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Microsoft’s move to please devs: free private GitHub!

Last year’s acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft got quite a few standing in opposition on their hind heels. The Redmond giant is known for its opposition to open-source. And developers are known for their approval of open-source. Hence the fierce statements when the acquisition announcement was made. To start the year, Microsoft sends a nice […]

edjing celebrates its 2-year anniversary with ‘craziest’ photo contest

edjing celebrates its 2-year anniversary with ‘craziest’ photo contest

Launching just two years ago as the first DJ app on mobile, edjing has grown at break-neck pace to achieve 300% growth in 2013 and 15 million downloads. While proudly wearing their “French Tech” badge (even though they were courted by others to move abroad), edjing is showing that yes you can have your roots […]

Vivendi’s SFR spinoff & company restructure announcement fails to inspire shareholders.

Vivendi’s SFR spinoff & company restructure announcement fails to inspire shareholders.

In the past weeks the European Telco industry hasn’t been short of big news. After Vodafone Group Plc. agreed to sell its U.S. wireless business, and Microsoft Corp acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division, the long-expected overhaul of Vivendi’s structure has taken a further step towards a more competitive group. Vivendi will divest in SFR […]

In alternate reality where Windows 8 was called XboxOS….

While the Rude Baguette tends to stick to covering the French tech market, I couldn’t resist speaking about a topic which has been bugging me for quite some time. Imagine for a moment, if you will, that Microsoft had decided to call Windows 8 “XboxOS” instead of Metro, or Windows RT, or whatever it’s called […]

As the European Digital Landscape heats up, ComScore says France will remain a major market to consider

Comscore just released their France Digital Future in Focus report, in which they outline (in French) the state of the digital landscape, what’s rising, what’s falling, and where you should be. The report, which currently has a corresponding UK and US edition, shares some pretty interesting facts about the European digital & mobile landscape, ass […]

Microsoft contests 52 Million euro back-taxes in France

French tax authorities are asking for 52 Million euros from Microsoft for what it refers to as ‘redressement social,’ essentially undeclared taxes that it declared via its Dublin-based European HQ between 2007 and 2009. Microsoft, who has already announced it will contest the claim, says that it legally registered all sales in Ireland, and delivered […]

More tablets will be sold than laptop PCs in France this year

France will soon reach a major digital milestone…2013 will be the year that tablet sales, projected to easily reach 5.1million this year, will officially surpass those of laptop PCs.  With the number of tablets sold in France more than doubling in a year (up from 1.5 million in 2011 to 3.6 million in 2012), this […]

Microsoft Surface now available in stores in France

Microsoft Surface, which appears to be off to a mixed and ambiguous start on the other side of the Atlantic, just launched in France, right in time for the holidays. As with other markets, Microsoft has opted for a slow roll-out, choosing only to sell the Surface in a few major chains/distributors initially before expanding […]

Is Captain Dash getting ready to sell to Microsoft?

Speculation began to circle this week as to whether Captain Dash was in final discussions with Microsoft about an acquisition that would allow Captain Dash to launch internationally. The rumor was first mentioned in French web publication Petitweb‘s weekly newsletter, just one week after the an interview between co-founder Gilles Babinet and the publication. The […]

Google TV adds Music & Movies in Europe on Nexus 4 launch date

Google has just announced late last week the launch of streaming TV and movies on their Google TV product in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. Google, like Apple and Microsoft, has its eyes set on the ‘other screen’, as the TV is called these days, since people spend more time on their computers and phones than […]