[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 03/30
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Macron announces a plan of 1.5 billion euros to make France a leader in artificial intelligence. The amount allocated for artificial intelligence is the same as that devoted to adaptation to climate change.
Why this is important: In the wake of the submission of the report by deputy and mathematician Cédric Villani on artificial intelligence, the President of the Republic unveiled France’s roadmap in this sector. To implement this strategy, the State will release an envelope of 1.5 billion euros by 2022, including 400 million euros for various calls for projects, 100 million euros to support start-ups specialized in artificial intelligence and 70 million euros intended for Bpofrance to develop companies working on “deep technologies”. This investment will be made through the € 10 billion Innovation and Industry Fund, set up at the start of the year.
[NUMBERS] Amazon captures nearly 20% of French e-commerce. The American giant dominates online non-food distribution, followed by CDiscount, according to Kantar Worldpanel estimates.
Why this is important: On the occasion of its Consumer Day, the firm thus estimates the activity of Amazon in France at 5.6 billion euros in 2017, an increase of 22% compared to 2016, for a total number of customers of the order of 19 million individuals, an increase of one million. In terms of market share, Amazon would thus capture 18.9% of French e-commerce, including 10.8% for its own sales, the remaining 8.1% being made by third-party sellers in its market place. Amazon is a leader in many sectors, such as fashion, technical goods, culture … In the fashion segment, Amazon for example recorded 10 million orders in 2017.
Under Armor announces hack of 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts. The hack of the famous MyFitnessPal app, owned by the American sports equipment manufacturer, is the largest of the year to date.
Why this is important: According to Under Armor, the data theft would concern the identifiers, passwords and emails of MyFitnessPal users, but would not have exposed “administrative or banking data”. The facts were discovered by the company on March 25. The cyberattack took place at the end of February. The company says it has not identified the perpetrators of the attack yet.