Author: Romain Dillet

Ledger grabs $7 million for its cryptocurrency hardware wallets

Things are going incredibly well for Ledger these days. People find bitcoins, ethers and other cryptocurrencies exciting again. And the French startup just raised a $7 million Series A round to make hardware security devices ubiquitous. MAIF Avenir, XAnge, Wicklow Capital, GDTRE, Libertus Capital, Digital Currency Group, The Whittemore Collection, Kima Ventures, BHB Network and Nicolas Pinto participated in today’s funding round. If you’ve been following cryptocurrencies for a while, you know that you shouldn’t trust bitcoin and ethereum startups that centralize everything. There have been many hacks, there will be more hacks. And you don’t want to trust...

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BuzzFeed could be going public in 2018

Media company BuzzFeed is trying to do the impossible by creating a new public media company today. According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and Axios, the company is working on an initial public offering for 2018. BuzzFeed has already raised hundreds of millions from VC firms and NBCUniversal. And if you’ve raised a ton of money in order to grow rapidly, you don’t have many options. Either you go public, or you get acquired at some point. And it looks like the company would rather go public. BuzzFeed gained initial traction by publishing viral stories. Initially, the...

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Readdle hires Apple Mail engineering manager to work on Spark

Third-party app developer Readdle has developed some of the most successful productivity apps on iOS and macOS. And email client Spark in particular is going to be Readdle’s next big bet. Readdle just hired Terry Blanchard, an engineering manager for Apple Mail for six years. He’s going to build a new team in Silicon Valley. Readdle has built an entire company on the App Store by selling productivity apps, such as Scanner Pro, PDF Expert and Calendars 5. It’s a great bootstrapping story with a team of more than a hundred people working for Readdle today. But email apps...

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Facebook launches Stories in the main Facebook app

Snapchat all the things! Facebook’s plan to copy everything that made Snapchat successful is finally reaching its final form with the launch of stories in the main Facebook app. You can now share stories with your Facebook friends and see what you’ve friends have been up to for the past 24 hours. At the top of the Facebook app, you’ll see rounded profile pictures representing stories by your friends. If you tap on one, it’ll open your friend’s story with photos, videos, drawings and camera effects. Essentially, Facebook is creating a second newsfeed for the mobile generation. It is swapping text and photo updates with visual communication because it feels more personal. Once you get access to stories, you’ll find a camera icon in the top left corner of the Facebook app. You can then take photos and pictures, add effects and drawings and share the result. After 24 hours, posts in your story disappear forever. Facebook is also adding new camera effects today. Facebook is introducing Direct as well, a new inbox for direct messages. It is reminiscent of Snapchat’s direct messages. This way, you can share photos and videos with one or multiple friends in particular, or reply to your friends’ stories. So Facebook has now added stories to all its main apps — Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp. While Instagram’s stories have been a huge success,...

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Apple opens lottery registration for WWDC 2017

Developers, let’s see if you’re in luck this year and get a ticket for Apple’s developer conference, WWDC 2017. While tickets cost $1,599, there are just too many people who want to go to the conference. For the past few years, Apple has run a lottery to select ticket holders. The lottery is opening now for WWDC 2017. You have until March 31 at 10 AM PDT to apply. Apple will ask for a credit card number and your card will be charged if you get picked. So you have to be super sure that you want to go....

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Apple releases iOS 10.3 as well as macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates

It’s patch day at Apple. The company just released four new versions of its four operating systems for all its devices — iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2. Some of those updates are more important than others. Let’s start with iOS 10.3. The new version adds Find my AirPods and we already covered what you can expect from the new feature. You can see them on a map if they’re connected to an iOS device or you can play an alarm if you have an AirPod hidden below a stack of magazines. And if they’re not...

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Startup megacampus Station F is going to open at the end of June

I’ve been covering Station F for quite a few months already, but the startup campus based in Paris has yet to open. The team had to delay the launch after a pipe burst that inundated the basement. The opening date has now moved from April to the end of June, with startups moving in during the first week of July. The building is already looking quite nice as I was there last week. While I’m sure there’s a ton of work remaining to replace the electrical infrastructure and set up the server rooms in the basement, those extra few...

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Wells Fargo lets you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw money

Wells Fargo just announced that you’ll be able to use your phone or smartwatch to withdraw money from 13,000 ATMs in the U.S. As spotted by MacRumors, the bank says that it will support Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. 5,000 ATMs should already support those NFC payment systems, others will follow suit. TechCrunch first reported that Bank of America and Wells Fargo were both looking at Apple Pay for their ATM networks. Bank of America already started rolling out cardless ATMs last summer with support for Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and Microsoft Wallet. Wells Fargo...

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