Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Fighting the Islamic State group: What coalition against jihadists?

Read more

DEBATE

Fighting the Islamic State group: What coalition against jihadists? (Part two)

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic : the UN takes over the country's peacekeeping

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Fighting back against facial recognition

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and CEO

Read more

ENCORE!

U2's Free Album Annoys Some Fans

Read more

FOCUS

Lebanon: Islamic State organisation advances on refugee camps

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Kostyantyn Yeliseyev, Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Italian FM to lead EU diplomacy: Is Mogherini up to the task?

Read more

News seen on the web and about the web. From Monday to Friday at 8.20 am Paris time.

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2013-03-26

Independent UK booksellers fight Amazon

Independent booksellers in the UK launch a challenge to Amazon. China’s new First Lady becomes an instant internet sensation. And thanks to Google Docs, budding authors can now collaborate with the likes of Shakespeare.

Independent UK booksellers fight Amazon

British booksellers Frances and Keith Smith are reaching out to the UK government with this message: "We pay our taxes and so should Amazon". They launched an online petition condemning the American online retailing giant’s tax avoidance. They have now reached the 100,000 signatures required to present the petition to the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

UK booksellers have been on Amazon’s case for several months now. They say the well-known ecommerce website has an unfair advantage because as its headquarters are based in Luxembourg it does not pay any UK tax on any UK earnings. Although this is not illegal practice, it has fueled anger in austerity hit Britain, where residents have decided to boycott the brand in favour of small businesses which do pay their fair share of taxes.

The aim is to make Amazon look into its tax affairs in the UK, in the same way Starbucks was convinced last year with a similar campaign. After being brought to task by the British government, the American coffee house chain agreed to pay corporate tax in the UK.

Multinationals are also being targeted by the authorities in France where Amazon was recently subsidized in a job creation investment, despite the fact French tax authorities are currently claiming around 198 million euros in back tax. 

China’s new First Lady becomes Internet sensation

When China’s president Xi Jinping embarked on his first official foreign visit since assuming office, it was his wife Peng Liyuan who stole the show. When the new First Lady appeared alongside her husband as they stepped off the aircraft in Moscow, she became an instant Internet sensation back home.

Countless social networkers have been praising the 50-year-old woman’s composure and elegance. This web user for example says she represents a new force in Chinese diplomacy and will no doubt do wonders for China’s reputation abroad.

Others are pleasantly surprised by this change in protocol. Until now the private lives of China’s leaders and their families has been a taboo topic in China, and the wives of Xi Jinping’s predecessors have traditionally kept a low profile. 

But Peng Liyuan is used to being in the spotlight. A well-known singer for the People’s Liberation Army, she was a household name well before her husband came to power and regularly performed at the annual New Year gala show extravaganza broadcast on state owned television.

And just like Michelle Obama, she looks set to become a fashion icon. Soon after her appearance in Moscow online retailers in China started directing local web users to coats and handbags similar to those worn by their new First Lady.

Now trending on social networks

Over 1 million people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on the 8 December 1980. This sad statement was posted to Twitter last week by the widow of the former Beatle, Yoko Ono, along with a series of other tweets calling for tougher gun control. She has also posted a photo of the blood-stained glasses apparently worn by John Lennon on the day he was murdered; she condemns the escalating gun violence across the US saying the grief is still raw, 33 years on from his tragic death…

Google Docs lets web users collaborate with dead writers

Becoming a writer is hard work, so wouldn’t some input from Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Poe or Dostoyevsky be fantastic? With Google Docs, budding authors take a blank document, get writing and the ghosts of dead and long gone writers then, through the medium of a robot, start interjecting with comments and suggestions. Currently available in English only, this tool is a pretty fun demonstration of how multiple people can edit a document. 

Video of the day

The trailer for the latest episode in the Star Trek saga due to hit cinema screens this summer… in Lego! Painstaking work indeed, with pretty impressive results, it’s more or less an exact replica of the original

By Electron Libre

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-09-12 Social Media

Web users react to Obama's speech on IS organisation

In this edition: reactions to Barack Obama's speech on the Islamic state organisation, a campaign to stop violence against aboriginal women in Canada, and an original cover...

Read more

2014-09-15 Social Media

Online reactions to the death of David Haines

In this edition: online reactions to the death of David Haines; politicians in the Philippines challenged to ride public transport; and a billiards champ in a stunning display.

Read more

2014-09-13 Internet

Investigative reporting in the digital age

And what if the future of investigative journalism lies in the web? Leading French website "Enquête ouverte" is France's leading crowdsourcing website for data and information....

Read more

2014-09-11 Social Media

Banksy images doctored by Scottish independence supporters

In this edition: Banksy works doctored by supporters of Scottish independence; outrage over an indiscriminate attack at a Memphis grocery store; and a time lapse video of all the...

Read more

2014-09-10 food and beverage industry

Slogan supporting Nigerian president sparks outrage online

In this edition: outrage over an NGO's campaign slogan supporting the Nigerian president; students in the US protest new school lunch guidelines; and an Amish community build a...

Read more