The business model known as collaborative consumption -- where buyers and sellers trade without intermediaries through an online community marketplaces -- has been a homerun for Ebay and Craigslist. But a new breed of start-ups like AirBNB, which apply the same model to service industies, where...

The biggest search and social networking companies to date were born in America, so it's easy to be seduced into thinking that the American way of doing things online is the best way of doing things online.  But most netizens today are not Americans. The majority...