Avado turns health care into continuous care

In ancient China, doctors were paid to keep their patients well. If a patient fell ill, the doctor didn’t get paid until they got better. We have gotten used to being continuously connected, so why does healthcare still revolve around an occasional face to face meeting with your doctor when something has already gone wrong?

Sequoia defends its infamous “RIP Good Times” presentation

Onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, looked back at one of the firms’ more controversial moments — the presentation that it gave to its portfolio companies after the financial crash in late 2008.

Square’s big plans to kill the cash register

Apparently, mobile payment company Square thought its initial vision of arming merchants everywhere with credit card readers wasn’t quite ambitious enough. Today, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, the company announced an upgraded lineup of services, including the ability to pay by just giving the merchant your name, no credit card required.

Mogotix delivers another blow to paper tickets (video)

San Francisco startup Mogotix recently announced its new ticketing service. It’s hardly the first company to offer mobile ticketing, but it’s the first one I’ve seen that uses phones as both the ticket and the ticket reader.

Our 5 favorite startups at TechCrunch Disrupt

Right now, the TechCrunch Disrupt judging panel is choosing the top startup from among the 27 companies that launched on-stage at the conference over the last three days. But VentureBeat’s writers watched (and wrote about) every single one of those presentations, and we have our own favorites.

Digg founder: We let Digg stagnate

Digg, the pioneering social-news site which lets users vote on top headlines, began to lose momentum during the recession because it pulled engineers from designing new site features to work on improving revenue, founder Kevin Rose said today.

Redbeacon brings its service listings to any website

Redbeacon, the service-listing startup that won the TechCrunch 50 conference last year, took the stage again today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, and chief executive Ethan Anderson announced some new features that should expand the company’s audience.

Linkedin cuts down the noise on its news feeds with ‘Signal’ feature

Linkedin, a social networking site for people looking to connect with other professionals, is launching a new feature, called Signal, that will help users manage their news feeds on the main website. Jeff Weiner, the CEO of Linkedin, announced the launch of Signal at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.

Ron Conway, Mike Arrington and company stop for some Hammer Time

Google Ventures wasn’t the only fresh face at the TechCrunch Disrupt after-party last night —  funk master MC Hammer also brought his talents to Silicon Valley in celebration of TechCrunch’s recent acquisition by AOL, dropping his tunes for TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and company.

MobilePay lets you pay by card, without your card

MobilePay offers consumers a way to pay by credit or banking card without having your physical card on hand by linking it to an iPhone app that automatically authenticates with vendors to transfer payment. The service is going into closed beta today after operating in stealth mode for the past couple of months, it announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

Lark promises a better alarm that could save relationships

One of the challenges of a romantic relationship (as I recall very vaguely) is adjusting to the sleep habits of your significant other. If you regularly wake up earlier than your boy- or girlfriend, that alarm jolting them from sleep could be a real source of tension.

Voxy teaches languages through news and text messages

Voxy, an online service for teaching languages across multiple platforms including text messages, mobile apps and the web, announced it is launching its English-language service at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.

ToVieFor pitches top-end fashion by turning sales into games

ToVieFor gives the average shopper that isn’t looking to spend $1,000 on a new bag a chance to snag top-of-the-line fashion goods for much less than full price with its own spin on fashion fire sales. The shopping network announced it is launching its site at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.

GameCrush launches gaming service where guys pay girls to play

One of the most memorable concepts that I’ve seen on VentureBeat this year is GameCrush, a site where male gamers can pay women to play games with them. Today the site is leaving beta testing and launching a new version of its service.

Pinger brings free calling to your iPod Touch

A startup called Pinger says it has already built a big user base for Textfree — which is (you guessed it) a free text messaging service. Now it’s offering a similar service for making phone calls.

Tello lets you vote down employees for poor customer service

Tello, an online service that lets users rate specific employees and businesses based on customer service, announced it is launching its website, mobile Web app, and iPhone app today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

Business social network Yammer gets upgrade, opens up to apps

Yammer, a social networking platform like Facebook for business professionals, announced that it is launching its expanded suite of social networking tools with third-party app integration for the business professionals of the world. The announcement came at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.

Google CEO: the Internet of things will augment your brain

For Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the next step in technology is the same that it has always been — augmenting humanity to handle information that a human brain couldn’t otherwise keep up with, and just make things work.