On the occasion of the largest European event on technologies and start-ups, which will be held from June 15 to 18 in Paris, a review of one very lively year for the world of technology.
Amazon is becoming the leading broadcaster of French football
June 11, 2021 Earthquake. For a check of 250 million euros a year, the American wins most of the television rights to Ligue 1 under the nose and beard of Canal +, the historical partner of French football.
A fine of 500 million euros for Google
July 13, 2021 French competition police impose a fine of 500 million euros on Google for failing to comply with its prohibitions on related rights (revenue sharing with media publishers for their content displayed on platforms). This is the largest fine ever imposed by the Directorate for Protection of Competition for non-compliance with one of its decisions.
Xavier Niel launches takeover bid for Iliad
July 30, 2021 The founder of Iliad, the parent company of Free, announces the launch of a simplified takeover bid to reach a 30% stake it does not hold, and then withdraw the group from the listing. An operation that allows him to get rid of market pressure to implement his expansion strategy.
French start-up Sorare raised $ 680 million
September 21, 2021This is the largest fundraising campaign in the history of French technology. Specializing in a collection of sports cards and fantasy football, a pioneer of the metaverse, the young company, formed three years earlier, is completing $ 4.3 billion in funding.
Whistler Frances Haugen takes over Facebook
October 5, 2021 This former employee of the open face social network on the CBS chain then presented a condemnatory testimony against Facebook before the US Congress, accusing the social network of favoring “Profit to security”. A few months earlier, she had transferred internal studies to the Wall Street Journal, on Facebook Files.
Amid turmoil, Facebook is renamed “Meta”
October 28, 2021The name change should mark a strategic turn towards the metaverse, this virtual universe in 3D which, according to group founder Mark Zuckerberg, embodies the future internet revolution. A real bet. Less than a year later, in June 2022, Sheryl Sandberg, No. 2 in the group, resigned. Another revolution.
The EU General Court rejects Google’s lawsuit against a record fine
November 10, 2021 It is a victory for Margrethe Vestager, the then Commissioner for Competition, in her fight against the abuse of a dominant position by Gafa. Judges based in Luxembourg rejected Google’s appeal against the 2.4 billion-euro fine imposed by Brussels in 2017 on its subsidiary Google Shopping, accused of favoring its own product comparator over those of its competitors.
KKR is bidding 11 billion euros for Telecom Italia
November 22, 2021 The American investment fund aimed at the Italian operator with the then offer, which was significantly higher than the share price. Spent effort. In April, Telecom Italia’s board of directors, led by major shareholder Vivendi, rejected the offer.
Bruce Springsteen sells his music to Sony
December 16, 2021 The Japanese giant is buying the entire catalog of rock legend songs for a total of $ 500 million. This is the time of the greatest work in history for an individual piece of music.
Apple exceeds $ 3 trillion in capitalization
January 3, 2022 This is the first time in the history of the stock market: on Monday, January 3, during the session, Apple’s shares exceeded the limit of 182.86 dollars, which made the group the first in the world to cross, for a moment, the symbolic threshold of 3,000 billion dollars. dollar estimates.
Microsoft takes over US video game giant Activision-Blizzard
January 18, 2022 The amount of the check, $ 69 billion, is the largest acquisition in its history: the software giant did not spare to get hold of prestigious licenses such as Call of Duty, Candy Crush or World of Warcraft t. With the ambition to become nothing less than Netflix video games.
Birth of the European “Chips Law”
February 08, 2022 Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Single Market and Digital Technology, presents the Chips Act, an ambitious € 43 billion plan to quadruple chip production in Europe by 2030.
Donald Trump is starting his own social network
February 21, 2022 Banned from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the former US president is launching Truth Social, with features similar to those on Twitter. Donald Trump was kicked out of social media the day after the attack on the Capitol in the United States, after he was accused of uttering messages that incited violence.
Doctolib is completing a € 500 million fundraiser
March 15, 2022: A cycle of financing that enables the company led by Stanislas Niox-Chateau to become the most respected unicorn of French technology (5.8 billion euros) and above all to finance its development, with a planned employment of 3,500 employees.
Intel announces an investment of 33 billion euros in Europe
March 15, 2022It is in Germany that the American pioneer of microprocessors will build a new giant factory. He also announces the establishment of two research centers in France, on the Saclay plateau, which should lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs in ten years.
With “Code”, Apple won the Oscar for Best Picture
March 27, 2022 This is the first time for the American giant and a further indicator of the superiority of technology giants in Hollywood. The Oscar for Best Picture goes to a feature film from a streaming platform. And Apple, one of the newest to arrive on the video-on-demand scene, after Netflix and Amazon, wins the award with this remake of “The Aries Family,” which tells a family story of deafness.
Warren Buffett buys 11% of HP’s capital
April 7, 2022 A conglomerate of star investor Berkshire Hathaway is printing a check for more than $ 4.2 billion to buy a stake in the computer maker, though markets fear a global slowdown in the sector.
Shares of Netflix fell more than 30% on the stock market
April 20, 2022 Severe 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 number has decreased. In response, the company is considering monetizing account sharing practices.
The Twitter board says to Elon Musk
April 25, 2022 The administrators of the social network first tried to block the takeover offer from the boss of Tesla and SpaceX, only to finally join the talks. A few days earlier, the businessman announced his intention to put 43 billion euros on the table to afford Twitter.
Apple announces end of iPod production
May 10, 2022 After more than twenty years, the company at Apple announces the end of the marketing of the mythical iPod. Released in 2001, this cult MP3 player has sold nearly 450 million copies.