[FrenchWeb morning] Historic Verizon-Vodafone Agreement, Rakuten Invests In Viki Video Service …

by bold-lichterman

  • Free mobile took 10% of the market

The telephone subsidiary of Xavier Niel has recorded 6.8 million subscribers to date (+1.59 million new subscribers) since its launch in January 2012. Free Mobile has therefore shaken up the market by capturing 10.3% of the market, and doubled its figure business: 600 million euros in the first half.

  • Numericable reaches 1 million internet subscribers

The cable operator reached one million internet subscribers, a threshold that allowed it to reach 453 million euros in the first half of the year. Numericable, 100% owned by Ypso France since the merger of the Noos and NC Numericable networks in 2007, is preparing an IPO this next quarter.

  • 50 million more for ISAI Expansion

According to our colleagues at Satellinet, the Isaï expansion investment fund, launched in 2012, would have completed its last round of financing and reached the objective set of 50 million euros this summer with new investors.

After the intermediate stages of June 2012 and April 2013, the arrival of new subscribers, including the Galeries Lafayette group, which joined Groupe Amaury and M6 as “corporate” investors, and the strengthening of certain existing subscribers, web entrepreneurs or institutions, have allowed to complete this fundraising to the tune of € 50 million.

ISAI Expansion invests in unlisted, profitable (or imminent profitability) digital companies with a turnover of more than € 3 million

  • Good half-year results for Havas

The group chaired by Yannick Bolloré saw its half-year results increase by 1% in the first half, to 837 million euros. Operating profit rose from 93 to 100 million euros for the same reference period. Good news for the group, in a market restructured after the Publicis-Omnicom merger this summer.

  • Marriage between Verizon and Vodafone, 3rd largest acquisition in history

The American Verizon Communications and the English Vodafone Group should announce this Monday a historic agreement of 130 billion dollars (98 billion euros), one of the third largest acquisitions (takeover bid Vodafone / Mannesmann in 1999, then Time Warner / AOL in 1999 and 2000). Vodafone, which owns a 45% stake in the Verizon Wireless branch, announced last night that it was in advanced discussions with Verizon on the sale of this stake.

  • Google acquires Wimm, a specialist in smartwatches

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It’s confirmed: WIMM Labs enters the fold of the American giant. The buyout, the amount of which remains unknown, was reportedly made last year. The start-up Wimm also designs smart watches, with an Android interface and an SDK for developers.

  • Rakuten invests in video

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The Rakuten e-commerce group has reportedly invested $ 200 million in the premium video service Viki, a site comparable to the American Hulu. Viki, published by a start-up in Singapore, makes it possible to offer video content (films, TV, clips, etc.) from several dozen countries, on the basis of crowdsourcing of subtitles by fans.

In Europe, the Japanese e-commerce giant offers a video on demand service (Wuaki.tv in Spain and Great Britain).