[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 25/06

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Uber begins its legal battle to stay in London. The stakes are high for Uber since the American firm claims 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million users in the British capital.

Why this is important: This first battle in British justice could be the first in a long series. If the verdict is not suitable for Uber, the VTC platform could take a higher court to obtain a new operating license. However, until remedies are exhausted, Uber may continue to operate in London. With the case possibly going to the Supreme Court, the legal process could take several years, according to Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London. Beyond the future of Uber in the United Kingdom, it is also the company’s image that is at stake. This audience will thus demonstrate whether the efforts of Dara Khosrowshahi, which happened less than a year ago years at the head of the company, have paid to redress a group stuck in controversy under the era of Travis Kalanick.

p><h3 class=Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce are injecting $ 27 million into Tact.ai. The Californian start-up relies on conversational artificial intelligence to simplify the daily life of salespeople.

Why this is important: This round table has the particularity of bringing together the three giants of the cloud, Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce. It is not surprising to see Amazon in the list of investors. Indeed, the American e-commerce giant is largely involved in the development of conversational artificial intelligence with its intelligent voice assistant Alexa and its connected speaker Echo. Jeff Bezos’ firm even launched Alexa for Business, an offer aimed at businesses to support employees on a daily basis (schedule management, phone calls, meetings, etc.) and which therefore directly echoes what offers Tact.

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The new Chinese e-commerce star Meituan-Dianping is preparing his IPO. The start-up, leader of O2O in China, wants to raise between 4 and 6 billion dollars and aims for a valuation of 60 billion dollars.

Why this is important: Meituan-Dianping, first created by Wang Xing as a clone of the group purchasing site Groupon in 2010 and then merged with Dianping, a Chinese equivalent of Yelp in 2015, now wishes to position itself as an “Amazon of services”. The platform has become a “one-stop-shop” for many online services: booking a restaurant, buying movie tickets, booking vacations, renting a car … directly from its “super application”, with the aim of take the user captive, like Tencent’s famous WeChat. Having become the leader in O2O (online-to-offline), Meituan-Dianping continues to add strings to its bow to remain so, recently making the front page Tech for the purchase of the free-floating bicycle service Mobike for $ 2.7 billion.

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Dr. Banner, € 2 million to simplify the creation of geolocated display campaigns. The company claims more than 1,000 campaigns launched on behalf of 135 clients since its inception.

Why this is important: The company has designed a platform aimed at advertisers to enable them to launch and optimize hyper-targeted online advertising campaigns. The platform offers tools to create sets of banners in a few clicks, define a personalized distribution area and launch programmatic display campaigns on mobile and desktop. This funding round should enable Dr. Banner to support its growth, in particular by strengthening the R&D teams. The company plans to double its turnover this year.

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The PropTech Liberkeys raises 1 million euros to reinvent real estate sales. The start-up completes its first fundraising with Crédit Agricole Immobilier and business angels.

Why this is important: Liberkeys is positioned in line with the new real estate agencies, operating on the principle of fixed price pricing. These new agencies are often qualified as “hybrid” agencies, for their model which seeks to reconcile the best of sales by agency and sales between individuals. Their technological platform generally empowers the seller while offering him a range of services usually provided by real estate agencies: estimation, realization of visits, photography, follow-up on the application and support until the authentic deed. This financing should enable Liberkeys to accelerate its growth in Paris and Île-de-France, particularly in terms of commercial and technological matters. The start-up, which now has 12 employees, wants to double its workforce by the end of the year.

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