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SiliconANGLE Media

Microsoft updates Skype for Business with new analytics, automation features - SiliconANGLE

PhoneArena

Viber update 6.8 for Android and iOS adds stickers on photos

VentureBeat , ZDNet

Skype for Business gets Auto Attendant and Call Queues, Call Analytics preview

Apps & Services
Acquisition
TechMoran

Ashish Thakhar's Mara Group Acquires India's IM Platform Nimbuzz to Build a WeChat for Africa

Asia
The Verge , ZDNet , GeekWire

Xbox, Skype, Outlook, and more recover from another outage

TechCrunch

Viber is the latest messaging app to clone Snapchat with new ‘Secret Chat’ feature

Messaging Asia
VentureBeat

Skype updates Chrome extension to make it easier to send call links in tweets, emails, and calendar invites

Messaging New Websites
CNET

Video of professor's toddlers crashing his serious BBC Skype interview is a nightmare come true

The Verge , PhoneArena

Messaging app Viber is adding self-destructing chats for its 800 million users

VentureBeat

Viber to launch secret chats that self-destruct and prevent screenshots

The Verge , ZDNet

Xbox, Skype, Outlook, and more affected by Microsoft Account issues

$36,700,000 Grant
FierceTelecom

FairPoint snags $36.7M to bolster New York rural broadband

€10,000,000 Venture capital
Independent.ie

Irish cloud company Blueface raises €10m from BDO as it plans international expansion

ZDNet

What's new in the Skype for Linux beta

Slashdot

Microsoft Finally Releases A Beta Version of Skype For Linux

ZDNet

Microsoft to discontinue Skype WiFi as of March 31

Mobile providers
TechCrunch , PhoneArena

Skype is killing off its WiFi service March 31 to focus on ‘core’ features

$350,000 Seed fund
Tampa Bay Times

Two Tampa tech startups get $1.5 million from angel investors

CNET

Microsoft creates Skype Lite especially for India

Asia
TechCrunch , VentureBeat

Messaging app Viber adds e-commerce button to sell you items inspired by your chats