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21st Century Hitchhiking: Social Carpooling Launches on East Coast

California’s leading carpool company is now bi-coastal. Zimride is now trying to steal away passengers from Chinatown buses up and down the Northeast.

California’s leading carpool company is now bi-coastal. Starting this week, Zimride will help drivers in the Northeast sell rides in their private cars as they travel between New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston—and, if anyone is willing to pay for a seat, anywhere else.

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Get Paid to Ignore Your Car for Months at a Time

Getaround will promise you at least $1,000 if you let them rent out your car for three months. So, go on, take a vacation.

Normally you pay the bills on your car whether you drive it or not, at least if you have a car loan or insurance. But if car sharing delivers on its promise, you might be able to reverse the direction of your car cashflow and put money in your pocket for leaving your car alone for a long period of time.

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Expanding the Shareable Economy to the Neighbors' Dirty Laundry

Would you pay a neighbor to do your laundry at his house? A French website tests the comfort zones of collaborative consumers.

French laundromats, attention! The peer-to-peer community is coming for you. A new online project called La Machine du Voisin (French for "the neighbor's machine") aims to eliminate trips to that dreaded destination, where hours are wasted waiting around under bad lighting. But the alternative proposed—while creative—is definitely not for everyone.

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Can Anyone Make A 'Netflix for Baby Clothes' Work?

Collaborative consumption business models meet their test in the hyper-competitive baby clothing sector.

Sharing isn’t a simple way to earn a living, and barter is a tricky business, but one cute little market—baby clothes—turns out to to be a tough proving ground for collaborative consumption business models. Now a new company, GoodKarma, is entering the tot market with high hopes.

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Share Your WiFi, Earn Some Cash, Do Some Good

Can selling access to your personal WiFi bridge the digital divide?

You probably can’t use all the bandwidth you pay for each month on your home internet plan. The standard residential Comcast plan offers users 250 GB a month—maxing out would entail sending 50 million emails—and the median user draws only two to three gigs a month. Adam Black, founder of KeyWiFi, wants to put all that excess capacity to good use—and earn you some money in the process.

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