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Health Insurance Startup Oscar Eyes Entry Into California By Next Year — Oscar, the New York-based startup that's trying to shake up health insurance, is eyeing a debut on the West Coast by next year. The company is in the process of applying to operate in California for the 2016 individual exchange. "We haven't been approved yet," said Josh Kushner, the company's co-founder.

YC-Backed True Link Raises $3.4M in Funding To Expand Debit Card, Financial Services To The Elderly — True Link, a startup that emerged from Y Combinator to protect the elderly from financial fraud, just raised $3.4 million from a group of investors including Cambia Health Solutions. While Cambia isn't a traditional Sand Hill venture investor, they are a multi-billion dollar health insurer from the Pacific Northwest that is branching out into investing in health and wellness startups.

Coinbase Confirms $75M Raise From DFJ, NYSE, Strategic Banking Partners — In line with an earlier scoop we had, Coinbase announced that it has raised a serious $75 million growth round led by DFJ. Other participants include USAA Bank and NYSE, while existing investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, and Ribbit Capital also participated.

East of Palo Alto’s Eden: Race and The Formation of Silicon Valley — Would the technology industry be different? And what can the technology industry do now to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past? I met Bob Hoover one sunny Friday afternoon when he was rearranging golf club sets in the back of a trailer in East Palo Alto.

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.
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@JasRoss where are the stats on port lands compliance rates?

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