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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 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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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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