3DSecure failures cause big holiday headache for many French e-merchants

P The holiday season is often both a fruitful and trying time for many e-merchants trying to manage and fulfill the increasing number of online transaction.  However, this season is likely to go down as an even more of a challenging one for many French e-merchants due to the repeated system failures of 3DSecure, a […]

Qucit launches world’s first bikeshare predictive API

Qucit launches world’s first bikeshare predictive API

Bordeaux-based big data startup Qucit released this month the world’s first bikeshare predictive API. It is tightly integrated in iPhone and Android app La Bonne Station (the new iPhone version was released yesterday). The app uses the API to power a visualization of predicted bike availability over 12 hours in the future, at any given […]

Luc Julia introduces SAMI, the architecture that lets you play with existing and future data.

Luc Julia introduces SAMI, the architecture that lets you play with existing and future data.

  [LIVEBLOG] The Connected Conference, the first international conference dedicated to the Internet of Things, welcomes Luc Julia – VP of Innovation at the Samsung Innovation Center – today in Paris to talk about the launch of SAMI – Samsug Architecture Multimodal Interactions. After his work on Siri, M. Julia has now been implementing Samsung […]

After winning out on SFR, Numericable buys Virgin Mobile

After coming out on top in the negotiations for SFR, Numericable announced Friday that it is also entering into exclusive negotiations to purchase Virgin Mobile. According to Carphone Warehouse Group, 46% owners of Virgin Mobile’s France holding company Omer Telecom, the transaction would be valued at around 325 million euros. Carphone Warehouse Group, looks to […]

Cloning or crying wolf? CSI Hidden Crimes VS Criminal Case

French gaming industry behemoth Ubisoft has just published CSI: Hidden Crimes on iOS and Android. Controversy is never far in the gaming industry, as games very often draw inspiration from their illustrious not-so-distant predecessors, and outright cloning is an ever-present worry (ask the Vlambeer guys). In this case, CSI Hidden Crimes uses mechanics that are […]

France joins the Open Gov Partnership to develop its open data strategy

Today, Marylise Lebranchu, Minister of Decentralisation and State reform announced at La Conférence de Paris that France is joining the Open Gov Partnership. France is the 64th country to join the international initiative to promote Open Government OGP is an “international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to […]

Vivendi chooses Numericable, Bouygues and Free on the sidelines for now

On Friday, the French telecom world was buzzing from a somewhat surprise decision that Vivendi would be entering into exclusive negotiations to sell-off its telco unit SFR to Numericable, effectively leaving Bouygues and, indirectly, Free out in the cold. While Numericable had reportedly been Vivendi’s preferred candidate early on, Bouygues came in later in the […]

Free may finally get its own network if a Bouygues-SFR deal goes ahead

Over the past couple weeks, Vivendi has been in concurrent negotiations with both Bouygues and Numericable about an eventual sale of SFR to one of the two telcos.  It looks like whoever ends up the winner, the deal will be valued at around 10 billion euros. While both entities would be amassing substantial levels of […]

Canal+ buys France’s #1 YouTube Channel – Studio Bagel

Just a few months back, Canal+ decided to change from its strategy of only diffusing its content line via their own player to developing a Canal+ ecosystem on YouTube by launching 16 of its own channels. Now they seem to have changed course yet again, announcing that they have bought a 60% stake in Studio […]

“Les Soldes” continue to trend digital

According to a study conducted by CSA for FEVAD, France’s leading e-commerce and mail order trade association, 7 out of 10 of internet users plan to either prepare for or make their actual purchases on-line during “les soldes” (bi-annual sales), which equates to 30 million people. Perhaps reflecting the apparent slow-down in France e-commerce sector […]