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L’Occitane en Provence se renforce en Chine et débarque sur la marketplace d’Alibaba

L’Occitane en Provence se renforce en Chine et débarque sur la marketplace d’Alibaba | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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"La marque haut de gamme – qui affichait un chiffre d’affaires d’1,04 milliard d’euros sur l’exercice 2012-2013 – espère ainsi contrer la vente illégale de ses produits en Chine. «C’est la seule façon de s’assurer que les produits expirés ou endommagés ne soient pas vendus» a confié le président de l’Occitane pour la région Asie-Pacifique, Andre Hoffmann. L’enseigne d’origine française  mais dont le siège est aujourd’hui à Luxembourg fait suite à d’autres marques haut de gamme ayant investi Tmall cette année: Burberry, Estée Lauder ont fait de même dans le courant de l’année. Dans ces trois cas, l’objectif est visiblement de reprendre le contrôle sur les produits présents sur le site."

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Le French Bashing Becomes Target as France Fights Moroseness

Le French Bashing Becomes Target as France Fights Moroseness | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Ever-sensitive to the regard of others, the comments have made the famously pessimistic French question their way of life as they struggle with an economy that has barely grown in the last two years and joblessness at a record high. Concerned the gloom is turning into self-doubt, the nation’s largest companies from phone operator Orange SA (ORA) to the world’s biggest cosmetics maker L’Oreal SA (OR) have organized a four-day forum starting today, called “Osons La France,” or “Let’s bank on France.”

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3 Bay Area tech startups announce holiday IPOs

3 Bay Area tech startups announce holiday IPOs | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
Three Bay Area tech companies planning to go public updated their filings Monday to reveal initial public offerings that promise to light up the stock market during a normally quiet time on Wall Street.
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Some of us may still be recovering from our Thanksgiving turkey dinners but the holiday certainly didn't suck any energy from the IPO market. Three Bay Area tech companies planning to go public updated their filings Monday to reveal initial public offerings that promise to light up the stock market during a normally quiet time on Wall Street. San Francisco-based New Relic and Palo Alto-based Hortonworks are expected to begin trading next week, giving a boost to other fledgling "big data" firms. But all eyes are on Lending Club, a San Francisco online lending platform whose IPO could be the largest this year from a California company. Widely considered the leader among a growing crop of Internet lenders, Lending Club is expected to create a windfall of IPOs from similar companies, according to experts.

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GoPro Could Go Robo With Consumer Drones Launching Next Year

GoPro Could Go Robo With Consumer Drones Launching Next Year | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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The new product category would offer aerial drones like the Parrot Bebop and DJI Phantom and Inspire 1. The drones would reportedly retail in the $500 to $1,000 range, and come with GoPro action camera tech onboard, which is a natural fit given that outfitting drones with GoPros is already a popular option among hobbyists and videographers.

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Facebook influence-t-il les élections américaines ?

Facebook influence-t-il les élections américaines ? | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Le 4 novembre, jour d'élection de mi-mandat aux Etats-Unis, les électeurs américains de 18 ans et plus ont vu apparaître sur leur page d'actualité Facebook un rappel pour se rendre aux urnes. En cliquant sur la case "plus d'informations", les utilisateurs pouvaient accéder à une carte des bureaux de vote les plus proches. Un bouton social "J'ai voté" permettait de signaler à ses amis son statut de votant. Un effort pour "encourager la participation civique" selon le réseau social, qui affirme vouloir contribuer à cet événement démocratique. Ces tests ont été critiqués, et rappellent le scandale récent provoqué par l'étude comportementale de Facebook pour influencer l'humeur de ses utilisateurs. Par ailleurs, certains experts pointent du doigt un risque de manipulation des élections. Si Facebook choisissait d'influencer certains votants plus que d'autres, quel impact sur le résultat des élections? Il est encore trop tôt pour le dire, mais l'ère de la démocratie sociale semble bien là.

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Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts

Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Experts are scratching their heads wondering how Starbucks will possibly pull off delivery. On Thursday, CEO Howard Schultz announced plans to offer limited food and beverage delivery in some markets in the second half of 2015. The delivery option would be tied to its mobile app.

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The Best Thing About Microsoft's Health Tracker Is That It's Cross-Platform

The Best Thing About Microsoft's Health Tracker Is That It's Cross-Platform | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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"With Apple Health and Google Fit offering a centralized fitness and wellness-tracking platform for iOS and Android users, did anyone really expect Microsoft to sit quietly and leave its mobile OS lacking? Of course not: Microsoft has been working on a health tracking platform of its own. It’s called Microsoft Health, and there’s a wearable called Microsoft Band to go along with it. Both are available starting today in Microsoft retail stores and online starting today for $200. While Health and Fit are locked into their corresponding operating system silos, Microsoft hopes to ford digital and hardware divides by making Health and its hardware constituent the Microsoft Band cross-platform. "

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5 ways OS X Yosemite will change the way you work

5 ways OS X Yosemite will change the way you work | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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With OS X Yosemite, which was officially released yesterday, Apple is beginning to unify its desktop and mobile computing platforms. You still won’t be able to run your iPhone apps on your Mac, but there are plenty of other tasks you’ll be able to share between iOS and OS X...

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No foie gras for you! Supreme Court lets California ban stand

No foie gras for you! Supreme Court lets California ban stand | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Tuesday morning the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal that would have overturned the state law forbidding the production and sale of foie gras. Proponents of the fatty duck and goose liver had argued that the ban, which was passed in 2004 and went into effect in 2012, violated federal interstate commerce laws, interfering with the sale of a product across state lines. That argument had been rejected by several lower courts and Tuesday the Supreme Court decided to let those rulings stand. The ban had been challenged by the Hot’s Restaurant Group in California (which includes Hot’s Cantina in Northridge, Four Daughters in Manhattan Beach and Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach); Hudson Valley Foie Gras, a producer in New York; and a group of Canadian foie gras farmers.

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Apple built a SIM card that lets you switch between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile...

Apple built a SIM card that lets you switch between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile... | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Apple has seemingly built a SIM card that lets you jump between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile without having to swap it out (or, more annoyingly, track down/purchase a new SIM card when you want to switch carriers). Instead of swapping the card, you just pick a new carrier through the device’s on screen settings. As it should be! Tucked into a page about the iPad Air 2’s wireless connectivity, Apple calls the new SIM, “Apple SIM.”

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Tesla co-founder Ian Wright snags FedEx for new hybrid engines

Tesla co-founder Ian Wright snags FedEx for new hybrid engines | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Ten years ago, Ian Wright was trying to electrify the sports car with a startup he helped create — Tesla Motors. Now the entrepreneur has set his sights on delivery vehicles and garbage trucks. Wrightspeed, Wright’s company in San Jose, builds a kind of advanced hybrid powertrain for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. And the business has just landed its biggest deal to date: an order of 25 powertrains from global delivery giant FedEx. The company has already tried out Wrightspeed’s technology in two of its trucks and liked it enough to commission more.

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Windows 10 Could Be the Windows We've Been Waiting For

Windows 10 Could Be the Windows We've Been Waiting For | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Microsoft unveiled Windows 10, the long-awaited followup to Windows 8 Tuesday. The latest version of Windows walks back some of the more jarring changes of Windows 8, including the return of the Start menu and improvements to how apps are displayed, while also adding multitasking enhancements that will appeal to those who use touchscreen devices as well as PCs. But while Windows 10 will be a welcome change to those users who were turned off by the "mobile first" approach of Windows 8, the latest version of Windows hardly feels like a step backward.

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Le plan fou d'une start-up de la Silicon Valley pour attirer les meilleurs ingénieurs

Le plan fou d'une start-up de la Silicon Valley pour attirer les meilleurs ingénieurs | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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La guerre des talents fait rage dans la Silicon Valley et les start-up rivalisent d'ingéniosité pour attirer des informaticiens talentueux et débaucher les stars de Facebook, Google et autres géants. Michael Carter, le patron de la start-up californienne Weeby, est très connu des cercles entrepreneuriaux depuis qu'il a créé le protocole WebSocket pour le language informatique HTML5, une révision majeure du langage du web utilisée pour des applications de communication en temps réel par plus de 2 milliards de personnes. La start-up avait jusqu'à présent payé ses ingénieurs au prix du marché. Récemment, elle a lancé un nouveau programme de compensation agressif : les nouveaux ingénieurs commencent avec un minimum de 100 000 dollars par an selon leur expérience avec la possibilité d'ajouter 10 000 dollars par mois selon leurs résultats, sur les 4 années du programme...

 

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Amazon threatens to take drone testing abroad as US delays approval

Amazon threatens to take drone testing abroad as US delays approval | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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"Amazon has turned the heat up on the Federal Aviation Administration, warning that unless the government agency allows it to start testing drones on US soil as part of its ambition to deliver products by unmanned aircraft it will be forced to shift its operations abroad. In a hard-hitting letter from its vice-president of global public policy, Paul Misener, the internet retail giant says that the US is at risk of “losing its position as the center of innovation” in the drone revolution. If the FAA continues to stymie experimentation at home, Amazon warns, “key jobs and economic benefits” will also be jeopardized."

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Prynt, la start-up française qui fait forte impression

Prynt, la start-up française qui fait forte impression | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Prynt, crée par Clément Perrot et David Zhang. La team Press du consulat les avait rencontré il y a un an tout juste à San Francisco : http://youtu.be/4J_eKp30weo?list=PL614C48D6C7B7B667

Après avoir passé un an à Berkeley, en Californie, pour faire mûrir leur projet, dans le cadre de leurs études à Polytechnique, ils se sont installés à Paris puis se sont presque aussitôt envolés à Shenzhen, en Chine, pour trois mois d'accélération. Depuis, le duo dirigeant se partage entre Paris et San Francisco, où Clément Perrot a - temporairement - posé ses valises. Congrats guys!

 

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Apple iTunes trial: Jury hears differing views of antitrust claims

Apple iTunes trial: Jury hears differing views of antitrust claims | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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For millions of iPod lovers, Apple and its iTunes cyberstore are the best thing that ever happened to music. But as a federal jury here heard Tuesday, there may be evidence of a dark side to Apple's global grip on the digital music market. And that is the billion-dollar question the jurors were handed in the opening of a trial that peels back the curtain on a historic, if somewhat obsolete, chapter in Apple's existence. In fact, the star witness in the trial will be the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who will appear via a video of a deposition taken shortly before his death in 2011 in which he responded to accusations that Apple violated federal antitrust laws…

 

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Facebook's AI team hires Vladimir Vapnik, father of the popular support vector machine algorithm

Facebook's AI team hires Vladimir Vapnik, father of the popular support vector machine algorithm | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
Facebook’s campaign to grow its artificial intelligence talent pool has announced a new victory.
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After Yann LeCun, Jason Weston & Ronan Collobert... Vladimir Vapnik !

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Google Maps adds Uber, OpenTable features

Google Maps adds Uber, OpenTable features | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Google has added several new features to its maps app, including the ability to see Uber pickup times and to book reservations at some restaurants. The feature to view pickup times for Uber will soon be available, the company said in a blog post. Google Maps users that also have the Uber app installed will be able to compare a potential ride to transit and walking directions in select cities, Google said. If a user picks the Uber option, he or she can click to go directly to the Uber app. Google also said that the option to make restaurant reservations directly from its maps app has been added as a feature. The booking option works for U.S. restaurants that use the OpenTable service to allow diners to book reservations online.

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Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving Google

Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving Google | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Andy Rubin, who co-founded the Android project, is leaving Google. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin's departing to create an incubator for hardware startups. His role heading up the company's robotics will be taken up by James Kuffner, a research scientist at the company and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Rubin originally joined Google as part of the company's highly secretive acquisition of Android in 2005. 

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How to Use Apple Pay

How to Use Apple Pay | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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"With the release of iOS 8.1, Apple Pay has arrived on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple Pay, which lets your phone act as your credit and debit cards, is part of the operating system itself, made visible through the Passbook app. It works a lot like Google Wallet, using a near-field communication (NFC) chip hidden inside the phone to initiate a payment with a special receiver that you can find at some checkout counters. The receiver looks like a teacup saucer-sized disc attached to the top of some credit card swiping machines. Unlike Google Wallet, which uses PIN protection, Apple Pay authenticates your transaction with a fingerprint scan on the home button."

 

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Proposed S.F. law would put a solar panel on nearly every roof

Proposed S.F. law would put a solar panel on nearly every roof | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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San Francisco could soon require solar panels on most new construction in the city and push owners of existing apartment buildings to plant photovoltaic arrays on their roofs. David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, plans to introduce a resolution next week mandating that all new buildings include solar panels, rooftop gardens or both. That requirement would apply to commercial and residential buildings alike, wherever feasible.

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Thales wins a €18.2 million train control contract in San Francisco

Thales wins a €18.2 million train control contract in San Francisco | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Thales, the world leader in innovative transportation solutions, was awarded a contract from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for the design and construction of advanced train control technology for the new Central Subway project, an extension of the existing T Line.

Thales will supply its field-proven SelTrac® CBTC (Communications Based Train Control) Technology for the agency’s 1.7 mile extension of the T line, a solution designed to improve transit options for residents in one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods, provide a rapid transit link to a burgeoning technology and digital-media hub, and improve access to a premier commercial district and tourist attraction.

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Salesforce expose sa puissance au Dreamforce 2014

Salesforce expose sa puissance au Dreamforce 2014 | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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"L’édition 2014 de Dreamforce, l’événement de Salesforce qui s’est déroulé à San Francisco du 13 au 16 octobre 2014, a réuni 145 000 partenaires, clients et prospects. Un record, même si le chiffre est en dessous des 150 000 attendus ! L’édition précédente affichait 140 000 personnes au compteur. Ce qui fait de Dreamforce le plus grand événement dans le numérique, alors que Salesforce n’était que le dixième éditeur de logiciels en 2013, selon Gartner. L’événement est suivi par plus de 5 millions de personnes sur le Web". Un reportage signé 'Usine Digitale'.

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EBay to Spin Off PayPal, Adopting Icahn's Strategy

EBay to Spin Off PayPal, Adopting Icahn's Strategy | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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EBay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago. The move will cleave eBay almost in half, separating it from the payments processor it acquired 12 years ago and built into a giant that generates almost half of the company’s revenue. The spinoff is expected to be completed in the second half of 2015. John Donahoe, eBay’s current chief executive, will step down from that role once the separation is complete.

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Reportage sur le premier « Jeudigital » organisé par Bercy

Reportage sur le premier « Jeudigital » organisé par Bercy | Business & Tech | Scoop.it
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Loin de l’ambiance jeans, baskets et bonnes bières d’un Start in Paris, c’est dans un tout autre cadre que le ministère de l’Economie et des Finances tenait hier soir son premier « jeudigital »... Reportage par Frenchweb.fr.

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