The Longish Goodbye: Highlights From AllThingsD Staffers Johnson, Del Rey and Cha

I don’t know why you say hello, we say goodbye.
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Kids Get New Tablets Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Lock ’Em Down.

After $50 in Angry Birds purchases, I’m now the wiser.
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News Byte

QuizUp Creator Plain Vanilla Games Raises Another $22 Million

On top of a $1.2 million seed round, a $2.5 million Series A and then a $2 million extension to that Series A, Plain Vanilla Games has just raised another bundle of money for its mobile trivia game QuizUp: A $22 million Series B, led by Sequoia Capital. The company’s previous investors, including Tencent Holdings, also participated in the round. The app now has five million active users, according to a press release.

AllThingsD Week in Review: WhatsApp vs. Bullshit Metrics and Apple’s Tearjerker Ad

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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Atheer and Meta Want You to Touch Your Apps in Midair

Reach out and touch something.
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Despite Free-to-Play Explosion, Apple Puts Spotlight on Paid Games

Candy Crush can fend for itself.
Apple's iPad game of the year, Badland.

QOTD: It’s-a-Me! Mobile Strategy!

We recognize that there are a lot of smartphones and tablets out there … We’re also doing a lot of experimentation of what I would call the little experiences you can have on your smartphone and tablet that will drive you back to your Nintendo hardware.

— Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie, in an interview with King 5 News in Seattle. Nintendo has long resisted bringing its IP to mobile devices.

Why a Cozy Relationship Between Valve and Oculus VR Makes Perfect Sense

The two gaming companies have an incestuous history and chummy relationship, and they’re headed toward the same point in 2014.
Team Fortress 2's Soldier, Pyro and Heavy try the Oculus Rift.

2013 Was a Huge Year for Android Gaming

And paid apps on both Android and iOS are falling deeper into obscurity.
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Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe on Raising $75 Million, the “Oh My God” Demo and Working With Valve

Iribe discusses how a hardware breakthrough got the company its new mega round.
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