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Google Transparency Report: French government tops user data requests

Earlier this week, Google updated its Google Transparency Report – a report that shows, among other things, removal & data requests by governments & copyright holders to Google. The report details requests for removal from search, and shows an overall increase in the number of requests from governments to hand over data, as seen in the graph […]

Forget Google – France just hit Amazon with $252M in back taxes

Forget Google – France just hit Amazon with $252M in back taxes

These days in France, all we read about in France is the French government’s ongoing pursuit of the coffers of Google, who pay as little as 2% taxes on the revenue generated by  French customers; however, Reuters shifted the attention towards another tax-optimized giant, Amazon, who has been hit with back taxes to the tune […]

Google TV adds Music & Movies in Europe on Nexus 4 launch date

Google TV adds Music & Movies in Europe on Nexus 4 launch date

Google has just announced late last week the launch of streaming TV and movies on their Google TV product in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. Google, like Apple and Microsoft, has its eyes set on the ‘other screen’, as the TV is called these days, since people spend more time on their computers and phones than […]

French government may fund another useless Google competitor

Irrespective of the current acrimony between Google and the EU, French government, the French press, etc, Google still dominates search in France and can now boast of having France’s top browser in Chrome [FR].   All of this, of course, unnerves the government to no end.  So, (perhaps) predictably, they’re now mulling over having another go at creating a successful “made […]

Google Cultural Institute – a project 100% Made in France

In October, Google launched Google Cultural Institute in order to help preserve and promote culture online. As reported on The Verge, the site is currently home to a collection of 42 web exhibitions, with everything from the Auschwitz concentration camp to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. What interesting is that this project is one of […]

Tech brands increasingly Dominate Life in France

Technology continues to rapidly transform the daily lives of people around the world and perhaps even more so in France.  Each year Havas Media, in conjunction with CSA, does a study to assess what the top 20 most prominent brands in the lives of the French [FR].  Their study is extremely comprehensive, covering almost 4k consumers […]

France is waging a losing Google Ad-war!

What’s scarier than a zombie apocalypse? Worse than Paris monsoons? Far more frightening than watching [REC]2 alone? Having Google inform your government ministries that they will “no longer reference [insert nation-state here] websites.” Pressure from French newspapers forced lawmakers to pass legislation restricting copyright infringement. Lawbreakers will face up to 300,000 euros in fines. To […]

IBM to launch Andromede Competitor IaaS in France

While Andromède spawns Cloudwatt (Orange-Thales) and Numergy (SFR-Bull) continue to toil over the details of their cloud offers [FR], IBM (aka Big Blue) has taken a big step towards establishing a strong position in the French IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) market by launching a datacenter outside of Montpellier.  This datacenter, which is at the heart of IBM’s French […]

3 Changes in France the #geonpi Have Not Prevented (yet)

French tech news has been pretty shook up this past week with readers and journalists trying to keep up to date with the ever changing announcements of how the new tax laws will affect entrepreneurs and investors – the globally known Pigeon movement has achieved a lot of amazing things in such a short time, […]

Google Indoor Maps now shows FNAC, CDG, Casino & More

Google announced today that their Indoor Maps feature, which first launched showing the Mall of America and other large landmarks, now features select museums, stores & airports in France. Among the list of places available for view is Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport, supermarkets such as Casino, Carrefour, and Monoprix, major retail stores like FNAC, […]