STLR Link Roundup – February 3, 2017

Uber Comes to a Standstill in Taiwan Following protests from local taxi drivers in Taiwan and orders by the government to pay millions in back taxes and fines, Uber Technologies Inc. said on February 2, 2017 its services have reached a standstill in Taiwan due to the escalating dispute with the government over the legality of its operations. On the same day, Taiwan’s Investment Commission stated the government requested the suspension of Uber’s business because, though Uber registered Continue Reading →

Airbnb – For the People, Not the Powerful

In response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signing into law the toughest regulation to date against Airbnb, Josh Meltzer, head of Airbnb’s New York public policy, stated “We will continue to fight for a smart policy solution that works for the people, not the powerful” (Emphasis added). The law seeks to limit the affect short-term Airbnb rentals have on NYC’s hotel industry and high rent prices. To be clear, Airbnb plays offense, not defense, in Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 14, 2016

Video Game Gambling Faces Regulatory Scrutiny Last week, the Washington State Gambling Commission sent a letter to Bellevue, Washington-based Valve Corporation, the owner and operator of the Steam PC-gaming platform, demanding it provide evidence by Oct. 14 that it isn’t facilitating illegal gambling via online video gaming. Failure to comply could result in civil or criminal charges against Valve employees, according to the letter. In the case of Valve’s “Counter-Strike,” decorative “skins” are being wagered like Continue Reading →