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BoatUS Launches Peer-to-Peer Boat Insurance Program

BoatUS has launched a boat rental insurance policy available for rentals through Boatbound, a nationwide boat rental marketplace. The new Peer-to-Peer Boat Rental Policy covers the rental period and is designed specifically to meet the needs of this new and …

Uber Driver Case Tests ‘Sharing Economy’ Business Model

The most serious challenge to Uber Technologies Inc.’s “Be your own Boss” business model might also present an early test to the wider sharing economy as well as undermine its own $50 billion valuation. The immediate battle comes Thursday in …

How On-Demand Economy Is Changing Workers’ Compensation

The workers’ compensation industry must contend with a fast-growing on-demand economy where jobs are filled via apps and more employees are temporary contractors. “Technology is changing how we think about jobs,” Dr. Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute …

Video Ads Next Big Thing in Ridesharing?

James Bellefeuille is an Uber driver for a living, though he admits that what he earns is not much to live on. Yet in the new sharing economy, there’s hope for people like Bellefeuille who can bring some innovation and …

Kentucky City Warns Homeowners Not to Rent to Travelers

Metro Louisville, Ky. officials have sent letters to some homeowners that rent space to travelers through online home-sharing sites telling them to stop the practice immediately or they risk being fined. The Courier-Journal reports the letters say the property owners …

Home-Sharing Service Airbnb Offers $1M Host Liability Policy

The fast-growing online residential space sharing service Airbnb has added a $1 million liability insurance policy that protects those, including landlords and homeowners associations, facing lawsuits related to the renting of their properties through the service. The new Host Protection …

Boston Emerging as Unlikely Battleground for Web-Based Businesses

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from …

FAA Ruling Grounds AirPooler’s Uber-Style Sharing in Air Travel

The trend in sharing services popularized by Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. will take longer to gain a foothold in the world of aviation, if at all. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration reviewed its rules and determined that AirPooler …

‘Share’ Economy to Bring Sweeping Changes to Pittsburgh

Jonathan Danial is a concierge, making sure guests have bottled water, crisp linens and the signature house banana bread — in his home. David Pavel has been a classic limo driver, chatting up his passengers as he gets them where …

Airbnb Alters San Francisco Rental Market, Report Shows

Lodging sharing service Airbnb has taken a bite out of San Francisco’s already limited stock of rental housing as some landlords and housing activists contend, a newspaper reported Sunday. The San Francisco Chronicle commissioned a data harvesting company to analyze …