[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 04/13
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The City of Paris is suing Airbnb. The municipality is suing Airbnb and Wimdu for failing to comply with the obligation to remove rental ads without a registration number.
Why this is important: Last November, the City of Paris put pressure on the American firm and its competitors by giving notice to five peer-to-peer hosting platforms (Airbnb, Homeaway, Paris Attitude, Sejourning and Wimdu), to withdraw ads without a d ‘recording. The Parisian municipality then indicated that it would take legal action to ensure that the law is respected in the capital. It is now done.
The government wants to create its own secure messaging system. This solution should allow members of the government to no longer be dependent on private messaging.
Why this is important: Asked this Friday about France Inter, Mounir Mahjoubi, the secretary of state in charge of digital, revealed that the government was working on the creation of an end-to-end encrypted public messaging system, internal to the state. Telegram in particular was popular with politicians, but while it is touted as secure messaging, it also has its flaws. For example, Telegram does not perform any encryption for group messages.
Spotify gets its hands on Loudr to improve its copyright management. Since its creation, the Swedish platform has been regularly accused of infringing copyright.
Why this is important: To remain competitive, Spotify, which has just gone public on Wall Street, must absolutely avoid offending with the majors of the music industry, namely Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, as well as with Merlin, a consortium of independent labels, which own the rights to songs that represented 87% of listenings on the platform in 2017. The company headed by Daniel Ek said it has paid more than 8 billion euros in copyright to artists, houses and to publishers as of December 31, 2017. In addition, the service must prepare for the new legislation being adopted in the United States. The “Music Modernization Act” should indeed make it possible to design a new copyright management system more suited to online services such as Spotify.
Checkr Raises $ 100 Million to Continue to Grow in Employee Background Checks. Since its creation in 2014, the San Francisco-based company founded by two French people has raised nearly $ 150 million.
Why this is important: Based in San Francisco, the company was created by two French people, Daniel Yanisse and Jonathan Perichon. Checkr works with companies like Uber, Instacart, GrubHub or Lyft. Checkr claims one million background checks per month for over 10,000 clients. In the same sector, we can quote companies like HireRight or SterlingBackCheck. To stand out, Checkr relies in particular on speed by offering feedback on certain checks within 24 hours.