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The public rapporteur of the Paris administrative court issued his report on Wednesday, June 14. Google, which had been inflicted with a tax adjustment of 1.6 billion euros in February 2016, should ultimately not pay this amount to the French tax authorities, according to information reported by The world. The American giant does not have any permanent establishment in France, which would make it taxable in France, its European headquarters being in Ireland.

The rapporteur even recommended that the French State pay Google 1,500 euros per case studied, 5 in total, for legal costs generated by the proceedings.

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After several months of discussions, Verizon finalized the takeover of Yahoo! this Tuesday, June 13. The American giant thus merges the Internet activity of Yahoo! with AOL to create a new entity called Oath. Led by Tim Armstrong, former CEO of AOL, the new Verizon subsidiary actually manages more than 50 brands in media and technology. The HuffPost, Tumblr, Yahoo Finance, or even TechCrunch : so many brands that will be part of this conglomerate, which has set itself the ambition of “creating brands that people love”, according to a official press release. The company claims more than a billion customers worldwide, and wants to double this figure within 3 years.


Jean-Francois GagneThe Canadian start-up Element AI, specializing in artificial intelligence, has completed a funding round of $ 102 million led by Data Collective. Microsoft Ventures, Intel Capital, National Bank of Canada, Nvidia, Real Ventures, Hanwha Investment Corp and Business Development Bank of Canada also participated in the transaction.

Founded in October 2016 by Yoshua Bengio and Jean-Francois Gagne, Element AI operates as a consulting company, working on projects important to large companies that want to use artificial intelligence techniques to help them solve their problems, such as designing a new underwriting model for a company of ‘insurance.

The Montreal-based startup plans to use part of this funding to make 50 investments in start-ups specializing in artificial intelligence over the next two years. Element AI also wants to double its workforce to pass the 200 employee mark by the end of the year.

Cheese TemptationThe French start-up Cheese Temptation, which is developing a cheese marketplace, raised 550,000 euros from business angels. No name has been released.

Founded in 2014 by Alexander Kipp, Laurent Caralp and Matthieu Favroul, Tentation Fromage has developed a platform for ordering cheeses online and having them delivered anywhere in France and in 30 countries in Europe in insulated packaging. The company guarantees delivery within 30 minutes in Paris and within 24 hours throughout France and other European countries where the service is operational. “Today, we are the leader in online cheese sales, with nearly 5,000 customers and partner cheese factories across France. Our mission is to reconnect the hyperactive generation of 25-40 year olds with their neighborhood cheese maker», Explains Alexandre Kipp, co-founder and commercial director of Tentation Fromage.

This investment should enable Tentation Fromage to refound its website and launch its 30-minute courier delivery service in Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille by the end of the year.

Within 4 years, nearly 9 in 10 Americans will use the Internet regularly, according to Cisco data reported by Statista. In Western Europe, this proportion will be 87%, and in Latin America, 66%. Note, in Africa only 28% of the population will use the Internet in 2021. The development potential is therefore significant in the future.

Infographic: Internet in the world in 2021 |  Statista

Rotrou_Thome_OctolyOctoly strengthens its team

Octoly announces the appointment of two new collaborators. Elisabeth rotrou becomes product director. She previously held the position of Senior Product & Engineering program Manager at Criteo. As for Mathieu Thome he joined the team as director of operations for Europe. He was previously director of operations at Augure.

Sacha-LaassiriSacha Laassiri joins Matilan as director general

Sacha Laassiri becomes general manager of Matilan. He previously served as COO of Aptetude Co.

nicolas-dumenilNicolas Duménil and Jacques Denain arrive at We Are Social within the creative team

Nicolas Duménil and Jacques Denain join the agency We Are Social. They strengthen the creative team. They were previously artistic directors at Herezie.

Nicolas-HalftermeyerNicolas Halftermeyer appointed Marketing Director and digital from Xilam

Xilam announces the arrival of Nicolas halftermeyer as marketing and digital director. He was previously CMO of Parrot.

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