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Apple has opened registrations for its annual summer camp for kids in the US, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, allowing children ages 8 to 12 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend a series of workshops at a local Apple Store focused on iMovie, iBooks Author, and in some countries, basic programming. The sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis, and tend to fill up quickly.
Apple has expanded its Back to School promotion into Europe, two weeks after the program for educational customers launched in the United States. Just as with the offer in the US, customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and other European markets can get a free pair of wireless Beats headphones as part of a qualifying order, alongside a discounted selection of Mac, MacBook, and iOS devices.
Ridesharing service Uber has been fined €800,000 ($907,000 US) in a Paris criminal court for running its UberPop service illegally, despite being banned by a 2014 law that was subsequently challenged and then upheld last September. The UberPop service, similar to the company's US service, pairs non-professional drivers and users, which ran afoul of the law. Meanwhile, in Seattle, the company has begun a new Scheduled Rides service that allows users to schedule a ride from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance.
France is taking extra precautions ahead of the upcoming Euro 2016 soccer tournament, set to start on Friday, by launching an app to help visitors in the event of a terrorist attack. Named SAIP (Système d'alerte et d'information des populations), the app has been launched by the French Interior Ministry to warn fans of any attacks shortly after they occur, and if the immediate area is still at risk of further attack.
France's answer to the US Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the DGCCRF has filed suit against Apple. The DGCCRF is seeking 48.5 million euro ($55.2 million) over Apple's "significantly unbalanced" contract terms with mobile carriers, that force carriers to buy a minimum number of phones, and allow Apple to use the companies' trademarks and patents.
The French government wants to fine tech companies that do not provide law enforcement agencies access to encrypted data, as part of terrorism investigations. An amendment to a bill relating to the fight against terrorism and organized crime has been approved by politicians, adding in the threat of financial penalties and jail time for companies failing to assist police in bypassing encryption, though a second version that included tougher penalties was voted down.
Apple Pay could roll out in France by the end of this year, but Apple is still said to be in negotiations with major French banks over the matter. Sources of one French outlet claim the commission Apple receives on each Apple Pay transaction from the financial institutions is a sticking point, in that existing transaction fees for debit and credit cards are not much more than what Apple is said to be requesting as its own fee.
Apple could be planning a new flagship store in Paris, France, with a report claiming apple has secured a lease for a building in the French capital. A seven-story building at 114 Avenue des Champs-Elysees is claimed to be a potential venue for an Apple Store, with a twelve-year lease for the building allegedly already signed by Apple late last year, though initial reports suggest the venue's size could indicate it as being used for more than just retail.
Following some localized YouTube channels for Apple's videos in South Korea and Japan over the summer, four new official Apple channels -- for Spain, France, Germany, and Italy -- now offer local-language versions of Apple's recent and older videos for new products and services. Not counting the US-based "original" channel, the Japanese version has thus far proven the most popular, attracting more than 10,000 subscribers after less than three months. Of the four new European channels, France has about half as many subscribers as the others.
The French government's data protection agency has rejected Google's appeal against a request to apply the "Right to be Forgotten" to all search results, not just European results. The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) is now threatening to fine Google for non compliance, with the possibility of the search giant paying €300,000 ($335,000) at first, potentially increasing as time goes on to a maximum of 5 percent of global operating costs.