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French LoRa/Sigfox ag-tech startup Sencrop bags $18m to conquer the US

France-based precision agriculture startup Sencrop has raised $18 million in Series B funding, led by Israeli venture capital firm JVP. Sencrop, founded in 2016, headquartered in Lille, claims to be Europe’s leading provider of “field-connected solutions”, with 20,000 farmers in 20 countries, mainly in Europe, using its IoT products to monitor weather conditions, crop disease, pest risks, and irrigation requirements. Sencrop also...

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Galaxy Book 2 Business with free T7 SSD goes on sale in France today

Samsung’s laptop designed for professionals and enterprise customers — the Galaxy Book 2 Business — will be going on sale in France today, April 20. The company is offering the laptop in one hardware configuration and a single color option, “Anthracite.” Samsung hasn’t revealed any pricing details for the Galaxy Book 2 Business in France yet, but it did announce a bonus for early buyers. Customers ordering the Galaxy Book 2...

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Sigfox sale gets delayed to April 21 – ‘a week to convince the government,’ says UnaBiz

The Commercial Court of Toulouse in France has delayed its decision on the sale of Sigfox until April 21. The decision, originally scheduled for today (April 14), gives Singapore-based UnaBiz, the long-time front-runner to buy ailing IoT firm, another week to appeal against the French Ministry of Economy’s decision to effectively block its bid, and keeps the contest as a two-horse race, provisionally, with engineering firm OTEIS...

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France’s Derichebourg Multiservices installs 1,200 sensors into ceiling lights at new HQ

France-based facility services company Derichebourg Multiservices has integrated 1,200 IoT sensors into the LED ceiling lights at its new headquarters in Créteil (pictured), near Paris. Data from the sensors will help the firm optimise its energy management at the site, as well as to bring control and insight to general management of the facility and the visitor experience. It has engaged Siemens company Enlighted for the...

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Ex-Apple employee takes Face ID privacy complaint to Europe

Privacy watchdogs in Europe are considering a complaint against Apple made by a former employee, Ashley Gjøvik, who alleges the company fired her after she raised a number of concerns, internally and publicly, including over the safety of the workplace. Gjøvik, a former senior engineering program manager at Apple, was fired from the company last September after she raised concerns about her employer’s approach toward staff privacy,...

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Samsung’s new pop-up store in France will stay open until the next Unpacked

Samsung is inaugurating the launch of the Galaxy Book 2 Pro with the opening of a new pop-up store at the Parisian department store Beaugrenelle Paris in France. Visitors can test the latest laptop models and other Samsung devices, ranging from the Galaxy Watch 4 to the Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Tab S8, and Galaxy S22. To mark the occasion, Samsung customers ordering Galaxy products from the pop-up store or the company’s e-shop in France...