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Google Answers Half Of France’s Questions About Privacy Google Answers Half Of France’s Questions About Privacy
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Google sent a letter to Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés), the French administrative authority that monitors how companies collect and store personal data of users, in response to a letter and questionnaire the …

Sony Bringing Google TV to Europe Sony Bringing Google TV to Europe
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Sony is set to begin selling Google TV-based products in Europe in September, according to Paris-based financial magazine Les Echos. Sony France marketing director Stephane Labrousse states that the company will sell two devices – a receiver that will go …

New Apocalypse Survival Strategy: Aliens Inside A Mountain New Apocalypse Survival Strategy: Aliens Inside A Mountain

What is up with people being so obsessed with the end of the world? Harold Camping whipped Christian believers into a frenzy last year with his two predictions that the rapture was going to happen in May and then October …

Google Street View Image is a Real Pisser, Man Sues Google Street View Image is a Real Pisser, Man Sues

A Google Street View photo has made a man in France the joke of his village after he was caught urinating in his garden. While the picture was blurred, the man came from a very small town located in the …

Microsoft / Yahoo Search Alliance Expands in UK, Ireland, France Microsoft / Yahoo Search Alliance Expands in UK, Ireland, France

Microsoft and Yahoo have begun the migration of Yahoo Search Marketing accounts in the UK, Ireland and France to Microsoft adCenter. This is, of course, part of the “Search Alliance” between the two companies, with Microsoft powering Yahoo Search, both …

UPDATE: Twitter Responds On Sarkozy Parody Account, Banned Political Accounts UPDATE: Twitter Responds On Sarkozy Parody Account, Banned Political Accounts

Yesterday I wrote about Twitter banning a parody account of French President Nicolas Sarkozy as well as three other accounts that were known to have been politically opposed to Sarkozy. On the day Sarkozy announced he will seek re-election, these …

Twitter Fails At Satire, Bans Nicolas Sarkozy Parody Account Twitter Fails At Satire, Bans Nicolas Sarkozy Parody Account

Twitter’s giving itself all kinds of new powers in 2012. Aside from revising their privacy policy wherein they enabled themselves to censor tweets on a country-by-country basis, they’ve now assumed the power to arbitrate the definition of satire. First up: …

Google Privacy Changes: Google Won’t Pause Rollout For EU / CNIL Google Privacy Changes: Google Won’t Pause Rollout For EU / CNIL
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This week, the European Union and France’s National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL) asked Google to pause the rollout of its new privacy policy changes. The reason? To provide time for the EU’s Article 29 Working Party, which …

French Regulator Asks Google To Delay Privacy Changes French Regulator Asks Google To Delay Privacy Changes

Google made news last week when they announced a new unified privacy policy for all their services. Although the new privacy policy is far simpler and more straightforward than the various policies Google had in place for their various services …

ACTA: French MEP Resigns Over “Charade” In Parliament ACTA: French MEP Resigns Over “Charade” In Parliament
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ACTA has taken a blow already today with the resignation of the French MEP (Member of European Parliament) who was in charge of investigating the bill. On his Web site, Kader Arif posted a statement titled, “ACTA: A masquerade I …

Wikipedia’s SOPA Blackout: Solidarity Beyond The English-Langage Page Wikipedia’s SOPA Blackout: Solidarity Beyond The English-Langage Page

So SOPA news will be bursting from your Internets today what with Wikipedia (and others) disappearing till tomorrow. It’s a pretty bold message but it only directly affects the English-language page. But how might users of Wikipedia’s non-English pages be …

New Apple Store In The South Of France Will Be Almost All Glass New Apple Store In The South Of France Will Be Almost All Glass

Apple is getting ready to expand its retail presence in France, according to a new report. Aix-en-Provence will become home to France’s second Apple Store sometime late this year, reports Aix en Dialogue, the official magazine of the city. The …

Google Fined $65K For Defaming Search Suggestion Google Fined $65K For Defaming Search Suggestion
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It would appear that France isn’t a big fan of Google’s automated search suggestions. The company has lost lawsuits related to the feature in that country on more than one occasion. Now, a court has ordered Google France to pay …

Facebook, Twitter Banned on French TV Facebook, Twitter Banned on French TV
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You thought some the rules lording over communication here in the States were infuriatingly pedantic, get a load of this: France’s broadcasting regulation organization, the CSA, has banned the casual use of the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” on the air. …

France Fines Google $142,000 Over Street View Data
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When Google admitted that its Street View cars had recorded sensitive data sent over WiFi networks, there were many different reactions.  UK authorities more or less brushed off the incident, for example, while Korean police raided Google’s offices.  And now …

Google Faces $600,000 Fine In France
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Over the years, Google’s had to appear in French courts several times, and it now looks like a recent case didn’t go so well. Google’s been found guilty of breaching copyright laws, and unless something changes, the company faces a …

French Regulators Call Google Dominant, Express Concerns
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There’s good news and bad news for Google in France today.  The Autorite de la Concurrence – a competition watchdog – has decided it isn’t thrilled with the company’s power, but isn’t yet willing to assert that Google needs to be tamed with fines and legal measures, either.

Google Reaches Deal With France’s Biggest Publisher
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Following a significant period of inactivity (brought on by outright hostility), Google Books has made a breakthrough.  France’s largest publisher has agreed to an arrangement that’ll allow Google Books to scan many of its out-of-print works.

Google, Schmidt Convicted Of Defamation In France
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Google and its CEO, Eric Schmidt, are in a little bit of trouble in France.  Due to the appearance of some controversial search suggestions in connection with a plaintiff’s name, a court’s convicted both the company and the man of defamation.

Specifically, it seems that Google France would suggest terms like "prison," "rape," "rapist," and "Satanist" when searchers would try to look up an individual (who was once convicted of corrupting a minor).

Google Announces Intent To Expand In France

A country in which Google’s search engine enjoys a market share of around 90 percent is soon going to see even more of the company.  Google’s announced that it will build a research center and help create some sort of cultural institute in France.

Given that Google has encountered resistance to its book-scanning program in France, we should note that the country’s authorities support these plans.  In fact, Eric Schmidt actually met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who approved.

Google, LVMH Cheer Trademark Infringement Ruling
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Anyone who had hoped the French Supreme Court would be able settle the dispute between Google and LVMH over keywords, advertising, and trademark infringement is in for an unpleasant surprise.  The French Supreme Court did in fact rule on the case today, but now both sides are celebrating.