Google and French publishers have finally reached an agreement: the search engine will contribute €60m to a fund designed to help them adjust to the digital age.
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Anne Morris is a freelance journalist, editor and translator. She has been working in the telecommunications sector since 1996, when she joined the London-based team of CommunicationsWeek International as copy editor. Over the years she held the editor position at both Total Telecom Online and Total Telecom Magazine, eventually leaving to go freelance in 2010. Now living in France, she writes for a number of titles and also provides research work for analyst companies, with a particular focus on mobile communications. In her spare time she translates business texts from German into English.
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Mobile networks Orange and SFR have switched on 4G LTE services in one district of Paris each, with Orange aiming to cover the whole of the French capital by the end of this year.
Twitter will have to give away data that might help identify the authors of anti-Semitic or racist tweets, as well as roll out an easily accessible notification system for users to report illegal or hateful content under a ruling by a Paris court.
Negotiations between Google and French media companies seem to have ground to a halt, while a government enquiry has came up with a fresh idea: tax big online companies based on the user data they collect.
Were some expecting too much from a net neutrality roundtable organised by France's digital economy minister? Perhaps - but the lack of action and the promise of more discussion has clearly disappointed.
Should Twitter moderate discussions and trending topics according to local laws? Recent issues in France have sparked a serious debate.
French ISP Free has rolled out an update to firmware of the DSL modem it gives subscribers - bringing with it an ad blocker switched on by default. The move has sparked a wave of controversy, raising concerns about net neutrality and questions around the financing of internet infrastructure.
The staff of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy fell victim to a hack attack while he was still in office, and the finger of blame is being pointed at the US.
The French tax authorities are looking for millions in taxes from Amazon for the last four years - a request Amazon intends to fight.
This week Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt met with the French president François Hollande. On the agenda: the subject of a 'link tax' and, reportedly, how much the search giant contributes to the country's coffers.
France's Hadopi anti-piracy legislation came in 2009, charged with cutting file-sharing and boosting legal alternatives. Four years and millions of euros later, it's now got its first scalp. But does the law, and the authority behind it, have a future?
The first person fined under the Sarkozy-era Hadopi law is a 40-year-old man whose soon-to-be-ex-wife downloaded Rihanna songs over his internet connection.
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