France urges Apple and Google to ease privacy rules on contact tracing

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French government becomes first to call for invasive measures in effort to combat coronavirus.

Apple given record fine in France over anti-competition practices

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A French competition wtachdog has found US tech giant Apple guilty of unfairly agreeing prices for sales of its wares in France with certain wholesalers, to the detriment of others, and fined the company 1.1 billion euros.

France fines Apple for keeping silent over iPhone update drawback

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US tech company Apple has been fined 25 million euros by a French competition watchdog for failing to tell iPhone users that a software update throttled the performance of older iPhones, a problem that could be fixed by replacing the battery but which may have encouraged some to replace their smartphone for a new device.

Paris court rules against Apple in case against 'tax evasion' protestors acting in 'general interest'


At the end of a legal case brought by tech giant Apple against alter-globalisation organisation ATTAC, in which the tech giant sought a three-year ban on activists demonstrating in and outside its stores in France to highlight the firm’s tax-avoidance schemes, a Paris court has ruled in favour of ATTAC, describing its campaign as being in the “general interest”. Martine Orange reports.

Apple turns red over tax protests at its French stores

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In an extraordinary move, American tech giant Apple this week applied before a Paris court for a three-year ban to be imposed on alter-globalisation group ATTAC from continuing with its recent demonstrations at the company’s stores in France in a campaign to denounce its tax-dodging practices. Mediapart economics and business correspondent Martine Orange was in court to follow the hearing which, she reports here, has above all served to further tarnish the iPhone maker's image.

Apple, Epson targeted in French lawsuit over product 'life-shortening'

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A French consumer association has filed a lawsuit against US smartphone maker Apple and Japanese printer manufacturer Epson for allegedly deliberately designing their products to fail after a shorter period than would otherwise occur in order to spur new sales.   

Apple CEO visits France, meets Macron

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Apple boss Tim Cook, after meeting with the company’s suppliers and developers in northern France and visiting graves at the site of the Normandy landings, met with Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday, amid a drive by the French president and other European leaders to force a number tech and web-based giants to pay taxes where their activities are based.

French Apple store staff walkout on iPhone 5 debut

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Staff at Apple Inc's French stores voted to strike over working conditions on Friday, the day when the iPhone 5 is presented to the public.

Steve Jobs : arabo-américain, boudhiste et consommateur de drogues

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French papers team up to break Apple stranglehold

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Apple's tight control over media content on its iPad could fall foul of a coalition some of France's most powerful newspapers and magazines.

Apple Removes French 'Jew or Not Jew' App

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Apple has been forced to remove an app titled "Jew or not Jew" which identifies whether or not French politicians and celebrities are Jewish.

App gives Apple gadget users aerial view of France

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Fotopedia and National Geographic Traveler magazine on Tuesday launched a software application that gives Apple gadget users an aerial tour of France.

32% of iPad owners have never downloaded an app (TUAW)

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