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What Prince could have learned from Bowie about the value of music streaming — Musically speaking, there wasn't a huge amount of overlap between David Bowie and Prince, the major pop icons who died this year. Still, there were some important similarities. Many people will point to an obvious one: The occasional adoption of androgynous personas. But I'm thinking of something more fundamental.

Orange acquires Groupama to launch mobile bank in bid to become major fintech player — Orange announced today it has acquired a majority of Groupama and will use the service to launch a new mobile banking service. The former Groupama, a financial services and insurance company, will be re-named "Orange Bank" in 2017 and will be a pure mobile banking play.

How Marc Rougier's long entrepreneurial road to Silicon Valley led back to Paris — Toulouse native Marc Rougier sent a lightning bolt through the French Tech ecosystem last November when he announced he was leaving Silicon Valley to become a venture capitalist in Paris. Over the course of a couple of decades, Rougier had carved out an impressive record as one of France's most successful serial entrepreneurs.

Apple services now reach 124M adults in U.S. as user base expands despite slowing hardware sales — With Apple set to report second quarter earnings on Tuesday, observers will be watching for two big trends: How far will hardware sales fall? How much will growth in services close that gap? There seems to be fundamental consensus that iPhone sales will decline this year, and iPad sales will continue to tumble as well.

Lendix acquires rival lending platform Finsquare to grab bigger share of crowdfunding market — Paris-based Lendix announced today that it has snapped up cross-town lending platform rival Finsquare. The deal is a small signal of a maturing Fintech scene in France. Both services allow small and medium businesses to use crowdfunding to borrow money for projects.

Axelle Tessandier on her six years in Silicon Valley and her return to France — The decision to leave France in 2009 was as obvious for Axelle Tessandier as was the decision to return last year. In both cases, the founder of the Axl Agency, felt the desire to be part of something new and exciting. And in both cases, there was something in her gut telling her to just go.

Theranos criminal probe is latest twist in Silicon Valley startup's fall from grace — From charmed to charged? After months of negative publicity about its blood testing system, Theranos is now the target of a federal criminal investigation, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources, the Journal says Walgreens, Theranos' most important blood testing partner, and the New York State Department of Health have been subpoenaed recently.

Ohio woman charged after livestreaming friend's rape on Twitter's Periscope — Periscope, the livestreaming app for Twitter, is at the center of a controversy in Ohio where a sheriff last week charged an 18-year-old woman with broadcasting the sexual assault of her friend. According to a report by NPR, prosecutors charged Marina Lonina with kidnapping, rape, sexual battery and distributing child pornography.

The day I fell head over heels for Bill Campbell — I only got to interview Bill "Coach" Campbell once. My mind flashed back to that solitary encounter today upon hearing that he had died. I was working for the San Jose Mercury News as a columnist in February 2012 when a press release slipped into my inbox about some new partnership between Columbia University and Stanford University to create a bi-coastal future of journalism center.

Amid weak economy, France's digital minister tries to make case that La French Tech is working — France is about one year away from its next national elections, and the prospects for the current Socialist government are looking grim. President François Hollande remains deeply unpopular, with an approval rating of 17 percent in March. If he decides to run for another term, he faces tough odds against potential foes.
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Apr 26, 2016

Lendix continue its expansion after €12M round led by CNP Assurances by @v_rdrgs

Apr 25, 2016

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Apr 22, 2016

Five pitches at #ParisFounders : Spendesk, Photonomie, Pomp, Diakse, Padam. @ Place de la Bourse…

Apr 22, 2016

Pitch #5 at #ParisFounders : @spendesk creates virtual credit cards to help manage employee purchases.

Apr 22, 2016

Pitch #3 at #ParisFounders : Photonomie lets you create VR-ready videos with your smartphone.

Apr 22, 2016

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