If youre looking to turn your WordPress site into an online shop, one option reigns supreme: WooCommerce. With roughly 7.5 million downloads, its easily the most popular e-commerce WordPress plugin hell, its one of the top 10 most popular WordPress plugins overall. And now its officially a part of the WordPress family. Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has just acquired WooCommerce. Automattic isnt disclosing the price of the acquisition, but tells me that its by far the biggest acquisition by Automattic to date. Well keep digging for details beyond that, of course. So why might Automattic snatch up an e-commerce...
Their sign is over a rather bleak alley. You can see life and macintoshes on the second floor.
The state has forced Leap Transit to halt operations for running its luxury bus line without a permit.
Leap announced on Tuesday that it has temporarily suspended service after the California Public Utilities Commission served the company with a cease-and-desist order on May 11.
Before the shutdown, Leap was in the process of receiving a permit from the CPUC. The startup was recently granted what’s known as the “authority to operate” — a precursor to an official license. But by driving its route between the Marina and the Financial District without a license, regulators determined Leap was breaking the law.
I know this service is all about avoiding the poor, but again, this seems totally like the state is just making alternative busses illegal because they don't like competition.
Went to a meet-up there yesterday. Nice space and good views but strangely boring place. No alcohol at the meet-up, which is unusual for sf tech talks.
One of the oldest and most pervasive attacks launched against websites is the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. In a typical DDoS attack, an attacker causes a large number of computers to send data to a server, overwhelming its capacity and preventing legitimate users from accessing it. In recent years, DDoS techniques have become more diversified: attackers are tricking unsuspecting computers into participating in attacks in new and interesting ways.
It's a law of internet sociology that trolls eventually drive out all the good people from a forum.
how to deal with that without censoring anyone?
my main strategy has been to:
1. let thread owners (the person who started the thread) be the moderator for the thread
2. add an ignore link so you just don't see certain people
the ignore link didn't really work, because you see quotes of people you're ignoring. and people seem reluctant to delete comments.
i could give the moderator of a thread the ability to ban a certain user from a thread, but that user could then just re-register with a different email and be back in.
facebook doesn't have these problems because most people use their real names on facebook. but then, there aren't many interesting discussions on facebook either.
Percolate is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series C funding.
I’ve written previously about the company’s social media tools, which allow marketers to find and publish content on social networks. (It works on mobile too.)
Co-founder and President James Gross (pictured above with his co-founder Noah Brier) said that’s still a big part of what the company does, and what it’s recognized for, but the product has expanded to become a complete “system of record” for marketing teams.
Put another way, the company says the average Fortune 500 business uses 50 different pieces of software throughout the marketing process, and Percolate offers a single platform for managing all of that. That includes tools for planning a marketing campaign, creating a brief to guide that campaign, coordinating the campaign within teams and with external partners, pushing that campaign across areas like email and search (and of course social media), and finally for monitoring the campaign and determining how well it performs over time.
“What we’re trying to give you, the CMO, is the ability to understand all the planning, all the production,” Gross said. He added that while he thinks Percolate’s platform already lives up to his claims of comprehensiveness, “We’re going to have to build software until the end of time if we want to be this system of record. That’s the challenge we have — for a lot of marketing, the plumbing isn’t there yet.”
For example, he said it’s not yet possible to set up an automated campaign that buys TV ads alongside online channels like Facebook and display, but he hopes to get there eventually.
Percolate’s clients include Unilever, Airbnb, Pinterest and ad conglomerate WPP. The company says its customer base grew by 200 percent in the last year.
The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with existing investors Sequoia Capital, GGV Capital, First Round Capital and Lerer Hippeau Ventures also participating. Percolate has now raised a total of $74.5 million.
With the new funding, Gross said New York City-headquartered Percolate will expand its presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as opening new offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America. And acquisitions will become “a big focus,” too.
If you're interested in seeing the offices of Medium, there is a meetup there next Weds, about Neo4j:
They call it the Paddy Wagon for a reason.
But it was never entirely clear whether it was because the prisoners were Irish, or the cops themselves.
makes sense to me.
Wow, mysql 5.7 has an experimental HTTP interface. Eg:
$ curl --user basic_auth_user:basic_auth_passwd --url "http://127.0.0.1:8080/sql/myhttp/SELECT+name_first,+name_last+FROM+names"
Wow, this is like a family reunion, complete with drunken fights and all!
So touching! Sniff.
The real problem with a bubble/perma bear site is this: there exists NO WAY to make money off a NON TRANSACTION.
That much is true. Giving people good advice not to buy when they can rent the same thing far more cheaply is not a business at all.
It was fun, and the original pages still exist ( http://patrick.net/housing/crash1.html ) and all the discussion is preserved and continues to some degree, but now I want to focus on SF tech companies.
It's so predictable, you can set your watch by it. First, a company releases a product so popular that it changes the industry (like the iPhone). Then, there's a backlash, which results in a competing product billed as being more open than the original product (like Android). If that competing product finds its market, the two often find some kind of competitive equilibrium. Ultimately, users have more choices, which is a good thing. That's what's going on right now in the world of software containers, which sounds about as much fun as watching paint dry, but is growing fast and...
It must be something at least slightly embarassing, or they would have said.
Though statistically, the most likely cause of a sudden death at age 47 is heart attack:
tracking surgical outcomes would be bad for doctors. it would tend to weed out the bad ones. and the AMA is currently the 3rd top lobby by spending:
therefore, tracking surgical outcomes will not happen.
their stock don't look so good:
lots of other companies share space with the super-evil lobbying group fwd.us:
vague reflection of myself taking the photo in this photo
classic example of entrenched interests making innovation and better service illegal in the name of "public safety" or some other bogus excuse.
Wow, this 2011 prediction by Gartner is so wrong it's funny:
Apple took a significant lead in the smartphone race, capturing 15.7% of the worldwide market last year, compared with just 4.2% for Microsoft. However, both Gartner and IDC predict Microsoft's Windows Phone will beat out Apple's iOS for mobile market share by 2015, with Gartner expecting a 19.5% share for Microsoft and 17.2% for Apple.
Here's what actually happened:
Around the world, about 110 million bales of cotton are estimated to be sitting idle at textile mills or state warehouses at the end of this season, a record high since 1973 when the U.S. began to publish data on cotton stockpiles.
wow, economics is so weird. didn't we just have a huge cotton shortage, driving up the price?
Unfortunately it is not permissible in the mainstream press to point out the similar outsize contribution of young black men to violent crime.
It's a huge and unmistakable difference, about 10x the rate at which young white men commit violent crime.
The solution seems to me to be to recruit police from the black community.
Taxi companies have sued the firms twice for providing a similar, but unregulated, service. Regardless, the companies have become popular taxi alternatives in Albuquerque.
taxi companies provide shitty expensive infrequent service, and so are trying to use the law to prevent innovation that is pressuring them to improve.
this is the reality of business in america. it's not about improving things, it's about lobbying people in power to prevent things from improving so that you can maintain monopoly profits.
and it's all usually done in the name of "public safety".
c'mon people, don't make me ban you.
don't forget that threats of violence are actually a felony in themselves. you don't have to actually do anything physical to go to jail, and for serious time. the threat itself is a crime. and i will instantly turn over everything i know about you to the police the moment they ask me.
There is no name on the door at 660 mission street.