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A look at a working solar thermal power generation facility. Google (GOOG) has formed a new subsidiary to buy and sell power on the wholesale market, and hopes the move will help provide more renewable energy to meet its corporate carbon reduction goals. The company formed Google Energy last month and has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to allow it to participate in the energy markets.
The French Government has released a report that calls for a tax on online advertising revenue to fund subsidies for French culture. This would include subsidies for newspapers, art, music and other products struggling in the digital era. The media has dubbed it the “Google Tax” which is reasonable as the Silicon Valley search engine giant holds the dominant position for search in France.
C’est la première bataille de l’édition française avec le moteur de recherche américain. Et ce 18 décembre, la première l’a emporté. Le groupe La Martinière/Le Seuil a obtenu gain de cause dans la procédure qu’il avait intentée à Google en 2006.
Illustration by Guy Billout