On the occasion of the biggest European event for technology and start-ups, which takes place in Paris from 15 to 18 June, look back at a very vibrant year for the tech world.
Amazon becomes the leading broadcaster of French football
June 11, 2021. An earthquake. For a check of 250 million euros per year, the Americans won most of the Ligue 1 television rights under the nose and beard of French football’s historic partner Canal+.
500 million euro fine for Google
July 13, 2021. The French competition police force fined Google 500 million euros for not respecting its restrictions on related rights (revenue sharing with press publishers for content displayed on platforms). This is the maximum penalty for non-compliance with a decision of the Competition Authority.
Xavier Neal has launched a takeover bid on Iliad
July 30, 2021. The founder of Iliad, Free’s parent company, announced that he no longer owns the 30% stake he owns and then launched a simplified takeover bid to delist the group. An operation that allows it to free itself from market pressure to execute its expansion strategy.
French start-up Sorare raises $680 million
September 21, 2021.This is the largest fundraiser in the history of French Tech. The pioneer of Metaverse, a young company created three years ago that specializes in sports card collecting and fantasy football, completed financing that valued it at $4.3 billion.
Whistleblower Frances Haugen takes to Facebook
October 05, 2021. The former employee of the social network opened up on chain CBS and then gave a scathing testimony against Facebook before the US Congress, accusing the social network of bias. “Gain to Safety”. A few months ago, he sent an internal study to the “Wall Street Journal,” the source of the “Facebook file.”
Amid turmoil, Facebook renames itself “Meta”
October 28, 2021.The name change will record a strategic turn towards the metaverse of this virtual universe in 3D which, according to the group’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, embodies the future revolution of the Internet. A real bet. Less than a year later, in June 2022, Sheryl Sandberg, the group’s No. 2, left her duties. Another revolution.
The General Court of the European Union rejected an action by Google against the record fine
November 10, 2021. It was a victory for the competition commissioner at the time, Margrethe Vestager, in the fight against abuse of a dominant position by Gaffa. Luxembourg-based judges rejected Google’s appeal against a 2.4 billion euro fine imposed by Brussels in 2017 on its subsidiary Google Shopping, accused of favoring its own product comparator over its competitors.
KKR offers 11 billion euros for Telecom Italia
November 22, 2021. American investment funds eyed the Italian operator at the time with an offer that was significantly higher than its share price. futile effort In April, Telecom Italia’s board of directors, led by major shareholder Vivendi, rejected the proposal.
Bruce Springsteen sold his music to Sony
December 16, 2021. The Japanese giant is buying the rock legend’s entire catalog of songs for a total of $500 million. We’re talking about the biggest deal in history for an individual music act.
Apple has surpassed $3 trillion in capitalization
January 03, 2022. This is a first in the history of the stock market: on Monday, January 3, during the session, Apple stock crossed the bar of 182.86 dollars, making the group the first in the world to cross the symbolic threshold of 3,000 billion. Appraisal dollars.
Microsoft acquires American video game giant Activision-Blizzard
January 18, 2022. The amount of the check, 69 billion dollars, is the largest acquisition in its history: the software giant did not stop to get such prestigious licenses as Call of Duty, Candy Crush or World of Warcraft. With ambitions to be nothing less than the Netflix of video games.
Birth of the European “Chips Law”.
February 08, 2022. Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Single Market and Digital, unveiled the CHIPS Act, an ambitious €43 billion plan to quadruple chip production in Europe by 2030.
Donald Trump launched his own social network
February 21, 2022. Banned from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the former US president launched Truth Social with Twitter-like features. The day after the attack on the US Capitol, Donald Trump was banned from social media for allegedly inciting violence.
DocLib has completed a funding round of 500 million euros
March 15, 2022: A round of funding that allows the company run by Stanislaus Niaux-Chateau to finance the development of French tech’s most valuable unicorn (€5.8 billion) with a planned hiring of 3,500 employees.
Intel has announced a 33 billion euro investment in Europe
March 15, 2022.It is in Germany that the American forerunner of the microprocessor will build a new giant factory. It announced the establishment of two research centers on the Saclay plateau in France, which could create 1,000 jobs over ten years.
Apple won the Oscar for Best Picture with “Coda.”
March 27, 2022. This is a first for the American giant and a further indication of the dominance of the tech giants in Hollywood. The Oscar is awarded for Best Picture to a feature film from a streaming platform. And it’s Apple, one of the latest to arrive on the video-on-demand scene, after Netflix and Amazon, who won the award with its remake of “The Aris Family,” which tells a family story around deafness.
Warren Buffett bought 11% of HP’s capital
April 07, 2022. Star investor Berkshire Hathaway 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 fell more than 30% on the stock market
April 20, 2022. A heavy penalty due to 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 decreased. In response, the company is considering monetizing the practice of sharing one’s accounts.
The Twitter board said yes to Elon Musk
April 25, 2022. The social network’s administrators initially tried to block the takeover offer from Tesla and SpaceX bosses, before eventually engaging in negotiations. A few days ago, the businessman expressed his desire to put 43 billion euros on the table for Twitter’s capabilities.
Apple has announced the end of iPod production
May 10, 2022. After more than twenty years, Apple’s firm announced the end of marketing of the legendary iPod. Released in 2001, this MP3 player, which has become iconic, has sold nearly 450 million copies.