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Airbnb makes KRB free, plans to offer data access to China

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airbnbOnline-based homestay network Airbnb recently open-sourced its Knowledge Repository Beta (KRB) with an aim to bring the discipline of computer-code sharing to data analysis.

This knowledge repository was made combining git version control and markdown templates for reporting results.

Git allows the same sort of peer review and version control that developers typically use to collaborate on code, while markdown offers a mixture of text and code in a single, easily reproducible file.

The company has also decided to provide data of its chinese users to the local officials following other high-tech names like Apple Inc. and LinkedIn that have handed over individuals’ personal information as desired by the Chinese government.

Airbnb is preparing to launch its China-based peer-to-peer service from December 7. It will store all the data of Chinese users within the country.

Airbnb will also start its China business into a separate company that will host all mainland home listings on servers there. This move won’t affect listings in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan.

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