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  • Appsfire Launches ‘Brichter-San’, A Native Pull-To-Refresh Ad Unit

    Appsfire Launches ‘Brichter-San’, A Native Pull-To-Refresh Ad Unit

    Advertising tech company Appsfire is rolling out a new ad unit again! This time, it’s called Brichter-San, and it’s all about taking advantage of the load time when you pull to refresh. These are native ads, but the content is automatically provided by Appsfire. Once again, Brichter-San seems to be mostly about app promotion. After implementing the ad unit, your app will… Read More

  • France Joins Open Government Partnership

    France Joins Open Government Partnership

    French minister Marylise Lebranchu announced earlier today at the Paris Conference that France is joining the Open Government Partnership. It’s the logical next step following France’s work on open data and open government. In particular, a small entity called Etalab acted like a startup within the French government to release a new version of Data.gouv.fr. Many open data… Read More

  • Flash Fashion Site SecretSales Raises £4.5M, Led By Partech

    Flash Fashion Site SecretSales Raises £4.5M, Led By Partech

    Flash fashion sales site SecretSales.com, a significant UK player, has raised £4.5 million – its third round of funding – from Partech Ventures’ new Partech VI fund and French private equity firm 123Venture, as well as existing investors Pentech and Doughty Hanson. The co-founders and key managers also participated. The cash will be used on product and customer… Read More

  • Intralinks Acquires Document Security Service docTrackr

    Intralinks Acquires Document Security Service docTrackr

    Enterprise software vendor Intralinks acquired document encryption service docTrackr for $10 million in cash. Gigaom first spotted the news in an SEC filing, Intralinks confirmed in a release. docTrackr provided powerful plugins to add a security layer on top of Gmail or Box. For example, you could send a PDF file using docTrackr to encrypt the file on your computer and then track it. You… Read More

  • Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

    Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

    Thomas Thévenoud had an impossible job — he was the member of the Assemblée Nationale in charge of finding an agreement between urban transportation startups and taxi unions in France. He just announced his report to those companies, and it will become a law in the coming weeks. But some of the 30 points are highly controversial. For example, Uber, Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and… Read More

  • Withings Updates Its Pulse Activity Tracker With Blood Oxygen Monitoring

    Withings Updates Its Pulse Activity Tracker With Blood Oxygen Monitoring

    Withings pretty much nailed the activity tracker with the Pulse activity tracker, which features a built-in heart rate sensor that uses pulse oximetry (just like the Galaxy S5). Now, it has updated that product with new sensor capabilities with the Pulse O2. The O2 can also measure blood oxygen level (hence the name) and offers a new bracelet mount for improved wrist-borne wearing. Existing… Read More

  • La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    French startup La Belle Assiette just opened shop in Belgium. La Belle Assiette is a sort of on-demand chef service. You can browse the site, find your chef and book a meal directly from the service — a chef will then come to your home or office. The startup will also roll out its offering in the U.K., Switzerland and Luxembourg in the next six weeks. Here’s how the service works. Read More

  • Putting The Many Pieces Back Together After The Death Of Your Co-Founder

    Putting The Many Pieces Back Together After The Death Of Your Co-Founder

    Sébastien Métrot shared a tough story today at FailCon France at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance — he co-founded Yasound in 2011 with CEO Jean-Marc Plueger, who died in a scooter accident in 2012. But It wasn’t just an accident, Métrot said Plueger’s terrible work/life balance was a contributing factor. Today’s interview was Métrot’s tribute to… Read More

  • Webedia Acquires Blogging Platform OverBlog

    Webedia Acquires Blogging Platform OverBlog

    Long-standing blogging platform OverBlog has been acquired by Webedia, a French online media company, for “less than $6.9 million” (€5 million) according to L’Opinion. OverBlog co-founder and CEO Frédéric Montagnon wrote on his blog that it’s been a long and winding road for OverBlog. OverBlog was created ten years ago. As a reminder, the web was very different… Read More

  • Native Advertising Startup Adyoulike Acquires Content Amp For $2.5M

    Native Advertising Startup Adyoulike Acquires Content Amp For $2.5M

    French native advertising company Adyoulike acquired Content Amp. According to Rude Baguette, the British company was acquired for $2.5 million. Adyoulike appears to be at the same time an advertising technology company and a more traditional advertising network for native content. An ad-tech company in native advertising seems counterintuitive — native ads are blog posts, articles… Read More

  • Criteo Buys AdQuantic, A Startup That Applies Quantum Physics To Search Marketing

    Criteo Buys AdQuantic, A Startup That Applies Quantum Physics To Search Marketing

    We have discovered that Criteo, the French ad tech company that raised $250 million in an IPO on NASDAQ last October, has quietly made an acquisition. It’s bought AdQuantic, another ad tech startup from France co-founded by two doctors of statistical physics, which has developed a bid management tool for search marketing based on game theory, quantum physics and related mathematical models. Read More

  • Following Spotify, Deezer Goes Freemium On Mobile

    Following Spotify, Deezer Goes Freemium On Mobile

    Music streaming startup Deezer just revamped its free offering across the board in order to become more competitive with Spotify, Rdio and others. Mobile users will now be able to listen to smart radios for free. Like on the web, your music will be interrupted by audio ads every now and then. The company also dropped its listening cap of 10 hours per month on all platforms. Deezer presented a… Read More

  • Free Will Sell SIM Cards Using Vending Machines In France

    Free Will Sell SIM Cards Using Vending Machines In France

    How do you compete with well-established mobile carriers in France, such as Orange, SFR and Bouygues? You automate everything. Free is proving once again that it can remain much leaner than its competitors by replacing brick and mortar stores with vending machines. Clients will be able to subscribe to one of Free’s plans, pay with their credit cards and get a SIM card. The best part is… Read More

  • Mindie Adds Direct Video Messaging

    Mindie Adds Direct Video Messaging

    Music video app Mindie has released version 2.0 of its app in the App Store, which adds a number of new features including a private messaging feature. This new use case looks and feels more like Snapchat than Vine’s new direct messaging feature. Other features include the ability to add text on your videos, share on Instagram and more. At heart, Mindie remains a music video sharing app. Read More

  • Sketchfab Revamps Its Platform To Become The SoundCloud Of 3D Files

    Sketchfab Revamps Its Platform To Become The SoundCloud Of 3D Files

    Sketchfab just released the second version of its 3D platform. As a reminder, Sketchfab’s ultimate goal has always been to become a sort of SoundCloud for 3D models. On the website, you can upload, browse and embed 3D models from your browser. Yet, until now, the company first has been focused on building the foundation of Sketchfab and the web platform was neglected. “We spent… Read More

  • Europe’s Top Court Rules 2006 Telecoms Data Retention Law Is Invalid

    Europe’s Top Court Rules 2006 Telecoms Data Retention Law Is Invalid

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ), the top court in the European Union, has ruled that an EU-wide law that requires telecoms companies to store user-data for up to two years so it can be handed over to law enforcement authorities is invalid. Read More

  • Free Now Wants To Acquire Bouygues Telecom To Become A Telecom Heavyweight

    Free Now Wants To Acquire Bouygues Telecom To Become A Telecom Heavyweight

    The mobile landscape in France is still going through a lot of changes. Three days ago, SFR finally got acquired by Numericable, rejecting Bouygues’ offering for a second time. But when everybody thought that things were about to go back to normal, Le Parisien reported that Bouygues is willing to sell its telecom branch to Free, France’s so-called fourth mobile phone company. When… Read More

  • France Urgently Needs To Overcome The Divide Between Innovation And Power

    France Urgently Needs To Overcome The Divide Between Innovation And Power

    Before that, Fleur Pellerin was the minister in charge of the digital economy and innovation. After a rough start, she did a pretty good job. She created the French Tech initiative, she wrote a new law allowing AngelList-style syndicates. More importantly, she understood how startups worked. But now, in addition to being the minister of the economy, Montebourg will take over… Read More

  • Just Eat IPO Values It At $2.44BN, Company First To Test LSE’s New Tech-Friendly Market

    Just Eat IPO Values It At $2.44BN, Company First To Test LSE’s New Tech-Friendly Market

    In the biggest UK technology IPO in the last eight years, Just Eat, the online takeaway service, debuted on the London Stock Exchange today. The market valued the company at £1.47 billion ($2.44 billion), at 260 pence per share. This is top of the pricing range the company was after in January and puts its value at over 100 times its EDIITDA and 15 times sales. The float comes as US… Read More

  • Creads Raises $4.1 Million To Fuel International Growth

    Creads Raises $4.1 Million To Fuel International Growth

    French startup Creads raised $4.1 million (€3 million) from CM-CIC Capital Privé. Creads is an advertising agency powered by a marketplace of advertising jobs. As a company, you can submit your ad brief to the platform and set your requirements. As a creative freelancer or agency, you can work on those tasks. Eventually, Creads wants to become the dominant professional social network… Read More

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