
I'm sure many of us on HN will read that response closely.
Meanwhile, Wimdu thinks that it can beat Airbnb on customer service.
Maybe so. People who can't afford to lose the spaces they rent out will have to think twice about whether or not to participate on Airbnb.
After edit: blocking this story from the front page inconsistently with the number of comments and upvotes received doesn't seem explicable under any announced HN policy. This and another thread I mentioned recently
both seem rather puzzling as applications of HN policy. It would be kind for someone from site management to let us know what is going on.
> The startup is so hot that it has attracted actor
> Ashton Kutcher as one of its investors.
This hugely benefits their competition, now people know a service like this exists and might explore their options. But they will likely stay away from Airbnb. Never understood how they haven't offered insurance as an addition, it doesn't take that much work to create a policy with an outside firm or two.
The story is now international and utterly mainstream.
While I agree the story has reached the mainstream through the magic of CNN distillation, I think it's safe to say that many readers of HN, myself included, are all well-versed and thoroughly informed regarding every known aspect of the Airbnb situation and are eagerly awaiting more news to sink their conspiratorial fangs into, not a recap as presented to the average CNN reader, many of whom would have no response to the unlicensed B&B phenomenon currently being exploited by methamphetamine users.