(YC W08) open-sources its cross-platform dev libraries as OpenForge makes it simple for web developers to create native mobile apps for iOS and Android using JavaScript. But early on in our company’s history we also created a cross-platform browser add-on framework for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.

We are now open-sourcing that codebase, calling it OpenForge.

This codebase will be far from stale – development of the browser add-on framework will continue with a full-time maintainer who will also provide support. In open-sourcing the framework we have also provided the ability to build locally without reliance on infrastructure.

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ZDNet selects HelloSign (YC W11) and HelloFax as Top Business App for iOS

In business, while you trudge from meeting to meeting, you may be required to scan and sign documents on the go. To this end, apps like HelloFax can make your life easier.  

This app can be used to import emailed .pdf files or take an image of the document you need to sign. Once this is done, you can use your finger to create a realistic signature, and send the document on via email. 

Read more at ZDNet

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Solomon Hykes of Docker (dotCloud, YC S10) featured in Wired: Building a computer the size of the Internet

Google runs its web empire on computers the size of warehouses.

Inside the massive data centers that drive things like Google Search and Gmail and Google Maps, you’ll find tens of thousands of machines — each small enough to hold in your arms — but thanks to a new breed of software that spans this sea of servers, the entire data center operates like a single system, one giant computer that runs any application the company throws at it.

A Google application like Gmail doesn’t run on a particular server or even a select group of servers. It runs on the data center, grabbing computing power from any machine than can spare it. Google calls this “warehouse-scale computing,” and for some, it’s an idea so large, they have trouble wrapping their heads around it.

Solomon Hykes isn’t one of them. He aims for something even bigger. With a new open-source software project known as Docker, he wants to build a computer the size of the internet.

Read the full article in Wired

Apple won't buy your smashed old iPhone, but iCracked (YC W12) will— and they'll pick it up from you too

Apple is expected to announce iPhones this week, and some people are already lining up to get them.

The mania surrounding the anticipated iPhone 5S and 5C will prompt many to upgrade their phones, but what if yours is in less than pristine condition? As in, smashed in a thousand pieces?

No worries. A California startup called iCracked can fix it on the spot for you. And now it's launching a full-scale buyback service for older Apple devices.

iCracked began as a casual college repair service but now has a network of hundreds of repair technicians called iTechs who make house calls. They can meet you and revive your busted-up iPhone, iPod, or iPad, even if it's in shockingly bad shape. They can also buy your device.

"We think buyback is going to be the biggest part of our business," iCracked co-founder Anthony Martin tells CNET. "Out ultimate goal is to manage the complete life cycle of your device."

iCracked has licensed affiliate technicians in the US and 10 other countries. They undergo intensive training before they can be summoned for on-the-spot repairs, which typically take 10 to 30 minutes and cost anywhere from $70 to $170. Starting next week in the San Francisco Bay Area, they will offer in-person buyback services too.

In an increasingly crowded marketplace for used devices, that's a convenient way to sell your old iPhone. But iCracked is also hoping to offer protection plans for about $6 a month with a $20 deductible.

Zapier (YC S12) brings integration with 200 web services to Google Glass

If you’re one of the few lucky (and rich) people to be on-board with Google Glass, you may be happy with the handful of official apps available on the fledgling platform. But then again, you’d probably like more.

Though there is a slew of cool and quirky third-party apps available for Google Glass, most of the big-brand digital companies have yet to embrace Google’s connected specs because, well, not many people are using them. However, for those that are already walking the streets yelling instructions into thin air, the good folks at Zapier are looking to help.

Much like IFTTT, Zapier is a service designed to sync data between Web apps through pre-established triggers and actions. Why? So you can automate tasks between online services without having to wait for developers to roll-out integrations themselves. And last week, the company switched on its own integration with Google Glass.

Read the full article at The Next Web

SpoonRocket (YC S13) in the Mercury News: Healthy meals delivered in 10 minutes for $6

There's a new business in town whose name, SpoonRocket, suggests the duality of food and speed, letting customers know they'll get meals delivered quickly. Founders and UC Berkeley graduates Anson Tsui and Steven Hsiao have developed a model that promises to deliver healthy, organic meals to your door in 10 minutes or less.

Add to the equation that the food is tasty and healthy and only costs $6 and it's not hard to understand why the SpoonRocket concept is taking off.

Delivery time and cost are the attention-getters, but the food itself is what keeps customers asking for more. Two dishes are offered every day, including one vegan or vegetarian. Executive-chef David Cramer designs and creates the menu daily, working from scratch with fresh ingredients -- local, organic, seasonal produce from GreenLeaf and all-natural, free-range, and meats free of antibiotics and growth hormones.

Entrees such as ginger soy vegetarian stir fry, cola carnitas, crimini brochette and osso buco of pork catch the eye of menu browsers.

Tsui and Hsiao got their first taste of the food business in college, when late-night, inebriated hunger pangs led them to start Pho Me Now, an instant success delivering Vietnamese food. Upon graduation they combined all their financial resources to add Munchy Munchy Hippos, burritos and eventually an online food court.

"We continued for 3½ years, doing well and making money but we realized that essentially we were selling junk food to children," Tsui said. "We felt really bad because we understand how important good nutrition is. We needed to come up with something that was healthy, fast and cheap."

SpoonRocket, a new model of delivery service, allows them to do it all.

Read the full article at SJ Mercury

Rent Metrics (YC S12) helps landlords set rents with better data: Capturing 500M data points boiled down to 6M listings

Setting rents features prominently among the slew of challenges that landlords and property managers face in managing their inventory.

They must spend significant time trawling listings and pumping sources — sometimes even posing as renters — in order to figure out how to competitively price their units.

Enter RentMetrics.

The data aggregator aims to cut the legwork out of setting rents by distilling a mountain of listing data into accurate pricing information.

Read the full article at Inman News

Facebook VP of Platform Mike Vernal on why they bought Parse (YC S11)

VentureBeat: Facebook has a history of making and often open-sourcing great developer tools. How does Parse fit into that?

Vernal: I think about Facebook’s mission as helping people connect, wiring up the world. For our developer mission, we want to extend the same thing to them. We want them to be able to build apps and reach everyone in the world.

On the build side, we know from our own experience how painful it is to have to maintain five or six apps. One of the things we want to do is make it easy to build for all platforms and reach all people on Earth.

The biggest challenge today is supporting all the different platforms that exist, and Parse makes that really easy.

Read the full article at VentureBeat

Alexis Ohanian embarks on an epic 100 stop college tour promoting entrepreneurship: Coming to a campus near you!

Y Combinator Ambassador-to-the-East Alexis Ohanian writes about his upcoming book tour on the Reddit Blog:

I'm about to embark on an epic 100 stop, 65 college, 5 month long tour promoting internet entrepreneurship. Sure, it’s technically for my book, Without Their Permission, which is both a blueprint and a rallying cry for the open internet and entrepreneurship, but what I want to promote is how our generation has a tremendous opportunity to do amazing things online. We're all still figuring out just what kind of an impact the internet will have on the world -- let's be the ones doing it.

This isn’t just my story, it’s the stories of your successful alums as well as current students, all learning from and contributing to the greatest platform for ideas the world has ever seen (the internet). All told, the student bodies of all the schools I’m visiting is just shy of 1,000,000! I told you it’s going to be epic.

Let's hang out IRL, high-5, and I'll doodle you a reddit alien while you alternate between asking me anything and telling me about your favorite subreddit.

School Status Date Alum Interview Subreddit
Cooper Union Yes! 10/7/2013
University of Michigan In Progress 10/21/2013
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Yes! 10/23/2013
University of Minnesota Yes! 10/24/2013
Washington University - Saint Louis In Progress 10/28/2013
Vanderbilt In Progress 10/29/2013
University of Texas At Austin Yes! 10/30/2013
Tulane In Progress 11/1/2013 Erik Martin
George Washington University Yes! 11/4/2013
Georgetown University In Progress 11/5/2013
University of Maryland College Park Yes! 11/6/2013
University of Virginia Yes! 11/8/2013
College of William and Mary In Progress 11/9/2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yes! 11/11/2013
Duke University Yes! 11/12/2013
Wake Forest University In Progress 11/14/2013
Rutgers University Yes! 11/14/2013
Virginia Tech Yes! 11/15/2013
Georgia Institute of Technology Yes! 11/17/2013
University of Georgia In Progress 11/18/2013
University of Miami Need Help! 11/20/2013
Princeton University Yes! 11/20/2013
University of Waterloo Yes! 11/22/2013
University of Pennsylvania In Progress 12/2/2013
Johns Hopkins University In Progress 12/3/2013
Swarthmore College Need Help! 12/4/2013
Yale and Wesleyan In Progress 12/5/2013
Brown In Progress 12/6/2013
Harvard, MIT, Tufts In Progress 12/7/2013
BU In Progress 12/9/2013
Amherst In Progress 12/10/2013
Skidmore In Progress 12/11/2013
University of Toronto Need Help! 1/13/2014
Northeastern In Progress 1/14/2014
University of Notre Dame In Progress 1/15/2014
RISD In Progress 1/16/2014
University of Florida In Progress 1/17/2014
Harvey Mudd College Yes! 1/21/2014
California Institute of Technology Yes! 1/22/2014
USC In Progress 1/23/2014
UCLA Yes! 1/24/2014
Stanford University In Progress 1/27/2014 Paul Graham
University of California Berkeley In Progress 1/28/2014 Paul Graham
University of Oregon In Progress 1/29/2014
Oregon State University Need Help! 1/30/2014
Colorado College In Progress 2/1/2014
Dartmouth In Progress 2/3/2014
Syracuse Yes! 2/4/2014
Cornell Yes! 2/5/2014
SUNY Binghamton In Progress 2/6/2014
Penn State In Progress 2/7/2014
The Ohio State University In Progress 2/10/2014
University of Cincinnati In Progress 2/11/2014
Xavier University Need Help! 2/12/2014
Indiana University Bloomington In Progress 2/13/2014
Purdue University Yes! 2/17/2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign In Progress 2/18/2014
Northwestern University In Progress 2/19/2014
University of Wisconsin-Madison Yes! 2/20/2014
UMass In Progress 2/23/2014
U Ohio Yes! 2/24/2014
Carnegie Mellon University In Progress 2/25/2014
NYC Colleges (NYU, Columbia, New School) In Progress TBD
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