[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 11/06

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

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The Senate wants to tax the delivery of e-merchants 0.50 euros per kilometer. The proposed tax is accompanied by a fixed minimum of 3 euros per delivery.

Why this is important: In France, the turnover of online commerce is expected to exceed 90 billion euros in 2018 and cross the 100 billion euros mark in 2019, according to Fevad (Fédération du e-commerce et de la vente à distance ). In this context, home deliveries will continue to increase sharply and the State intends to carve out a share of the pie on this flourishing activity. In this sense, the Senate presented last April a bill to achieve a “National Pact for the Revitalization of Town Centers and Town Centers”.

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Video games: future Xbox, new Tomb Raider… the first announcements of E3. Electronic Arts has also revealed the release of a new Star Wars game.

Why this is important: At its E3 conference on Sunday, Microsoft stepped up the announcements. The company wanted to strike hard. She has thus revealed about fifty games for her Xbox One console, Windows 10 or multi-platforms. We can for example quote Halo Infinity, Cyberpunk 2077 or Devil May Cry 5. We also learned that the manufacturer was working on future Xboxes, without revealing more details. As a reminder, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has sold twice as much as the Xbox One. Microsoft therefore has a real challenge to take up.

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After the United States, Waymo wants to run its autonomous taxis in Europe. The Alphabet subsidiary is considering relying on a partner, which could induce the marketing of the service under another brand.

Why this is important: To establish itself in the “Old Continent”, Waymo is considering relying on a partner, which could induce the marketing of the service under another brand. In the United States, Waymo’s autonomous taxi service will launch this summer in Phoenix, Arizona, before being rolled out on a larger scale across the country. With a view to the official launch of its service, the Alphabet subsidiary announced in early June that it had ordered 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica single-seaters, which will be added to the 20,000 I-Pace electric vehicles ordered in March from Jaguar Land Rover.

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Credits: Waymo.

Memrise raises $ 15.5 million to facilitate language learning. The British company claims more than 35 million users.

Why this is important: This round of funding should allow Memrise to speed up the development of the application as well as launch new multimedia features. Taking the appearance of a mini-video game, the application focuses on learning vocabulary in the requested language. The English company also uses artificial intelligence to personalize the journey of each user according to their progress. The app includes over 22 languages ​​including Mandarin, French, Arabic and Spanish and over 200 language combinations, such as English for Spanish speakers or Italian for Chinese speakers.

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Credits: Fotolia.

Xiaomi suffers a quarterly loss of a billion dollars before its IPO. Information revealed for the upcoming IPO of the Chinese electronics maker.

Why this is important: In 2017, the loss reached practically $ 7 billion, but the company specifies that, excluding exceptional events, its profit was 1.04 billion yuan, or $ 160 million, over the first three months of this year. As for the turnover, it amounted to 5.3 billion dollars (3 billion yuan) for the quarter. Sales of the brand’s smartphones thus jumped 88%, while the overall market was down 2.8% over the period. Despite this dynamic, the share of smartphones in the overall revenues of society tend to decline, in favor of connected objects. During its IPO, the Chinese manufacturer hopes to raise around $ 10 billion on the occasion – which would make it the largest transaction of its kind since the listing of Alibaba four years ago on the New Stock Exchange. York. The company’s valuation could be on a scale of $ 70 billion to $ 100 billion.

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Xiaomi head office in Beijing.