[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 07/26
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Spotify concedes a loss of 394 million euros in the second quarter. The Swedish platform now claims 83 million paying subscribers.
Why this is important: After conceding 539 million euros in losses in 2016 and 230 million euros in 2015, Spotify had incurred 1.2 billion euros in losses, including 378 million related to operations, during the first quarter of 2018. For To cut losses, the solution for the music streaming service would be to monetize the music it offers online. However, the platform depends on content that does not belong to it. Despite losses that widened between April and June, Spotify continues to garner subscribers to maintain its leadership in the market. In the second quarter, the Swedish platform won 8 million additional subscribers for its paid offer. On a global scale, the Scandinavian firm has to face Apple Music. In full expansion, the American platform has dethroned Spotify in the United States.
No more Qualcomm chips in Apple’s new iPhones. The American manufacturer and the apple brand have been in dispute for more than 18 months, amid charges of patent infringement and abuse of dominance.
Why this is important: Qualcomm said it expects Apple, with which it has been in dispute for months, to stop using its connection chips in its next iPhone, which should benefit its competitor Intel. The American manufacturer also announced on Wednesday the probable failure of the takeover of its Dutch competitor NXP, in the absence of a green light from the Chinese regulatory authorities.
Driven by its performances in France and Spain, Orange has completed a solid first half. Over the first six months of the year, the French operator recorded a net profit of 789 million euros.
Why this is important: The telecoms group Orange on Thursday published net profit up sharply, by 31.3% over the first half of the year, to 789 million euros, thanks in particular to a strong improvement in financial income, and confirmed its targets for 2018. Over the first six months of the year, the group achieved a turnover of 20.26 billion euros, up 0.9%, driven in particular by the good performance of its main European markets, France and Spain.
Mounir Mahjoubi wants proposals against addiction to screens. The Secretary of State for Digital, who himself deleted the Facebook application from his smartphone, wants to make this addiction one of the subjects of the Estates General of the new digital regulations.
Why this is important: Launched Thursday in Paris, the Estates General should make it possible to lay down a general framework for the regulation of digital giants, “which (…) today raise issues of democratic control and risk in the event of dysfunction“, According to the Secretary of State. They must define a French vision, on which the government would then like to rely to federate other European states and manage to draw a “roadmap”For the next European term following the 2019 elections.