Video chat app Rounds partners with Vidyo

Rounds, the group video chat app we’ve covered a few times before on Gigaom, announced a partnership with Vidyo Tuesday. Rounds will use Vidyo’s technology to power the next generation of its mobile app, which will include features like video overlays while you browse a site or watch a YouTube video — think chatheads, but with live vide feeds. The company is working on this new app now, and a spokesperson told me it will be ready for release within about a month.

4G with your coffee? Verizon sticks LTE in just about everything

Verizon is putting LTE chips in TouchTunes’ new digital karaoke machines, but that’s not all. At CES, Verizon seemed determined to embed its latest wireless network technology into anything that could conceivably need an Internet connection, including ATM machines, robots and photo booths.

Google Talk and Hangouts close to go native in Chrome

Chrome will soon feature an open-source and open-codec implementation of Google Talk and Google+ Hangouts voice and video chat, thanks to the WebRTC framework the company open-sourced earlier this year. This implementation will replace the proprietary plugin that’s currently bundled with Chrome.

Vidyo raises $22.5m more, doubles headcount and revenues

Vidyo has raised a $22.5 million Series D round of financing led by QuestMark Partners, with participation from existing investors Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures and Four River Group. Since being founded in 2005, the startup has raised a total of $96 million.

Why (almost) free will win the video conferencing game

The video conferencing market is getting inundated with new products focused on bringing collaboration tools to the large number of small and medium-sized businesses that can’t afford a traditional teleconference room. But will they be able to compete with products that are already “good enough”?

Vidyo to offer white-label video chat app exchange

Video conferencing startup Vidyo is known primarily for low-cost telepresence systems that compete with the likes of Cisco. But a set of APIs and an upcoming program through which partners can develop and exchange applications could give a boost to its white-label video conferencing business.

Vidyo Takes Broadcasting Into the Cloud

Video conferencing startup Vidyo introduced a new business unit and product offering today that is aimed at reducing the cost of broadcast video production by making it IP-based rather than satellite-based. With the launch of VidyoCast, Vidyo says it can reduce the cost of broadcasting significantly.

Vid-Biz: Google TV, Felicia Day, Modern Family Off Hulu

Today on the Net: Google TV will begin selling in the U.S. this autumn according to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Modern Family has been off of Hulu for the last month or so and Vidyo is putting its video conferencing services on the iPad.

Vidyo Takes Telepresence to the Desktop

Vidyo, in a bid to widen its market share, is launching a line of video conferencing solutions priced under $1,000. The VidyoDesktop Executive combines low-cost touchscreen computers with the VidyoDesktop 2.0 software to enable video conferencing at one-tenth the price of other dedicated solutions.
The Executive offering is meant to complement Vidyo’s full-room HD systems, which are positioned against competing telepresence systems from the likes of Cisco (s CSCO) and Polycom (s PLCM). The product can be run on Mac or Windows operating systems, and since it’s based on software it can be used as either a dedicated video conferencing endpoint, or just as an application available on a user’s personal computer. With built-in application sharing, Vidyo users can use simple graphics tools as whiteboard applications, or they can share presentations or documents that are available on the desktop. Read More about Vidyo Takes Telepresence to the Desktop

Vidyo Scores Monster $25M Funding Round

Just so you know, this is not an April Fool’s joke: video conferencing startup Vidyo — the same company that powers the ultra-popular Google (s GOOG) Talk video chat client — has raised a $25 million Series C round of financing, it announced today. With the new cash, Vidyo plans to aggressively expand its sales and marketing efforts to take on networking giants like Cisco (s CSCO) in the desktop and room-based telepresence market.

All of Vidyo’s existing investors, including Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds and Star Ventures, came out for the financing round, which was led by Four Rivers Group. The new cash follows a $15 million funding round that Vidyo closed just over a year ago. With the latest round, the video conferencing firm has now raised a total of $63 million since being founded in 2005.

At a time when financing is hard to come by, a $25 million investment is virtually unheard of. So how did Vidyo manage to raise so much cash, and what does it plan to do with it all? Read More about Vidyo Scores Monster $25M Funding Round