[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 03/28

by bold-lichterman

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The new Freebox V7 will integrate a sound bar Devialet. Xavier Niel is a shareholder in the French start-up which invented the famous Phantom speaker.

Why this is important: The Freebox V7 should replace the famous Freebox Revolution, launched in December 2010. Initially planned for 2015, the fifth generation of Freebox is obviously eagerly awaited by customers, but also by investors: Free only gained 135,000 net recruitments in 2017, ie 21% of total recruitments, against 32% in 2016. The new Freebox should therefore allow Iliad to resume its conquest and boost its margins, thanks to an upscaling of its offers.

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Apple presents its new iPad to win back the education market. The company seems to want to weigh again in a market that has instead opted, in the United States, for Google and its Chromebook.

Why this is important: Apple had not organized such an event for the world of education since 2012. A field that the brand had somewhat neglected but that it intends to reclaim. Apple has presented several new features, including an iPad with a 9.7-inch screen and offered at $ 299 to education players, including students, and $ 329 to other customers. In France, it is available from 359 euros with a reduction of around 5% for schools.

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.

Accused of discrimination against women and minorities, Uber agrees to pay $ 10 million. All women and people of color who have worked at Uber since July 2013 can claim compensation for the harm suffered.

Why this is important: In October 2017, a complaint was filed denouncing a discriminatory remuneration and promotion system within Uber. This is not the first time that Uber management has been exposed. Last year, the American firm found itself at the heart of a vast controversy after the testimony of Susan Fowler, former Uber engineer. On her personal blog, she denounced the culture of sexism that reigned within the premises of the American firm.

><h3 class=Comet Meetings raises 8 million euros to breathe new life into business meetings and seminars. With this round table, Comet Meetings wants to “become the benchmark player in new generation meeting and seminar venues in France”.

Why this is important: The start-up was born with the ambition of reinventing meeting and seminar spaces in France and internationally. Positioning itself as an alternative to hotels, often known for offering dismal rooms that are not always suited to business expectations, and coworking spaces, like those of WeWork, Comet Meetings offers personalized support to businesses. After an initial location spread over 1,500 meters in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, the company plans to open new sites in the Paris region before considering international expansion.

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Poietis, 5 million euros to implant 3D printed biological tissues on patients. Research conducted by the company resulted in the commercialization of Poieskin, a fabric produced by bioprinting.

Why this is important: After having worked on industrial applications in cosmetics and pharmaceutical laboratories, the company is now looking to turn to regenerative medicine, the ultimate goal for Poietis. The start-up has set itself the goal of having a sufficiently advanced technology so that bio-printed fabrics can be implanted on patients from 2021.

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Poietis bio-printed skin models. Credits: Poietis.