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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.

So-Called “Twitter Tax Break” Netted City More In Mid-Market Tax Revenue — In hindsight, it was one of the more controversial decisions the city has made in years. Back in 2011, on a quiet threat that Twitter would leave the city and decamp for nearby Brisbane or South San Francisco, the city decided to offer a temporary exemption on it 1.5 percent payroll tax to entice companies to move into a set of very specific buildings in Mid-Market.

Terminal’s Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloud — Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development. They've built system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser.

In Oakland, A Sign of Some Very High Times — How bad is the commercial real estate crunch in San Francisco and Silicon Valley? So bad that that prices per square foot are roughly where they were around the first dot-com boom. So bad that Uber decided to go in, buy its own piece of land and build its own headquarters from scratch.

Hundreds Protest At San Francisco City Hall After Soccer Conflict With Dropbox, Airbnb Employees — A week after a video of an argument between a handful of local teenagers and Dropbox and Airbnb employees went viral, hundreds of demonstrators protested at San Francisco City Hall, asking for the city's parks to be freely open to the public.

Uber-For-Weed Startup Meadow Lights Up In San Francisco — You can really see where David Hua's food blogger cred shines with his new medical marijuana startup Meadow. In the app, there is just close-up after close-up of bud. That's because as a longtime medical marijuana user, he has an almost weed sommelier-like care and taste in finding quality product.

Swipe And The Silicon Valley Idea Machine — Three years ago, a few months after the Arab Spring demonstrations forced a collapse in the Egyptian government, twenty-year-old Marwan Roushdy spontaneously entered a Startup Weekend competition in Cairo and won. It was a mobile app that connected users to emergency hospitals in the immediate area, and it was called Inkezny, the phrase for "rescue me" in Arabic.

Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations — I don't mean to pile onto Snapchat in the middle of the #Snappening. But I thought there was something interesting that went missed in CEO Evan Spiegel's multi-generational chat with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week at the Vanity Fair Summit.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @alistairmbarr: A blow to Google's robotics ambitions: Former Android leader Andy Rubin leaving Google via @WSJ

Oct 30, 2014

RT @tanehisicoates: Isht never goes away. Progressives in every era have seen their reforms haunted by racism.

Oct 26, 2014

RT @DanielleMorrill: "Times are good, money is flowing, and Silicon Valley sucks." @arrington in 2007…

Oct 25, 2014

RT @MLNow: There's nearly 40 different housing projects proposed for the Mission. Guess how many include affordable housing.

Oct 24, 2014

RT @nytimes: Who, if anyone, actually lives in the multimillion-dollar condominiums being built across Manhattan?

Oct 24, 2014

RT @rklau: Alan Eustace is an SVP at Google. He also just broke Felix Baumgartner’s record by jumping from the stratosphere.…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @pdacosta: When you know it's bad: Most bank risk managers worried about wealth gap by @NickTimiraos

Oct 23, 2014

@pmarca the Palo Alto city council is worse. Mtn View and SF have at least admitted they have a problem

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