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Google, France Telecom Said to Weigh Network Traffic Pact

Google Inc. and France Telecom SA are in discussions that may lead to an agreement to work together on reducing the impact of data traffic on telecommunications networks, according to two people familiar with the situation.

The talks concern the fixed-line and mobile-phone networks operated by France’s largest phone company, and an accord would probably focus on technological cooperation and research rather than financial compensation from Google, said the people, who declined to be identified because the discussions are private.