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Government

Submission + - Sarkozy proposes ad tax on Google (ft.com)

SubstormGuy writes: The French government is considering levying a tax on the advertising revenues of Google and other internet portals, in the latest sign of a European backlash against the activities of the US internet search group.

President Nicolas Sarkozy instructed his finance ministry to examine the merits of a tax in response to complaints from the French media that Google and other sites are generating advertising income using their news and other content. He also called for an inquiry by French competition authorities into a possible “abuse of dominant position” in the advertising business of big internet sites.

Television

Submission + - Sony, IMAX, Discovery to launch 3D TV Network (pcmag.com)

adeelarshad82 writes: In a surprising endorsement for 3D display technology, Sony Corp. of America, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corp. have announced plans to form a U.S. television network entirely devoted to 3D programming. The three parties have signed a letter of intent to form the unnamed venture, which is scheduled to launch in 2012. The new network is designed as a sort of carrot to lure buyers to purchase 3D-enabled TVs.

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