France's anti-piracy watchdog fought for survival this week while its broadcast regulator argued to gain control over a seriously weakened three-strikes process stripped of its internet-banning powers.
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The French prime minister’s office has issued a note instructing all ministries offices employees not to use consumer mobile devices when dealing with classified and sensitive data.
Orange has extended its 4G coverage to Paris and 37 surrounding areas, and upped its coverage target for 2013.
France's second biggest operator takes LTE to the capital, as its third-placed rival sets out its stall for its own launch later this year.
Time Equity Partners is aiming to raise €100m to fund digital economy companies in France and Europe, as well as globally.
SFR and Bouygues Telecom, France's second and third biggest mobile operators respectively, have begun talks to share parts of their network infrastructure.
The country's second biggest ISP has not been acting against net neutrality principles, watchdog Arcep found - its network's just congested.
The French competition authority has decided to investigate the app store market, questioning the fairness of a "very closed oligopoly", according to organisation's president.
After losing an appeal against a court order that sentenced Twitter to reveal the details of accounts used last autumn to post racist and anti-Semitic tweets, the microblogging finally gave in.
When the NSA's PRISM program was first revealed, reactions were cautious. But now, some believe it could be an opportunity for France's cloud industry.
Last week, Stéphane Richard was put under investigation in a case of suspected organised fraud. The board of the telco has announced it intends to keep him as CEO of the company.
At the end of January, a French court ordered Twitter to reveal the details of accounts used to post racist and anti-Semitic tweets last autumn. Twitter appealed against the ruling, but has lost that appeal.
For the first time, a French internet user has been sentenced to have their internet access suspended for two weeks. But whether the ban ever comes to pass remains to be seen.
The district court of Paris just sentenced Apple to pay €5m as compensation for private copies of media made using its iPad in 2011.
France’s homeland security minister Manuel Valls has said he sees web monitoring as a priority in the fight to find terrorists.
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