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A court in Paris, France has fined Google $65,000 because its search engine's autocomplete feature brings up the French word for "crook" when users type the name of an insurance company.

I'm always in favour of big business getting it's way. An Apple a day I always say. rolleyes.gif
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uhhhh... what? Autocomplete is based on TRENDS.

THIS is ignorance.
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Have they heard of Google bombing?
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If i were google, I would tell the french to leave and kiss my you know what.
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Surely the French would have been more pissed off when googling "french military victories" resulted in the page "nothing found for french military victories did you mean french military defeats"!!!!
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Originally Posted by Spacedinvader View Post

Surely the French would have been more pissed off when googling "french military victories" resulted in the page "nothing found for french military victories did you mean french military defeats"!!!!

This made me rofl
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Surely the French would have been more pissed off when googling "french military victories" resulted in the page "nothing found for french military victories did you mean french military defeats"!!!!


What's even better is that 90 percent of all French have no clue if it weren't for the US they'd be Nazi France right now. This is retarded. More French BS.
Edited by Cyrilmak - 1/6/12 at 6:24pm
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In addition to the fine, Google must also remove the term from searches associated with Lyonnaise de Garantie.

Governments able to manipulate the results of a search, wonderul. I think this is a fine example of a ruling made by someone who has zero grasp on how a search engine works. Looking forward to the old farts that run courts dying off and being replaced by people that understand technology.
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The real issue at hand is that Google was aware of the miniscule fine of $65,000 which is a negligible amount of money. For their lawyers to have spent more time than just reading the phrase "fine of up to $65,000" would have cost more than that. Don't contest the charge, pay the fine, nobody cares.
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Eh. French government can't take the joke.
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