[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 03/21

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TL; DR (invariable acronym) (21st century): initials of “too long; didn’t read “,
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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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Ubisoft gets rid of Vivendi and allies itself with Tencent. The Chinese giant will operate, publish and promote Ubisoft titles in the Chinese market.

Why this is important: Vivendi, the media group led by Vincent Bolloré, announces the sale of its 27.27% stake in Ubisoft’s capital for 2 billion euros. This almost three years after the stock market raid which had seen Vivendi gradually rise in the capital of Ubisoft with the will to show to get its hands on it. This transaction also marks the arrival of the Chinese digital giant Tencent to the tune of 5%, as part of the strategic partnership which should allow Ubisoft to strengthen itself in the Chinese market.

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VR: Google gets their hands on Lytro for $ 40 million. Last year, the Californian company was nevertheless valued at 360 million dollars.

Why this is important: Last week, Google unveiled Welcome to Light Fields, a virtual reality app that relies on an algorithm to create more realistic VR photos and videos. However, Light Field photography had been popularized in 2014 by Lytro, which was the first company to offer a camera based on this technology. To improve the latter, the Alphabet subsidiary naturally took an interest in this company.

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AntVoice raises 2 million euros to put artificial intelligence at the service of advertising targeting. The company offers an artificial intelligence of predictive recommendation to better target the consumption desires of Internet users.

Why this is important: This new round table should enable AntVoice to accelerate the deployment of its “Shopping Corner” offer in France and internationally. Based on Internet users’ purchasing intentions, this offer makes it possible to recommend the most relevant products to each Internet user through generally native formats. Internet users’ reactions to these formats are then analyzed to continuously improve recommendations. To develop, the company plans to recruit ten additional employees in the coming months.

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Alban Peltier, co-founder and CEO of AntVoice. Credits: AntVoice.

Meltwater takes over DataSift to improve brands’ social media marketing performance. The DataSift platform makes it possible to aggregate data from different social networks in order to analyze them and make them easily available to customers.

Why this is important: By acquiring DataSift, Meltwater intends to strengthen its competitive intelligence platform Outside Insight. “The DataSift analysis platform is a good addition to what we have developed on our side, especially in these times when concerns about privacy and regulations such as the GDPR are growing. DataSift technology will also play a key role in the integration of our recent acquisitions», Says Aditya Jami, in charge of engineering and artificial intelligence at Meltwater. The company, founded in 2001 by Jørn Lyseggen and based in San Francisco, has 55 offices around the world and claims more than 26,000 corporate clients.

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Jørn Lyseggen, founder and CEO of Meltwater. Credits: Meltwater.

[NUMBERS] How many women entrepreneurs in France raised in 2017? The StartHer KPMG 2018 barometer takes stock of women’s tech entrepreneurship in France.

Why this is important: Despite an increase in the amount raised by women start-up leaders – € 142.5 million, up 13% vs. 2016 – the amount of the average ticket fell, representing less than half of that of men, to 1.5 million euros compared to 3.2 million euros for the latter. Note: women are increasingly present in the field of software and IT services (26%, up 15 points vs. 2016), rebalancing their presence in traditionally male sectors.

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