After 10M downloads in 1 year, Scan gets $1.7M from Menlo and Google Ventures to perfect QR codes

Like most people, Garrett Gee thought the experience of creating and using QR codes kind of sucked. “They were not visually appealing or user friendly,” he told VentureBeat. So as a sophmore at Bringham Young University in Utah, Gee and few friends created their own iOS app, Scan, to help users create and interact with QR codes. 10 million downloadsand less than a year later, and the startup has scored $1.7 million in funding from big names like Menlo Ventures, Google Ventures, Yuri Milner’s Start Fund, Social + Capital Partnership, and Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter.

NFC could be a game changer for Nintendo’s Wii U

Nintendo is a funny old company. Just when you think it is out of ideas, it has a habit of springing innovation on the market that changes things forever. The Wii brought us motion gaming, and the 3DS saw the mass market arrival of glasses-free 3D tech. Now the Wii U may revolutionize digital sales on home consoles, using communication technology that can  link real world items with video games.

Jiepang, China’s Foursquare, begins NFC testing

Jiepang, China’s version of location check-in service Foursquare, has begun near field communication (NFC) trials with its popular location-based application. Users will be able to check into locations using NFC, a wireless technology built into a device that communicates with a reader when it is in close proximity (a few centimeters). Jeipang is the first location-based service of its kind to begin testing NFC in the Chinese market.

Getting NFC to the mass market isn’t a question of "if," but "when" and "with whom"

Near field communication (NFC) — the technology that lets people pay for items in stores by swiping their mobile phone over a reader — was standardized almost eight years ago. So why is it that it’s still only being used experimentally in the U.S.? Quite simply, this technology has been the victim of the classic chicken and egg problem. People who buy an NFC-enabled device, such as Google’s Nexus S phone can “initiate”, but unless there’s a target that can “receive”, they’re just carrying cool technology with limited to no utility…

NFC: Under-hyped, ready to over-deliver

Near-field communications, or NFC for short, is on the cusp of making e-commerce look like chump change, and much more quickly than most people think. The naysayers have arrived, and that’s a good thing: it means this disruptive technology is about to take down their business.

Why does NFC matter? Does tap beat swipe for mobile payments?

Editor’s note: This discussion about mobile payments and commerce is one of the five themes we’ll debating at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit, on April 25-26. We’ve carefully invited the top mobile executives to help solve what we think are the biggest challenges in mobile. And for payments, we’ll have the top executives in the sector around the table, including representatives from Verizon, AT&T, Sybase, Boku, Zong, Visa, Square and disruptive credit card company Dynamics. (If you think you should be part of the discussion, you can apply for a ticket. More on the series here.)