Google cancels half the projects at its internal R&D group Area 120
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at the Code Conference last week, suggested the tech company needed to become 20% more efficient — a comment some in the industry took to mean headcount reduct
Venue raises $4M from Accel and the CEOs of Slack, Remote and Squarespace to give teamwide video meetings a new breath of life
Zoom has in many ways “won” the mindshare game when it comes to video conferencing: Whether you’re actually using Zoom or another service that’s wrapped into another platform l
Use a scalpel when cutting startup expenses, not an axe
Experienced sailors know that if they turn the wheel too hard, they will soon need to compensate by turning it in the other direction, or they will capsize the boat.
Switchboard creates virtual rooms to foster better collaboration
Switchboard, a collaboration app that combines features of videoconferencing and digital whiteboarding, today announced that it raised $25 million in a Series A round that values the company at $200 m
This startup wants to help teams get more out of virtual meetings
If the pandemic-triggered proliferation of online meetings is killing your team productivity and sapping the attention of overloaded info workers, German startup tl;dv might have just the tool: ItR
Paddle, the company that wants to take on Apple in IAP, raises $200M at a $1.4B valuation to supercharge SaaS payments
Software as a service has become the default for how organizations adopt and use apps these days, thanks to advances in cloud computing and networking, and the flexibility of pay-as-you-use models tha
Zoom announces Zoom Whiteboard, gesture recognition among several updates
Zoom announced a slate of updates and new features, including a virtual whiteboard and gesture recognition. Among the updates is Zoom IQ for Sales, which uses AI to analyze calls. Zoom added Gesture R
Observe.ai raises $125M, adding Zoom as an investor, to supercharge the contact center market
Contact centers play a key part in how a company engages with customers, amounting to what is a $400 billion market globally. Today, a company that believes it can improve how agents work within them
Daily Crunch: Tata Group releases ‘super app’ that bundles 11 consumer services
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OpenPhone raises $40M to replace your work phone and office PBX with an app
Pam answering the phone at Dunder Mifflin became one of the most iconic refrains from “The Office,” and it’s really no wonder that it did: Businesses big and small have long run on c
Please don’t use this new Windows 11 feature
Among other updates, Windows 11 is getting an AI-enabled eye contact feature today that will always make it look like you’re looking at the screen. Don’t use it. There is nothing like star
100ms secures $20M to power next generation of live video apps
Live video conferencing infrastructure startup 100ms, based in India and the U.S., has raised $20 million in Series A funding to power the next generation of live video apps, coming barely five months
AnyRoad helps brands measure customer experiences
Brands don’t often know everyone who is attending their big events, which leads to limited return on investment and actionable insights. AnyRoad provides that insight.
LeadGenius co-founder gets back to user-centric design roots with Marvin
Marvin’s technology is an interview and user research tool that plugs into video conferencing tools to record customer interviews and them them into searchable insights.
Pesto spices up digital workplaces so remote work isn’t so … remote
Most employees are unlikely to return to in-person work, but are having to use tools created for that purpose. Pesto's founders think that needs to change.
Intel doubles down on hybrid chip architecture, unveils 28 new 12th-gen Intel Core mobile processors and 22 desktop processors
CES may be going ahead as a shortened, pared-down operation this year, but we’re still seeing a decent swathe of announcements prepared for the event still coming out into the wild, in particular am
Taptap Send raises $65M to build cross-border remittances focused on the most underserved markets
Cross-border remittances — when people living and working abroad send money back home to friends and family — continues to be a huge part of how those living in developing countries, off t
Kalendar AI wants its sales bots to win your next customers
Kalendar AI, a San Francisco-based startup that’s been building on top of GPT-3‘s language model — developing a SaaS for automating lead generation and sales outreach to make it easi
Our new hybrid lives: Tactile virtual experiences and hardware that lives with us
It’s time we started thinking about our devices as objects to keep and care for, repairing and refurbishing things like phones and computers to keep up with the latest advancements.
Pinterest launches TwoTwenty, its own in-house incubator for new projects
Pinterest today announced a new initiative designed to help the company increase its pace of innovation. The company is introducing an in-house, experimental products team called TwoTwenty — nam