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This Oct. 14, 2013 screen shot provided by Airbnb from their website shows a typical search for listings of rooms to rent, in this case in the Queens borough of New York, through Airbnb.
This Oct. 14, 2013 screen shot provided by Airbnb from their website shows a typical search for listings of rooms to rent, in this case in the Queens borough of New York, through Airbnb.
(Airbnb/The Associated Press)

How Airbnb shook up hotels (and why New York is fighting back)

It’s the thin red line that protects a free people from state tyranny, thinks Airbnb Inc. The rest of us might think it was just a quick way to make a few hundred bucks. Indeed, that is probably how Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general sees it and that’s why he wants to know who is hiding under the beds and in the closets, collecting the rents. In the outraged language of Airbnb’s blog: “If you’re one of the thousands of New Yorkers who has ever rented out your place while you were away for a weekend, the Attorney General still wants to know who you are and where you live.”