1888 Press Release - The revolutionary crowdsourced commuter alternative is now serving Northern California, with nearly three-dozen new routes expected in 2018.San Francisco, CA - There’s a new way to commute in Northern California, one that allows professionals to stay plugged in and working while riding in comfort and style.OurBus, which offers crowd-sourced bus service, has expanded to the West Coast with a new commuter route from Pleasanton, CA to San Francisco that takes less than an hour and costs less than $19 roundtrip.Founded in 2016, OurBus is the brainchild of Narinder Singh.The technology company provides a revolutionary alternative to the traditional work commute by eliminating the hassles that have frustrated travelers for decades.With commuter and intercity routes now available in five states, including California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D.C., OurBus is rewriting the rules of transit and changing the way professionals travel to and from work.Each charter bus that partners with OurBus is equipped with smart device charging stations at every seat, free WiFi, free water, clean bathrooms and plush, reclining seats.“Our buses pick people up close to where they live and drop them off within a short walk from work.”OurBus utilizes cutting-edge technology, coupled with a customer-centric approach, to eliminate the guesswork that has long plagued work commutes.
Given that more people than ever before are getting their news from social media, it makes sense that Facebook wants to help publishers by introducing subscriptions for content on its platform.The company announced today that it’s rolling out paywalls for Instant Articles on Android over the next few weeks for a number of publications as part of a pilot program:Hearst (The Houston Chronicle and The San Francisco Chronicle)tronc (The Baltimore Sun, The Los Angeles Times, and The San Diego Union-Tribune)If you want to unlock content from these outlets, you’ll be able to do so through the links you come across on Facebook, and the transactions will take place on the publications’ sites.As such, they’ll also keep 100 percent of the revenue from these subscriptions.
Although its application programming interface has been open to developers since March 2016, Microsoft’s HoloLens, a mixed-reality headset, has not received the same attention from brands as Apple’s ARKit, which brands were quick to apply when it came out in September.The reason: The average person can’t afford HoloLens’ hefty $3,000 price tag, whereas anyone with an iPhone can download Apple’s new AR apps.All brands haven’t been deterred from incorporating HoloLens, though, with Microsoft creating its Mixed Reality Partner Program in July due to growing demand.Luxury Scotch whisky brand The Macallan developed a mixed-reality app for HoloLens to enhance its “Gallery 12″ art exhibit, which debuted on Oct. 17 in New York City.After New York, the experience will move to Miami, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, concluding at the end of October.To make “Gallery 12” more accessible, The Macallan replicated the experience using Apple’s ARKit, Gonzalez said.
Eating into a growing percentage of these giants’ market share is Madison Reed, a four-year-old, 85-person, San Francisco-based maker of affordable “prestige” hair products.These include 45 shades of permanent hair color, 8 shades of hair “gloss,” 6 shades of liquid-based root touch-up (for in between coloring sessions), and 6 shades of powder for root touch-ups.Now Madison Reed is working on what could become its biggest product of all: a chain of real-world “color bars” that it expects will accelerate its business further.Today, we phoned CEO and founder Amy Errett in Hawaii, where she’s attending the high-wattage, low-flying Lobby conference.If you care about consumer packaged goods more generally, keep reading.TC: You’ve quietly closed on $25 million that brings your funding to $70 million.
I’ll share with you how I validated a fresh idea, by focusing on metrics instead of lines of code; did that in 3 months, instead of 2.5+ years (like in my previous startup); got accepted in Y Combinator’s Startup School and… all that while traveling across San Francisco, Singapore and Bali.It was mid-April this year, I was in SF, recovering from my previous startup failure, trying to meditate and staying away from jumping on new ideas, when all of a sudden… well I again got hit by a new idea!“Danger Danger!“ — my mind told me — “avoid past mistakes you should.Give it time and space, you should, before pouring efforts in it”.
The idea of subscriptions in Facebook’s Instant Articles has been bandied about for quite some time, and an official test is finally underway.Head of news partnerships Campbell Brown, head of news product Alex Hardiman and product manager Sameera Salari announced in a Facebook Media blog post that the social network is teaming up with 10 alpha partners in the U.S. and Europe to test news subscription models in Instant Articles, starting out on Android.According to Peter Kafka of Recode, iOS is not part of the test because Apple is seeking up to 30 percent of any revenue generated via Instant Articles, as Apple considers these transactions to be in-application purchases, while Facebook has earmarked 100 percent of the revenue for publishers.Hearst (Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle)Tronc (The Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune)Brown, Hardiman and Salari outlined how the test will work:
In September, we found out that Alphabet was possibly about to invest in the ride-hailing company Lyft.On Wednesday, Recode reported that the speculation was correct, and Google's parent company is leading a $1 billion round of investment that raises Lyft's valuation to $11 billion.Another Alphabet company, Waymo, is developing self-driving cars and partnered with Lyft earlier this year, presumably for the infrastructure that will allow it to find customers for the service that looks set to launch in Phoenix, Arizona.As we explained recently, Lyft has been putting together a host of partnerships of late, an Android-like strategy that is positioning the company well for the coming years.Lyft has become a recognized and trusted brand, which is critically important when trying to get customers to choose you over a rival like Uber.Lyft has also inked deals with Jaguar Land Rover and Ford, and General Motors invested $500 million in the company last year.
Facebook has announced it will be testing news subscription models over the next several weeks for Instant Articles across the US and Europe, but only on Android devices.In July, news broke that Facebook Instant Articles would soon allow paywalled content, and in August, Facebook confirmed it would be adding subscriptions for Instant Articles.Publishers participating in the test include Bild, The Boston Globe, The Economist, Hearst-owned properties The Houston Chronicle and The San Francisco Chronicle, La Repubblica, Le Parisien, Spiegel, The Telegraph, Tronc (The Baltimore Sun, The Los Angeles Times, and The San Diego Union-Tribune), and The Washington Post.Facebook says they will be comparing two different models: one that allows for 10 free articles before a subscription is needed to see more content, and a “freemium” version that allows publishers to dictate which articles are free and which live behind the paywall.When someone decides to subscribe, Facebook says the publisher will handle the transaction and keep 100 percent of the revenue.Recode reports that Facebook is only testing Instant Articles on Android because Apple has rules about subscriptions within apps that call for the company to keep up to 30 percent of money that is generated from in-app sales.
While Yammer (launched at TechCrunch Disrupt, BTW) might have pioneered what was, at the time, dubbed “Twitter for work”, it wasn’t until Slack came along that people started to realise just how powerful this method of communication could be.From open source integration to new kinds of collaborative tools built by developers on its platform, Slack has become the gateway drug to online collaboration used by small and large companies alike.And there are many imitators.There are now startups trying to be the Slack for Healthcare and it’s even becoming the source of new scientific discoveries.So it’s fantastic that we’ll be hearing about Slack’s latest developments from one of its key co-founders at TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin (4-5 December)Cal Henderson was formerly the head of engineering for Flickr, in San Francisco, California.
But nearly two dozen Bay Area technology firms have voluntarily broken the cone of silence around the lack of diversity in their industry.And they deserve some credit, because it’s not a pretty picture.Sign up for the free Good Morning Silicon Valley newsletter.In order to pry open some kind of window into that black hole of hidden embarrassments (and possible liabilities), the Center for Investigative Reporting’s “Reveal” project asked for the reports from 211 of “the biggest San Francisco Bay Area-based tech companies,” the center said Oct. 19.As might be expected, the vast majority of firms declined to play the game.But 23 companies agreed, though one later said the data it provided may have been wrong.
Buy the August Home – supplier of smart lockLåskoncernen Assa Abloy acquires us August Home, a provider of smart digital lock.the Company was founded in 2013 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.August Home is expected to generate a turnover of around half a billion crowns next year and has 90 employees."It is with pleasure that I welcome August to Assa Abloy.August is a strategic addition to the group and further strengthens our leading position in the market of smart door solutions for the residential market," says Johan Molin, ceo of Assa Abloy in a comment.
has been one of the fast-growing companies in mobile advertising.And today, the San Francisco company announced that it has had a change in leadership as its founder Zain Jaffer has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.Vungle said recently that it had reached a $300 million run rate for annualized revenues from its performance-based in-app video ad platform.The company also said it is profitable, which isn’t easy in the highly competitive mobile ads business.The board of directors has placed Jaffer, on an indefinite leave of absence and has appointed Vungle chief operating officer Rick Tallman to the role of CEO.Jaffer was a colorful personality, and he spoke at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017 event about the future of mobile advertising.
We have self-driving cars, self-driving trucks, self-driving boats, and self-driving buses, so it was only a matter of time before we got self-driving bulldozers.Built Robotics is a new company coming out of stealth today that aims to disrupt the $130 billion excavation industry with its fleet of autonomous earth movers.Rather than sit in the dusty cab all day, operators can program the coordinates for the size hole that needs digging, then stand off to the side and watch the vehicle do all the work.And much like the self-driving vehicles operated by companies like Waymo and GM, these robot bulldozers and back hoes use sensors like LIDAR and GPS to “see” the world around them.But unlike any of the autonomous cars driving around California or Arizona these days, these heavy movers use specially designed sensors to withstand the massive amounts of vibrations involved in excavation.Built Robotics is headquartered on almost an entire acre of dirt-filled construction space in a nondescript, fenced-off area in the Dogpatch on the east side of San Francisco, where the robotic construction equipment is refined and tested.
During Samsung's developer conference in San Francisco, the company unveiled the Wednesday the next generation of its voice-activated digital assistant Bixby, Bixby 2.0.don't Miss: Now you can (finally!)the new version of The Bixby is designed to work more towards the smart home and is supposed to work together with other phones, refrigerators, tv sets, speakers, etc.Not entirely unlike the Google Google Assistant, or Amazon's Alexa, therefore.also Read: Samsung confirms Work on smart speakers for near launchBixby 2.0 also opens up for third-party developers so that they can develop new programs or adapt existing apps for Bixby.
Lyft padded its war chest Thursday with another $1 billion, raising the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company’s valuation to $11 billion.CapitalG, the investment fund run by Google parent company Alphabet, led the funding round, Lyft wrote Thursday in a blog post.And as part of the deal, CapitalG partner David Lawee will join Lyft’s board.Lawee has a five-year history with Google, and before that, was a founder of online gaming startups Xfire, which was acquired by Viacom.Get tech news in your inbox weekday mornings.Sign up for the free Good Morning Silicon Valley newsletter.
Tapjoy specializes in rewarded ads in mobile apps, such as when a gamer might get additional energy for her character if she watches a 15-to-30-second video ad.This week, the San Francisco-based firm is extending its rewarded video ads with rich media End Cards that offer additional info and such calls to action as making a purchase, visiting a website, downloading another app or entering into a social media channel for a conversation.Real-time A/B testing and verification by third-party service Moat are available for the End Cards.This is Tapjoy’s first employment of interactive cards after its video ads.Previously, the company occasionally provided static cards.End Cards can also show up after short mobile gamelike ads, such as mazes.
Last fall, Optimizely announced it was moving beyond its previous role as an A/B testing company for web and mobile and would henceforth be an experimentation platform.In this new incarnation, the platform could be used for testing any connected device, in any part of a technology stack (such as code, data flow or visual design) and for any product (e.g., email, website, mobile app, over-the-top app).In April of last year, the San Francisco-based company bought Austin, Texas-based Experiment Engine, which offered tools for project management and reporting.This week, Optimizely said it has now integrated Experiment Engine into its platform, which it is launching in beta as Program Management.The new capabilities, the company says, allow it to compete against an enterprise testing platform like Adobe Target.[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]
A ridgeline divides the city into two, slicing through the Presidio, hugging the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park, and skirting Twin Peaks.And they certainly didn’t foresee the additional five feet expected by the end of the next hundred years, which promise to cause major flooding—not to mention a serious poop problem.Climate change caused in part by all the fossil fuels they sucked, mined, and fracked out of the Earth.It may sound like a long shot, but the case rests on one of the oldest and best-tested environmental laws on the books, the same one that brought down Big Tobacco in the ‘90s and Big Lead Paint in the aughts.When Carl Edward Grunsky, a German-born geologist and civil engineer arrived in San Francisco in the 1890s, his sense of order was offended nearly as much as his nose.During dry weather, sewage collects at one of two treatment plants.
At its developer conference in San Francisco, Samsung announced a new app called Linux on Galaxy that works best when paired with a DeX station.The app is aimed at developers and allows them to run the Linux distribution of their choice on their smartphones.The whole point of the app is to allow developers to code on the go, though it can actually be used for just about anything — including enhancing the DeX experience by bringing it applications you otherwise wouldn’t have access to.Those of you who decide to go down this road will also want to invest in a Samsung DeX station that will enable you to set up a fully functional development environment with a larger screen, keyboard, and mouse.Of course, you’ll also need one of the smartphones that are compatible with DeX such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, or the latest Note 8.Before you get too excited, it’s worth pointing out that the new app isn’t ready yet.
Introduced at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, Bixby 2.0 is the next milestone for Samsung's digital assistant.After launching approximately six months ago, major changes are already in the pipeline.Bixby is available in over 200 different countries but less than half of users with Bixby-capable devices are using it.Since the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has sold over 20 million units and orders of the Note 8 are continually streaming in.In order to achieve the desired ubiquity of Bixby, the second generation assistant is said to be "a bold reinvention of the platform."A private beta program has been launched to allow developers access to the Bixby SDK in hopes of bringing Bixby 2.0 beyond just phones.