[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 03/13
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Ofo raises 866 million dollars for its “free-floating” bikes. The Chinese start-up now operates in more than 250 cities in 20 countries.
Why this is important: In the station-less self-service bicycle sharing market, Ofo faces competition from Mobike, which claims 10 million bikes in circulation in more than 200 cities around the world and 200 million users. This funding should enable Ofo to keep up with the hellish pace imposed on it by Mobike. To gain the upper hand over the competition, the Chinese company will continue to expand internationally, particularly in Europe.
Talao intends to accomplish the biggest ICO in France. Airbus, Thalès and Havas would support the start-up which seeks to put the blockchain at the service of freelancing.
Why this is important: The claimed objective is to become “one of the world leaders in on-demand work in the industrial and technological sectors, with 5 million users within 5 years“. And to develop its project and achieve its ambitions, the start-up intends to strike hard: it wants to raise $ 60 million on the occasion of its ICO (Initial Coin Offering) – which would then make it the largest operation of this type ever carried out in France.
B2B eCommerce: Salesforce Gets its Hands on CloudCraze. The American specialist in cloud-based business software has the ambition to achieve a turnover of 60 billion dollars by 2034.
Why this is important: CloudCraze has designed software for developing B2B e-commerce sites compatible with the Salesforce CRM platform. This operation comes in a favorable context for B2B online sales across the Atlantic, according to Ray Grady, CCO and president of CloudCraze. “The B2B commerce industry is expected to grow from $ 889 billion today to $ 1.2 trillion by 2021, and seizing the opportunity has never been more important for businesses», He explains.
Why Facebook will soon launch a News vertical in Watch. To counter fake news, but also its difficulties in marketing Watch, Facebook is digging into the groove of quality information.
Why this is important: After yesterday’s announcement of the takeover of the digital Texture newspaper kiosk by Apple, on the occasion of which the apple company did not fail to praise the “quality journalism»Is a new sign of the tech giants’ renewed interest in publishers. Some people seem to be starting to understand that quality information is as much a long-term investment as it is a heavy social responsibility.
Iliad reveals results “negatively impacted” by fixed line activities. The mobile offer continues to gain momentum with 1 million new subscribers in 2017.
Why this is important: In 2017, Iliad recorded a turnover of 4.99 billion euros, an increase of 5.6% compared to the previous year. By activity, the group saw a 3.5% increase in its turnover in fixed lines, against an increase of 8.4% for its mobile activity. Regarding its recurring net profit, the group has jumped 19.3% to reach 480.3 million euros. However, “regulatory decisions with the increase in the cost of unbundling from 35 cents per month to 9.45 euros“,”the increase in personnel costs linked to the acceleration of the deployment of the FTTH network“,”the enrichment of offers with in particular the TV by CANAL Panorama offer” as well as “the use of one-off promotions”Had a negative effect on the profitability of fixed activities.