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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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Amazon prepping $50m facility in Connecticut, will start collecting 6.35% sales tax

Amazon prepping $50m facility in Connecticut, will start collecting 6.35% sales tax

One of the great things about Amazon is that shoppers don't have to pay sales tax on their items. However, the online retailer is slowly adding exceptions to various states around the US, Connecticut being the newest one added to the list. The state of 3.6 million people will begin to pay a 6.35% sales tax on Amazon starting in November. Meanwhile, however, the company is planning to build a $50 million fulfillment center that is said to create hundreds of jobs.

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Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter released its second transparency report, and this one focuses on the second half of 2012, while the first report focused on the first half. The report highlights the number of information requests, government removal requests, and copyright takedown notices that Twitter received throughout the year. In total, the social media service received 1,858 information requests, 46 removal requests by the government, and a whopping 6,646 copyright takedown notices.

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Facebook sending out emails for “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit settlement

Facebook sending out emails for “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit settlement

Back in December, you might remember when Facebook offered to settle a class-action lawsuit that saw the social network illegally use its users' "Like" information on various Sponsored Stories. Instead of taking it to court, the company decided to settle to the tune of $20 million, and if you received an email about the settlement, it means that you're entitled to up to $10 if you fill out a claims form.

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Unlocking your phone becomes illegal starting tomorrow

Unlocking your phone becomes illegal starting tomorrow

Thanks to edits made to DMCA exemptions back in October, it will be illegal for you to unlock your phone without the consent of the carrier starting tomorrow, January 26. From then on, you’ll have to ask your carrier to unlock your phone if you want to use it on another network, which seems a lot like pulling teeth. Even if your contract runs out and you're cut loose, no such luck will be granted.

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French government replaces Twitter hashtag with “mot-dièse”

French government replaces Twitter hashtag with “mot-dièse”

This isn't the first time that the French have gotten involved with shenanigans on Twitter, but today the French government has announced that they're getting rid of the hashtag and replacing it with what they're calling the "mot-dièse," or "sharp-word." However, citizens of France won't be required to adopt the new style, but the government will be using it for now on in official documentation.

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