[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 09/14
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Artificial intelligence: Uber opens a lab in Toronto. The VTC company has planned to invest more than 132 million euros over five years.
Why this is important: In particular, Uber wants this laboratory, its eighth outside the United States, to help “faster deployment of new features”Of its application, such as Jump electric bikes and electric scooters. “Hundreds of new jobsWill thus be created in the coming years in Canada, assured the American company. This investment should also serve to expand the “ATG international automated driving center“That Uber opened in Toronto in May 2017 and which has already enabled”add new features to Uber’s autonomous car fleet ”, thanks in particular to artificial intelligence. Canada has attracted in recent months many foreign investments in the field of AI, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Thales, due to the large pool of researchers revolving around the universities of Toronto and Montreal.
The Swede Docly is raising 54 million euros to deploy its telemedicine in Europe. In France, medical teleconsultations will be reimbursed by Social Security from this Saturday, September 15.
Why this is important: To date, Docly claims more than 300,000 users and more than 140 partner doctors in Sweden. The company has ambitions on a European scale. In this context, France appears to be a prime target. And for good reason, medical teleconsultations will be reimbursed by Social Security from this Saturday, September 15. Another Swedish start-up in the sector, Kry, has also chosen this date to launch on the French market under the name Livi. In France, there is no shortage of start-ups positioned in this niche, like Hellocare, Medicitus, Qare, Feelae and even Doctoconsult. It will also be necessary to rely on players from other segments of e-health, some of whom are already considering positioning themselves in the field of teleconsultations, such as Doctolib, which has projects in this area. As a reminder, teleconsultations will be billed in the same way as for a classic consultation, ie 25 euros for a general practitioner and 30 euros for a specialist.
Walmart is spending $ 225 million to accelerate in Latin America. The American retail giant has bought Cornershop, an on-demand delivery service in Mexico and Chile.
Why this is important: This acquisition is part of Walmart’s strategy to increase its strike force in online commerce. In difficulty with its supermarkets, the American giant, which has suffered the full brunt of competition from the juggernaut Amazon, is stepping up operations in the United States and the rest of the world to become a globally competitive e-merchant. To make this ambition a reality, Walmart has distinguished itself in recent months by buying India’s number one online retailer for $ 16 billion as well as by joining forces with China’s JD.com to inject $ 500 million into the Dada-JD Daojia online grocery store, the result of a merger between JD Daojia, a JD.com platform for shopping online, and Dada, a service that uses independent couriers to make deliveries.
Mega-fundraiser for the Brazilians of Yellow, bicycle and scooter sharing service. With $ 63 million raised, this is the largest Series A funding round ever by a startup in Latin America.
Why this is important: With this funding round, Yellow plans to export its service to Mexico City, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. The company also plans to add e-bikes to its offering and build an electric scooter manufacturing plant. Forced to a savings plan of 22 million euros, Radio France is reorganizing itself around digital. Creation of a label, launch of an application that allows you to create your own radio station, the group wants to push digital while saving money on purchases.
Why this is important: Like the rest of the public broadcasting sector, the group is subject to a savings plan requested by the State, which for Radio France amounts to 22 million euros by 2022. “My goal is to initiate the transformation of the company. This should induce savings. We will also have to make choices, in dialogue, within the company. We are working on it», Indicates Sibyle Veil, president of Radio France. Thursday, she assured employee representatives that there was “no voluntary departure plan in the pipeline“, According to comments tweeted by SNJ Radio France. “We have to redeploy budgets to do more digital, to remain a medium that has a strong impact. We will save money on purchases with expense management tools», She told them.