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New York Officials Plan Airbnb Crackdown

New York Officials Plan Airbnb Crackdown

New York City and New York State officials announced a joint enforcement initiative to shut down what they called “illegal hotels” on Thursday.
The crackdown is aimed squarely at short-term Airbnb rentals.  New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman simultaneously released a report that found that up to 72% of Airbnb listings violate state and city laws.  New York City prohibits people from renting homes and apartments for fewer than 30 …

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines said it will continue to expand its Miami hub, including adding a non-stop flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
The Fort Worth-based airline recently announced plans for new routes out of Miami, linking the city to Austin, Kansas City, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City.  It also recently began service between Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Speaking in front of a group of journalists, Doug Parker, the airline’s CEO, said that American would …

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York to Add Wi-Fi and Phone Service to Additional Subway Stations

New York City transit officials said Tuesday that they would be adding mobile phone and Wi-Fi service to additional locations in the coming months.
The city will add service to 40 underground subway stops, with 11 in Manhattan and 29 in Queens. There are already 36 stations in Manhattan that have service. The story was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
The Wi-Fi service will be free. Royal Caribbean Cruises would …

United to Add Wi-Fi to Regional Jet Fleet

United to Add Wi-Fi to Regional Jet Fleet

United Airlines announced plans to offer in-flight Wi-Fi service on its two-cabin regional jet fleet.  The service will be provided by Gogo, which will offer its faster ATG-4 product.
The two companies plan to begin installing the equipment necessary to provide the service later this year on over 200 aircraft.  ATG-4 is roughly three times as fast as the original Gogo service, launched in 2008.
United and Gogo will also offer in-flight …

Hailo Pulls Out of U.S. Market

Hailo Pulls Out of U.S. Market

Hailo Network, a ridesharing services company that linked passengers with drivers for hire, said it would cease operations in the United States.
The London-based company, which competed with Uber and Lyft for a share of the app-driven car service market, will continue to operate in other markets including London, Manchester, Tokyo, Osaka, and Barcelona.  According to its website, it plans to begin operations in Singapore later this year.
Hailo, which calls itself …

Flight Attendants Seek to Reinstate Ban on Electronic Devices During Takeoff and Landing

Flight Attendants Seek to Reinstate Ban on Electronic Devices During Takeoff and Landing

While passengers across the nation have been relishing the ability to use their personal electronic devices from the moment they get on the plane, and through taxi, takeoff, and landing, a flight attendants union isn’t fully on board.
The 60,000-member Association of Flight Attendants is seeking to roll back the rule and a lawyer representing the group argued in court that the change in policy should never have taken place, and …

Tesla Unveils Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive Model S

Tesla Unveils Dual-Motor All-Wheel-Drive Model S

Tesla Motors unveiled a dual-motor electric vehicle on Thursday as well as a number of driver assistance features.
With some of the panache of an Apple product launch, Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled an all-electric Model S sedan with an additional front motor and drive system.  The new vehicle will be more powerful and have all-wheel drive.
While the Model S is the first all-electric production vehicle with dual-motor all-wheel drive, other …