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  • Amazon Takes A 25% Stake In Colis Prive To Ramp Up Its Delivery Network In France

    Amazon Takes A 25% Stake In Colis Prive To Ramp Up Its Delivery Network In France

    E-commerce giant Amazon has reportedly made its first investment into the French market: it has acquired a 25% stake in Colis Privé, a delivery company that competes in France against the likes of state-owned La Poste, and global giants TNT, DHL, UPS and FedEx to deliver parcels. The news was first reported by the French site le Journal du Net, which claims it has had direct confirmation. We… Read More

  • Augment Raises $1.5 Million For Its Augmented Reality Solution

    Augment Raises $1.5 Million For Its Augmented Reality Solution

    French startup Augment raised $1.5 million to fuel international growth. Three private investors participated in this round — Alain Roubach, Georges Saier and Stanislas Cromback. Augment makes augmented reality useful for salespeople. Whenever you want to show how furniture, merchandising displays or even art prints would look, you can just use your iPad. You can upload your 3D models to… Read More

  • France Could Create A Developer Visa To Support French Startups

    France Could Create A Developer Visa To Support French Startups

    French Secretary of State for the digital economy Axelle Lemaire announced in an interview with Le JDD that the French government will work on a developer visa for highly skilled employees. While the French government already announced that it plans to create a so-called startup visa for entrepreneurs and investors, Lemaire wants to extend this visa to engineers. According to French… Read More

  • Google Is Preparing To Pay A Huge Fine For Tax Noncompliance In France

    Google Is Preparing To Pay A Huge Fine For Tax Noncompliance In France

    France’s equivalent of the IRS (Direction générale des finances) has been investigating Google for tax noncompliance. With only €138 million of revenue reported in France in 2011, something wasn’t right. Le Canard Enchaîné first reported in 2012 that the company owed $1.3 billion (€1 billion). Le Point confirmed this number in 2014. Google will probably end up paying less… Read More

  • 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

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