News bites: France threatens Google with fines over privacy policy

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez is poised to recommend a sweeping investigation of patent trolls, The New York Times reports.

Facebook, Google and Microsoft are doling out money to broadband providers for connections to get faster access to their networks, which some fear could put startups at a disadvantage, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The connections between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency have become closer over the years as their interests have converged, The New York Times writes.

A European firm erased private videos, photos and other documents stored on servers that were originally rented by Megaupload, which site founder Kim Dotcom called "the largest data massacre in the history of the Internet," Reuters reports.

France said it's giving Google three months to fix its privacy policies or it will face fines, Bloomberg says.