CptnHarlock writes "The at times luddite French government is in the early stages of preparing a tax on ad revenues for big online firms according to the BBC. The incomes will be used to "fund legal alternatives for buying books, films and music on the internet". Disregarding that the wording implies that big online firms are involved in ilegal activities Google replies that this will "slow down innovation" and that it's better "to find new business models that help consumers find great content and rewards artists and publishers for their work""Link to Original Source
CptnHarlock writes "CNBC and BBC report that as Google steps into yet another market shares in conventional GPS devices fell hard today after the search giant unveiled its free Google Maps Navigation sat-nav application for mobile devices on wednsday. Tom-tom fell 13% and Garmin 18%. When the Motorola Droid arrives and other "Swiss Army knife" smartphones follow — will conventional standalone GPS devices go away? Will they go without a fight or will they try to sue their way back into our hearts (or wallets)?"
CptnHarlock writes "As notet on BBC and by many geeks and non-geeks worldwide Gmail and Google Docs have been having problems for about an hour now. The mail is accessible through IMAP clients and the chat is accessible through external applications. Twitter is ablaze and here's the BBC coverage."