Week in review: TabbedOut ends the wait for restaurant checks

Here’s our roundup of this week’s tech business news. First, here are the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:Don’t wait for the check: TabbedOut raises $2.05M — Austin startup ATX Innovation has built a mobile application called TabbedOut to eliminate a big inconvenience in your life — or my life, anyway.

Old McDonald’s has a new FarmVille deal with Zynga — Want FarmVille Cash with that? Zynga, the San Francisco-based social games maker, has announced to players of FarmVille that it’s teaming up with fast-food chain McDonald’s.

Motorola’s Droid Pro is heaven for BlackBerry fans who want Android — If a BlackBerry and Motorola Android phone had a baby, it would look a lot like Motorola’s new Droid Pro, says VentureBeat’s Devindra Hardawar.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Yep, we were in lockdown — While launching some new Facebook features, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the company spent the last 60 days in what he called a “lockdown” period.

Ubisoft shows off four cool motion-sensing games for Microsoft Kinect (video) — Hoping to stir buzz for holiday game sales, Ubisoft showed off four new games Wednesday that will use Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system.

And here are five other posts we want to highlight, because they’re important, thought-provoking, fun, or all of the above:

apps33 ways to make your app a hit: VentureBeat’s Discovery Directory – As app stores multiply and the number of publicly released apps approaches 1 million, content developers are having a hard time standing out from the crowd. In this post, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi shows off a bunch of the solutions aimed at solving the discovery dilemma.

Logitech’s Google TV-powered Revue up for pre-order, $299.99 — After months of mere glimpses at Logitech’s Revue set-top box, we got some hands-on time this week with the Google TV-powered device.

Why smack talking works for Oracle’s Larry Ellison — You could say a lot of things about Oracle co-founder and chief executive Ellison, but being shy certainly is not one of them. Bloomberg Businessweek published a profile Thursday on Oracle’s perennially “smack-talking” CEO, one that declares, “Thank heavens for Larry Ellison.”

Amid iPhone-to-Verizon rumors, Apple, Verizon spar over video, music, and retail sales — Apple and Verizon have reportedly butted heads over a number of parts of the negotiation to bring the iPhone to Verizon.

Bad news for electric cars: Consumers don’t understand them — Despite the hype and the near-ubiquity of the Toyota Prius, most Americans remain leery of buying alternative-fuel vehicles. That’s probably because they don’t have the basic knowledge to understand them, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

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