[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 03/08

by bold-lichterman

Every evening, the best of Tech news is in the TL; DR of FrenchWeb.

TL; DR (invariable acronym) (21st century): initials of “too long; didn’t read “,
or literally “too long; not read ”
1. (Internet) To express that the message that was sent was not read because it was too long
2. (Internet) To express that the following is a summary of the text too long

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For the Banque de France, bitcoin is not a currency. Haro on cryptos: in its latest publication, the Banque de France clearly takes a position.

Why this is important: The Banque de France does not look favorably on the development of a decentralized currency, which it cannot therefore control as it sees fit. Anxious to protect its interests, it calls for better regulation of the cryptocurrency ecosystem in order to protect consumers and markets against the risks associated with their growing impact around the world. The institution considers in particular that it is imperative to supervise the market of virtual currencies to fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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Amazon’s “worker” robots are arriving in France for the first time. According to the company, these robots sometimes allow orders to be processed in minutes instead of hours.

Why this is important: The American e-commerce giant will equip one of its sites, that of Brétigny-sur-Orge (91) which will open at the end of the year, with its Amazon Robotics robot system. If this technology is only arriving in France now, it is already used in 25 centers out of the 140 that Amazon has. In Europe, it was set up for the first time in 2015. The work of these “autonomous and mobile units” is akin to handling on a site that will cover 142,000 square meters. Logistics operations officers will work alongside the robots.

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German reBuy raises 21 million euros to expand into the European market for refurbished electronic products. This year, the Berlin-based company plans to launch its platform in two to four additional countries in Europe.

Why this is important: To grow, reBuy intends to take advantage of the growing interest of the general public in refurbished products, in large part due to the planned obsolescence which annoys many consumers. According to the firm GfK, 2 million refurbished smartphones were sold in France last year, or 7% of total smartphone sales. Every day, the German company claims to receive 100,000 products and sell 100,000 refurbished electronics. To date, the marketplace claims more than 5 million customers.

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TripActions, $ 51 million to encourage employees to spend less on their business trips. With its solution, the American start-up estimates that companies save 25% to 30% on business travel costs.

Why this is important: To help businesses save money on travel expenses, the start-up is offering “TripBucks,” which can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards or other rewards, to reward employees for their spending. conscious. This funding should enable TripActions to strengthen its workforce, in particular the branch in charge of monitoring customer relations. To expand internationally, the company will also open new offices in New York, London, the euro area and Asia-Pacific.

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Uber could pull out of Southeast Asia and form an alliance with Grab. After China, this would be the second time that Uber has abandoned its full-power ambitions in a market.

Why this is important: If the deal goes through, Grab would get hold of Uber’s assets in certain Southeast Asian markets, and in turn Uber would take a stake in Grab. This could approach 20%. Founded in 2012, Grab is now valued at $ 6 billion. It operates in 178 cities in 8 countries in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, etc.).

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