Brad Merrill

Brad Merrill is the editor of VentureBreak.

Singapore’s Kluje Will Help You Find Renovation Contractors

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 24th 2014 - No Comments
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Singapore-based Kluje exists to connect homeowners with quality contractors for renovation projects. Kluje was founded by Jamey Merkel and Andrew Esmonde-White. Merkel, in his words, is a “disgruntled homeowner, marketer, and entrepreneur.” Esmonde-White was formerly CEO of two UK renovation companies. Kluje provides “ease of use, transparency and accountability to the home renovation industry that […]

LogmeOnce Makes Digital Security Simple

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 24th 2014 - No Comments
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McLean Kickstarter project LogmeOnce aims to simplify the protection of your privacy and online security with its password manager and secure USB storage device. Behind LogmeOnce are co-founders Kevin and Mike Shahbazi. Kevin has co-founded several successful companies in the past, including Applied Technologies, Trust Digital, eView Technologies, and Avocado Security. Trust Digital became a […]

Siri May Be Coming To Apple TV

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 23rd 2014 - 4 Comments

9to5Mac reports that new code found in the iOS 7.1 software development kit indicates that Siri will be integrated with Apple TV in a future release. Apple is reportedly planning a major overhaul of Apple TV to compete with popular gaming consoles that double as video streaming devices like the Xbox One and the PlayStation […]

The New Twitter Profile Is Now Available For Everyone

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 22nd 2014 - No Comments
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Twitter has announced that its new Web profile design is now available to all users around the world. The new design, which Twitter began rolling out two weeks ago, features a larger profile and customizable header, and highlights your “best” tweets by making them slightly larger. You can also pin one of your tweets to the […]

Apple Mocks Samsung With Earth Day Ad: ‘Some Ideas We Want Every Company To Copy’

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 22nd 2014 - No Comments
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After launching a website and video detailing its environmental efforts, Apple has followed up with a related newspaper ad that indirectly mocks it rival Samsung. At the top of the page, a huge headline reads: “There are some ideas we want every company to copy.” While many companies have clearly copied Apple’s software and hardware […]

VentureBreak Weekly #42: Fail Whale

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 22nd 2014 - No Comments
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Ted Lyons joins Will Reynolds Young and Brad Merrill to discuss entrepreneurial failure, Square’s losses, Aereo’s advocacy site, Flickr’s latest app update, Comcast scammers, Facebook mobile ads, urBin, Couch to 5k, Timehop, and more. Hosts: Brad Merrill, Ted Lyons, Will Reynolds Young Show Notes What Snapchat Teaches Us About The Way Teens Define Privacy George […]

Facebook To Launch Mobile Ad Network

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 21st 2014 - No Comments
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Re/code reports that Facebook will reveal its new mobile ad network at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco later this month, according to “multiple sources familiar with the matter.” Such a move would mean that Facebook could use its vast repositories of user data to target ads on and off the social networking site. […]

Comcast Bills Lowered $2.4 Million By Scammers

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 21st 2014 - No Comments
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Two men pleaded guilty to a scam that lowered the bills of 5,790 Comcast customers in Pennsylvania by a total of $2.4 million. They now face prison time and will have to pay the money back to Comcast. Thirty-year-old  Richard Justin Spraggins of Philadelphia pleaded guilty in February and was “ordered to make $66,825 in […]

Square Is Losing Millions And Wants To Sell

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 21st 2014 - No Comments

Square has been in talks with several competitors for a possible sale as the startup looks to escape growing losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The company recorded a loss of about $100 million in 2013, the Journal said, adding that the startup has burnt through […]

Innovation This Week (April 13-19)

by Brad Merrill - on Apr 20th 2014 - No Comments
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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is coming up (it starts on June 2 in San Francisco), and if you weren’t among the lucky winners of the ticket lottery, you may still have a shot. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets. […]