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Where The World’s Ten Most Active Sovereign Wealth Funds Invest In Tech

Where The World’s Ten Most Active Sovereign Wealth Funds Invest In Tech | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Over the last seven years, France’s Banque publique d’investissement, or Bpifrance, has been the world’s most active sovereign wealth fund investing in private tech companies. Bpifrance was originally set up as a sovereign investment fund in 2009.

The government of Singapore owns the world’s second and third most active funds. These two funds are Temasek Holdings, which distributes dividends solely to Singapore’s Ministry of Finance, and GIC, the private equity investment arm of the government of Singapore Investment Corporation.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Very proud to see our largest subsidiary deploying the "Investments For The Future" (the €35 Bn plan launched in 2011) funds across the french economy, and proud to see its Mother Company being also part of the ranking in such a prestigious crowd !

Disclosure : I work for Caisse Des Dépôts representing it as the sole LP in the Bpifrance funds managed for the IFF/PIA program.

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Very proud to see our largest subsidiary deploying the "Investments For The Future" (the €35 Bn plan launched in 2011) funds across the french economy, and proud to see its Mother Company being also part of the ranking in such a prestigious crowd !

Disclosure : I work for Caisse Des Dépôts representing it as the sole LP in the Bpifrance funds managed for the IFF/PIA program.

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Hackathon "Data + Ski" à Val d'Isère : tous frais payés + 18 ans de forfait ski pour les gagnants

Hackathon "Data + Ski" à Val d'Isère : tous frais payés + 18 ans de forfait ski pour les gagnants | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

> Trois jours de ski, trois jours de code pour réinventer l’expérience ski!

Participez au hackathon le plus haut du monde, révolutionnez l’expérience client en station de montagne en développant l’application mobile du futur.

> Une semaine tous frais payés pour tous les participants et 18 ans de forfait ski illimité à Val d’isère pour chaque membre de l’équipe gagnante

> Date limite de dépôt de candidature le 30 octobre

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Ceci est le #Hackathon le plus haut du monde. Fartez vos claviers et rechargez vos skis !

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One Of The Biggest Stories To Watch In 2013

One Of The Biggest Stories To Watch In 2013 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For years, people have been predicting the death of Microsoft's Windows dominance. And in the last two years, it's finally happened. The rise of iOS and Android have made Microsoft's operating system significantly less important. 

Luckily for Microsoft, this hasn't meant the death of its business overall. Thanks to the strength of its Office franchise and its Servers and Tools business, Microsoft is still very healthy. 

But, there's no escaping that Windows is what drives the whole company. CEOSteve Ballmer calls Windows, "the heart and soul of Microsoft from WindowsPCs to Windows Servers to Windows Phones and Windows Azure." And that heart is beating a little bit more weakly today than it was in say, 2005. 

This chart from Asymco earlier this year illustrates the decline of Microsoft's Windows monopoly as Apple has risen. There are other illustrations of the same thing here and here.

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Uncharted territories

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Smartphones Just Don’t Shut Up: some apps ping the network as often as 2400 times an hour

Smartphones Just Don’t Shut Up: some apps ping the network as often as 2400 times an hour | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
It's not just that modern smartphones are gobbling up tons of data. Another part of their challenge to wireless networks is that they are constantly pinging the network.

A less talked-about issue is the fact that many smartphone apps are constantly pinging the network, like a kid asking his or her parents every few seconds, “Are we there yet?”

Only smartphone apps are even more annoying. Some ping the network as often as 2,400 times an hour. The result is network congestion and signal loss, as well as a far more rapid drain on battery life.

“Wireless signaling is a tricky topic because oftentimes it’s hidden, happening in the background without any user knowledge. But it’s growing bigger by the minute, as more users download more connected applications” said Isabelle Dumont, head of marketing at Seven Networks, which pitches a solution to help reduce the issue.

If current trends continue, the constant pinging of the network could eventually amount to 25 trillion signaling events per hour, Seven says.
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IPv6 will get a big boost from iOS 9, Facebook says

IPv6 will get a big boost from iOS 9, Facebook says | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple's iOS 9 is expected to cause a boom in the use of IPv6, which could speed up service provider networks but create a lot of work for mobile developers. 

The new Apple mobile OS, coming out on Wednesday, will treat the new Internet Protocol as an equal to IPv4 instead of favoring the older system. That will cause iOS devices to use IPv6 much more, as long as apps, websites and carrier networks support it, according Facebook engineer Paul Saab. He led a panel discussion on IPv6 at Facebook's @Scale conference on Monday.

Even when all the pieces are in place for IPv6, iOS 8 only makes an IPv6 connection about half the time or less because of the way it treats the new protocol. With iOS 9, and IPv6 connection will happen 99 percent of the time, Saab predicts. 

IPv4 is running out of unused Internet addresses, while IPv6 is expected to have more than enough for all uses long into the future. Adoption has been slow since its completion in 1998 but is starting to accelerate. The release of iOS 9 may give a big boost to that trend. 

"Immediately, starting on the 16th, I'm expecting to see a lot more v6 traffic show up," said Samir Vaidya, director of device technology at Verizon Wireless. About 50 percent of Verizon Wireless traffic uses IPv6, and Vaidya thinks it may be 70 percent by this time next year as subscribers flock to the iPhone 6s. 

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"as long as apps, websites and carrier networks support it" is the key part of the equation here. Hope french telcos are ready (there were some data glitches yesterday in Paris by the way)

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Google's Nest Is Buying Wi-Fi Camera Company Dropcam For $555 Million

Google's Nest Is Buying Wi-Fi Camera Company Dropcam For $555 Million | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The company's cameras are used primarily for home monitoring. Its two most popular cameras sell for $199 and $149.

In addition to its hardware business, Dropcam also sells cloud storage for its videos. Last year the company said 39% of its customers pay for the video storage service.

Dropcam will probably look to Nest's success in the "Internet of Things" space for guidance. It plans to move beyond video surveillance and hopes to incorporate movement sensors into its products, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

When a Data company buys another Data Pump through an IoT subsidiary. At Amazon Summit 2014 in Paris, the above chart was unveiled (courtesy Geoffrey Arduini) claiming that Dropcam is generating more video uploads than YouTube.

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Fortune 500 Turnover and Its Meaning

Fortune 500 Turnover and Its Meaning | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

the Fortune 500 is turning over at a faster and faster rate over time and here are some insights on the phenomenon 

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