Coinbase (YC S12) launches the Pay By Bitcoin button, lets any site accept Bitcoin in a few lines of code

Coinbase has introduced one of the simplest ways to accept bitcoin payments. They're notable in that it's one of the only Bitcoin platforms in the world that lets you buy bitcoin directly from a US bank account. 

From their website:

Payment buttons make it easy to accept bitcoin on any website by copying and pasting a few lines of code.  We were really inspired by the Stripe Button and wanted to bring something similar to the bitcoin world.

Payment buttons work well for “buy now” purchases, donations, and shopping cart integration.  And since the payment window is embedded in your website, the user never needs to leave your site.

There is a brand new Merchant Tools section on Coinbase that lets you generate payment buttons in just a few minutes. 

Read the full article on the Coinbase Blog

Kicksend (YC S11) launches version 3.0, can print from your smartphone to 15,000 Walgreens stores in one hour

★ Print to Family - Print photos for yourself and the people you love. You choose the prints, they choose their favorite local store for easy pickup. Gorgeous, high-quality prints in an hour! (USA only)

★ Over 15,000 Stores - We’ve partnered with CVS and Target, in addition to Walgreens (previously available) for your photo printing convenience. Over 15,000 one-hour-photos across the US to choose from!

Read the full announcement at the Kicksend blog

Leaky (YC S11) launches the simplest way to save on car insurance nationwide, raises $670K

Leaky, a Y Combinator-incubated startup that helps customers compare the price they’d pay with car insurance companies, is expanding to full nationwide coverage today.

The startup first launched more than a year ago, but the site quickly attracted attention (as well as cease-and-desist letters) from the insurances companies, so it was taken down and reemerged in March with a new approach.

Rather than pulling prices directly from insurers’ websites, Leaky looks at their state regulatory filings, then predicts what each user would be charged based on their personal details. Leaky can also predict how changes in your life, such as moving across the country or buying a new car, will affect your insurance costs.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Plivo (YC S12) raises $1.75M from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Qualcomm, SV Angel

Plivo, a Y Combinator-backed telephony startup that offers an API platform for voice and SMS applications, is today announcing it raised $1.75 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated, and SV Angel.

For background, the company offers businesses a way to host their voice and messaging applications in the cloud. Co-founder Venkatesh B (who goes by Venky), describes the service as aiming to do for telephony hosting what Amazon did for web hosting.

He and Plivo’s other founder Michael Ricordeau had originally met over GitHub over two years ago when each were working on their own telephony applications. Discovering a shared interest, the two launched Plivo in December 2011 in invite-only mode, and then opened up API access in July to all interested parties.

Read the full article on Techcrunch

Crowdtilt (YC W12) now supports nonprofit fundraising, with half the fees of competitors and immediate transfer

Online group-funding campaign platform, Crowdtilt, has an update to its service. It has become certified to legally secure fundraisers for any registered  501(c)(3) organizations. And on top of that, starting today, it can issue tax-deductible receipts for donations to them.

Services like RallyCrowdriseKickstarter and others all offer a platform through which anyone can raise money for their favorite cause(s). With this announcement, Crowdtilt will join them, but it says its 2.5% transaction fee sets it apart from the rest — Rally charges 4.5% while Crowdrise takes at least 4.95%, and Kickstarter takes 5%. But now, starting today, nonprofits be able to immediately receive released funds for no additional fee.

Read the full article on TNW

42Floors (YC S12) Raises $5M From Dave McClure, Alexis Ohanian, Others, Expands Office Search Site To New York

Ask any founders or CEO how they feel about the process of searching for office space for their companies, and the majority of them will shake their heads. Some may even lash out. There is a prevailing sense that searching for office space is, if not horrible, at least somewhat broken. Part of the reason for this is that the industry itself, writ large, remains offline. If you want to find great space, you have to go to a broker. Brokers have long horded their “proprietary data” keeping it offline as a result, but visit a handful of them and there’s a good chance you’ll find some overlap in their listings result.

Deciding to create a solution, Jason Freedman co-founded 42Floors, which launched in May afterafter graduating from Y Combinator’s Winter 2012 class. Simply put, 42Floors aims to make the process of renting office space and commercial real estate easier by aggregating listings data from landlords and sellers, adding photography and then allowing users to search by indexing rentals, coworking spaces, sublets and executive suites.

Read the full article at Techcrunch

Balanced (YC W11) Raises $1.4M To Provide A Payment Platform For Peer-To-Peer Marketplaces

There are a growing number of peer-to-peer marketplaces out there, helping to match up workers and sellers with products or skills, with buyers who wish to take advantage of them. But for those marketplaces to work, they don’t just need payment processing — they also need to worry about how sellers get paid. That’s Y Combinator-backed payments startup Balanced hopes to do, by providing a two-sided payment platform for marketplaces.

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Previously known as PoundPay, the company was founded by Matin Tamizi, Mahmoud Abdelkader, and Jareau Wade — who were all early employees at Milo.com, which had been acquired by eBay in 2010. It graduated from the Winter 2011 class of Y Combinator and has raised $1.4 million from SV Angel, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, celebrity investor Ashton Kutcher, and Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, among others.

Read the full article at Techcrunch

Previously mobile-first Instacart (YC S12) launches web store to deliver groceries

[Instacart], as you may have read in the tech press, works as such: you pick out which groceries you want out of a selection of 25,000 on the app, and within an hour, someone delivers them for $14.99 plus whatever they cost. For $3.99 you can get the groceries within 3 hours. A delivery person texts you with the exact time you can expect the groceries. Pretty slick.

Mehta says he decided to go to the web after he noticed orders increasing in size. Most users order 17-20 items, rather than the three or four he expected. For someone to use Instacart for an entire week’s worth of groceries, they probably want to do it on a larger screen. The web and mobile apps sync, of course, and a running list of items can be added throughout the week and the order placed when you’re ready for it.

Read the full article on PandoDaily

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GetGoing (YC S12) is now in private beta, saves vacationers 40% on flights with the flip of a coin

Press coverage on NBC News today:

Eenie, meenie, minie, mo: Would you let a website pick where you’ll go?

That’s the premise, more or less, of GetGoing.com, a new website now in beta and set for a consumer launch on Nov. 1. The site promises airfare discounts of up to 40 percent to users who are willing to let the website pick their final destination.

Here’s how it works: Users conduct a flight search, either by regional destination (Europe, Asia, U.S./Canada, etc.) or by interest (family fun, beaches and sun, history and culture, etc.) and are shown, on average, 10 possible destinations, along with a full selection of flight options for each one.

The site then asks you to narrow the options to two final choices and provide your booking and credit-card information. The good news is that only one of the two itineraries will be booked; the potentially nerve-wracking news is that you don’t find out which one until after you've clicked the "Complete this Purchase" button.

It sounds crazy, but co-founder and CEO Alek Vernitsky insists otherwise: “Giving somebody the option of selecting two destinations instead of one fits with how people think about vacations,” he said. “People naturally think in terms of options — do I want to go here or there?”

Read the full article at NBC News