William Blink Chui

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Tap Your Phone, Get Stuff (Including Funding)

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor at Haystack. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>Earlier this week, Steve Schlafman, an investor with RRE in New York City, created this image about all the various startups …

Google to Launch Android TV, Report Says

Just a few days after Amazon unveiled the Fire TV, Google will reportedly launch its own set-top box.<p>The Mountain View, Calif. company is close to …

New money in new media

<b>The financial future of the news business is uncertain, but lately US venture capitalists have been placing their bets on journalism.</b><p>Over the past year, venture capitalists contributed at least $300m (£180m) to digital news organisations, many of them start-ups, according to a recent report from …

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Waze Founder Hints Investor Pressure Forced Sale to Google

Google completed its acquisition of Waze last June, but only now has the price tag that it paid for the Israel-headquartered social mapping startup and a hint at why the company sold out been revealed.<p>A blog post on LinkedIn from Noam Bardin, who is CEO and co-founder of Waze, confirms that Google …

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Social Media

From proving the power of brevity to providing a secret place in an age of unprecedented public exposure, here are Fast Company‘s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Social Media.<p>1. Twitter<p><b>For proving the power of brevity–this time with video.</b> Video sharing and social media were two separate things …

Why European Startups Shouldn't Fundraise in Silicon Valley

<i>Andrej Kiska is an associate at Prague-based Credo Ventures.</i><p>“European startups are able to raise just a fraction of the capital at home compared to their U.S. counterparts. And they receive a lot more value from their investors. Why would I ever fundraise anywhere outside of Silicon Valley?”<p>I was …

Google clamps down on Android apps with deceptive ads

Google has issued revised rules for Google Play apps in its continuing effort to stay one step ahead of nefarious developers. This time, the primary target is apps with pop-up ads that spoof a system, service or app notification and trick you into clicking where you shouldn't. It's also cracking …

Instead Of Giving Google Your Data For Free, Now You Can Donate It For Good

The GoodData is a co-op that aims to allow people to take control of their data and harness what it’s worth–for a good cause.<p>The Internet knows everything about you: where you shop, what you like, your age, race, the sex stuff. The Internet also knows how to make money from what it knows. Every …

Kickstarter backers get nothing from Oculus sale

Venture capital firms Spark Capital and Matrix Partners made a 2,000 percent return on their early investments in Oculus VR Inc., the virtual-reality company acquired last week by Facebook for $2.3 billion. It's a potent reminder of how profitable a timely bet on a startup can be. Nine thousand …

There’s Just No Getting Around Apple Buying Yahoo

Apple should buy Yahoo.<p>This is neither a new idea, nor one acceptable to the Apple fan base. But since people briefly talked about it last year, it’s become an increasingly good idea — maybe a necessary one for Apple’s continued growth and success — and I’m going to tell you why.<p><b>Apple’s Missing</b> …

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Word Monsters Is New Head-To-Head Word Puzzler From Angry Birds Developers [Video Review]

The hit bird slinging game <i>Angry Birds</i> has found its way on devices everywhere. While the <i>Angry Birds</i> series has brought developing company Rovio so much popularity, their branch company Rovio Stars aims to share the spotlight. The newest application from Rovio Stars is <i>Word Monsters</i>, a game that …

REVIEW: HTC Made The Best Android Phone ... Again

Tech reviewers like me couldn't say enough nice things about the One. At last, someone had built a device that rivaled the iPhone in beauty and build quality. The design and reader's choice awards piled up. HTC had a real winner on its hands.<p>Unfortunately, relatively no one bought it. In the year …

Here's The Best Way To Find A New App In The App Store

The search function in Apple's App Store is notoriously bad. When we tried searching for anonymous app Secret, it <b>took 107 tries</b> before we found the actual app.<p>Fnd.io is a new service that may have a solution for this.<p>It's a Web page lets you search through App Store and the Mac store simultaneously …

Mobile app monetization: Freemium is king, but in-app ads are growing fast

Freemium revenue for mobile apps was up 211 percent last year, according to a new report from mobile analytics company App Annie and IDC.<p>Clearly, free is working.<p>While a fairly strong majority — 83 percent of the top thousand apps on each of the iOS app store and Google Play — monetize via …

TrueVault Raises $2.5M To Make It Easy For Healthcare Apps To Be HIPAA Compliant

TrueVault, the healthcare app data security startup that launched this week out of the most recent class of Y Combinator, has closed on $2.5 million in seed funding.<p>The money will be used to further develop TrueVault’s “database as a service,” which provides a secure API for healthcare apps to use …

Y Combinator’s Top Three Startups From Winter 2014, According To Y Combinator Startups

It’s been more than a day since Y Combinator’s Winter 2014 demo day, and we’ve already weighed in on which companies we thought were most impressive.<p>But with each class, the startups within Y Combinator vote to determine which colleagues they thought were most likely to be successful. One source …

Twitter tests tweak of iconic 'Retweet' button

In a move that has angered some Twitter users, the social media service is toying with the idea of rebranding its iconic 'Retweet' button with a …