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BlackBerry forms special committee to explore strategic alternatives that could include selling the company

BlackBerry forms special committee to explore strategic alternatives that could include selling the company | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
BlackBerry said its board of directors has formed a special committee to explore strategic alternatives that could include a sale of the company.
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Apple + Nikola Tesla Inspired Technology May Change Payments And Maybe The Entire Mobile World

Apple + Nikola Tesla Inspired Technology May Change Payments And Maybe The Entire Mobile World | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Last month (7/2013) Apple quietly acquired [1] a relatively unknown but highly innovative electronics company called Passif Semiconductor Corporation.  The Oakland California company was formed in early 2007 with the aim to create extreamly low power chipsets that directly relate to local adhoc communication networks.  One example is Bluetooth and another example in limited form is NFC.
Nerd Detour
The name Passif is a play on the word passive.  In electronics,  active components have the ability to produce gain, or amplify a signal, and passive components do not.  The basis on how Passif’s primary devices work is using Capacitors and they are passive electronic devices.
Founder Inventors, True  Innovation
Passif Semiconductor has been quietly innovating and have been applying for US patents by founders Benjamin W. Cook, Axel D .Berny with Jason A. Trachewsky.  The company had discovered a very novel and potentially spectacular way to “harvest” energy from all of the wireless signals around us, including WiFi and Cellular signals and to use this to power small and very inexpensive devices.
Batteries Not Included And Not Needed
This means that quite complex nano devices can sit out there and not need to have a true battery and will never need to be charged just by harvesting the huge amount of energy that is floating around us in just about every environment.  Costs drop to almost zero if batteries and charging systems are not needed for these nano devices.
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Quartiers numériques : la CDC propose de sélectionner des entreprises Tech Champions

Quartiers numériques : la CDC propose de sélectionner des entreprises Tech Champions | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Reconnaître Paris comme métropole numérique, améliorer la fiscalité des business angels, sélectionner 5 à 10 entreprises prometteuses à l'international, ce sont les recommandations du rapport de la Caisse des dépôts au gouvernement.
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Un des premiers articles qui aborde le fond...

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Le rapport de la Caisse des Dépôts a été rendu public par le gouvernement

Le rapport de la Caisse des Dépôts a été rendu public par le gouvernement | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Jean-Pierre Jouyet, directeur général de la Caisse des Dépôts, avait remis le 28 juin au Premier ministre le rapport de la mission de préfiguration des « Quartiers numériques ». Le Gouvernement vient de le rendre public.

 

Le conseil des ministres du 10 octobre 2012 a été l’occasion pour le gouvernement d’affirmer sa volonté d’asseoir l’attractivité internationale de la France dans le numérique. La préfiguration d'un projet de Quartiers numériques a été confiée au directeur général de la Caisse des Dépôts par une lettre de mission du Premier ministre en date du 8 février 2013. Cette mission, présidée par Catherine Mayenobe et dirigée par Philippe Dewost, a été conduite en mode projet, et a remis au gouvernement son rapport fin juin comme prévu.

 

Les 8 recommandations de ce rapport s’appuient sur une consultation publique mise au point par la mission et lancée le 8 février 2013 sur le site du ministère du redressement productif ; cette consultation a recueilli près de sept cents réponses et propositions dont une cinquantaine en provenance de l’étranger. Ces réponses ont permis de mieux cerner les besoins des entreprises du secteur et de dessiner les contours et le contenu d’un Quartier numérique.

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Telecom Council of Silicon Valley nominates SIGFOX as one of the world's 5 most innovative startups

Telecom Council of Silicon Valley nominates SIGFOX as one of the world's 5 most innovative startups | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley connects companies and individuals involved in the Communications Technology industry with one another for business development, collaboration, and education.

Every year, the council organizes the TC3, Telecom Council Carrier Connections. This 2-day executive summit highlights the relationship between the companies building communication networks, with the companies and new ideas that are fueling its growth.

This event is also the opportunity for the Telecom Council to highlight innovative telecom companies with the SPIFFY Awards. And this year, SIGFOX has been invited as a nominee in the category Edison Award for Most Innnovative Start-Up.


Via SIGFOX
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Impressive achievement for Sigfox

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Pierre-Damien Vaujour's comment, July 22, 2013 11:12 AM
Fantastic!
Fabien Bardinet's comment, July 29, 2013 2:04 AM
Really impressive !
Pierre-Damien Vaujour's comment, August 23, 2013 6:04 AM
Nice!
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Just When TVs Were Getting Smart, Chromecast Will Make Them Dumb Again

Just When TVs Were Getting Smart, Chromecast Will Make Them Dumb Again | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

By now, you've no doubt heard and/or read something about Google's clever new Chromecast HDMI device, a $35 media streamer introduced yesterday (Google's intro/demo video embedded below). Chromecast has a lot going for it, and could well become Google's first big hit product in the living room. If it does, there will be at least one significant consequence: instead of TVs continuing to become "Smart TVs," they are going to become dumb yet again. This would be a huge blow to TV manufacturers who have labored to convince consumers to spend extra to derive the benefits a Smart TV offers.


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Swisscom CEO found dead in home at age 49

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's leading telecommunications company says its chief executive has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Swisscom says the body of 49-year-old Carsten Schloter was found Tuesday morning at the CEO's home in the Swiss...
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RIP Carsten. Heard him at IDATE's DigiWorld Summit last year, he was a great speaker.
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TechOnMap: une cartographie impressionnante et très riche de l'écosystème numérique francilien

TechOnMap, propulsé par la Fonderie, propose des modes de navigation et de visualisation étonnants, et surtout une base de donnees très à jour et déjà segmentée. Votre Startup n'y figure pas encore? Ajoutez la en 2 coups de cuiller a pot !
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Votre Startup n'y figure pas encore? Ajoutez la en 2 coups de cuiller à pot !
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Pierre Paperon's curator insight, July 19, 2013 5:39 AM

Superbe. Un peu plus que deux coups de cuillère à pot mais fait ;)

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Inspiring talk by Bruce Schneier on how security enables trust in society #USI2013

Inspiring talk by Bruce Schneier on how security enables trust in society #USI2013 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Video of a great talk given by BT's Schneier at USI conference on June 25th 2013 in Paris.

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Society doesn't work without trust

Human being is the only species with trust. We trust hundreds of strangers without even thinking about it.

 

How do we enable trust?

 

How does security enable trust. How do we induce trust?

Trusting friends is about who they are as persons.

Trusting strangers is about their actions

 

Trust: confidence, consistence, compliancy. It's about cooperation.

We trust people, companies and systems

We trust systems to produce expected behaviors

 

All complex ecosystems require cooperation. In any cooperative system, there is a way to subvert the system for personal interests.

 

These are called defectors in game theory. They are parasites. They can survive if they are contained. If too many parasites the body dies and the parasites die too.

 

Society doesn't work if everybody steals. Security can be defined as a tax on the honests.

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Indeed, Security can be defined as a tax on the honests...

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Depressing Truth About Battery Technology

Depressing Truth About Battery Technology | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

While computing power has taken off, battery life has languished as evidenced in a 2005 report by Joseph A. Paradiso of MIT.

Christopher Mims republished the chart today at Quartz. Mims asked if there was an update to the chart.

 

He was told there was no update.

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Supercapacitors anybody ?

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - The need for speed: 45% of European internet users willing to upgrade or change supplier for higher speed

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - The need for speed: 45% of European internet users willing to upgrade or change supplier for higher speed | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 July 2013 Internet speed is emerging as a top issue for internet users according to the latest EU-wide survey of how Europeans use the internet.
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Market pull is ramping up... and Need for Speed is becoming a reality !
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Adobe Acquires Conversational Marketing Platform Neolane For $600M In Cash To Bolster Its Marketing Cloud | TechCrunch

Adobe Acquires Conversational Marketing Platform Neolane For $600M In Cash To Bolster Its Marketing Cloud | TechCrunch | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Adobe today announced that it has acquired Neolane, a conversational marketing company with an annual revenue of just under $60 million, in a transaction that’s worth $600 million in cash. Neolane was founded in 2001 and is currently headquartered in Paris, France, with offices around Europe, North America and Asia. The company’s customers include the likes of Accor Hotels, Alcatel-Lucent, IKEA, Samsung, Sony and Dior.
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Congrats to my MBA Fellow Stéphane DIETRICH for this impressive exit !
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Pinterest Will Need a $5 Billion-Plus Acquisition

Pinterest Will Need a $5 Billion-Plus Acquisition | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Pinterest's latest round of $200M financing was at a $2.5B valuation. Two recent $1B+ acquisitions (Waze and Tumblr) point to them as a possible next candidate. But the valuation expectations are several orders of magnitude higher.
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As @sramana writes, valuation without revenue is back with a vengeance.
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Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter - AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight

Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter - AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching...
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Amazing that winning this prize took 33 years. Not sure however that everybody would qualify this engine as being an "helicopter" though...
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Larry's comment, August 9, 2013 7:10 AM
I know nothing about planes, but a man can deliver very little power. Delta planes, using winds are more smart. Adding man power to a delta plane ?
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There are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year

There are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This OpenSignal  chart on the state of Android is based on the last 682,000 downloads of its app.

 

It says there are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

This is not a mondrianish postmodern rug pattern : Android fragmentation has just tripled in a year

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Larry's comment, August 1, 2013 3:30 AM
It is not fragmentation (incompatible OS variants), just proof that it is easy to build an Android Smartphone and sell it at least once.
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Scoop.it Raises $2.6 Million & Appoints New Executive

Scoop.it Raises $2.6 Million & Appoints New Executive | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Scoop.it, a leading social curation publishing hub, today announced it has raised $2.6 million. Visited by more than 75 million people worldwide in just 18 months since its launch in 2011, Scoop.it's success has led to the appointment of a new executive, Andrew Federici, as vice president of monetization to increase Scoop.it's growing base of paid customers.

 

Scoop.it pivoted two and a half years ago from an application mobile technology called Goojet, which received the initial funding of a seed and partial Series A round. Altogether, Goojet and Scoop.it have raised $13.6 million including the recent addition of$2.6 million from Partech International, Elaia Partners, IXO Private Equity and Orkos Capital.

 

"Since launch 18 months ago, we have seen our user traction grow on our platform and freemium services," said Scoop.it co-founder and CEO, Guillaume Decugis. "We felt it was time to accelerate the delivery of value-added premium features to our paid users, and we hired Andrew Federici because of his expertise in product monetization and his impressive media background."

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A nice funding round for a nice startup with a very useful product !

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Larry's comment, July 31, 2013 1:57 AM
2,6million$ ? What do they lack to make a profitable autonomous company ?
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Le rapport de la mission de préfiguration des quartiers numériques de la Caisse des dépôts

Le rapport de la mission de préfiguration des quartiers numériques de la Caisse des dépôts | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Jean-Pierre Jouyet, directeur général de la Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC), a remis au Premier ministre le rapport de la mission de préfiguration des quartiers numériques qui lui avait été confiée sur la proposition de Mme Fleur Pellerin, ministre déléguée en charge des Petites et moyennes entreprises, de l'Innovation et de l'Economie numérique

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La synthèse est accessible sur : http://j.mp/cdcQNSynth

Le rapport complet sur : http://j.mp/cdcQNRapport

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Amazon Beat Out IBM And Won A $600 Million Cloud Computing Contract With The CIA

Amazon Beat Out IBM And Won A $600 Million Cloud Computing Contract With The CIA | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The tech industry maxim that "no one ever got fired for buying IBM" is a testament to how Big Blue has been the gold standard in computing services for decades.

 

But IBM faces an unlikely challenger in Amazon.com Inc, the e-commerce retail giant that is becoming a force in the booming business of cloud computing, even winning backing from America's top spy agency.

 

After years of being dismissed as a supplier of online computer services to startups and small businesses, Amazon Web Services (AWS) beat out International Business Machines this year to snag a $600 million contract with the Central Intelligence Agency.

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AWS generates at least $2 billion a year in revenue now from a total pie of more than $60 billion, according to analysts who expect that to quintuple to more than $10 billion in coming years, partly driven by higher government cloud spending.

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Verizon Offering 500 Mb/s fiber service for $309/month

Verizon Communications Inc., the second-largest U.S. telephone company, is boosting its FiOS Internet speeds to 500 megabits a second, faster than Comcast Corp.’s speediest service and half that of Google Inc.’s.
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Most interesting figure to me here is not the speed but the price. I wonder what we will be capable of achieving here in Europe...

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Robot Revolution, will machines surpass humans? Fascinating NHK video

Robot Revolution, will machines surpass humans? Fascinating NHK video | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

A fascinating 40 minutes documentary which aired on NHK Saturday May 4th 2013. Titled Robot Revolution: Will machines surpass humans?  Features Honda Asimov, Hubo, Big Dog from Boston Dynamics, Baxter from Rethink Robotics, Nextage and other Humanoids.

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Looks like the book is worth a read too.

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Withings raises a massive $30 Million round and welcomes Bpifrance onboard

Withings raises a massive $30 Million round  and welcomes Bpifrance onboard | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Health gadget company Withings will announce in a few minutes a new funding round from Bpifrance, Idinvest Partners, 360 Capital Partners and existing investor Ventech. Out of the $30 million, $15 million comes fromBpifrance, the newly created public entity — BPI means Public Investment Bank in French. It is one of its first traditional VC deal.

Withings is perhaps best known for its series of smart scales and body analyzers (along with curious one-off devices like a baby monitor), but the company has recently decided to take a stab at creating yet another sort of fitness gadget: a wearable activity tracker. Calling that particular market crowded is putting it awfully mildly. Devices from the likes of Nike, Jawbone, and Fitbit have put an approachable face on the quantified self movement and have garnered plenty of attention from press and health-conscious consumers.

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Massive deal for this side of the pond. Totally impressed and supportive of what Eric Carreel has been achieving in starting 3 companies after his successful Inventel exit !

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Fascinating talk by @paulg on Startup Investing Trends

(This talk was written for an audience of investors.) Y Combinator has now funded 564 startups including the current batch, which has 53. The total valuation of the 287 that have valuations (either by raising an equity round, getting acquired, or dying) is about $11.7 billion, and the 511 prior to the current batch have collectively raised about $1.7 billion.
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With a now famous quote: "investors make more money as founders' bitches than their bosses"
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Soft landing : amazing video of SpaceX Grasshopper 325m Test shot from Hexacopter

Soft landing : amazing video of SpaceX Grasshopper 325m Test  shot from Hexacopter | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
On June 14, SpaceX's Grasshopper flew 325 m (1066 feet)--higher than Manhattan's Chrysler Building--before smoothly landing back on the pad.
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How To Protect Your Profile From Unwanted facebook Graph Searches

How To Protect Your Profile From Unwanted facebook Graph Searches | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Facebook's Graph Search feature is rolling out to everyone today.

 

The new search tool lets you to search Facebook's huge amount of data to get consolidated results.

Mark Zuckerberg stressed Graph Search's privacy awareness at the big reveal months ago.

"Every piece of content has its own audience, most content is not public, and you can only search for content that has been shared with you," Zuckerberg said at the time.

Despite this reassurance, you still should take some time to look at your Facebook privacy settings to make sure things you share don't inadvertently show up in search.

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Worth the 5 minutes spent

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La Corée du sud lance un réseau mobile deux fois plus rapide que la 4G

La Corée du sud lance un réseau mobile deux fois plus rapide que la 4G | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
SK Telecom, le premier opérateur de téléphonie mobile de Corée du Sud a lancé ce mercredi son réseau mobile de nouvelle génération. Baptisé LTE Advanced il est deux fois plus rapide que les réseau 4G LTE existant. Samsung a présenté le premier smartphone compatible. La Corée du sud semble devoir conserver son rang de leadership en matière de téléphonie mobile. C’est vrai avec le constructeur Samsung, ça l’est aussi en matière de réseau et d’infrastructure. SK Telecom, premier opérateur téléphonique sud-coréen est devenu ce mercredi le premier opérateur mobile au monde à lancer un réseau à ultra haut débit, le « LTE-Advanced.» Et LG Uplus Corp., le troisième opérateur mobile du pays, fera de même le mois prochain.
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En route vers l'Ultra Haut Débit Mobile ...
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