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Google Makes Deal In “Jewish” Autocomplete Case Google Makes Deal In “Jewish” Autocomplete Case
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Back in April, Google was sued (again) over something that’s really not their fault. Or is it? Several French anti-discrimination groups, including SOS Racisme, accused Google of “creating probably the greatest Jewish history file ever,” and said that French Google …

Blizzard Facing Investigations In France, Germany Over Diablo III
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Diablo III was a huge success for Blizzard. It sold over one million units at retail in its first month in the U.S. alone. The last PC title to do that was, well, StarCraft II. The launch wasn’t free of …

Google Finally Strikes Deal With France to Digitize Out-of-Print Books Google Finally Strikes Deal With France to Digitize Out-of-Print Books

Google has been trying to bring more material to their book scanning archives for years, but they have been met with a lot of resistance. Both in the United States and France, Google has sifted through countless lawsuits in attempt …

Cool Movie Posters Make Me Want To Hoard Movie Items

(image) Classic movies have a way of bringing out emotions that as an adult we hardly ever feel anymore. When you think of Raiders of the lost Ark or The last Crusade or Batman, it brings me back to when …

Google Seeks Greater Freedom in France Google Seeks Greater Freedom in France

Back in 2008, French TV network TF1 sued YouTube for copyright infringement, for hosting clips of some of its shows, including La Môme and Halloween. A judge in Paris finally dismissed the case on Tuesday, and Google is calling for …

‘The Dictator’ Salutes Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The Dictator congratulates Socialist leader Francois Hollande for his victory over Nicholas Sarkozy in France’s recent presidential election. Though, he says he doesn’t hold a candle to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who “has some of the best rape excuses he has ever …

Google Sued Over “Jewish” Autocomplete Suggestions Google Sued Over “Jewish” Autocomplete Suggestions
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If you’ve spent any time on humor sites, forums, or user-submitted content aggregators like reddit, you have probably seen Google’s autocomplete search feature used as a tool for discovering the sometimes fascinating, sometimes downright odd, and oftentimes frightening collective queries …

French Tweeters Use Code Words to Flout Election News Ban French Tweeters Use Code Words to Flout Election News Ban

Last week French Twitter users were warned against reporting results from the French Presidential election before polls were closed. France has a strict law banning exit poll results from being published or broadcasted before voting has ended. It was asserted …

French Twitter and Facebook Users Warned Against Posting Election Exit Polls French Twitter and Facebook Users Warned Against Posting Election Exit Polls
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Kim Wilsher of The Guardian is reporting on the conflict between the instant communication social media enables and the French government. With the French presidential election beginning this week, there are worries that a French law designed to prevent the …

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

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

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
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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 …