Linkedin sells SlideShare Scribd – Le Monde Informatique

The content sharing site SlideShare, previously owned by Linkedin, is moving to Scribd’s list. He will bring him 40 million professional presentations. Scribd collects 100 million documents shared by its user community and offers a premium service of 1 million e-books, podcasts and magazines.

“Scribd will begin managing SlideShare on September 24, 2020.” With these words in French, the SlideShare.net user will be welcomed this morning to the website for sharing presentations and other professional content, bought by Linkedin in 2012 and bought by Microsoft itself in June 2016. A new owner is taking over the repository of files as SlideShare has just been sold to Scribd, another well-known document-sharing website that is particularly used by Internet users to publicly distribute texts such as court judgments. Most importantly, Scribd has built a premium subscription service that offers over a million e-books, audio books, podcasts, sheet music and magazines in addition to the 100 million documents uploaded by its community. Among the latter, in addition to the above judgments, there are educational resources, academic articles, professional models, etc.

With the recent acquisition, the San Francisco-based company is restoring more than 40 million professional presentations. “Our acquisition of SlideShare is an important step in building the world’s largest digital library,” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd, in a post. The teams are currently spread across 20 countries.

Technical support from Linkedin during the transition

According to Linkedin’s own statement, which seeks to build a professional community to support career development, “Scribd is in the best position to maintain and increase the value of SlideShare for its 40 million content creators.” According to the Microsoft subsidiary, the experience of SlideShare users will not change. You can still access the sharing page with your current login details. After the migration is complete, Scribd will manage the SlideShare accounts and their existing content. For users who do not want their documents to be sent to Scribd, it is possible to export them and delete their SlideShare account before September 24th. Linkedin technical support will be available during this transition, particularly to answer more specific questions such as: B. What to do when adding SlideShare content to a blog or website.

A new department for payment strategy on Facebook

The Californian glove creates Facebook Financial, a new division that has a coherent strategy for payments across its platforms. Under the leadership of the French Stphane Kasriel, the transversal provision of the latest Facebook Pay is being developed further, not forgetting the electronic wallet project for the Novi cryptocurrency.

Facebook creates a special department for its payment services. Logically called Facebook Financial, it will bring together the “many” projects (sic) of this type within the group. The new company should undoubtedly mainly serve to develop a coherent strategy within Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram for the flagship product in this area: Facebook Pay. A strategy in which Novi, the “wallet” for cryptocurrencies developed by Facebook, should be inserted.

Since last year, the Mark Zuckerberg company has been stepping up the payment movement. Starting with the introduction of Facebook Pay, a classic electronic wallet (payment, purchases, currency exchange, etc.) that the social network badly lacked given the imposing Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay versions.

A boost to Facebook Pay

Facebook Pay is reserved for the Facebook universe and can be used in all of its apps. In the tweet announcing Facebook Financial, David Marcus, VP of Novi, also mentions Whatsapp Payments, the version of Facebook Pay built into the rich messaging system of 2 billion followers. The feature has only been available in Brazil since June. And Facebook has solved pretty much all legal compliance issues in India with the same launch in the massive local market. Instagram, the most natural Facebook platform for e-commerce in the Facebook galaxy. Since July 2020, an online shop has been accessible via the search function, which is equipped with the internal payment device.

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Two former PayPal employees at the top

It is a duo of experts who will lead the new division of Facebook. It is in fact the Frenchman Stéphane Kasriel, former head of the freelance recruiting platform Upwork, who spent a few months at PayPal, who is taking over the head. He reports to David Marcus, VP of Novi, who also chaired PayPal from 2012 to 2014. As a co-founder of the association that manages the crypto currency Libra, he also took care of Facebook messages from 2014 to 2018. Among other things, he dealt with e-commerce and payment transactions.

It’s time for Gafa to take part in a race that Apple has taken such a lead that its app recorded 5% of card payments in 2019, according to the Berstein company. A market share that is likely to double from 2025. In the last quarter of 2019, the Apple Pay division generated revenue of $ 1.7 billion (10.8 billion euros).

TikTok: Oracle, the unlikely pretext

The Californian publisher Oracle has started talks with ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, to buy the American activities of the social network, according to the Financial Times. Larry Ellison’s company competes with Microsoft, the first to show interest in TikTok US before Twitter and Netflix.

After Microsoft, it is an unexpected candidate, Oracle, who has joined the ranks to take over the American operations of the Chinese social network TikTok. The short-format mobile video platform has 800 million users worldwide, 38% between 10 and 19 years and 29% between 20 and 29 years (BusinessofApps figures). Oracle declined to comment on this information in the Financial Times. According to the business newspaper, the software maker founded by Larry Ellison has started preliminary talks with ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, to buy the mobile app’s activities in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Zealand. The Californian company is reportedly investigating the problem with a group of investors who already own shares in ByteDance, including General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, according to people familiar with the matter. At the same time, Facebook and Snap are said to be interested in acquiring Dubsmash, an app that matches Tiktok.

Oracle conducts frequent buybacks to complement its broad portfolio of enterprise management solutions. Interest in TikTok seems more surprising as the general public social network is out of its usual scope, even if the short video sharing platform announced a desire to attract business marketing teams more directly in June last year. However, campaign planning on social media is an area that Oracle has invested heavily in in recent years with its cloud digital marketing offering. In addition, its chairman Larry Ellison is one of the few great figures of Silicon Valley who have endorsed Donald Trump.

TikTok US must be sold in less than 90 days

A few days ago, the President of the United States issued a presidential decree instructing ByteDance to sell its American portion within 90 days (and no more than 45 days). Before turning to the put option after an interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier this month, the American president threatened to ban the social network from the US (already banned in India after incidents with China), which it considered a security threat accused. A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal announced that TikTok had been collecting Android users’ Mac addresses, identifiers used to target advertisements but the use of which is also an invasion of privacy. The social network is being studied on this subject both in France by the CNIL and in the European Union.

In addition to Oracle’s interest in TikTok, the Financial Times also reports that Microsoft has been seriously considering making an offer for all of TikTok’s global operations, in addition to the countries previously included in its takeover proposal. that is, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The company, headed by Satya Nadella, is said to be particularly interested in the European and Indian markets for social networks. In addition to Microsoft and Oracle, Twitter and Netflix have also expressed an interest in buying TikTok’s American operations, with the first less likely than the second to have the financial resources of their ambitions. Whatever the buyer, they will face major challenges, if only to make the social network independent of ByteDance’s back-end technology, the FT points out.

The planned goodbye to Internet Explorer 11 begins on November 30, 2020

Version 11 of the Internet Explorer browser released almost 7 years ago will be your reference. In other words, users are going to be without Microsoft support services. This begins in November for Teams, eight months before the full end of support for all Office 365 applications, which is planned for mid-August 2021.

Microsoft plans to end support for its Internet Explorer 11 web browser. This removal begins on November 30, 2020 with the Team Collaboration web application, which is the first to no longer support IE 11. In one year, August 17th, 2021, it will be the group of Microsoft 365 services and applications that no longer support IE 11. “According to this data, customers have a degraded experience or can no longer connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services in IE 11,” said the Redmond publisher in a blog post published on August 17th.

“Because of this degraded experience, the new Microsoft 365 features may not be available or some features may no longer work when accessing the service through IE 11.” Microsoft acknowledges that this change will likely be difficult for some customers, but it ensures that users can get more out of Microsoft 365 with the new Microsoft Edge. “We are determined to make this transition as smooth as possible,” he promises.

Edge under Chromium integrated in Windows 10 20H2

In his post, the editor recalls that Internet Explorer 11 dates back to 2013, when the online environment was “much less demanding” than it is today. For two years he has been developing his Edge browser on the open source Chromium engine, which is better suited to meet the requirements for security, protection of personal data and management of the browser itself. This version of the browser was introduced in January. Millions of people have already died and Microsoft is starting to enforce it. The next terminals and updates of Windows 10 from 20H2 will integrate Edge.

These upgrades also result in Microsoft plans to end support for older HTML-based versions of Edge, versions commonly referred to as “Edge Legacy” or “Legacy”. “We will end support for the Edge Legacy desktop application on March 9, 2021,” he announced in his post. After that date, these versions will no longer receive security updates. For companies that have not yet switched to Edge on Chromium, Microsoft has prepared a detailed document to help them deploy.

The government wants to accelerate digital coverage of the Gard

Foreign Minister Cdric O, in charge of the digital transition and electronic communications, traveled to Ales (Gard) this Thursday, August 20th. The opportunity to discover the different training activities of IMT Mines d’Ales in IA and Industrial Mechanics and to take stock of the progress of the fiber optic connection at the local level.

Out and about this Thursday, Foreign Minister Cedric O, in charge of the digital transition and electronic communications, will begin his new mandate by going to Alès (30) this Thursday, August 20. This trip to this municipality of Gard, known as the “Capital of the Cevennes”, aims first of all to highlight initiatives in favor of training in digital professions, a very dynamic sector in terms of job creation (with more than 25,000 jobs that created by IT last year). On that day, the Foreign Minister also planned to take stock of the use of high-speed infrastructure in the Gars department as part of the high-speed plan for France.

From 2 p.m., Cedric O plans to visit the Croupillac site of the Ecole des Mines d’Alès (IMT) in the presence of students and staff. The program includes a presentation of the training activities PRISM (Industrial Performance and Mechatronic Systems, a mechatronic platform), IA (Computing and Artificial Intelligence) and LGI2P (research laboratory in the field of artificial intelligence and systems technology). offered by the university. He will then be awaited at the Digit’Alès digital campus, an IT training center that is also a start-up incubator, before heading to the JSC France warehouse to meet with fiber optic customers.

Access to technology for everyone

The end of the day will focus on fiber again and present a connection point in La Grand-Combe. “We already knew, but the restriction reminded us with a certain force: we have to accelerate in order to bring the digital life of the entire French people closer everywhere,” said the foreign minister responsible for the digital transition and digital communication electronically in a press release . “Hand in hand with the actors on the ground and especially the local authorities, the government wants to guarantee everyone, wherever they live, simplified access to the new possibilities of digital technology,” he concluded.

Fitness Park Selects Fuze for IP Telephony

To manage communications applications consistently, the Fitness Park Group implemented the Fuze IP telephony solution when they moved to their new headquarters in La Dfense.

Until 2019, the headquarters of the Fitness Park Group was spread over two separate locations that were equipped with landline telephony. On the occasion of the regrouping of these two locations in a new headquarters in Paris La Défense, the group decided to modernize their telecommunications infrastructure by switching to telephony over IP.

After a tender, the company decided on the solution from Fuze, which met all criteria in terms of price, functionality and ergonomics. The implementation took place in October 2019. The approximately one hundred employees in the headquarters were equipped. Everyone has their own phone line that can be reached from their workstation or mobile phone. Most landline phones have also been replaced by headsets. The solution integrates conventional telephony, chat and video conferences and thus facilitates internal communication within the company, but also the exchange with customers. “We had daily support, which enabled all employees to adopt the solution quickly,” emphasizes Mohamed Rahmoune, CIO of the Fitness Park Group. After this first final step, the company began a second wave of commitment to its employees in clubs.

A measurable return on investment

With the Covid-19 pandemic, Fitness Park employees who could have worked remotely. The Fuze solution made it easier to organize activities during this difficult time, notably by hosting a webinar that was attended by around a hundred people (club directors, brand licensees, managers, etc.) to discuss the strategy. the group for the management of the deconfination. The group was also able to accelerate certain projects, such as the customer service implemented with the Fuze solution.

Fitness Park estimates the solution has resulted in savings of almost 30%, particularly on operating costs and overruns. The company also benefits from a unified telephony system that makes internal organization easier, thanks in particular to the functions for sharing diaries or address books. Finally, simplified call routing, the creation of grouped lines, or even click-to-call have all improved team efficiency. “The next step will be to integrate Fuze with our CRM solution so that a member who calls a club can get a quick and personalized response,” says Mohamed Rahmoune.

About fitness park

With more than 250 sports clubs in France and abroad, the Fitness Park Group now has almost 700,000 active members and employs 1,300 people. This player has been present for 30 years and has a turnover of around 200 million euros.

Interim Dossier spreads its offers on Facebook

The Brest website Dossierinterimaire, specializing in intimate professions, announces the creation of fifteen Facebook groups that will share job offers and recruitment advice at regional level. The proposed missions cover the entire national territory.

Simplify access to temporary work by sending fewer documents and no longer traveling to the agency. This idea resulted in Dossierinterimaire, an online service that defines itself as a one-stop shop for temporary workers. Thomas Hartier, the founder of the Brest site, wanted to save the candidates time with a solution that avoids the duplication of documents (curriculum vitae, ID documents, proof of address). To do this, the registration form must be completed once. In addition, all administrative documents requested by recruiters are grouped together in the applicant’s personal area. The platform’s multicast approach also makes it possible to select all temporary employment agencies to which the file will be distributed with just a few clicks.

Given that social networks are an effective stepping stone for gaining a position, the portal has expanded its capabilities by providing candidates with around fifteen regional Facebook groups for agencies to submit their job offers. Local ads grouped on the social network are now available in the following areas: Bretagne, Pays de la Loire, Normandy, Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Grand-Est, Center-Val-de-Loire , PACA, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, not to mention overseas with Reunion.

There were more than 6,000 agencies

In a difficult economic context, Dossierinterimaire offers targeted advice to make every step of the hiring process a success. For example, experts explain how to write a good résumé, use social networks to find a job, make a good impression, identify your strengths, prepare a phone interview and attend an event. The files also focus on certain aspects of temporary work, such as: B. the temporary CDI, while the job files represent the most sought-after occupations, including those in IT.

The service, founded in September 2009, is a partner of the Pôle Emploi labor business and the FASTT (Temporary Work Social Action Fund). To date, more than 6,000 temporary employment agencies in France are listed on the website. More than 100 candidates have been registered every day since containment began. The location wants to continue its dynamism by expanding into European markets.

Tiktok: Oracle and the Microsoft Walmart duo on the shortlist

New twists in the release of Tiktok US. On the one hand, Oracle made a $ 20 billion offer without understanding its real interest in the operation. On the other hand, giant retailer Walmart has teamed up with Microsoft, which was the first to show its interest in the Chinese network.

They wonder if Netflix’s scriptwriting and AI teams might not be behind the Tiktok affair. An intrigue born in the Oval Office, daily and improbable twists and turns and an almost unbearable tension. Latest episodes to date, the entry of American mass distribution giant Walmart alongside Microsoft and a proposal for a total of $ 20 billion from Oracle, half of which in shares.

Now, according to sources familiar with the matter raised by the New York Times, these would be the two most advanced offers to purchase the activities of the Chinese video-sharing network in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. . The interest of so many giants in this race in Tiktok shows at least one thing: the value of the small Chinese video network and the data of its young users. Some observers predict a result within the next 48 hours, while others say the door will remain open to other candidates (the deadline set by Donald Trump to close the sale is November 12).

Oracle, the unlikely $ 20 billion candidate

Oracle, the least likely contender for this acquisition, would be the best in the race, according to the American press. The publisher would benefit from the proximity of its founding chief Larry Ellison and its CEO Safra Katz, particularly the White House and Donald Trump.

But we can especially ask ourselves: What is Oracle doing in this mess? In addition to his closeness to the highest levels of government in the United States, he would have the idea of ​​offering his ERP to teenage tiktok followers, as the very ironic boxing CEO Aaron Levie suggests on Twitter: “smart, this strategy is to get teenagers in at a young age for LES. “It is difficult to see what convergence of Strategy, the historical publisher of databases, analytics and ERP, could have with the Chinese social network. Perhaps it is simply trying to prevent one of its archenemies, Microsoft, from taking advantage of such an opportunity. Still, Oracle would offer $ 20 billion – the end of the estimated range for Tiktok – to complete the acquisition, a large amount just to get Microsoft out of the way.

Oracle’s amazing candidacy adds to the irony. Here Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.

Walmart and Microsoft, interested in e-commerce and marketing

According to CNBC, Walmart had already positioned itself as a candidate for this takeover for a few days, but initially within a consortium set up by Softbank’s COO, which also included Alphabet. But the parent company of Google, which saw interesting potential for their cloud in this acquisition, eventually gave up for fear of not successfully integrating Tiktok. He would also fear competition laws since he already owns Youtube. The consortium was therefore dissolved and Walmart eventually formed an alliance with Microsoft, the details of which are not yet known.

The Redmond giant was the first to take the opportunity to seize Tiktok, which was opened by the President of the United States. After Donald Hua attacked Huawei, in early August he announced the ban on the use of the social network, which he accused of disclosing its users’ data to the Chinese government. After that, the CEO of Tiktok announced that he would rather sell his activities to an American actor than watch them disappear. Microsoft even considered taking over the entire Bytedance subsidiary, an option that China quickly ruled out. The publisher is interested in Tiktok data, but would also finally inherit a worthy entry into the world of mainstream social networks.

Data, still images, still images

Why such enthusiasm from actors who are so different for this youth social network? This type of business does not depend on acquisitions in traditional economies. The most important, if not the only, use is still data. In that case, the future Tiktok buyer would restore tens of millions of contact details of young internet users, consumers and their online behavior. The Chinese network now has more than 90 million users in the US compared to just 11 million in January 2018! And 50 million Americans are active users every day. All over the world the trend is the same. Tiktok had nearly 700 million monthly active users in June, up from 55 million in January 2018 and 507 million in December 2019. This is where the value of these frivolous companies lies.

“E-commerce and advertising” are the two keywords that Walmart used to justify getting into the game with the help of Satya Nadella’s company. For the American, it would be a question of extending a long-standing digital evolution that has enabled him to survive in a damaged trading world. For Michael Priem, founder and CEO of adtech Modern Impact, Walmart has also long tried to build a media group like its best enemy, Gafa Amazon. “You are closely watching what Amazon has achieved with its marketplace and its Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). In 2019 it was almost the 3rd digital media platform. With a good advertising model, Tiktok acquisition would be a quick way for Walmart to develop its own marketplace. “”

But where did Facebook go?

This fight, perhaps nearing its conclusion, is also marked by a deafening absence from Facebook. And for good reason … According to haunting rumors in the American press, including the Wall Street Journal, Mark Zuckerberg, head of the 2.5 billion-user social network, had Donald Trump blown up the idea of ​​banning Tiktok in fall 2019 Blown up The unbridled growth in the number of followers of the Chinese network, especially outside of China, would have panicked the Californian. This would also explain that Facebook, which tried to buy the Chinese in 2016, is not in the game at all this summer. To be continued in the next episode.

Vivaldi equips its internet browser with a pause mode

Take a break from surfing the internet? This enables the latest feature of the Vivaldi browser.

Version 3.3 of Vivaldi’s browser has a “pause mode” which, as the name suggests, pauses the browser without, however, losing its assignment. According to the publisher, the pause mode of its desktop browser can be activated with a single click via a small “pause button” in the lower left corner of the browser window. The user only needs to click this button to pause their current session. Vivaldi explains: “The pause mode can easily be activated via the pause button in the left corner of the status bar. Pausing it stops the HTML5 audio and video, and hides all tabs, panels and other content, leaving only a blank screen. “

Of course, during normal times it is always possible to take a break by leaving your workstation, minimizing the browser page, or closing the application completely (or turning off the PC). However, according to a Vivaldi representative, page minimization does not interrupt video playback or interrupt audio streaming. “If you downsize the Vivaldi page, it will take longer to accurately restore the browser page,” the editor said via email. “On the other hand, the ‘pause’ mode (called break mode in Vivaldi) is very fast.” If you press the pause button again to exit the browser from pause mode, the page will return to the way it was. In particular, the video playback continues from where it left off.

Vivaldi Browser version 3.3 also offers an easier way to collapse URLs and navigate the domain by clicking the URL bar. (Image credit: Vivaldi)

A change in the URLs

For navigation and security reasons, Vivaldi 3.3 also changes the URL bar. Users can click parts of the URL to move around faster. This allows a user to search a page like https://www.lemondeinformatique.fr/actualites/lire-la-chine-bannit-scratch -the-language-of-learning-for-programming-80299.html for click on the “itronedeinformatique.fr” domain and return to the main page. Vivaldi’s browser also highlights parts of the URL that it considers suspicious, e.g. B. “google.com.fakesite”.

Version 3.3 of the Vivaldi browser also allows you to block an entire page if it turns out to meet the conditions set by the user in the tracker and ad blocker. Finally, “the Speed ​​Dial page that appears when you open a new tab can be managed by dragging and dropping items between the browser and the desktop,” the editor said.

Ireland orders Facebook not to send any data to the US

The Irish Personal Data Commission has initiated proceedings with Facebook to invalidate the transfer of personal data from users in Europe to the US. The social networking giant takes refuge behind the standard contractual clauses in order to continue its activities normally.

With the death penalty for the Privacy Shield Agreement this summer, the Court of Justice of the European Union won the favor of data protection advocates in Europe. At the same time it has destabilized the large American service provider GAFAM at the top. A few weeks after this announcement, we learn that the Irish Personal Data Commission (IDPC) has taken action (preliminary injunction) against Facebook to suspend the transfer of users’ personal data between Europe and the United States. At the moment, only the Irish body responsible for the application of the GDPR has pulled against Facebook, but others like the CNIL could very well follow suit.

“The Irish Data Protection Commission has launched an investigation into Facebook-controlled data transfers between the EU and the US and has proposed that standard contractual clauses cannot in practice be used for data transfers between the EU and the US. While there is an additional process to this approach, it could have a significant impact on businesses that depend on these clauses and the online services that many people and businesses rely on, ”said Facebook. in one ticket. “We recognize that creating a sustainable framework that supports the smooth flow of data to other countries and legal systems while ensuring that the fundamental rights of EU users are respected, no task is easy and will take time. As policy makers work towards a sustainable, long-term solution, we urge regulators to take an appropriate and pragmatic approach in order to minimize disruption for thousands of companies that, like Facebook, rely on these mechanisms in good faith. Transferring data in a secure manner. “”

Standard contractual clauses need to be inserted into contracts as soon as possible

After the takeover of Safe Harbor, the Privacy Shield should regulate the exchange of European user data between the old continent and the USA, in which it is processed. Without this agreement, this data transfer between Europe and the United States is simply impossible in theory. Before another agreement is renegotiated, the legal uncertainty sets in and puts the old standard contractual clauses back on the scene.

“The resistance of this mechanism is actually astonishing according to the criteria of the ECJ”, Etienne Papin had indicated in our columns in response to the end of the data protection shield. And Christiane Féral-Schuhl, President of the National Council of Lawyers, added: “The lifting of the Privacy Shield means that data transfers to the United States no longer meet the conditions required by the GDPR on the basis of this one intergovernmental agreement there is no problem if the contract between the European company and an American supplier or subcontractor contains standard contractual clauses. The response is to immediately include standard clauses in contracts. “