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Facebook, Twitter, Google Wrestle With Kremlin Orders to Erase Content
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On WSJ's B1 today: How Netflix has worked to counter a European backlash against  American web firms (plus an excuse to put a big photo of Brigitte Bardot from "Contempt").  
As Netflix prepares this month to start service in six Western European countries, it is running into backlash against U.S. Web giants, particularly in France.
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In taking the first steps to accommodate Europe's nascent "right to be forgotten,"Google is taking a big gamble--and could set a precedent for other companies or even in other parts of the world. 

More from story over the weekend on Google's pivot on privacy... 
Google moved to soften its opposition to a nascent European "right to be forgotten" on the Internet, unveiling a Web page where Europeans can request the company take down links tied to individuals' names.
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In case you missed it, our Parisian cola-war video is up on YouTube...
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Bubbling business: More than 30 regional colas have sprung up in France in the last decade, from Brittany's Breizh Cola to Alsace's Elsass-Cola.

Now two new colas -- Paris Cola and Parisgo Cola -- are launching in Paris this summer.

On today's Page One: my a-hed on France's cola wars: http://on.wsj.com/15qv91Q
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Big Vivendi board agenda today. Will it pull trigger on $3B+ ATVI dividend? Land $5.5B+ sale of Maroc Tel? Spin off SFR? A lot to discuss for a company trying to reshape itself....
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On WSJ A1 today: France takes aim at Google's profit shifting, as tax authority pushes a tax inquiry with big implications. 

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A Google tax fight with France calls into question an arrangement the tech giant and many other companies use that channels revenue from around Europe to a country that has favorable tax laws.
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The WSJ got its first "right to be forgotten" notice from Google in Europe. We tracked down the requester to discuss it. 
Google has met a request from a man in the Netherlands to drop search results that tie his name to a 1998 newspaper article that cites his participation in a Tantra workshop.
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"Until robots can brush for you, you still have to do that part yourself," says P&G web-enabled toothbrush exec.

On today's Page One, my a-hed about the David-and-Goliath battle on the front lines of the Internet of Things: http://on.wsj.com/1jLE9FI
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Closing the gap? Telcos are expected to spend 48% more in 2013 on so-called fourth-generation wireless hardware in EMEA than they did in 2012 -- helping close a technology gap with the US and Asia. 

But as European cellphone bills continue to shrink, their next challenge will be making money from all that gear.  

Sven Grundberg and I report in today's paper: http://on.wsj.com/15QXnqi 
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Naturally, if there's a cola war afoot, we had to take to the streets of Paris for a blind taste test.

Video of our findings: http://on.wsj.com/15YAHjc
There is a new cola war bubbling on the Continent, and it is not between Coke and Pepsi. WSJ's Sam Schechner takes to the streets of Paris to test two regional brands: Paris Cola and Parisgo Cola.
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Publicis and Omnicom used the phrase "merger of equals" four times in the press release to announce their $35b union. But history shows that such obsessive attention to balance and equality can lead to corporate paralysis--or divorce.

More in sidebar to today's Page One story, with Ruth Bender: http://on.wsj.com/17aEmJH
Few so-called mergers of equals, like the one announced Sunday between ad giants Publicis Groupe of France and U.S.-based Omnicom Group turn out to be as equal as advertised.
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I cover technology in Europe, based out of The Wall Street Journal’s Paris bureau.
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    Staff Reporter, 2005 - present