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Twitter Loses French Appeal, Told to Give Up Anti-Semitic Users Twitter Loses French Appeal, Told to Give Up Anti-Semitic Users
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Twitter has lost its latest appeal in a racist tweet controversy that’s persisted for nearly 8 months. According to a French court, following French law is not optional for U.S.-based Twitter, and they will be compelled to turn over the …

Pinterest Launches New French-Focused Version with More Local Content Pinterest Launches New French-Focused Version with More Local Content

L’histoire, les arts, la cuisine et la mode…depuis l’année dernière Pinterest a été traduit en Français mais la langue n’est qu’un élément de la vaste culture Française. C’est pourquoi nous lançons en France une nouvelle version localisée de Pinterest, créée …

France: Sarin Gas Attacks Confirmed in Syria France: Sarin Gas Attacks Confirmed in Syria

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius this week confirmed that the nerve gas sarin has been used during the ongoing Syrian civil war. According to a Guardian report, both the British and French governments claim to have found evidence for sarin …

James Lipton Says He Was a Pimp in France James Lipton Says He Was a Pimp in France

James Lipton is best known for hosting the TV show Inside the Actors Studio, in which he conducts serious interviews with big-name Hollywood actors and actresses. It turns out, however, that the 86-year-old Lipton has a much more interesting past …

Paris: Riots Follow Saint-Germain Soccer Victory Paris: Riots Follow Saint-Germain Soccer Victory
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French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) locked up its first Ligue 1 title in nearly 20 years this weekend, sending the team to the Champions League group stage and prompting celebration in Paris. Unfortunately, police and soccer fans did not …

Woman Eaten by Vultures Stirs Protected Species Debate Woman Eaten by Vultures Stirs Protected Species Debate
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A woman hiking in the Pyrenees mountains in France who fell to her death is igniting a debate over a protected species of vulture. According to an International Business Times report, a 52-year-old woman fell down a 300-meter cliff while …

Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users
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Twitter is being sued in France for failing to disclose the identities of users wrapped up in an anti-Semitic hashtag controversy that has spanned five months. Here’s my attempt to make a long story short: Back in October of 2012, …

CNIL: Google Will Be Called Upon In ‘Coming Weeks’ For Privacy Action CNIL: Google Will Be Called Upon In ‘Coming Weeks’ For Privacy Action

Earlier this month, French privacy watchdog CNIL was pressing Google on privacy changes again, putting out a statement saying it was determined to act and pursue investigations. At the time, Google shared the following statement (via TechCrunch): “Our privacy policy …

CNIL Still Speaking Out Against Google Privacy Policy CNIL Still Speaking Out Against Google Privacy Policy
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French privacy watchdog CNIL is press Google on privacy changes again, several months after it called on the company to give users more control. As you may know, Google consolidated a slew of its various privacy policies last year into …

Don’t Expect Google To Fund Publishers All Over The World Don’t Expect Google To Fund Publishers All Over The World
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Earlier this month, Google announced an agreement with publishers in France, which involves Google creating a €60 million fund called the DIgital Publishing Innovation Fund to “help support transformative digital publishing initiatives for French readers.” The agreement came after a …

Google Agrees To “Support” Publishers In France Google Agrees To “Support” Publishers In France
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It looks like Google is paying to link to French publishers’ content. Google and publishers in France have not been seeing eye to eye for quite some time. In October, the company spoke out about a proposal by French lawmakers, …

Acne Drug Pulled After Women Die Acne Drug Pulled After Women Die

The National Agency for the Safety of Drugs and Health Products (ANSM) in France this week suspended sales of an acne drug linked to the deaths of several women. The drug, Diane-35, is a hormonal acne treatment, but was begin …

Should Internet Data Be Taxed? Should Internet Data Be Taxed?
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French President François Hollande commissioned a report that was presented last Friday, which describes a new Internet tax that would attempt to collect revenue from Internet companies based on the amount of users whose data they track and monetize. Should …

French Government Ditches ‘Hashtag’ for ‘mot-dièse’ French Government Ditches ‘Hashtag’ for ‘mot-dièse’
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In an attempt to “encourage the presence of the French language on social media networks” against the influx of English language domination of the web, as well as to just be plain difficult, the French government is suggesting that people …

Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court
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Twitter is once again going to be forced to make a decision on how far they will go to protect the privacy rights of its users, thanks to a ruling made today by a French court. The court ruled that …

Google Adds German-Franco Partnership Exhibitions To Cultural Institute Google Adds German-Franco Partnership Exhibitions To Cultural Institute

Last summer, Google launched the World Wonders Project as part of the Google Cultural Institute. In October, the company announced the addition of 42 new historical online exhibitions to the Institute. Last month, Google helped bring Genesis and the Ten …

#Unbonjuif: French Group Wants Twitter to Give Up Identities of Anti-Semitic Users #Unbonjuif: French Group Wants Twitter to Give Up Identities of Anti-Semitic Users
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A French anti-discrimination group is holding Twitter’s feet to the fire, demanding that the social media site reveal the identities of a handful of users who posted anti-Semitic tweets during the lifespan of a racial-charged trending hashtag back in October. …

Does Google Even Need Newspaper Publishers? Does Google Even Need Newspaper Publishers?
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In case you haven’t been following, Google has been battling traditional media publishers in a number of countries for years. Publishers want Google to pay to license their content so they can point to it in search results. In Brazil, …

Google Reportedly Facing $1.3 Billion Tax Bill In France Google Reportedly Facing $1.3 Billion Tax Bill In France
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In addition to publisher-related issues Google is facing in France, it is also having some tax related issues. Tax related issues that could amount to about $1.3 billion. Direction générale des finances (essentially the French IRS) may order Google France …

Google vs. Publishers: Who’s Right? Google vs. Publishers: Who’s Right?
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The story is old, but it is ongoing. It’s the same argument that’s been around for years, but it’s reaching a boiling point, and it’s doing so at a time when the flow of news is coming from more directions …

The Latest On Google’s Battle With Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links The Latest On Google’s Battle With Publishers Who Want To Be Paid For Links
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A week ago, we wrote about the battles Google is facing with publishers, specifically in France and Brazil. In France, lawmakers have poposed a law which would require search engines like Google to pay publishers to license content just so …