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    Vous sépareriez-vous de poules aux œufs d’or payées 20 milliards de dollars ? Mark Zuckerberg non plus

    news.movim.eu / Numerama – 2 days ago - 14:59

Zuckerberg Trump

Mark Zuckerberg n'a aucun intérêt à revendre ses applications WhatsApp et Instagram. Elles ont un intérêt économique et stratégique pour le réseau social. [Lire la suite]

Voitures, vélos, scooters... : la mobilité de demain se lit sur Vroom ! https://www.numerama.com/vroom/vroom//

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    An Indian startup that uses WhatsApp to serve thousands with chronic disease raises $5.5M seed round

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch – 2 days ago - 12:38

Another startup in India is cashing in on the popularity of WhatsApp, the most popular app in the country with more than 400 million users , to build a business around it.

Digi-Prex is a seven-month old startup that runs an eponymous online subscription pharmacy in Hyderabad and serves patients with chronic diseases. Patients share their prescription with Digi-Prex through WhatsApp and the startup’s workers then deliver the medication to them on a recurring cycle.

Delivery is not the only thing Digi-Prex is trying to provide. It helps patients better track when they need a new supply of medicine, and checks if they are seeing improvements. The startup has amassed thousands of customers in Hyderabad, Samarth Sindhi, founder of Digi-Prex, told TechCrunch in an interview.

Digi-Prex just closed its seed round from a range of highly-influential VC firms. It’s also one of the largest seed financing rounds for an Indian startup.

The startup has raised $5.5 million from Khosla Ventures, Vedanta Capital, Y Combinator, Quiet Capital, and SV Angel. Justin Mateen, a founder of Tinder, also participated in the round, said Sindhi.

“Instead of trying to acquire customers online, we work with physicians and pharmacies to serve customers,” said Sindhi, an alum of Brown University who worked with a healthcare firm in the U.S. before returning to India. The startup shares some margin with physicians and pharmacies, but more importantly, it says this arrangement works for everyone because it is able to serve customers who are living at distant neighborhoods.

Digi-Prex works directly with medicine distributors to secure supplies at lower costs. It then undercuts the pricing of over-the-top counters, providing medicines to its customers at discounted rates.

Sindhi said the startup will use the fresh capital to expand its business to 10 cities in India, and find ways to be more useful to the patients. Some of the things that Digi-Prex is working on includes providing patients with access to better physicians and offering them more information about their disease.

It’s not surprising why Digi-Prex is using WhatsApp as a distribution platform. “When I returned to India, I was fascinated by how nobody was texting anymore. Everyone was doing everything on WhatsApp,” he said.

WhatsApp, which is already the most popular app in India, is increasingly finding business applications in the country. Vahan, another Y Combinator-backed startup, is using WhatsApp to help white-collar workers find jobs with logistics companies .

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    WhatsApp : Les messages supprimés ne le sont pas vraiment

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek – 4 days ago - 15:50

Crédits LoboStudioHamburg via Pixabay CC

Imaginez, vous envoyez une photo ou n’importe quel contenu multimédia à l’un de vos contacts WhatsApp, et là, c’est le drame : votre doigt a ripé, et vous réalisez trop tard qu’au lieu du selfie parfait au bord de la plage, c’est un cliché raté de votre double menton en contre-plongée qui a été envoyé. Depuis 2017, WhatsApp permettait de résoudre assez simplement le problème, en proposant l’option “Supprimer pour tous” jusqu’à une heure après l’envoi . Une fonctionnalité plutôt pratique, puisqu’elle permettait de rendre invisible un message pour tous les membres de la conversation.

Seul problème (de taille), l’outil, bien que pratique n’est pas du tout fiable, en tout cas concernant les utilisateurs d’iPhone. Dans un récent article publié par le site HackerNews , le chercheur en cybersécurité Shitesh Sachan dévoile en effet que les utilisateurs de la marque à la pomme peuvent toujours accéder aux contenus multimédias reçus sur WhatsApp depuis leur smartphone, même si ces derniers ont été supprimés de l’application. Dans la plupart des cas, les images et vidéos envoyées sur le service de messagerie sont automatiquement sauvegardées dans l’app Galerie d’un téléphone Android, ou dans la Pellicule d’un iPhone. Quand un utilisateur fait appel à la fonctionnalité “Supprimer pour tous” , le fichier multimédia en question est bien effacé de l’application WhatsApp et de la galerie Android. En revanche, il reste toujours accessible depuis la Pellicule de l’iPhone , et ce, de manière définitive.

Contacté par le chercheur à l’origine de la découverte de la faille, WhatsApp a expliqué que l’entreprise ne comptait pas résoudre le problème dans l’immédiat. Selon un porte-parole du service de messagerie appartenant à Marc Zuckerberg, la fonction “Supprimer pour tous” vise en effet uniquement la suppression sur la plateforme WhatsApp, et ne garantit donc pas une suppression permanente et définitive du contenu multimédia en question.

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    Facebook Portal, ils arrivent en France

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek – 4 days ago - 12:15

Disponible depuis un an aux Etats-Unis avec le Portal+, Facebook continue sur sa lancée pour redéfinir la visiophonie et garder les gens connectés. Pour se faire, Facebook avait lancé aux Etats-Unis le Portal+ et complète aujourd’hui sa gamme avec pas moins de trois nouveaux produits, le Portal, le Portal Mini et le Portal TV. Facebook compte bien sur sa puissance de frappe avec son réseau social, Messenger mais aussi WhatsApp pour réussir là où Skype et d’autres s’étaient cassés les dents.

Parce que oui, avec l’annonce des nouveaux produits, ce qui pourrait faire pencher la balance en faveur de la stratégie de Facebook, c’est bien l’intégration de WhatsApp et ses milliards d’utilisateurs. Et pour rassurer ses utilisateurs potentiels, Facebook assure que toutes les communications WhatsApp utilisent le même niveau d’encryption que ses applications iOS, Android et PC/Mac.

La gamme Portal se veut donc être une façon de garder les gens connectés et Facebook souhaite que cela soit un objet du quotidien comme l’était le téléphone fixe à la fin du 20ème siècle. Bien évidemment, le réseau social garde bien en tête les erreurs de ses prédécesseurs et ne comptent pas les répéter. Si les produits Portal utilisent bien Portal OS, ce dernier est en quelque sorte basé sur Alexa et Android, ce qui permet d’avoir non seulement Portal Voice comme assistant vocal mais également Alexa. Du coup, les développeurs pour Alexa pourront convertir aisément leurs applications vers les produits Portal.

A côté, Facebook a développé plusieurs technologie pour faciliter la communication comme Smart Camera, une technologie faisant appel à l’Intelligence Artificielle pour se concentrer sur les personnes. Aussi, la caméra de la Portal TV, qui est déjà ultra grand-angle, pourra s’orienter vers les bons interlocuteurs avec un suivi des visages. De même, la technologie Smart Sound pourra se concentrer sur la voie de l’interlocuteur qui parle. On notera que sur chacun des produits Portal, il y a un switch physique pour éteindre caméra et micros. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque Facebook y a ajouté des fonctions en Réalité Augmentée. On retrouve ainsi les filtres pour les visages comme ceux qu’on trouve déjà sur Facebook Messenger, Instragram ou Snapchat, mais il y aura en plus de nouvelles fonctions comme le mode Histoire en réalité augmentée.

Sinon, les nouveaux Portal et Portal Mini, avec respectivement un écran de 10 pouces et 8 pouces se présentent comme un cadre photo connecté, un peu comme les Alexa Echo Show ou les Google Nest Hub. L’interface utilisateur est des plus simples et facile d’accès. Les Portal et Portal Mini peuvent s’utiliser aussi bien en mode paysage qu’en mode portrait. On se connecte obligatoirement avec un compte Facebook, avec lequel on pourra ensuite y connecter son compte WhatsApp.

Le Portal+ est déjà connu parce qu’il était déjà disponible depuis un an aux Etats-Unis. A cela s’ajoute aussi le Portal TV qui se présente un peu comme une sorte de webcam pour TV. Le Portal TV se connecte à ce dernier via une connectique HDMI des plus classiques et propose une caméra ultra grand-angle. Le stream vidéo est en 720p et le Portal TV intègre pas moins de 8 micros pour assurer le suivi via les technologies Smart Camera et Smart Sound.

Le Portal sera au prix de 199 euros, le Portal Mini à 149 euros et le Portal TV à 169 euros. Quant au Portal+, il sera au prix de 299 euros. Les précommandes commencent à partir de ce 18 septembre 2019 pour une disponibilité le 15 octobre 2019 prochain. Si vous achetez deux produits Portal, il y aura une offre de remboursement de 50 euros.

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    Paytm’s annual loss doubles to $549M

    news.movim.eu / TechCrunch – Tuesday, 10 September - 03:04

Running a payments business in India is not cheap. Just ask Paytm . One of India’s largest payment companies reported a net loss of Rs 3959 crore ($549 million) for the financial year that ended in March, up 165% over 1490 crore ($206 million) in the same period last year.

During the same period, the company’s revenue rose to Rs 3232 crore ($448 million), compared to Rs 3052 crore ($423 million) in the year before. The firm’s debt also surged to Rs 695 crore ($96 million), One97 Communications, the parent firm of Paytm, told investors in its annual report.

One97 Communications also runs an e-commerce business, which recently raised money from eBay , and Paytm Money, that runs mutual funds business. On a consolidated basis, the 9-year-old firm reported an annual loss of Rs 4217.20 crore ($584 million), up from Rs 1604.34 crore ($222 million) from the year before.

Indian news outlet BloombergQuint first reported (paywalled) the financial performance of Paytm.

The loss should worry Paytm, whose CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma said in a conference last week that the firm would begin to work on going public in the next 22 to 24 months . The level of competition that Paytm faces today is only about to increase in the coming future, and unlike earlier, the Indian firm is not facing off financially weaker local rivals.

Paytm, which has raised over $2 billion to date from a range of investors including SoftBank, Alibaba, and Berkshire Hathaway, continues to be the largest mobile wallet app provider in India, but increasingly users are moving to government-backed UPI payments infrastructure. In UPI land, Paytm competes with Flipkart’s PhonePe and Google Pay, both of which are heavily-backed.

As of July, both PhonePe and Google Pay commanded a bigger market share across UPI apps than Paytm.

Also in UPI land, you don’t make money on each transaction. So lately, every payments firm in India, including Paytm, has expanded it offering to include financial services such as a credit card, or loan, or insurance.

In many ways, this has created a level playing field for payment firms that did not dominate the wallet business.

In a statement, Paytm said it has been investing $1 billion per year for the last two years to “expand payments ecosystem in our country.” The company plans to invest a further $3 billion in the next two years.

“We believe India is at the inflection point of digital payments and Paytm’s sole focus is towards solving the merchant payments and offering them financial services. We will invest Rs 20,000 crore ($2.7 billion) in the next two years towards achieving this,” a company spokesperson said.

The biggest challenge for Paytm and other UPI payment apps has yet to emerge. Before the end of this year, WhatsApp, which has over 400 million users in India, plans to offer UPI payment option to all its years in the coming month .

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    Movim 0.14 - Scotty - Anniversary Edition

    Timothée Jaussoin – pubsub.movim.eu / Movim – Sunday, 18 November, 2018 - 09:17 edit

Movim is 10 years old and it's with a lot of satisfaction that we are bringing this version 0.14 after 9 long months of development.

Movim is a new concept of social network with instant messaging features that sits between #Instagram, #WhatsApp for the user experience and federated networks such as #Diaspora or #Mastodon.

Ou goal is to bring everything you need to communicate with your community, classroom, company or friend circle in one simple application. Movim can easily be deployed on a server and rely on the XMPP protocol to federate them. Therefore Movim can, by design, already communicate with many XMPP/Jabber clients and doesn't need you to create a new account if you already have an XMPP one 😋.

This new #release is coming with several core changes that greatly improved the stability and performances of the project but it also brings many design and navigation improvements to always provide you with the best experience regarding publication of content and messaging.

Movim and PHP 7.3

Movim is currently having technical issues to run on the upcoming version of PHP 7.3.

This is a known and documented issue that is caused by some incompatibilities with one of the official dependencies of PHP, php-zmq, that is used at several places in the core of the daemon.

A ticket has been open to track and give updates about this issue: Movim is not working with PHP 7.3.

Technical changes

Before presenting the improvements and new features let's talk a bit about what was done under the hood.

Database

The biggest change in this version is certainly the complete replacement of the database layer from the historical, Movim specific, Modl library to the widely used Eloquent.

This work has been detailed in a previous article: From Modl to Eloquent, or how to change a social network database engine. To sum it up, it brought coherence in the database of the project and a huge performance boost on all the pages.

Without any cache involved, Movim is now loading pages in only a few hundred milliseconds.

A little chart, people always like charts

The new database structure is also keeping good performances with a huge amount of data (millions of messages, thousands of articles on our official pods a this moment).

With Eloquent, Movim is compatible with #MySQL, #PostgreSQL but also, since this version, with #SQLite which can greatly simplify the deployment of small instances. Thanks to JKingweb for his awesome work on this port.

Packaging and dependencies

Scotty will be the first version to be packaged for the #Debian project. Big improvements were made in the dependencies of the project thanks to the work of our contributors mirabilos and nik. Several were fully removed and some are replaced with more stable and reliable ones (like the SASL library, used for the authentication). This package will come a bit later regarding the issue that we have with PHP 7.3.

Movim 0.14 is also the first version to drop the support of PHP5 (now deprecated) to focus on PHP7+.

What's new?

After being a bit boring with those technical changes let's have a look at what you will find as a user in this new version.

Publications

The publication of articles is now simpler than ever and has been fully redesigned. You can quickly publish a link or upload a picture directly from the home page or you can still switch to the more complete form to write long articles (like this one 😉).

A more simple publication form

When sharing a link that contains several pictures you can now pick the one that you would like to include in your publication (or no picture at all).

Picking the perfect kitten picture :3

The publication visibility toggle has been redesigned to be clearer as well.

Articles

The cards containing the preview of the articles were fully redesigned to be more compact and adaptable to smaller screens.

The news page, contact publications and communities are now paginated allowing simpler navigation.

If you receive articles containing NSFW content and you asked to not display them in the configuration, Movim will now display a spoiler overlay on top of them.

Click on the spoiler to show the content

The search feature has been improved and now supports searching in tags as well.

The loading performances of the articles and comments were also greatly improved. Navigating between the articles feels like a breeze.

Notifications

All the notifications are now grouped in a panel easily available from the main menu both on desktop and on mobile. Thanks to XMPP all those notifications are received and synchronized in real time 😀.

The new notifications panel

Those notifications contain likes, comments and invitations that you received.

Chats

Several message synchronisation issues were fixed allowing Movim to handle properly the receival and read acknowledgement of the sent messages.

Chatrooms

The chatrooms were slightly redesigned, the moderators messages are now shown with a specific color. The messages addressed to you are also displayed with a colored border.

Improved design for the chatrooms

You can now also publish Stickers and emojis in your favorite chatrooms.

But also!

You can now use Movim to authenticate to third party websites using your XMPP account. On the websites that implement that feature, you just have to give your XMPP account and a notification will be displayed in Movim.

The authentication notification

You just have to accept it and you'll be automatically authenticated to the external website. How easy is it?

More information there Journal of a Bot - Authentication with XMPP.

Several small bugs were also fixed in the Video Conference feature. Movim is now clearer about the state of the video session and is giving proper feedbacks if the contact hung-up.

The pictures can be directly previewed within Movim before going to the external link.

Around the project

The new redesigned version of the official website will now present more clearly what the project is about and all the exciting features that you can use within Movim.

You will also find there all the apps for your desktop (Windows, macOS, Linux) and your Android phone.

What's next?

We are not done yet! There is already some plans for the upcoming release.

The 0.15 will focus on the integration of the OMEMO end to end encryption protocol. The related ticket has been reopened with more proper explanations. This will be a big risky project.

Some improvements will also be done on the suggestions of the chatrooms and communities to allow Movim users to explore and discover content more easily.

In the meantime we all invite you to try out this new version on our official instances or deploy it on your server. You will find everything to do so on the official website.

You can also always help us with donation to the project or support us on Liberapay or Patreon :). Giving feedbacks or talking about Movim around you is also helping us a lot!

That's all folks!

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    29 December, 2018 Guillaume

    Greetings from Movim 0.14 on Debian!
    Laravel seems interesting, I might use the Database component for a personal website https://laravel.com/docs/master/database