[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 09/17
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France Télévisions no longer wants to sell its series to Netflix. Delphine Ernotte, the president of the public audiovisual group, wants to keep the exclusivity of France Télévisions productions for the Salto platform.
Why this is important: Delphine Ernotte wants to be inspired by the example of Disney in the United States to counter the influence of Netflix in France. “Look at what Disney is doing in the United States. Before, they had agreements with Netflix. They just broke them because they realize that they will disappear behind Netflix if they do not master their products», She argued. Disney will also launch its own streaming service by 2019. “If we want to keep strong French fiction and European fiction, the actors who contribute to it, the creators, producers and distributors that we are, must master its distribution.“, Considers the owner of the French audiovisual group. The latter now wants to reserve the exclusivity of France Télévisions series for the future Salto platform, shared by France TV, TF1 and M6. Announced in mid-June, Salto does not yet have an official launch date. It is still waiting to be validated by the Competition Authority, according to Delphine Ernotte who added that for “price (subscription), everything is not yet fixed“.
The Salesforce boss gets his hands on Time magazine for $ 190 million. Marc Benioff has a personal fortune estimated at 6.7 billion dollars.
Why this is important: The magazine Time will have fallen into Meredith’s purse for a more than ephemeral period. While the press group had bought at the end of 2017 its rival Time, publisher of the famous magazine of the same name, for 2.8 billion dollars, Meredith had quickly decided to sell most of the titles of Time as part of a savings plan to pay off his debt. In March, Meredith had announced that she had sought buyers for the magazines Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Money and… Time. The takeover of the American magazine by Marc Benioff and his wife is a new illustration of the interest of billionaires in the traditional press. In 2013, Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, offered himself the Washington post for $ 250 million. For his part, Warren Buffett had spent $ 142 million in 2012, via his holding Berkshire Hathaway, to buy 63 newspapers in the southeast of the United States, owned by the Media General group.
The entrepreneur Julien Foussard in the crosshairs of justice for deceptive commercial practice and money laundering. The amount of the damage is colossal since it would amount to “more than 100 million euros”.
Why this is important: Founded in 2014 by Julien Foussard, the company Iron Group has created thousands of sites to sell administrative documents, such as Crit’Air stickers (certificate which classifies vehicles according to their polluting emissions), at unbeatable prices … ostensibly. “His technique? Place a big button at the top of the site offering a service for a small fee“, Explain The world. And to specify the trick used by the company based in London: “Below, a written mention in small characters specifies that a subscription will be taken out.The scam might have had limited impact if the sites created by Iron Group had not been well indexed, except that the company invested heavily in advertising to make its sites appear in the top positions of search results on Google . Despite the schemes of JcIron Group not to arouse the suspicions of the courts, the investigation conducted by the DGCCRF seems to have worried the entrepreneur. In the wake of the opening of a judicial investigation on July 27, the company closed its doors on August 16. The fall is brutal for the one who received in May from the hands of Bernard Arnault the LVMH innovation prize for his latest start-up, the Oyst payment solution.
The online art gallery Singulart offers the British NewBloodArt. One year after its launch, the French start-up is crossing the Channel to expand into the online art market.
Why this is important: In 2017, the online art market reached $ 4.22 billion, up 12%, according to the latest Hiscox report on the online art market. If the growth of this market slows, 81% of platforms believe that its consolidation will accelerate, according to the study of the insurer specializing in art objects. In this context, the online art gallery Singular seeks to strengthen itself to weave its web on this market close to saturation point. The French start-up, which raised 1.1 million euros last year when it was launched, has designed an online art sales platform with an international dimension. The young Parisian shoot, which claims a volume of 2 million euros in sales, sees the acquisition of NewBloodArt as an opportunity to strengthen itself on the British market and in English-speaking countries.Apple-converted-space “>
The Toulousains of EasyMile are raising 6.5 million euros to accelerate in autonomous vehicles. The company claims more than 210 autonomous vehicle projects deployed around the world.
Why this is important: The company offers software to automate transport platforms without resorting to a dedicated infrastructure. The start-up, which is therefore specialized in autonomous systems, has strong expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence and dynamic modeling. Its customers are mobility operators or even vehicle manufacturers to whom the company offers solutions for passenger transport or logistics. EasyMile is particularly known for its autonomous shuttle EZ10, 100% electric, capable of transporting up to 15 people and deployed, according to the start-up, at more than 200 sites around the world.
E-mails, sales volume… Amazon employees would sell confidential data. This practice is particularly present in China where this information is sold for sums ranging from 80 to more than 2,000 dollars.
Why this is important: Amazon is investigating possible cases of employees reselling confidential data to third-party companies, the e-commerce giant said. “We are conducting a full investigation into these allegationsThe Seattle group said in a written statement to theAFP. Stressing that employees are required to comply with very strict internal business and ethical rules, a spokesperson said the group had “sophisticated systems to limit and control access to information“.