Spain-based Whisbi rolls out point-of-view video to take website visitors to real stores

Someday, it will seem quaint that a store’s website and its physical location once occupied different worlds. Actually, that day may be here. Barcelona-based Whisbi, which for the past seven years has been providing online video calls from salespeople to help website visitors, is now extending that service to virtual store visits through wearable video devices. It’s “a revolutionary omnichannel ... Read More »

iTunes media sales fell 7 percent in Q1, and 4 other juicy tidbits in Apple’s earnings filing

While observers were still trying to put their eyeballs back in their sockets after Apple’s gonzo Q1 results, the company quietly filed its official 10-Q with securities regulators. As usual, there are no life-changing disclosures in the quarterly earnings reported submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But the filing did contain a handful of interesting, if minor, revelations. ... Read More »

Next stop for Google Wallet: the U.K.

Google is finally starting to roll out Gmail support for Google Wallet outside of the U.S. Starting today, users in the U.K. can use Gmail to send money peer to peer. What? Isn’t Google Wallet already in the U.K.? Technically, yes. There, as in many parts of the world, you can open a Google Wallet account to pay for items in Google Play. But today’s ... Read More »

After acquiring mobile email startup Acompli, Microsoft launches Outlook for Android and iOS

Microsoft today launched Outlook for Android and iOS. The former is available (in preview) for download now on Google Play and the latter will arrive on Apple’s App Store later today. The debut comes less than two months after Microsoft acquired email startup Acompli for $200 million. In fact, Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office, tells VentureBeat the Acompli ... Read More »

Microsoft releases Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets out of preview

Microsoft today launched Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets. Previously in preview, the apps have now hit general availability on Google Play: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The launch follows Microsoft’s big Office news on November 6, when it made mobile editing free, launched Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPhone, as well as the same apps in preview for Android ... Read More »

Deliveroo grabs $25M to bring its premium meal delivery service to more cities

London-based food delivery startup Deliveroo has raised $25 million to beef up its U.K. and global aspirations. Today’s news comes just eight months after Deliveroo raised a £2.5 million ($3.8 million) round, led by Index Ventures. Index Ventures is participating in this round too, but it’s being led by Accel Partners, with Hoxton Ventures and Hummingbird Ventures also chipping in. ... Read More »

Cloud-monitoring startup Datadog lands $31M

Datadog, a company that helps monitor cloud applications, has raised $31 million in a Series C round. Datadog’s service gives developers and operations teams the ability to monitor performance metrics, as well as specific events, from a variety of cloud services, all in a single dashboard. It’s free for up to five hosts and costs $15 per host per month for up ... Read More »

Investors Thow Datadog A $31M Bone

 Datadog, a cloud service that helps customers monitor infrastructure and software, whether all in the cloud or a hybrid on-premises-cloud environment, announced $31M in Series C funding today. The round was led by Index Ventures with help from RTP Ventures, Openview Partners and what they referred to as “other equity holders.” Index helped fund the Series B round last February,… Read ... Read More »

4 tips for scheduling efficient meetings in 30 minutes or less

Have you ever finished something and thought to yourself, “That didn’t need to take an hour?” In my world, I have an endless stream of requests to do something for an hour. I just looked at my calendar for the next two weeks and almost everything that someone else scheduled and invited me to is for an hour. In contrast, all ... Read More »