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France ambitiously seeks 1.6 billion euros from Google in back taxes

A source at the French finance ministry has apparently revealed that France will seek 1.6 billion euros ($1.76 billion) from Google in back-taxes, in the wake of the internet giant’s controversially small payment of tax in the UK. The news comes in the wake of widespread criticism at Google’s agreement with the UK to pay… Read More

Impossible account login a potential security hole for Amazon?

A potential security issue has been raised with respect to the Amazon website. The problem was discovered by a tech journalist, Kirk McElhearn while allowing two-step verification on his Amazon account. Mr McElhearn said in his post that he has accounts with the Amazon.com, UK and French versions. The two-step process offers extra protection by… Read More

‘Babar’ and ‘EvilBunny’: new research on malware that plagued middle east suggests French origin

New research will be revealed today regarding the “fully blown espionage tool” Babar, details of which were revealed by Edward Snowden and initially investigated [French language] a year ago by Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSEC), which determined that the data-stealing malware was likely to be a product of the French government. Researcher Paul Rascagneres of… Read More

French startup to introduce silent wind turbine ‘trees’ into cities

Wind turbines have been plugged as a great sustainable energy choice but complaints continue to weigh against their favour; they’re ugly, noisy, and dangerous to birds. A French startup has now proposed a design for an ‘Arbre à Vent’ or Wind Tree, bringing a new and more aesthetically pleasing version of the turbine into towns… Read More

France bans UberPop from January 2015 as French cabbies prepare to strike

The French government has reversed [translated] last week’s judicial deafness to the protests of French taxi drivers regarding the toll that Uber’s ‘UberPop’ service will take on their livelihoods, banning Uber’s ‘UberPop’ service in the country from 1st of January 2015. The reversal deflates today’s planned taxi-driver blockade, which intended to block 160 miles of… Read More