[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 04/19
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Amazon Prime crosses the 100 million subscriber mark. Amazon had never communicated precisely on the number of subscribers to its Prime service until now.
Why this is important: The Amazon Prime service notably enables delivery in one working day in France and is a major axis of the economic model of the American e-commerce platform. In this letter, Jeff Bezos also states that in 2017 Amazon shipped more than five billion items with Prime worldwide. According to analysis firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Prime customers spend significantly more than others on Amazon, averaging $ 1,700 per year, compared to $ 700 for non-subscribers.
Netflix releases $ 1 billion in 2018 to invest in Europe. The American giant unveiled 10 new European projects this week, including 7 original series.
Why this is important: Now available in 190 countries, Netflix now has 68.3 million international subscribers. The streaming giant is thus 55% dependent on international for its subscribers. Netflix’s progress outside the United States is reflected in the financial performance of the Los Gatos firm. The platform now generates almost 50% of its turnover internationally. Better yet, Netflix expects international sales to exceed its revenues in its home market. Netflix will put online in 2018 more than 100 new original European content (films, series, documentaries, shows), but also from the Middle East and Africa, twice as much as in 2017.
Uavia raises 2 million euros for its drones managed remotely and without visual contact. The French start-up is developing drones compatible with 3G and 4G.
Why this is important: Uavia was created with the ambition of correcting shortcomings relating to the use of a Wi-Fi connection or radio waves. For this, the company had the idea of using the mobile Internet network. The young growth based in Vitry-sur-Seine has thus developed drones compatible with 3G and 4G and a cloud platform that allows these drones to be controlled remotely and without visual contact. In March 2015, the Uavia team demonstrated the extent of the potential of its technology by successfully piloting a drone located in Evry from San Francisco. With this funding round, Uavia plans to accelerate the deployment of its Uavia Robotics Platform solution and to strengthen its workforce.
Facebook in turn wants to build its own processors. The company is in the process of building a team and recruiting engineers.
Why this is important: Facebook’s turn to want to free itself from its dependence on chipmakers like Intel or Qualcomm. What interest has Facebook in building its own chips? Manufacturing its processors could allow the company to better control the development of its products, but also to make savings once the initial investments have paid off. As a reminder, the company should soon launch the Oculus GO, its virtual reality headset that works with a Qualcomm processor. Facebook is also due to release its line of smart speakers, even though the launch was delayed by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
7 million euros for FlexyBeauty and its hair salon software. FlexyBeauty claims more than 4,000 customers across France.
Why this is important: FlexyBeauty has developed an all-in-one solution that allows hairdressing and beauty professionals to manage their salons and build customer loyalty. With this round of funding, the start-up plans to accelerate its development in France, but also to initiate its expansion in Europe, starting with Great Britain.