Biz Break: Airbnb guests in Paris get a big surprise

Top Of The Order:

Really, This Isn’t From Florida: Leave it to Airbnb, the San Francisco-based provider of online vacation and home listings, to start the week off with one of the most-Airbnb-type stories possible.

Now, remember late last week, when it was revealed that many improper listings that had been purged from Airbnb in New York had shown back up on the service in the Big Apple? Well, that little bit of chicanery was child’s play compared to what a group of friends who had rented a house in Paris found in the building’s garden over the weekend.

Actually, it wasn’t “what” they found so much as “who” they found: a woman’s corpse.

Apparently, the friends had rented the house for the weekend, and when they went to check out the house’s garden, they found the unexpected guest. Police reports said the woman was barefoot, but otherwise fully clothed, appeared to be in her early 40s, and looked to have been purposely put in the garden and covered with tree branches.

And in case you were thinking that you might hop a flight to Paris and be able to get a really good deal on the place, think again: It’s been removed from Airbnb’s listings.

Middle Innings:

Well, At Least It’s Not a Zune: Are you a developer? Have you applied online and gotten an invitation from Microsoft to buy one of the company’s HoloLens augmented reality goggles? You have? Great!

Now, do you have three grand to spare?

Because that’s what it will cost you to get your hands on the HoloLens developers’ kit. Microsoft said Monday that it will start taking orders and begin shipping the goggles on March 31. Keep in mind, this is just a version of the HoloLens for developers. They are going to get their chance to play with the thing a bit, create some apps for it, and just see what the HoloLens can really do for a while. It will be a few months, at least, before you or I can find a HoloLens on the shelf at Best Buy and then wander the aisles looking like we failed an audition to be in “Star Wars”.

Bottom Of The Lineup:

Here’s a look at how some leading Silicon Valley tech stocks did Monday…

Movin’ On Up: Harmonic shares rose more than 10 percent, Monday, and gains also came from ServiceSource International, Splunk, SunPower and Veeva Systems.

In The Red: Depomed shares gave up 6.5 percent on the day, while Cepheid fell almost 5 percent and Nimble Storage, GoPro and Glu Mobile each shed at least 3.4 percent by the time the stock market closed.

The SV150 Index of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies fell 0.4 percent to 1,512.

The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index gave up 0.7 percent to close at 4,557.

The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day down by 0.7 percent at 16,516.

And the broad-based Standard & Poor’s 500 Index  gave up 0.8 percent to finish the Monday at 1,932.

Quotes Of The Day: 

Imperator Furiosa: What if you’re not back by the time the engines are cooled?
Max Rockatansky: Well…you keep movin.’

–Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy from “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which should have won the Best Picture Oscar Sunday night.

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