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While bitcoin continues to break historic records, passing the $ 5,000 mark yesterday, cryptic currency continues to arouse passions and tensions among the major players in international finance.
Thus, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co, had recently hit the headlines (more precisely, the chronicle of Wall Street and Silicon Valley) by the strength of his statements, for example qualifying bitcoin as scam last month. Questioned again yesterday by the press, he said that he no longer wanted to speak on the subject, when communicating the third quarter financial results. It was therefore Marianne Lake, CFO of the American bank who took the floor, to say that JPMorgan was not against cryptocurrencies, provided they are regulated and controlled, and recalling their interest in blockchain technology.
Conversely, Christine Lagarde is becoming more and more talkative on the issue: after having defended digital currencies during a speech at the Bank of England, the Managing Director of the IMF once again emphasized guard, at the microphone of CNBC, against the risks for institutions not to pay attention to the disruptions at work in the financial sector, especially around cryptic currencies.
Virgin announced Thursday to join the project of transport capsule at very high speed (400 km / h), for an undisclosed amount. His boss, billionaire Richard Branson is expected on the board. On this occasion, the project also changes its name, to take that of… Virgin Hyperloop One.
In one communicated, Hyperloop says this global strategic partnership will focus on transporting passengers and mixed-use cargo, but that Virgin will not be the only operator. Hyperloop One says it will retain control of all technical and development aspects, product and system design, business development and strategy. Richard Branson also published a blog post on this subject.
Hyperloop One was originally a concept straight out of Elon Musk’s fertile brain, which left it up to other companies to develop. The project raised $ 160 million from several, including SNCF.
According to The Independent, Hyperloop One co-founders, Executive Chairman Shervin Pishevar and President of Engineering Josh Giegel, previously worked at Virgin Galactic.
Unless you live in a cave without wifi, it won’t have escaped your notice that Hollywood is grappling with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, named after the boss of The Weinstein Co, former boss of Miramax and one of the most powerful men in the world. ‘industry.
In the wake of this affair, which has resulted in cascading revelations of sexual harassment and abuse practices in the entertainment industry, it is Amazon’s turn to be affected:Jeff Bezos’ company yesterday announced the leave, effective immediately, of Roy Price, the head of its content division, Amazon Studios. Roy Price is implicated by a producer for harassment and inappropriate behavior towards him in 2015. In addition, Amazon has also announced to review all its current projects with The Weinstein Co.
Jeff Bezos was also directly questioned on Twitter by actress Rose McGowan, one of the first to denounce Harvey Weinstein, indicating that she had warned Roy Price of his actions, before finding that one of his projects had been buried.
– rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017
Roy Price joined Amazon in 2004. He was notably in charge of developing original content for Amazon, a crucial stake in the streaming war, and to do so, was at the head of a budget of millions of dollars. The Hollywood Reporter points out that, although Amazon has achieved several critical successes, none of its original content has been a major success, like Orange is The New Black or Stranger Things for Netflix.
To read on The Hollywood Reporter: Amazon Suspends Top Exec Roy Price in Wake of Harassment Claim
If Samsung seems to have overcome the fiasco of the Galaxy Note 7, the staff of the South Korean manufacturer, however, remains mired in a deep crisis. A sign that things are not getting better at the top of the group’s hierarchy, Kwon Oh-hyun, one of the three CEOs of Samsung Electronics, has in turn decided to slam the door of the company. “As we face an unprecedented crisis across the company, I believe the time has come for her to make a fresh start, with a fresh mind and younger leadership, to better respond to challenges. intrinsic to a rapidly changing tech industry», Explained the leader to justify his resignation. However, he will continue to serve as the head of the group until March 2018.
The South Korean giant has been shaken for several months by the affair affecting Lee Jae-yong, grandson of the founder of Samsung and at the de facto head of one of the most powerful Asian conglomerates. The latter was found guilty of corruption, embezzlement and perjury in a large scandal that rocked South Korea and led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. For the facts with which he is accused, Lee Jae-yong was sentenced to 5 years in prison, thus forcing Samsung to find a new leader …
Kwon Oh-hyun’s resignation is surprising, however, as the group reported excellent quarterly results. The chaebol has indeed tripled its profit, to 10.8 billion euros, and recorded a turnover up 29.7%, to 33.65 billion euros, between July and September. The South Korean manufacturer has mainly benefited from the success of the Galaxy Note 8, which took away the (smoky) memory of its predecessor.
New recruits for the Holberton School: Solomon Hykes (CTO of Docker), Stephane Kasriel (CEO of Upwork) and Jocelyn DeGance Graham (CEO of CloudNow) join the board of directors. As for the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner, he joins the adventure as an advisor and investor.
Founded in 2016 in San Francisco by Julien Barbier, Sylvain Kalache and Rudy Rigot, the Holberton School takes its name from one of six women who participated in the programming of the first computer in 1943, Frances Elizabeth Betty Holberton. The school trains in two years to the trade of systems engineering. Schooling is free but students agree to pay 17% of their salary on leaving school for 3 years.
The Holberton School has the particularity of offering practical lessons without teachers. Only “technical mentors” supervise the students. The 32 students are encouraged to help each other to achieve their goals. Students from previous promotions were hired by companies such as Apple, NASA and LinkedIn.