[CONFIDENTIEL] ICO, Google Android, Apple and Vrvana scam, Meg Whitman leaves HPE …
An Ethereum start-up literally disappeared from circulation – from the Internet in this case – on Sunday after raising $ 375,000 as part of its ICO (Initial Coin Offering).
Confido is (was?) A start-up that announced to use the Ethereum blockchain and its “Smart contracts” to develop a payment and delivery tracking service. During its ICO, which took place from November 6 to 8 on the specialized platform TokenLot, Confido raised $ 375,000 through the sale of its tokens, responding to the name of CFD for Contracts For Differences.
But on Sunday, the company erased its Twitter account and took its website offline. A company representative posted a brief comment on a now-private Reddit sub-forum, alleging various legal issues that would prevent the team from continuing development on the project. The same message was also posted on Medium, then quickly erased. These messages were signed by a certain Joost van Doorn, founder of Confido, who has no other Internet presence than a LinkedIn profile now deleted.
Confido tokens represented a capitalization of $ 10 million just last week, before the company evaporated. The CFD, which at its highest was $ 1.20, has lost 90% of its value, so the marketcap is now close to zero.
TokenLot, which hosts ICOs on behalf of blockchain startups, has openly called the operation a scam in a statement and decided to contact the FBI.
If you thought it was enough to turn off geolocation to regain some semblance of privacy, you put the relay antenna in your eye – and this, up to your elbow. The American site Quartz thus discovered that phones running Android operating system have been collecting information since January 2017, without the knowledge of their users, even with geolocation disabled, and even without a SIM card!
Quartz thus reveals that the data, coming from the relay antennas, collected by the device to then be transmitted to Google, allow a localization of the user by simple triangulation, more or less fine according to the mesh of the territory. Quartz contacted Google, who confirmed the information, saying the information was collected from an update intended to improve the notification system. Google said it never stored or used this information and announced it will end this collection by November.
It’s a little surprise. Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), has announced that she will step down on February 1, 2018. She will be replaced on that date by Antonio Neri, the current president of HPE. “Now is the right time for Antonio and a new generation of leaders to take the helm at HPE», Explained the boss resigned from HPE. The latter was tipped to become CEO of Uber this summer, after the resignation of Travis Kalanick. The job eventually went to Dara Khosrowshahi, the boss of Expedia.
Meg Whitman joined the company in 2011, then in a bad position, to turn it around. She notably oversaw the split of the American giant Hewlett-Packard at the end of 2015 into two distinct companies: HP Inc, for the production and sale of computers and printers, and HP Enterprise, for IT services, professional software and the data storage. At the head of HPE, Meg Whitman notably sold the major part of its software unit to the British publisher Micro Focus for 8.8 billion dollars, thus yielding an essential part of its turnover.
In early September, the company announced its intention to cut at least 5,000 jobs, or 10% of its workforce. This workforce cut is part of the savings plan announced in early September by Meg Whitman.
Last summer, Apple acquired Vrvana, a Canadian start-up specializing in mixed reality (virtual and augmented). The amount of the investment would amount to 30 million dollars, according to information reported by Techcrunch. The apple firm aims to develop an augmented reality headset for 2020.
Vrvana was founded by Bertrand Nepveu, Jean-Francois Sicard, Marc-Olivier Lepage and Yan Cote in 2005 in Montreal. The start-up’s website highlights a single product, Totem, an “extended” reality headset using AR and VR. The tool features a 2560 x 1440 pixel OLED display with a 120 degree viewing angle. For now, this helmet has never been marketed. Vrvana differentiates itself from its competitors like Microsoft with innovative features like the overlay of colorful animations on the real world.
A dozen employees as well as the leader of Vrvana, Bertrand Nepveu, have joined Apple’s augmented reality team in California.
This acquisition will allow Apple to seriously work on virtual reality and augmented reality projects. Last June, the company already showed this desire to accelerate in this sector with the takeover of the German SensoMotoric Instruments. The company has developed technology to track and analyze a person’s eye movement in order to decrease the risk of motion sickness while gaming or to have the ability to click menus through sight.