Archive for January 2013

Orange now (reluctantly) owns 100% of Dailymotion. What’s next?

This past week Orange purchased the remaining 49% of Dailymotion, after having purchased 51% of the video site nearly two years ago, with a clause in its acquisition to allow it to buy the remaining 49% later. After trying to find a US partner to take the remaining 49% of the company for the past […]

As France welcomes MIDEM, its music industry still faces big challenges

As France welcomes MIDEM, its music industry still faces big challenges

This past Saturday saw the kick-off of MIDEM, one of the world’s biggest and best conferences and tradeshows focusing on the music industry. This year’s edition, which will be running through tomorrow,has  had a particularly strong emphasis on digital.  It’s evident that digital still continues to be both a blessing and curse for the sector, which is still […]

Yahoo! partners with PagesJaunes, the French Yellow Pages, to bring more local business info to search

Yahoo! partners with PagesJaunes, the French Yellow Pages, to bring more local business info to search

It seems that Yahoo is looking to make a push in the French market – the popular search engine will not feature local business info in relevant results in France, pulled in from PagesJaunes. The French business directory already receives 100 million visits per year from a similar partnership with Bing, Microsoft’s search engine. Originally […]

Pack your bags: Applications for the French Tech Tour to the Silicon Valley are now open

Ubifrance has opened up applications for its annual French Tech Tour, which brings French startups out to the Silicon Valley to meet with key members of potential client, partner, supplier, and investor companies. The application, due in exactly one month (February 25th), is available here(download), and I would recommend that any startup that wants a […]

Will Twitter give into the French government’s request for hate speech account info?

Yesterday the French court ruled that Twitter has two weeks to put in place a system by which the French government can easily track and identify users who post hate speech, specifically antisemitic and racist speech. This announcement comes after twitter trends like #SiMonFilsEstGay (“If My son is Gay”) and #UnBonJuif (“A good jew”) were trending in France, […]

Ericsson to acquire Devoteam’s French Telecoms & Media operation

Ericsson has announced that they will be acquiring the French Telecom and Media operations of IT and comunications consultancy leader Devoteam for an undisclosed amount. Devoteam’s Telecom qnd Media operation currently accounts for approximately 7% of Devoteam’s revenues. Through the acquistion, Ericsson will gain some 400 new IT professionals, “service capabilities” from the newly acquired group, as well […]

Not content with abusing users, now Free is holding its employees hostage as well

After Bouygues made a formal request to convert its 1800MHz 2G network into 4G in order to have a iPhone 5 compatible 4G network (the only one), a relatively quick and inexpensive process, Bouygues has been patiently awaiting the TelCo regulatory committee (ARCEP)’s response, which was expected to come in the beginning of 2013. In […]

Paris to get a 1500m² central startup space thanks to 1M€ from Google

The Silicon Sentier, the association behind LeCamping, La Cantine & more, has presented a lovely gift to the Paris startup scene, announcing recently that it will be moving into a new 1500m² space in the middle of Paris’ well-defined startup neighborhood (UPDATE: It will be located at 39 rue de Caire, 75002 Paris). The space, which […]

And then there were two | Netflix to delay entrance into the French Market

Netflix announced its fourth quarter results from 2012, which outperformed all market expectations. The video streaming company saw a 30% rise in its stock after hours yesterday, as it was originally expected to see massive losses from the Nordic market ($112 Million, to be exact), and instead performed quite well internationally. As TNW reported, this […]

France has a love-hate relationship with its digital devices

There’s always a vigorous debate about whether digital devices and technology in general are a net-positive or net-negative for society. Obviously at the Rude Baguette, we fall firmly in the net-positive camp, however, it’s worth taking a look at the concerns of the other camp. In particular, France’s psychology community, which has grown more concerned […]