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Coinbase Launches Bitcoin-Based Tips, Micropayments — At the inception of the commercial web, it was arguably a mistake that the industry went down an advertising-based route for supporting content. Some have speculated that had payments been built into the browser and the web itself, we would have substantially different online properties from search to social networking to online media.

WeMail Raises $1M From Twitch, Reddit Founders For Intelligently Designed Mobile E-mail — Sure, there have been plenty of attempts at re-thinking e-mail on mobile devices. But that's no reason not to try, try again. A pretty experienced team of founders who have sold companies to or been acqui-hired by both Amazon and Zynga are tackling e-mail with a new mobile app called WeMail.

“You Can’t Go Home Again.” — This housing crisis isn't going to solve itself. While I do keep hammering the head on the nail, everyone from Y Combinator's Sam Altman to Peter Thiel to anti-eviction activists and non-profits working with low-income communities and the homeless are putting housing issues as a top concern for Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

Glossier Raises $8.4M Led By Thrive To Take On Beauty And Cosmetics With Verticalized Approach — Glossier, a New York-based startup that sells a simple, very curated line of beauty products, is taking $8.4 million in venture funding to pursue a tried-and-true strategy that many other e-commerce brands like Warby Parker have followed. What is it?

Former TechCrunch Co-Editor In Chief Eric Eldon Heads To Hyper-Local Journalism Platform Hoodline — Eric Eldon, who stepped in a few years ago to lead and stabilize TechCrunch after the departure of its founder Michael Arrington and many key staffers, has quietly been been dipping his toes back into journalism. This time it's not about tech startups.

As A Cohort of Bus Startups Emerge, Chariot Looks To Source New Routes Through Crowdfunding — After Uber and Lyft emerged to fundamentally challenge taxis and change on-demand transit, a wave of bus startups have cropped up to address group and scheduled transportation. Chariot, a bootstrapped San Francisco-based startup that got off the ground earlier this year with a line from the Marina to downtown is taking a slightly novel approach to generating ideas for new routes.

So You Want To Fix The Housing Crisis — So 15 of the 30 cities with the highest rents in the country are all in the San Francisco Bay Area, with Palo Alto topping the list, according to this lovely report from Lovely that came out last week. Part of this is cyclical.

Coinbase’s Vault Goes Multi-Signature For Added Security — Coinbase, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed Bitcoin wallet and merchant processing platform with just shy of 2 million wallets, is jumping on a big trend in security for holding the crypto-currency. They're adding multi-signature technology to their vault product, which is designed with long-term, higher net worth holders of Bitcoin in mind.

China’s Chukong Partners With Facebook, Mobile Startups To Offer Developers A Full Suite of Support — While giants like Facebook and Twitter try to package their acquisitions like crash-testing service Crashlytics or mobile-backend-as-a-service Parse into a suite of services that will entice app makers into their fold, gaming companies are doing the exact same thing for their communities.

Nextbit Unveils A Dead-Simple Way To Sync, Store Data Across Multiple Mobile Apps, Devices — So the last time I talked to Nextbit, they had raised $18 million from Accel Partners and Google Ventures and had put together a veteran team made out of early Android folk who helped build Google's mobile OS into what it is today. But they refused to share anything about what they were working on.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @JPaskin: I reread all 13,000 words of @kimmaicutler's piece on the SF housing market before I made it my #jealousylist pick:…

Dec 18, 2014

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Dec 18, 2014

RT @erikbryn: Time to re-think conventional wisdom. Denmark: higher benefits & taxes + more people working… http://t.…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @bytimlogan: SF Mayor "open to idea" of tax on vacant housing… "If ppl are buying housing & not living there, we'v…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @BilgeEbiri: Movie Idea: After every legal form of film distribution is threatened, Pirate Bay founders released from prison to help with one last job.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @pmarca: "Bitcoin price up 60.0x in 2013 -- hoarding will render it useless!" "Bitcoin price down 0.5x in 2014 -- decline will render it useless!"

Dec 17, 2014

@StartupLJackson @drgurner this is what I'm told by a formerly homeless person.

Dec 17, 2014

@StartupLJackson @drgurner when you're homeless and you wake up every morning at dawn, the 1st thing you think about are facilities.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ctuan: .@TheBayLights will continue to shine on #Baybridge. Backers raised the $4 million to make it permanent.

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