[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 05/28
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Amazon leads a $ 12 million round of funding in Indian AssurTech Acko. The start-up notably offers insurance products for the digital economy and is working on a partnership with Amazon.
Why this is important: For the “Internet economy” part, Acko is currently targeting e-commerce sites, but also private hire companies and products from travel sites. In April, the start-up already launched an insurance product for passengers of the VTC company Ola, a competitor of Uber. For Amazon, a first partnership should concern the protection around the gadgets offered by the site, but nothing has yet been signed.
After swallowing Uber in Southeast Asia, Grab is launching its meal delivery service. The Singaporean company will be able to rely on the activity of UberEATS, acquired as part of the takeover of Uber in the region.
Why this is important: GrabFood will have a lot to do to win against well-established players, such as Deliveroo, FoodPanda or the meal delivery service of the Indonesian unicorn Go-Jek, which raised $ 1.5 billion last February for its ‘expand into Southeast Asia. Faced with the rise of Go-Jek, Grab does not intend to stand idly by and seeks to raise $ 1 billion. If the transaction were to materialize, it valued the company at $ 10 billion, or $ 4 billion more than its valuation obtained during its round of funding of $ 2 billion, carried out in July 2017. from the Chinese Didi Chuxing and the Japanese SoftBank.
Unlocking doors, transport tickets… Apple wishes to extend the NFC technology of iPhones. With iOS 12, NFC technology until now essentially confined to mobile payment could be used for new uses.
Why this is important: Apple is expected to present its new operating system and what’s new in NFC technology at its annual WWDC conference in June. Moreover, on its Cupertino campus, employees are already using their iPhone to unlock the doors. It is also possible to unlock some smart locks with bluetooth, but NFC technology would be more secure because it stores sensitive data on a chip that isolates its content from the operating system. This development would also allow Apple to catch up on the delay in this regard compared to Android.
Verint Systems set to buy Israeli cybersecurity specialist NSO for $ 1 billion. NSO develops cybersurveillance solutions.
Why this is important: This takeover will allow Verint Systems to enrich its offer for government bodies and businesses. Currently, the solutions developed by the American company are used by more than 10,000 organizations in 150 countries. This is not the first time that Israeli Tech has distinguished itself when it comes to cybersecurity. In June 2017, the start-up Hexadite had seduced the American giant Microsoft, which had spent $ 100 million to afford the Israeli company.
Fabernovel Institute gets its hands on Zogma. The Parisian agency promotes meetings between start-ups and large groups, and counts Engie, Suez and Poilâne among its clients.
Why this is important: With this acquisition, Fabernovel Institute wishes “consolidate one of its main missions», That is to say, putting communities at the center of its offer through the development, management and animation of places and editorial programs dedicated to innovation.