W3C (the Worldwide Web Consortium) has announced a plan to “recommend” (see: declare as ready) the HTML5 spec. Further updates (5.1 and onward) are expected to be given the okay every two years after that.
Statistical analytics startup Alteryx has raised $12 million in an extended Series A round led by Toba Capital with participation from existing investor SAP Capital. The company wants to be the place where analysts and data scientists can blend their data, model it, and visualize it. The company also offers a gallery of prebuilt analytics models. [Source: GigaOM]
Nokia descendent Jolla is accepting pre-orders its first smartphone running the Sailfish OS today. The €399 smartphone has 4.5-inch “Estrade” display, an unspecified dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and can run Android apps. Orders will be fulfilled at the end of 2013. [Source: Jolla]
Educational market focused computer maintenance startup Neverware has raised $1 million from Thrive Capital, Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst, Collaborative Fund, and Nihal Mehta. The company charges schools a monthly fee to maintain the performance of aging computers with the goal of extending their usefulness and saving costs. [Source: TechCrunch]
The two largest forces in mobile food ordering, Seamless and GrubHub, have announced their merger. The combined companies cover 20,000 restaurants in more than 500 cities, and collectively processed $875 million in food sales last year. The deal is still subject to regulator approval. GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney will lead the combined company, which could see a dramatic reduction in its customer and merchant acquisition costs. [Source: GrubHub]
Carrier billing platform-maker Payvia has acquired Los Angeles-based mobile marketing startup Mogreet. Pauvia has 120 million clients and processed more than $2 billion in payments in its lifetime. Mogreet had raised $14 million in three rounds of venture financing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. [Source: PayVia]
Zyme Solutions, which provides channel data tools, raised $5 million from Susquehanna Growth Equity. The company offers managed services for multi-tier channel visibility, which integrate Salesforce.com, SAP and Oracle. [Source: Zyme Solutions]
Pinterest has taken its first step toward monetizing by making pins more “actionable,” the social network said. The company introduced new types of pins, one for recipes, one for movies, and one which makes it easier for users to click through and buy items they see on Pinterest. The retail product pin resembles a feature that has become popular on other “social shopping” sites like Fab, Opensky and Wanelo. [Source: GigaOm]
Online food delivery company GrubHub has merged with its competitor Seamless. The companies, which processed a combined $875 million in sales (which they take a cut of for facilitating), have not decided which of its brands will live on. Seattle-based GrubHub has 350 employees. Seamless in New York has 300. [Source: Bloomberg]
Yahoo has confirmed its acquisition of Tumblr for $1.1 billion, promising “not to screw it up” by allowing the company to operate as a separate business led by David Karp. The deal is said to grow Yahoo’s audience by 50 percent, and its monthly traffic by over 20 percent, allowing it (or its portfolio, anyway) to reach over 1 billion people each month.
YouTube has announced on its eighth birthday that over 100 hours — more than four days — of video are uploaded to its servers every minute. The company announced in March that it has more than 1 billion monthly active users, putting it in the same category as its Google (its parent company) and Facebook.