WeWork Launches WeLive Apartments | Crunch Report


WeWork goes residential, Outlook Premium pricing
revealed, FCC privacy proposals and more… It’s Monday, April 4, and this is Crunch Report.
WeWork, the co-working startup valued at more than five billion dollars, is getting into
residential real estate with the launch of its first two WeLive buildings, one in New
York and one in Washington DC. It’s offering spaces that range from studios to four-bedroom
apartments, starting at one thousand three hundred seventy five dollars a month. These
are for fully-furnished apartments, with no long-term lease, and for an extra one hundred
and fifty dollars, you get amenities like monthly cleaning and high-speed Internet.
This is supposed to be an easy way for people to move into a city without a bunch of extra,
and there will also be community events like happy hours and karaoke sessions — by the
way, you should definitely to the karaoke. More details emerged today about Microsoft’s
Outlook Premium service, where, as you probably guessed, users pay for extra features in Outlook.
These details didn’t come out through a big announcement, but rather on a new webpage
spotted by thurrott.com. The idea is that you’d pay three ninety-nine per month for
things like five personalized email addresses and an ad-free inbox.The pricing only kicks
in after the first year, which is supposed to be free. Keep in mind, however, that this
is just a pilot version of a product that hasn’t officially launched yet, so anything
could happen. The FCC has proposed some new rules that could
change the way your Internet company uses your data. Under these rules, ISPs would still
be able to share customer data for marketing other communications-related services, but
only if customers haven’t opted out. And customers will have to *opt in* if ISPs want to use
your data in other ways. In a statement, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said, quote, “Today’s
proposal would give all consumers the tools we need to make informed decisions about how
our ISPs use and share our data, and confidence that ISPs are keeping their customers’ data
secure.” In other news today, the FCC announced new labels, modeled on nutrition labels, where
Internet and mobile providers would reveal things like prices and data caps in a standardized
way, so you’re less likely to be taken by surprise down the road. Amazon is expanding its payments service through
something called the Amazon Payments Global Partner program. Through this program, Amazon
will work with e-commerce platform providers and other developers, so that anyone using
Shopify, for example — and they are one of the initial partners — could add a Pay
with Amazon button. The aim is to go beyond the individual merchants who already use Amazon’s
payments tools and to grow this much more quickly through payments. This is also a sign
that Amazon is getting more serious about becoming a competitor to other payment platforms
like PayPal and Apple Pay. Here’s a cool, kind of meta idea for a startup:
Stae wants to help cities and tech startups work together. After all, a service like Uber
has a bunch of data that could be useful to the city government, helping them understand
commutes, where tourists come from, and so on. That’s Stae wants to tap into all the
data that’s being generated and make it available to city governments. This could also make
legal compliance and payments much easier, say if Airbnb wanted to set up automatic tax
payments for each stay. For this to happen, of course, you need cities and startups to
sign up — the company says Boston is the first city to test the platform. That’s the report for today. I’m Anthony
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