[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 07/18
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Walmart is teaming up with Microsoft to better compete with Amazon. Walmart and Microsoft plan to use artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies to reduce costs, expand businesses and innovate at a faster pace.
Why this is important: Walmart announced on Tuesday that it had entered into a strategic partnership with the IT group Microsoft, which will be responsible for accelerating the “digital transformation” of the American distribution giant to better compete with Amazon, the American leader in online sales. Amazon continues to gain market share in internet sales, whether in the United States or around the world.
Spaniard Glovo is raising 115 million euros to deploy its delivery service worldwide. The Barcelona company is now present in 61 cities located in 17 countries around the world, including 21 in Spain.
Why this is important: The latter had already raised 30 million euros in October 2017. Founded in 2015 by Oscar Pierre and Sacha Michaud, Glovo is developing a mobile application allowing its users to buy and have a wide range delivered in less than an hour. products of all kinds, such as a meal, a pair of shoes, a ball or even a smartphone. With this funding round, Glovo plans to continue its international expansion, with a focus on Latin America and the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). At the same time, the company intends to strengthen its technical team, by recruiting more than 100 engineers in the coming months.
Brussels imposes a record fine of $ 5 billion on Google. The European Commission thus sanctions the Mountain View firm for abuse of a dominant position with its Android mobile operating system.
Why this is important: The European Commission accuses Google of abusing a dominant position with its Android mobile operating system in order to ensure the supremacy of its applications and in particular of its online search service. This is a record fine for this type of case. This comes a little more than a year after the previous fine of 2.42 billion euros that the EU had already imposed on Google for another abuse of a dominant position which this time concerned the price comparison Google Shopping.
Google will appeal the record fine imposed by the European Commission. Google has been fined $ 5 billion, or 4.34 billion euros, by the European Commission for abuse of a dominant position.
Why this is important: The American giant immediately reacted to its fine for abuse of a dominant position and announced that it was going to appeal. ” Android has created more choices for everyone, not less (…) We are going to appeal the Commission’s decision The Mountain View firm said in a statement. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, also took up the pen to challenge this decision in a blog post. ” It does not take into account the fact that Android competes with iOS: this was however confirmed by 89% of participants in the market study carried out by the Commission itself “, He explained in particular.
Google offers itself a private cable connecting the east coast of the United States to France. Google has spent $ 30 billion on its infrastructure over the past three years.
Why this is important: The American internet giant Google will acquire a private transatlantic cable connecting the east coast of the United States to France, which will be used for its cloud activity. The cable will be Google’s second entirely private submarine cable, after the Curie cable connecting the west coast of the United States to Chile, which was announced for construction in January. Have your own cable “Enables optimized routing and improved connectivity for Google Cloud customers, which is not always
possible “ with cables shared with other operators, a spokesperson explained