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Samsung Medison, a medical device unit of Samsung Electronics that specializes in developing diagnostic imaging devices, said on Wednesday it plans to acquire Sonio, a Paris-based startup that makes AI-powered software…

Samsung Medison to acquire French AI ultrasound startup Sonio for $92.7M

Spotify has revealed plans to increase subscription fees in France, in response to a new tax directed at music-streaming services operating in the country. The move comes nearly three months…

Spotify to increase subscription price in France to counter new music-streaming tax

Worldcoin is no longer offering its Orb-verification service in India, Brazil and France, just months after the crypto startup expanded the helmet-shaped eyeball-scanning device to those markets. Tools for Humanity,…

Worldcoin is no longer offering Orb-verification in India, Brazil and France

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There’s something going on with AI startups in France

Last night, Motier Ventures held a tech meetup focused on AI startups featuring some of the most hyped tech startups in the French tech ecosystem: Dust, Finegrain, Gladia, Mistral AI and Scenario — all of them are portfolio companies of Motier Ventures. And you could feel a sense of excitement both onstage and in the…

6:51 am PST • November 9, 2023
There’s something going on with AI startups in France

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After years of explosive growth, the French tech ecosystem is at a turning point

Last week, La French Tech celebrated its 10-year anniversary — this government-backed initiative has been in charge of promoting and fostering the startup community in France. When you compare the metrics of the French tech ecosystem between now and then, it’s true that things have changed drastically with some impressive success stories. And yet, the…

9:10 am PDT • October 23, 2023
After years of explosive growth, the French tech ecosystem is at a turning point

Once an acquisition is in the works, it’s natural for founders to start safeguarding their newfound wealth.

TechCrunch+ roundup: J-1 visa details, how to close a Series B in 2023, moving for tax savings

‘People talk about the financing gap, but most of the time, the most important gap is the information gap. You need to inform people.’

VC Office Hours: Fabrice do Rego on building one of the few Black-led funds in the EU

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What’s it like being a Black founder in France?

Partly due to a historical “color-blind” policymaking regime, the French startup ecosystem for Black founders is shrouded in mystery.

8:00 am PDT • July 4, 2023
What’s it like being a Black founder in France?

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Adtech giant Criteo hit with revised €40M fine by French data privacy body over GDPR breaches

French advertising technology giant Criteo has been issued with a revised fine of €40 million ($44 million) over failings to garner users’ consent around targeted advertising. The case in question dates back to 2018 when Privacy International filed a formal complaint with the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), France’s data privacy watchdog, using…

2:47 am PDT • June 22, 2023
Adtech giant Criteo hit with revised €40M fine by French data privacy body over GDPR breaches

The result of an opaque funding environment is that a lot happens in secrecy. Founders keep their heads down, and people move in silence, especially people of color.

Mistral AI’s mega fundraise is a red flag for many concerned about inclusivity

France is the latest country taking steps to ban TikTok from government-managed devices.

France bans recreational apps like TikTok on government devices

If you plan to launch a new startup in France, Denmark or Sweden, there is a new seed fund looking for your pitch.

Emblem is the latest European seed fund in new wave of VC funds

French startup Roundtable has raised a $3.2 million (€3 million) funding round from a 100 business angels on its own platform.

Roundtable raises funding round on Roundtable

Yet more strikes against general and indiscriminate data retention in the EU: The bloc’s top court has issued a couple of rulings on joined cases today — one related to…

Europe’s top court chalks up more strikes against bulk data retention

Victims of the LockerGoga ransomware can now recover their stolen files for free, thanks to a new decryptor released by Romanian cybersecurity firm Bitdefender and the NoMoreRansom Initiative. The LockerGoga…

LockerGoga ransomware victims can now recover their files for free

More antitrust litigation targeting Big (ad)Tech: Google is being sued in the U.K. and the Netherlands where two suits have been announced today seeking damages on behalf of publishers who…

Google’s adtech practices targeted in UK, EU antitrust damages suits
Startups

Has France cracked the YC recipe?

10:00 am PDT • September 10, 2022

Three of the eight French startups selected for Y Combinator’s Summer 22 batch are also former residents of the Station F campus in Paris, so we chatted with its director,…

Has France cracked the YC recipe?

COVID-19 has reshaped our lives in many ways and given rise to a plethora of services tailored to these newborn needs. Waysia, an Asian grocery delivery platform, is one such…

Waysia raises €10M to deliver Asian grocery in Europe

Tencent, the biggest social networking and video games company in China, hasn’t really managed to scale its popular products in the Western mainstream. The behemoth’s international expansion for the most…

Inside Tencent’s ambition to create a Triple A console game

Snapchat’s parent Snap became the latest tech company to announce a huge round of layoffs, confirming ongoing rumors yesterday that it was cutting 20% of its global workforce, affecting at…

Zenly is still hugely popular, so why’s Snap shutting it down?

NetEase, a Chinese technology company and billion-dollar video-game publisher, has acquired French video-game studio Quantic Dream. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal means that NetEase now has…

China’s NetEase snaps up French video game studio Quantic Dream

As Twitter navigates a grueling legal battle with Elon Musk and his plans to acquire the company, yet another executive is leaving, according to a report by Insider, which Twitter…

Twitter’s VP of engineering to depart for Meta amid cybersecurity concerns, Musk takeover

The explosive Twitter whistleblower complaint that was made public yesterday — detailing a raft of damning allegations across security, privacy and data protection issues (among others) by Twitter’s former former…

Twitter faces privacy scrutiny from EU watchdogs after Mudge report

Google is facing a fresh privacy complaint in Europe over ads it inserts into its Gmail email service in the guise of emails. Privacy advocacy group, noyb, has filed the…

Google faces ‘spam ads’ ePrivacy complaint in France

In an effort to expand its social platform for virtual reality, Horizon Worlds, Meta is launching it in France and Spain today — building on the existing three markets including…

Meta launches Horizon Worlds in France and Spain

With all eyes on Taiwan and worries mounting around semiconductor supply, the U.S. CHIPS Act is timely. But it is not unique: Other countries also aspire to reduce their reliance…

Is the future of the microchip industry going to be Made in America?

In the latest blow to the creepy ‘tracking-ads’ complex, French adtech giant Criteo has been found in breach of European Union data protection regulation and hit with a €60 million…

Adtech giant Criteo faces $65M fine in France for GDPR consent breaches

Semikron, a German manufacturer that produces semiconductors for electric vehicles and industrial automation systems, has confirmed it has fallen victim to a cyberattack that has resulted in data encryption. “Semikron…

German semiconductor giant Semikron says hackers encrypted its network

A ruling put out yesterday by the European Union’s top court could have major implications for online platforms that use background tracking and profiling to target users with behavioral ads…

Sensitive data ruling by Europe’s top court could force broad privacy reboot

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Instagram’s Dual camera feature copies BeReal, but misses the point

We know the drill: Snapchat adds the Stories feature, Instagram nabs it. TikTok gets too popular, Instagram pivots to short-form video. Now, here’s another one for the list. This week, Instagram quietly added a feature to its TikTok-clone Reels called Dual, which lets you record with both your front and back camera at the same…

1:51 pm PDT • July 28, 2022
Instagram’s Dual camera feature copies BeReal, but misses the point