[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 05/21

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TL; DR (invariable acronym) (21st century): initials of too long; didn’t read,
either literally too long ; not read
1. (Internet) To express that the message that was sent was not read because it was too long.
2. (Internet) To express that the following is a summary of the text too long.

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Carrefour and Tencent inaugurate their first connected supermarket in Shanghai. This new store concept notably offers payment via facial recognition.

Why this is important: Losing speed in China in recent years, where the French group has been present for more than 20 years, Carrefour has missed the shift in online commerce which has imposed itself spectacularly in the daily lives of Chinese consumers. The French brand relies on Tencent’s technological contribution to catch up. The implementation of facial recognition payment is only the first step in the collaboration between Carrefour and Tencent, which is part of the Carrefour 2022 transformation plan. The French brand notably intends to invest 2.8 billion euros. euros over 5 years in digital.

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Credits: Shutterstock.

Microsoft acquires the start-up Semantic Machines to strengthen itself in conversational artificial intelligence. An operation that comes shortly after the remarkable demonstration of Google Duplex, during the last I / O.

Why this is important: Microsoft admits it: today, most bots and intelligent assistants can only handle simple requests and commands. But the Redmond firm intends to play a major role in the development of the conversational side of artificial intelligences: to do this, it has just announced the acquisition of Semantic Machines, a start-up based in Berkeley, California. Semantic Machines works on chatbots capable of using natural language. The company will enrich the capabilities of Cortana, Microsoft’s assistant, as well as its Chinese chatbot Xiaolce.

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Semantic Machines. Credit: Microsoft.

The services offered by Amazon Prime are worth $ 785 per year. According to JP Morgan analysts, this is the best deal on the market.

Why this is important: All of the Prime perks put together are worth more than the annual subscription price in the US, which sits at $ 119 after a recent increase of $ 20. And Amazon is pampering its service. It must be said that according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Prime customers spend much more than others, up to $ 1,700 per year on average, against $ 700 for non-subscribers.

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Credits: Amazon.