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Google’s Project Loon taps French space agency for help

Google’s Project Loon taps French space agency for help

Project Loon, Google's initiative to bring affordable, high-speed internet to the entire world via hot air balloons acting as floating hotspots, is getting some new help from CNES, France's space agency. Google is relying on CNES's over 50 years of experience and research with high-altitude balloons to bring this project closer to reality.

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Your night-time Eiffel Tower photos are copyright violations

Your night-time Eiffel Tower photos are copyright violations

Paris' Eiffel Tower is part of the public domain, and as such your day-time photos are a-ok. But night-time photos are different story. The building is illuminated at night with various light shows, and those are ruled as copyrighted works of art, meaning "reproducing" it through photos, and sharing those photos online, requires permission.

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Netflix launches in France, faces legal, cultural hurdles

Netflix launches in France, faces legal, cultural hurdles

Netflix has just launched in France, but it might be getting a cold shoulder. Because of its pride and focus on its local film and TV productions, both French industry players and lawmakers are looking into how they make the video-streaming giant play by the country's rules and give due important to French and European content.

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French blogger fined for criticizing restaurant

French blogger fined for criticizing restaurant

A French court has fined a blogger over a negative restaurant review posted online. The restaurant in question is Il Giardino, a pizzeria, and the blog post at the heart of the matter was published back in August 2013. That blog post has since been removed, but the blogger behind it still has to pay a 2500 Euro fine.

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Uber, SnapCar, et al soon must wait 15 min before meeting fares in France

Uber, SnapCar, et al soon must wait 15 min before meeting fares in France

The ever proliferating Uber "black car" service and other mobile-app-dispatched driver services will have to wait 15 minutes before picking up any customer starting Jan. 2014, a French bill has decreed. The bill was spotted by the French news organization Libération and passed on by way of TechCrunch. The decree is intended to preserve the state-regulated taxi industry.

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France to extend “culture tax” to Google as Italy delays “Google tax”

France to extend “culture tax” to Google as Italy delays “Google tax”

France is preparing to extend its "culture tax" to Facebook, YouTube, DailyMotion and other Internet giants. The culture tax is currently levied on French cinemas, TV broadcasters, Internet service providers and other entities that deliver entertainment in any way. The funds support the production of French film and TV.

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French computer academy “42” disrupts formulaic education system

French computer academy “42” disrupts formulaic education system

A new school for scrappy young programmers is opening in Paris next month, and it is every bit as freewheeling and disruptive as the Douglas Adams book its name references. 42*, as the school is dubbed, costs nothing to attend. All you have to do is prove you can innovate, solve problems, and apply logic to programming problems in creative ways.

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France wants to tax Skype

France wants to tax Skype

Arcep, a French regulator, has been demanding Microsoft to register Skype as a telecommunications operator in order to comply with local law. The regulator believes that the VoIP service needs to comply with the obligations of a normal telecommunications operator, such as the need to route emergency calls and integrate a system that would allow legal wiretapping on its service. Arcep has been trying to get Skype to become a telecommunications operator since April 2012.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance PR stunt involves slicing up a police car

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance PR stunt involves slicing up a police car

France has just witnessed a PR stunt for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance that involved slicing up a police car. Both Platimum games and Konami France came up with the idea to grab people’s attention. The police car had the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance logo as well as Platinum’s logo just to make sure that everyone knew that it was just a PR stunt; not a threat. This is certainly much more entertaining than a press release.

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Google asked to pay all European countries for content use

Google asked to pay all European countries for content use

Late last week, Google decided to pay $82 million to French publishers that would help their websites make money off of online advertisements. However, it seems there's a little bit of jealously going around with other European countries. The European Publishers Council isn't too happy about the exclusivity with France, so the EPC's director, Francisco Pinto Balsemao, is asking Google to compensate publishers in all European countries, not just France.

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Google starts €60 million French digital publishing fund

Google starts €60 million French digital publishing fund

While Google and France don't always get along and agree with certain situations, the search giant is looking to patch things up by creating a €60 million ($82 million USD) fund for digital publishing "innovation" that it says will help French news websites make money off of online advertisements.

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French internet tax proposed for American companies

French internet tax proposed for American companies

This week the French government has released a report that proposes an internet tax to make up for the supposed lost revenue the web is making a reality with online businesses such as Amazon and social networks like Facebook. The proposed tax would not be on products sold, but on the collection of personal data, which they feel is something they're entitled to earn with. President François Hollande's report speaks of what the French government sees as tax avoidance by major internet companies who collect what France sees as the "raw material of the digital economy."

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