[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 04/05

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Facebook keeps a close eye on your messenger interactions. The American firm believes that the policy of using the data of its users on Messenger can go beyond what they can expect.

Why this is important: Even if Facebook says that its monitoring system aims to detect content that violates its terms of use, these new revelations come at the worst time for the American firm. The latter is going through one of the worst crises in its history because of the Cambridge Analytica affair. This British company is accused of having siphoned off the personal data of several million Facebook users to put them at the service of Donald Trump’s campaign.

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IoT: Microsoft plans to invest $ 5 billion over 4 years. Strategy consultancy AT Kearney predicts that the development of the IoT industry will lead to a productivity increase of $ 1.9 trillion.

Why this is important: So far, Microsoft has spent $ 1.5 billion on IoT. With this new envelope, the American company intends to continue research and development in the areas it has identified as being key and cites security, the creation of development tools and intelligent services and the development of its ecosystem of partners. The American company is on all fronts and recently announced that it would inject $ 30 million over 3 years in the development of artificial intelligence in France.

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Webedia offers itself the marketing games of Adictiz. Adictiz claims more than 3,000 game campaigns launched for brands in 2017.

Why this is important: For Webedia, the acquisition of the northern company represents a new stage in the development of “Webedia Technologies”, a suite of self-administered solutions aimed at ensuring the monitoring, production and distribution of content. To highlight the marketing games developed by Adictiz, the French group relies on its web and social audiences. To date, Webedia claims 31 million unique visitors per month.

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Comatch raises 8 million euros to make business advice more accessible in Europe. The Berlin-based company currently has more than 4,300 consultants on its platform.

Why this is important: This new round of funding should allow Comatch to expand into Europe. This will result in an expansion in Southern and Eastern Europe as well as the opening of an office in the UK. In this context, a dedicated international team will be set up by the end of the year. The funding will also be used to accelerate the technological development of the platform. Since its launch in 2015, the company claims to have succeeded in positioning profiles for 1,000 projects with more than 300 companies.

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Like Uber, Didi Chuxing is launching its meal delivery service. The Chinese giant has been testing a meal delivery service in Wuxi, a city northwest of Shanghai, since April 1.

Why this is important: To give itself the means to impose itself on the Chinese meal delivery market, Didi Chuxing announced in March its intention to raise $ 1.6 billion, in particular to finance this new service. However, the group will have a lot to do in China against major players, such as Tencent and Alibaba. To find a place among these mastodons, Didi Chuxing will be able to follow the model of UberEATS, which experienced strong global expansion last year. In the space of a year, Uber saw its revenue quadruple for its meal delivery service.

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Warehouse robotics: the competition is fierce, 6 River Systems in turn raises 25 million dollars. Three companies seem to be responding in quick succession. Indeed, Fetch Robotics and Locus Robotics raised the same amount at the end of 2017.

Why this is important: With this lift, the company wants to achieve three main goals. The first is to add more machine learning to its robots and extend its activities to Europe. Then, the company wants to provide more software solutions to its customers so that they can use data more to make operational decisions. And finally, the company intends to recruit.

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