[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 02/10
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Carlos Ghosn (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi) does not see Google as a threat. The Franco-Japanese alliance announced in September the signing of a global agreement with Google to equip its future vehicles with innovative software.
Why this is important: This partnership has fueled doubts or criticisms about the risk of bringing a tech giant into the automotive industry. “We reached this agreement after long negotiations. We do not intend to lose control over our products. We keep control», Declared Carlos Ghosn during a conference in Paris on the eve of the first press day of the Paris Motor Show. “We are very careful“, Assured the boss of the Franco-Japanese alliance, but”we know that we cannot make autonomous and connected cars alone. We are going to need partners. We will see more cooperations like this“, he said.
Google calls on Ubisoft to make a breakthrough in cloud gaming. The Alphabet subsidiary will take advantage of the release of the game “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” to test its on-demand video game platform.
Why this is important: The challenge is sizeable for the American firm. And for good reason, the streaming video game presents many more constraints than the provision of content that does not require user interaction, such as music and video (films, series, documentaries) on Netflix or Spotify. To offer players an experience as pleasant as on conventional consoles, Google will therefore have to use very powerful servers, capable of supporting a high influx of simultaneous connections and very elaborate graphics that consume storage space. This model is of interest to other digital giants, such as Microsoft, which announced at the beginning of the year the creation of a new division specially dedicated to cloud gaming.
Who is Adam Mosseri, the new boss of Instagram? Following the departure of the co-founders, Mark Zuckerberg took the opportunity to place a close associate at the head of the social network.
Why this is important: This appointment corresponds well to the apparent desire of Mark Zuckerberg to strengthen the control of the various applications of Facebook. The experience of Adam Mosseri at the head of the News Feed Facebook will be crucial in boosting Instagram, a network on which Mark Zuckerberg relies in particular to target young people. Especially since in June, Instagram announced that it had crossed the one billion user mark.
Batteries for electric vehicles: in search of a breakthrough innovation. “In the batteries, we are on things which are improving slowly, it is quite conservative”, judges Sébastien Patoux, of the Commissariat for atomic energy and alternative energies.
Why this is important: Researchers continue to explore the potential of new technologies, with the lithium battery at the forefront with a solid electrolyte, and no longer a liquid. “We go towards the whole solid, it’s a quasi-certainty“, Says Sébastien Patoux. “This is the most convincing track, where there are the most expectations and enthusiasm from all public and private actors.”(Start-ups, builders, battery manufacturers, chemists, academic research centers). “We can still hope for significant progress in the years to come», Assures the scientist. At the same time, battery research is looking at other combinations of chemistry: lithium-air, lithium-sulfur, potassium-ion, magnesium-ion, sodium-ion. Some manufacturers are also interested in the liquid flow battery track. But the technological revolution does not appear for now.
Project44 raises $ 45 million to improve tracking of merchandise shipments. The Chicago-based company wants to boost its growth in North America before going international.
Why this is important: Across the Atlantic, investments in the field of logistics have increased in recent months. Indeed, Next Trucking and Fleet respectively raised 21 and 10 million dollars in January. In the radius of other major roundtables, two other Chicago start-ups have strengthened this year. ShipBob raised $ 40 million in September to support small e-merchants in managing their logistics, and FourKites received $ 35 million in February to develop its predictive analysis and visibility platform dedicated to the supply chain.
The Upwork freelance platform could raise up to $ 172 million on the stock market. The company headed by Frenchman Stéphane Kasriel has around 375,000 independent workers on its platform and 475,000 clients with a presence in 180 countries.
Why this is important: Faced with the evolution of the labor market, platforms that offer to connect independent workers and companies have multiplied. We can cite the Australian company Freelancer.com or the Israeli company Fiverr, which is also thinking of an IPO. That, without forgetting the French Malt, which started its international expansion last year.