[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 05/25
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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.
Mounir Mahjoubi’s 10 flagship proposals to simplify the life of start-ups. In total, the Secretary of State for Digital has identified 100 cross-cutting and sectoral measures.
Why this is important: These measures have been designed around four main themes of action: simplifying the life of start-ups, financing, help in recruiting talent and international support. The proposals are both cross-cutting and sectoral. The ministry has therefore also identified actions by area, 14 in all, including FinTech, HeathTech, EdTech, the collaborative economy and retail.
Possible manipulation of the price of bitcoin in the sights of the American authorities. Traders are suspected of having engaged in “spoofing” practices to move the price of bitcoin.
Why this is important: The opening of a criminal investigation in the United States sheds light on the excesses around cryptocurrencies on trading platforms. Although the practices of “spoofing” and “wash trading” are prohibited on the American markets, it will be difficult for the authorities to put an end to them. Indeed, the absence of regulation to supervise trading platforms complicates the task of American regulators. Additionally, most of the major trading platforms are not based in the United States. In this context, the American authorities are under no illusions about their chances of punishing traders engaging in these illegal practices. In the meantime, financial fraud on trading platforms has a bright future ahead of them.
Amazon Alexa voice assistant records and sends a couple’s private conversation. Failing to sing, are smart speakers preparing for tomorrow that will record the privacy of homes?
Why this is important: According to Jeff Bezos’ firm, this funny situation results from a succession of bad interpretations of Alexa. In short, the voice assistant would have misunderstood the couple’s conversation. Faced with this surreal set of circumstances, the confidence of smart speaker users may be seriously shaken, especially since this is not the first embarrassing situation caused by these devices intended to support their owners in everyday life. Last fall, the connected speaker Google Home Mini had recorded and sent to the servers of the Mountain View firm almost everything the device heard, without the consent of its owner.
Essential, the start-up founded by the creator of Android, is reportedly on sale. The company which had raised around 300 million dollars from Amazon or Tencent did not meet the expected success with its first smartphone.
Why this is important: The company launched its smartphone, Essential Phone, last August, and the model began shipping in France in April. The start-up declined to comment on the information. She would also have canceled the launch of the Essential Phone 2. Asked about this on Twitter, Andy Rubin was satisfied to answer that the company was still working on several products and accepted the idea of canceling some in favor of those with greater potential for success.