France Blocking Ads

January 7, 2013 - 1:32 PM
FILE - In this Jan.10, 2012 file photo, Xavier Niel , the French internet billionaire and founder of the Internet provider Free delivers his speech in Paris. France’s government says Monday, Jan.7, 2013 it has persuaded the leading Internet provider to stop blocking online advertisements, a controversial move that would have hit online search giants such as Google. Free last week started automatically blocking ads for some users. Many Internet companies such as Google earn big revenues from such ads while offering searches or other services for free. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)