[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 09/10
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Devialet conquers the “general public” with its Phantom Reactor speaker. With this speaker, more compact than its big sister Phantom and around 500 euros cheaper, Devialet hopes to reach a thousand points of sale within the next six months.
Why this is important: The French specialist in high-end sound Devialet on Tuesday launched an enclosure for less than 1,000 euros, thus continuing its desire to make its technologies ” more accessible to the general public “. Devialet has made a name for itself thanks to an amplifier (sold between 5,000 and 28,000 euros) and a hybrid speaker (between 1,500 and 2,500 euros), which, according to the company, combine the quality of analog and the power of digital. With the Phantom Reactor speaker, four times more compact than its big sister Phantom and around 500 euros less expensive, Devialet hopes to reach a thousand points of sale in the next six months, especially in Asia, against 460 currently. ” We sell a few thousand Expert amps per year, a few tens of thousands of Phantoms, the objective with Reactor is to reach 100,000“, Told AFP the director general of Devialet, Franck Lebouchard.
Security breach: Google was silent for several months. Google+ has been hit by a computer breach that exposed the personal data of half a million accounts.
Why this is important: Google’s social network, Google+, has been hit by a computer breach that exposed the personal data of half a million accounts, Google said Monday. Google does not say if this security breach is due to a hack, nor does it give the reasons why it waited several months to release this information. According to the Wall Street Journal, the group’s leaders feared attracting the attention of regulators and feared identical treatment to that of Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Google+, which wanted to compete with Facebook, was adopted very quickly by companies, but Google claims to have seen a great deal of inactivity among individuals, which will result in the discontinuation of this version for the general public.
Tencent is injecting $ 180 million into Brazilian FinTech Nubank. This round of funding allows the Chinese giant to extend its influence internationally by placing its pawns in the largest economy in Latin America.
Why this is important: The Brazilian start-up Nubank, specializing in financial services, has completed a round of funding of 180 million dollars with the Chinese giant Tencent.Tencent’s investment allows Nubank to become one of the most attractive start-ups in Latin America with a valuation estimated at $ 4 billion, according to figures revealed by the site The Information. Founded in 2013 by Cristina Junqueira, David Vélez and Edward Wible, Nubank offers a multitude of financial services to Brazilians. The company has distinguished itself by launching no-fee payment cards and digital payment accounts. It also offers physical credit cards, savings accounts and other banking services.
Why this is important: The amount was not disclosed. The five-year agreement should allow the two parties to collaborate on various technological projects including big data, artificial intelligence and mobility solutions. We also know a little more about the projects on which the two companies should work. ” To improve passenger and driver safety, Grab will work with Microsoft to explore new authentication mechanisms, such as mobile facial recognition with built-in artificial intelligence for drivers and customers who want it. “, Quotes for example the American group in a press release. Grab is present in 235 cities in eight Southeast Asian countries (Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, etc.) and is diversifying its activities to offer transport and meal delivery services as well as payment. With this partnership, the company is further accelerating its ambition to become a leading technology group.
LinkedIn takes over Glint, specializing in employee engagement. The amount has not been revealed but the sum of 400 million dollars is advanced by sources familiar with the matter.
Why this is important: LinkedIn doesn’t just want to help companies recruit but also retain their talent. Glint is a platform that offers to give managers and executives visibility on the level of employee engagement and skills and recommends actions to take. To do this, employees must complete questionnaires which are then analyzed by the platform. Glint will be integrated into the services offered by Linkedin and therefore adds to the list of tools intended for companies. LinkedIn continues to increase its levers for growth through paid users, and in particular businesses. The question is whether the company will succeed, in addition to being a professional network, its bet to become a unique platform capable of responding to various HR issues.