Telex: Geek+ raises $100 million for its robots, A Telegram update blocked by Apple, Microsoft emojis in open source

– Geek+ raises $100 million for its robots. Founded in 2015, Chinese start-up Geek+ announces a $100 million Series E fundraising round, which involved Intel Capital, Vertex Growth, and Qingyue Capital Investment. This funding will be used for “global expansion” as the press release specifies, but above all to continue the development of its autonomous mobile robot solutions for the logistics sector, particularly in warehouses. It offers connected hoisting and moving systems as well as an all-in-one solution dedicated to order preparation. Added to this is a multi-agent platform scheduling and task management system called Geek+ RMS.

– A Telegram update blocked by Apple. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov has stepped up to the plate against Apple. Indeed the Cupertino company is examining the next evolution of the secure messaging service. The manager notes that the situation has been blocked for two weeks without explanation from Apple. The update is therefore delayed and promises according to Pavel Durov “a revolution in the way people express themselves by messaging”. In his post, he pities small app developers in their dealings with Apple.

– Open source Microsoft emojis. The firm announced that it has published a large part of its emoji designs (1,538 in total) on GitHub and Figma, offering everyone to modify and design their own. This approach is a good publicity stunt for all the communities that do not feel represented through these emojis and which today have the power to do so by themselves. Celebrating inclusion, Jon Friedman, vice president of design and research at Microsoft, explains in a blog post that “this especially applies to developers and audiences that have not been included historically. A hairstyle, an afro, a sari – allowing the majority of the world to express themselves however they want, to whom they want and when they want is not only powerful, but necessary”.

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