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Fixed telephone: the regulator puts Orange in front of its obligations. Arcep considers that the operator is not respecting its obligation of quality of service, as operator of the universal fixed telephone service in France.
Why this is important: Orange risks a historic sanction after having been put on notice by the telecoms regulator to respect its obligation of quality of service, as operator of the universal fixed telephone service in France. The Telecoms Regulatory Authority (Arcep) deplored a “gradual degradation of the quality of serviceFrom the operator, supposed to offer an affordable telephone service for all. It is by a decree of November 27, 2017 that the former France Telecom was appointed for three years as the operator responsible for providing the “connection” and “telephone service” services of the universal service.
New departure for Lille Giroptic, bought by the American OpenFrame. The northern company was closed at the beginning of the year.
Why this is important: While we thought the Giroptic northern adventure was definitely over, it resumes on the other side of the Atlantic. Forced to go out of business at the start of the year, the Lille-based company, which is a pioneer in the competitive market for 360-degree cameras, is about to find a second wind in the United States. And for good reason, Richard Ollier’s company has just been bought by the American start-up OpenFrame, which is developing an application allowing real estate agents to create videos to show homes remotely. Despite the great publicity offered in 2017 by Facebook, which had distributed more than 4,000 copies of Giroptic’s iO camera during its F8 conference, the Lille company only managed to sell 20,000 cameras last year
USA: $ 256 million spent on political ads on Facebook in 6 months. The group published its first report on this subject which has become very controversial since the revelations around the political manipulation of elections operated via the social network.
Why this is important: This archive is one of the many initiatives launched by Facebook since political manipulation campaigns orchestrated in particular from abroad during the 2016 American presidential election have come to light. Pointed at by American intelligence, Moscow has always denied be behind these campaigns. Facebook has promised to be more vigilant about the identity of advertisers and to better monitor attempts at manipulation, thanks to its artificial intelligence systems but also by doubling, to 20,000 people, the number of employees in charge of security. The social network has also just launched a “war room” in its headquarters, where a team is entirely dedicated to detecting suspicious signs around major polls.
The French nugget Platform.sh deploys its white label cloud solution. A few months after raising 28 million euros, Platform.sh, a cloud web application hosting platform, is embarking on a new stage in the deployment of its solution.
Why this is important: The white label platform is built in the form of an API. In particular, this gives access to Platform.sh’s instant cloning technology and its continuous deployment workflow. With this version, publishers then have a PaaS offer in service mode and in their company’s colors, including all the elements for billing and provisioning of their service.
Somalia: entrepreneurs discuss innovation to make people forget the war. A conference bringing together Somali entrepreneurs specializing in new technologies was held this week in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Why this is important: The three-day conference, which attracted hundreds of entrepreneurs, students and government officials, was envisioned by a group of young Somalis keen to showcase the work of dozens of local companies in the sector. “It is an opportunity to change the negative perception people have of Somalia, to give a picture other than that of war, chaos and hunger», Assures Abdihakim Ainte, founder of the Somali innovation hub iRise and main organizer of the event. Somalia sank into civil war in 1991 and has since experienced conflicts involving armed militias, foreign forces and, in recent years, the Shebabs, an Islamist group affiliated with Al Qaeda. A situation that has never discouraged Somali entrepreneurs, however. Abdihakim Ainte hopes that the technological innovation sector can “play a role in the reconstruction of the country and its economy“.