[CONFIDENTIEL] Apple, Fetchr, Grab vs. Uber, Twitter …

by bold-lichterman

Is the end of the honeymoon between Apple and Ireland? In any case, the establishment of a data center of the Cupertino company on Irish territory no longer seems in the pipes of Apple. At least that is what emerges from the statements of the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, during an interview with the national television channel RTE.

CONFIDENTIEL Apple Fetchr Grab vs Uber Twitter

When discussing the relationship between the Irish state and Apple, Leo Varadkar revealed that Tim Cook, the boss of the apple brand, “has not committed to any date, nothing definitive, or anything», Causing trouble on this billion dollar project. However, the Irish Prime Minister has told Tim Cook that Ireland will do everything it can to bring this data center to life on its soil. Announced in February 2015 by Apple, the project called for the construction of a data center in a rural area in the west of the country. However, it is still too early to bury this project. And for good reason, Ireland offers very advantageous taxation on company profits.

Established in Ireland since 1980, Apple would not have paid the slightest tax until 1991 and would have subsequently benefited from preferential treatment. The Cupertino company had to pay a profit tax of barely 1%, against the 12.5% ​​in force. Thanks to this device, all of Apple’s European contracts are signed on Irish soil to bypass the heavier taxes of other European countries. On August 30, 2016, the European Commission fined Apple 13 billion euros for its unpaid taxes to the Irish state.

Fetchr is teaming up with Californian start-up Skycart and United Arab Emirates-based company Envelope to set up the region’s first drone delivery service. Earlier this year, Skycart and Eniverse announced a partnership to develop this project. At the time, it was planned to operate in specific regions such as Dubai or Jumeirah. This project is good news for Fetchr. “At its core, Fetchr is a technology company, and this partnership represents a significant milestone for us as our ambition is to enable all deliveries through technology and disrupt the last mile industry.», Announced Idriss Al Rifai, co-founder of the start-up.

Founded in 2012 by Franco-Iraqi entrepreneur Idriss Al Rifai and Joy Ajlouny, Fetchr delivers packages to customers’ doors in less than 30 minutes. To do this, the company has designed a service that connects directly to the smartphone of the consumer who has ordered a product online. For this, the start-up relies on the geolocation of the phone.

Grab continues to stand up to Uber in Southeast Asia. More than resist, the young Singaporean shoot is gaining ground. It has just announced that it has exceeded the threshold of one billion trips made since its creation. By way of comparison, Uber said last June to have reached 5 billion trips worldwide, less than a year after having crossed the 2 billion trip mark.

CONFIDENTIEL Apple Fetchr Grab vs Uber Twitter

Founded in 2012 by Tan Hooi Ling and Anthony Tan, the young Asian startup changed its name in January 2016. Initially called GrabTaxi, the company became simply Grab. This change was accompanied by the launch of a new range of transport services. Grab has thus integrated VTC (GrabCar), motorcycle taxis (GrabBike), carpooling (GrabHitch) and delivery (GrabExpress) into its platform.

Despite competition from Uber, Grab operates in 142 cities in 7 countries in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Burma). The company claims more than 2 million drivers and more than 68 million downloads of its mobile app. Last July, the Asian start-up raised $ 2 billion from SoftBank and Didi Chuxing.

How do you break Twitter’s 140 character rule? This weekend, two Germans managed to post a 35,000-character tweet. “People! @Timrasett and @HackneyYT can exceed the character limit! Don’t you believe us? Here is a proof of about 35k characters»And follows a string of characters that have no meaning:

This tweet caused some inconvenience for users. Twitter responded by temporarily suspending both @Timrasett and @HackneyYT accounts. Today new accessible, @Timrasett explains in his last tweet that it is “easy to crack Twitter“. As for his colleague, @HackneyYT, he assures us that new bugs will be discovered!