On the occasion of Europe’s biggest event in technologies and start-ups, which will take place from June 15 to 18 in Paris, a flashback to a very exciting year for the world of technology.
Amazon has become the leading broadcaster of French football
June 11, 2021. An earthquake. For a check of 250 million euros per year, the American won most of the Ligue 1 television rights under the nose and beard of Canal +, the historic partner of French football.
Fined 500 million euros for Google
July 13, 2021. France’s competition police force imposes on Google a fine of 500 million euros for not respecting its mandates on related rights (revenue sharing with press publishers for their content displayed on the platforms) . This is the maximum fine imposed by the Competition Authority for non -compliance with one of its decisions.
Xavier Niel launched a bid to take over the Iliad
July 30, 2021. The founder of Iliad, Free’s parent company, has announced the launch of a simplified takeover bid to capture the 30% stake he does not hold and then withdraw the group from the listing. An operation that allows it to free itself from market pressure to carry out its expansion strategy.
French start-up Sorare raised $ 680 million
September 21, 2021.This is the largest fundraiser in the history of French Tech. Specializing in the collection of sports cards and in fantasy football, a pioneer of the metaverse, the young company, created three years ago, has completed financing valued at 4.3 billion dollars.
Whistleblower Frances Haugen takes to Facebook
October 05, 2021. The former employee of this social network delivered with an open face to the CBS chain then before the American Congress a damaging testimony against Facebook by accusing the social network of favoring “safety income”. A few months earlier, he had sent the internal studies to the “Wall Street Journal”, the source of “Facebook Files”.
Amid the chaos, Facebook named its own “Meta”
Oct. 28, 2021.The name change should herald a strategic shift towards the metaverse, this 3D virtual universe that, according to the group’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, contains the future Internet revolution. A real bet. Less than a year later, in June 2022, Sheryl Sandberg, the group’s number 2, left her duties. Another revolution.
The EU General Court is rejecting an action by Google against a record fine
November 10, 2021. It was a victory for Margrethe Vestager, then Competition Commissioner, in her fight against the abuse of a dominant Gafa position. Luxembourg -based judges have rejected Google’s appeal against the 2.4 billion euro fine imposed by Brussels in 2017 on its subsidiary Google Shopping, which has been accused of favoring its own product comparator over its competitors.
KKR is making an 11 billion euro offer for Telecom Italia
November 22, 2021. The American investment fund set its sights on the Italian operator with an offer at the time that was higher than its share price. It’s a waste of effort. In April, Telecom Italia’s board of directors, headed by a major shareholder, Vivendi, rejected the offer.
Bruce Springsteen sold his music to Sony
Dec. 16, 2021. The Japanese giant is buying the entire catalog of rock legend songs for a total of $ 500 million. We’re talking about the era of the biggest deal in history for an individual musical work.
Apple has crossed $ 3 trillion in capitalization
January 03, 2022. This is the first in stock market history: on Monday January 3, during the session, Apple stock crossed the 182.86 dollar bar, which caused the group to be the first to pass, in a moment, the symbolic threshold of 3,000. billion. dollars of appreciation.
Microsoft acquired American video game giant Activision-Blizzard
January 18, 2022. The value of the check, 69 billion dollars, is the biggest gain in its history: the software giant didn’t skimp on getting its licenses as prestigious as Call of Duty, Candy Crush or World of Warcraft t. With the ambition to be nothing less than Netflix’s video games.
Birth of the European “Chips Act”
Feb. 08, 2022. Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Single Market and Digital, announced the Chips Act, an ambitious € 43 billion plan to quadruple chip production in Europe by 2030.
Donald Trump launched his own social network
Feb. 21, 2022. Banned from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the former US president launched Truth Social, which has features similar to those on Twitter. Donald Trump was expelled from social networks a day after the attack on the Capitol, in the United States, after being accused of uttering messages inciting violence.
Doctolib has completed a fundraiser of 500 million euros
March 15, 2022: A round of funding that allows the company led by Stanislas Niox-Chateau to become the most important unicorn of French Tech (5.8 billion euros) and above all to fund its development, with a planned recruitment of 3,500 employees.
Intel has announced a 33 billion euro investment in Europe
March 15, 2022.It is in Germany that the American pioneer of microprocessors will build a new giant factory. It also announced the installation of two research centers in France, on the Saclay plateau, which should lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs within ten years.
In “Coda”, Apple won an Oscar for best film
March 27, 2022. This is a first for the American giant and a further indication of the supremacy of tech giants in Hollywood. The Oscar for best film was awarded to feature film from a streaming platform. And it was Apple, one of the latest to arrive on the video-on-demand scene, after Netflix and Amazon, that won the prize in this remake of “The Aries Family”, which tells the family’s story about deafness.
Warren Buffett bought 11% of HP’s capital
April 07, 2022. Star investor Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is writing a check for more than $ 4.2 billion to buy a stake in the computer maker even as markets fear a global slowdown in the sector.
Netflix stock has fallen more than 30% in the stock market
April 20, 2022. A heavy penalty, caused by the loss of 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of the year. This is the first time in ten years that their numbers have dropped. In response, the company considers monetizing one’s account-sharing practice.
Yes the Twitter board to Elon Musk
April 25, 2022. Social network administrators, at first, tried to block the takeover offer from the boss of Tesla and SpaceX, before finally talking. A few days earlier, the businessman announced his intention to put 43 billion euros on the table to afford Twitter.
Apple has announced the end of iPod production
May 10, 2022. After more than twenty years, the apple company announced the end of marketing the mythical iPod. Released in 2001, this MP3 player, which became iconic, has sold nearly 450 million copies.