[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 09/06

by bold-lichterman

Every evening, the best of Tech news is in the TL; DR of FrenchWeb.

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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Adok, 1 million euros to transform all surfaces into touch screens. With this round of funding, the company wants to move on to the industrialization phase of its product.

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Why this is important: The company has devised a solution to overcome the constraints of a touch screen. Rather than creating yet another screen, which would face competition from Microsoft, Google and Apple, Adok made the bet to make any surface touch-sensitive. To succeed in this magic trick, the start-up gave birth to a tactile projector, like a connected overhead projector. Beyond breathing new life into meetings, this technology opens up possibilities for a multitude of sectors, including the automotive industry, to transform the car into a place of entertainment, public transport, to simplify the daily life of users, real estate, to facilitate the design of an apartment, or even sport, with connected stadiums that would offer an enriched experience to supporters.

Facebook and Twitter are giving up on establishing themselves in China. The two platforms have been blocked in China since 2009.

p><h3 class=Orange Digital Ventures invests in South African FinTech Yoco. The French operator took part in the company’s $ 16 million funding round.

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Credits: Yoco.

Why this is important: Yoco was founded with the ambition of making card payments more accessible for businesses in South Africa. “Only 7% of South African small businesses accept card payments, while South Africa has a debit card penetration rate of 75%», Notes the South African FinTech. Exotrail, 3.5 million euros to put its satellite thrusters into orbit. This is a first lift for the French Exotrail, who are developing in particular electric thrusters for small satellites.

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Credit: Exotrail

Why this is important: The market for small satellites or New Space is growing. In 2010, less than 30 satellites under 500 kilograms were launched while there were more than 300 in 2017. Some analysts expect a global market of more than $ 30 billion in the next ten years. These small satellites are used to deliver observation or telecommunications services to land for many markets: Internet of Things (IoT), agriculture, defense, or even Internet connectivity. With this lift, Exotrail hopes to deliver its first thrusters to the first customers, integrators and operators of small satellite constellations, who have already shown their interest.

InMemori raises 2.5 million euros to support grieving families. The French start-up claims more than 100,000 users for its social network dedicated to mourning.

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Why this is important: With this funding round, InMemori wants to expand its teams to strengthen its impact in Europe and the United States. The start-up also opened an office in New York in September 2017.