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France wants to arm satellites with guns and lasers by 2030

France wants to arm satellites with guns and lasers by 2030

Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a French space force that would be responsible for defending its satellites. It looks like they’re serious about that: France’s Minister of Defense announced a program that would develop nano satellites equipped with guns and lasers, according to Le Point (via Task & Purpose).…
France will continue with its technology tax amidst tariff threat from US

France will continue with its technology tax amidst tariff threat from US

France’s finance minister says that it will continue to carry out a plan to tax technology firms, despite a threat of tariffs on French goods from US President Donald Trump, according to Reuters. The country’s senate passed the controversial bill earlier this month, and it was signed into law by President Emmanuel Macron this week.…
High tech bikes that could win the Tour de France

High tech bikes that could win the Tour de France

They also integrate cable routing hidden inside the frame for gears and brakes (more clean lines and less drag) or have done away with cabled gearing completely, switching to systems such as Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting (featuring a thin wire sending signals from the shifter to the rear mech) or SRAM’s eTap wireless shifting (via…
Seeing France’s Wild Mountains Through a Clouded, Classic Windshield

Seeing France’s Wild Mountains Through a Clouded, Classic Windshield

In 1878, on something of a whim, the novelist and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson crossed southern France’s Cévennes mountains, one of the wildest and most sparsely populated parts of the country, in the company of a slow-moving donkey named Modestine. In May, also on something of a whim, my wife and I crossed the…
France’s Air Force is getting a space command

France’s Air Force is getting a space command

Ahead of this weekend’s Bastille Day celebration on Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a space command that would be part of the country’s Air Force, according to Reuters. President Macron made the remarks to military personnel, saying that the space command would be responsible for defending the country’s satellites, and that…
France passes tax on tech firms despite US threats

France passes tax on tech firms despite US threats

Image copyright AFP France has approved a digital services tax despite threats of retaliation by the US, which argues that it unfairly targets American tech giants.The 3% tax will be levied on sales generated in France by multinational firms like Google and Facebook. The French government has argued that such firms headquartered outside the country…
France wants to fine Facebook over hate speech

France wants to fine Facebook over hate speech

On Thursday, French lawmakers approved a measure designed to force tech companies like Facebook and Google to remove content the French government deems “hate speech,” the Associate Press reported earlier today. The provision, which is part of a larger internet regulation bill, was adopted by the lower house of the French Parliament on Thursday. If…
Temperatures in France cross 45C threshold for first time ever: Meteo France

Temperatures in France cross 45C threshold for first time ever: Meteo France

Temperatures in France crossed the 45 Celsius threshold for the first time since records began on Friday.Meteo France said 45.1 Celsius was recorded in Villevieille, in the south-eastern Gard department at 2.59 pm CEST, beating a one-hour-old record of 44.3 Celsius in Carpentras, Provence.The meteorology agency warned that temperatures could rise even further throughout the…
France Bans Judge Analytics, 5 Years In Prison For Rule Breakers

France Bans Judge Analytics, 5 Years In Prison For Rule Breakers

In a startling intervention that seeks to limit the emerging litigation analytics and prediction sector, the French Government has banned the publication of statistical information about judges’ decisions – with a five year prison sentence set as the maximum punishment for anyone who breaks the new law. Owners of legal tech companies focused on litigation…

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Google Pixel 4 5G On Verizon— Staying A Step Ahead Of...

Pixel 4.Credit: GoogleA rumored Pixel 4 5G would give Google a leg up on the iPhone, which likely won’t get 5G until late 2020.The company is reportedly “testing” a 5G model for release in the not-too-distant future. (See widely cited report from Japan’s Nikkei.) But even if Google doesn’t start immediately shipping a 5G Pixel…

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