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Facebook gets its hands on the Confirm.io start-up. The Boston-based start-up is developing a technology for authenticating identity documents, using biometrics and facial recognition.
Why this is important: Facebook is already testing facial recognition for secure accounts. The platform may use it to better control who buys advertising space on its platform. Always useful, in these times of mistrust of social networks.
Germany’s Blacklane raises $ 40 million to gain ground against Uber. The Berlin-based company operates in 250 cities and 500 airports in 50 countries around the world.
Why this is important: Blacklane is playing the high-end card. Start-ups that stand out in the world of private hire vehicles can do well, both for investors and for customers looking for alternatives to taxis and Uber.
Brussels fined Qualcomm one billion euros for entering into an exclusive deal with Apple. The semiconductor specialist has already announced its intention to appeal the decision of the European Commission.
Why this is important: This conviction comes in a delicate context for Qualcomm. The supplier is in conflict with Apple over the payment of its technlogical royalties, has suffered other heavy fines in China and is fighting against the hostile takeover bid of its rival Broadcom.
Front raises 53 million euros and opens an office in Paris. More than 2,500 companies in 88 countries around the world use the collaborative enterprise email management platform.
Why this is important: This funding round is a sign that French Tech is doing well across the Atlantic. Based in San Francisco, this start-up launched by two French people wants to expand its operations internationally, mainly in Europe. Ultimately, the company aims for an IPO within the next five years.