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Tech World: $3.7bn acquisition by Cisco, WhatsApp’s security issues, news of a French Tech Visa and more

Welcome to Tech World, your quick round up of the top technology news from across the globe. This month, we have Cisco’s $3.7bn acquisition of AppDynamics, WhatsApp’s security issues, news of a French Tech Visa and more.

For this episode’s hot topic interview, we spoke with Ian Williamson from EY about data protection and data ethics. First though, here are your top international stories.

Didi invests in Brazilian taxi platform

Chinese Uber-rival Didi Chuxing invested more than $100m in Brazil-based on-demand taxi service 99.

99 said it plans to use the money to expand its service into other countries in South America.

WhatsApp security issues

Research revealed WhatsApp may not be as secure as previously thought. A study found Facebook, which owns the service, can read some messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.

French Tech Visa

France announced its intentions to launch a French Tech Visa to encourage technology entrepreneurs, startups, angels and investors to move to the country. Once granted, it’s valid for four years, on a renewable basis. The visa is only necessary for those from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland.

Cisco to acquire AppDynamics

Cisco announced its intention to acquire AppDynamics for a whopping $3.7bn. AppDynamics, which helps companies monitor application performance, is headquartered in San Francisco and has raised $314.5m to date.

Verizon’s Yahoo acquisition delayed

Verizon’s acquisition of American search giant Yahoo has been delayed. The $4.8bn deal faltered last year after Yahoo revealed two vast data security breaches. Yahoo says its sale will be completed in the second quarter this year, rather than the first.

Hot Topic: Data Ethics

For this episode’s Hot Topics interview, we spoke with Ian Williamson from EY about data protection and data ethics. We discussed what exactly data ethics is, how it can benefit companies and how firms can create a long-term ethical data strategy.