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France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

By on August 24, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption

The recent NSA hack just proved to the world that no system is hack-proof if attackers have what it takes to break the access door. Regardless of whatever protections guarded that NSA server, hackers found a security hole to get in and steal critical documents. The same thing could happen to encrypted services that would feature a backdoor for law enforcement.

But governments around the world still think they’d be able to handle such terrifying scenarios, with France and Germany being the latest nations looking to gain access to private encrypted messages exchanged over the internet by terror plot suspects. More →

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Pokemon Go Release Date France

Nice tragedy delays Pokemon Go launch

By on July 18, 2016 at 10:46 AM.

Nice tragedy delays Pokemon Go launch

Pokemon Go is available in well over 30 countries already, including major markets such as the US, the UK, Canada and Germany. But Pokemon fans in France have yet to receive the app officially, and there’s an official explanation for Niantic and Nintendo’s decision not to launch the highly popular mobile game in this major market yet. More →

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Truck Drives Into Crowd France

Man drives 25-ton truck into French crowd celebrating Bastille Day, kills 84 people

By on July 15, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Man drives 25-ton truck into French crowd celebrating Bastille Day, kills 84 people

You don’t have to be French to know that Bastille Day is the country’s national holiday. It’s a day for impressive military parades in Paris and fireworks shows across the country. But July 14th will also be remembered henceforward as the day a person took a 25-ton truck and drove it into a crowd in Nice during the celebration. The attack, labeled as terrorism by authorities, left at least 84 people killed, and hundreds of others injured. At least 18 of the injured are in critical condition, officials said. More →

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France Cheap Electric Car Project

France challenges Tesla with ambitious $7,000 electric car project

By on December 3, 2015 at 1:07 PM.

France challenges Tesla with ambitious $7,000 electric car project

Following the COP21 environmental talks in Paris, France seems determined to take action when it comes to carbon dioxide emissions, and one way to do it is to promote eco-friendly products. The country announced that it plans to develop a very cheap electric car that would be far more affordable than alternatives, such as Tesla’s electric Model S.

France’s ecology minister Segolene Royal said that the government will encourage companies to build an electric car priced under $7,000, which is an ambitious project to say the least. More →

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French government really doesn’t want you comparing its new surveillance bill to the Patriot Act

By on April 17, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

French government really doesn’t want you comparing its new surveillance bill to the Patriot Act

France insists it’s not working on a French version of the U.S. Patriot Act that would give the government massive additional surveillance powers, The Verge reports. But the French government is definitely interested in passing a law that would give it more freedom to collect information in its fight against terrorism, even if local businesses and human rights organizations are criticizing the initiative. More →

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Netflix France Launch and Price

Netflix finally kicks off its next attack on Europe, starting with France

By on September 15, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Netflix finally kicks off its next attack on Europe, starting with France

Popular movie streaming service Netflix is ready to further expand its reach in Europe, as the company has launched in France, one of the many new local markets Netflix is trying to conquer. Even so, Netflix is expected to encounter stiff competition in the country, Reuters reports, as other companies are already offering similar streaming services. More →

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Amazon Book Sales in France

How Amazon is trolling the French government

By on July 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM.

How Amazon is trolling the French government

The French government has successfully passed an “anti-Amazon” law that prevents booksellers, mainly Amazon, from offering 5% discounts on books and free shipping, The Wall Street Journal reports. The law, meant to protect local bookstores from the giant retail store, isn’t necessarily scaring Amazon, which has already found a clever way of trolling the government — it’s now chargin €0.01 for shipping in the region.  More →

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Google to pay €500,000 fine to French cartographer in Google Maps case

By on February 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM.

Google to pay €500,000 fine to French cartographer in Google Maps case

Google has been ordered to pay €500,000 to Bottin Cartographes, a French company that filed a lawsuit against Google France after it began providing its free Google Maps services to customers. Google is also responsible for paying an additional €15,000 in fees. The court found Google “guilty of abusing the dominant position of its Google Maps application,” Economic Times said Thursday. “We proved the illegality of [Google’s] strategy to remove its competitors… the court recognized the unfair and abusive character of the methods used and allocated Bottin Cartographes all it claimed,” Botton Cartographes lawyer Jean-David Scemmama said. “This is the first time Google has been convicted for its Google Maps application.” Google said it will appeal the decision. “We remain convinced that a free high-quality mapping tool is beneficial for both Internet users and websites,” a Google spokesperson said. “There remains competition in this sector for us, both in France and internationally.” Google was also fined €100,000 in France last year after a court found it guilty of collecting private information for the Street View feature of Google Maps.

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Xbox 720 will not launch this year, Microsoft exec says

By on January 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM.

Xbox 720 will not launch this year, Microsoft exec says

Microsoft will reportedly not launch the highly anticipated follow-up to the Xbox 360 this year. Cedrick Delma, Microsoft’s marketing director in France, recently told Le Point that he was “certain” the Redmond-based company would not release a new Xbox this year. Gamers shouldn’t give up all hope on at least getting a glimpse at Microsoft’s next-generation console this year, though. BGR exclusively reported last June that Microsoft has plans to unveil its Xbox 360 successor during this year’s E3 gaming show in Los Angeles. A few Microsoft patents recently suggested that the “Xbox 720” might double as a set-top box complete with DVR functionality, and a rumor last week also suggested that the new console will be six times more powerful than the Xbox 360. More →

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Apple’s sinking share in France and Germany may be fueling patent wars

By on December 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Apple’s sinking share in France and Germany may be fueling patent wars

Whether or not competing products do in fact infringe on Apple’s patents, Apple may have another reason to attack its rivals so aggressively in France and Germany: the company is losing ground. New data from Kantar Worldpanel released on Thursday shows that while the launch of the iPhone 4S was a huge hit in the United States and the United Kingdom, smartphone users in key markets like France and Germany were seemingly not as impressed with the handset. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung files new complaint against Apple in France, says iPhone and iPad infringe patents

By on September 13, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Samsung files new complaint against Apple in France, says iPhone and iPad infringe patents

Samsung on Monday confirmed that it recently filed a new complaint against Apple in France, alleging that the Cupertino-based company’s iPad and iPhone devices infringe on three Samsung-owned patents. Unlike the case that recently saw a German judge ban sales of Samsung’s GALAXY Tab 10.1 tablet by the company’s local arm, Samsung’s complaint in France covers patents rather than the physical design of the devices in question. The suit targets Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G as well as the iPad and iPad 2, and the patents in question cover the UMTS communication standard according to AFP. The complaint was first filed in July and a preliminary hearing will take place in December. More →

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No connection between cancer and cell phones, experts argue

By on July 5, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

No connection between cancer and cell phones, experts argue

In May the World Health Organization published a report that said cell phones are “possibly carcinogenic.” Last month The Economist published a different report suggesting it simply wasn’t possible for the radio waves emitted by a cell phone to cause cells to mutate. Now, another group of research experts from Britain, the United States, and Sweden — who have studied the WHO report — are also arguing that there’s no connection between cell phones and cancer. “Although there remains some uncertainty, the trend in the accumulating evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumors in adults,” the group said in a recent report published in Environmental Health Perspectives. According to Reuters, a number of other studies have also been unable to find a link between increases in brain tumors and cell phones in the 10 years since cell phones have become commonplace. “This is a really difficult issue to research,” David Spiegelhalter, the Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge told Reuters. Spiegelhalter was not part of the study but said that it’s “clear that any risk appears to be so small that it is very hard to detect — even in the masses of people now using mobile phones.” More →

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French search company 1PlusV sues Google for $421 million

By on June 28, 2011 at 8:30 PM.

French search company 1PlusV sues Google for $421 million

1PlusV, a French search company, has filed a lawsuit against Google asking for 295 million euros ($421 million). “Between 2007 and 2010, no less than 30 vertical search engines created by 1plusV were black-listed, some of which showed significant business potential,” the company said in its lawsuit. According to Reuters, 1PlusV plans to file the official complaint on Tuesday or Wednesday with the Paris commercial court. Google has been taking a lot of legal heat recently. In the United States, Google recently addressed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into its business practices, and it has also faced a similar lawsuit in Europe. In March, Microsoft announced that it was filing a complaint against Google with the European Trade Commission. More →

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