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Facebook Fined In German Intellectual Property Dispute

This is a story that dates back to four years ago when a German court found that Facebook’s terms and conditions did not address the circumstances in which users intellectual property could be used by Facebook or…

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German Court Rules Facebook’s ‘Friends Finder’ Unlawful

The highest court in Germany has ruled that Facebook’s ‘Friends Finder’ function is unlawful on the grounds that it scrapes the e-mail contacts of users in order to market the social media site to other users.…

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Microsoft to Host Data in Germany to Protect it From US Spying

Microsoft has announced that it is to open a number of data centres in Germany, in partnership with T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom AG, to offer cloud storage to European customers away from the prying eyes of…

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Germany Promises 50Mbps Broadband

With a wide majority of the world using internet on a regular, if not every day, basis, we need to be aware of just how much we use the internet for. While most activities are mundane…

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Treason Investigation For Netzpolitik.org Paused In Germany

Secrecy and news. These things are against odds in recent years with the public being aware of just how much we do not know courtesy of the Snowden leaks. In Germany, there is an investigation into…

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100% Electric Big Rig Hits German Roads

This week, Europe’s first 100% electric tractor-trailer truck took to the roads in Germany, courtesy of car giant BMW. The 40-ton lorry can travel up to 62 miles per charge in an average of three or…

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Internet Watershed For Saucy eBooks

Have you ever contemplated if governments, authorities, and anyone who debates, writes and passes laws around the world genuinely understands the notion of the Internet? Over the years Pepperidge Farms has wondered this and so have…

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Tesla Model S Let Loose on Autobahn for 12 Minutes

Elon Musk, owner of Tesla the electric vehicle (EV) super giant, set out to build electric cars that could go fast and so far; he has delivered. Who can question the massive 691BHP from the Tesla…

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AdBlock Plus Ruled Legal by German Court

Despite being the life-blood of many websites, some internet users understandably find online ads annoying, especially when they are intrusive and impair their ability to engage with a site (for the record, all of eTeknix’s ads…

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One-Year-Old AI Robot Close to Becoming “Self-Aware”

This time last year, researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany uploaded a six-legged robot, nicknamed Hector, with a newly developed artificial intelligence software that gave it a simple form of consciousness, allowing the machine to learn…

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Germany to Get a Legal Uber Taxi Service Soon

Earlier this month a German court banned Uber from operating while using unlicensed cab drivers and set stiff fines for any violations of local transportation laws to reinforce the decision. The company’s German chief told the magazine…

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Tim Cook Praises Snowden, Responds to Questions About Apple Car

In case you hadn’t noticed, Apple’s Tim Cook has been on a global tour recently, visiting many places in Europe, including Germany and the UK, as well as other countries such as Israel. In Germany, he…

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HoloBridge – London’s 1st Virtual Reality Arcade

Whether you are an Assassin’s Creed fan who wanted to experience something similar to the Animus or just want a truly unique adventure like you have never seen or experienced before, HoloBridge apparently is willing to…

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Let RAY, the Robot Valet, Park Your Car

Here’s a valet you won’t feel obliged to tip: RAY, the robot valet, has started parking cars for visitors of Dusseldorf Airport in Germany. RAY is an automated forklift truck that will lift your car and…

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HitchBOT, the Hitchhiking Robot, to Travel Across Germany

HitchBOT, the Canadian hitchhiking robot, is set for a road trip across Germany. Last year, HitchBOT thumbed its way around Canada, from Halifax to Victoria, talking and tweeting along the way. Professor Frauke Zeller, HitchBOT’s co-creator…

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German Chancellor Disputes Net Neutrality

The battle for net neutrality has spread across Europe and the US, with President Barack Obama throwing his support behind a free and open internet. But influential German Chancellor Angela Merkel has scoffed at the idea,…

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Real-life Minority Report: German Police Trial Software to Predict Crime Before it Happens

  Steven Spielberg’s 2002 science fiction film Minority Report painted a future in which crimes can be predicted, and thus prevented, before they occur. The Pre-Crime police division used psychics called Precogs to name future criminals.…

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BMW and Tesla in “Talks”

Reuters reports that Elon Musk has been in talks with BMW over possible collaboration in the design of batteries and other components. The talks have taken place between the Chief Executive of Tesla Elon Musk and BMW…

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Ebay Has Been down for 5 Hours!

The auction giant and marketplace Ebay has been down since around noon, with the first reports starting around 11:25 GMT. This is a really long outtake for a site like this and so far there hasn’t…

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Amazon’s Fire Phone Finally Arrives in Europe

Our american readers have been able to get the Amazon Fire Phone for a while now but the rest of have had to wait. That wait is now over and it’s finally coming to Europe as…

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Facebook Offline for a Short While

“My life is over” – Most 13-19 year olds throughout the world today. As of 1PM PST however, the popular social network is back online in all affected countries. Today at 12:40pm PST, users from the…

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US Embassy in Berlin Receives ‘Beamed’ Graffitti to Protest NSA Spying Activities

It looks like a German artist has used a different form of “graffiti” to protest the NSA early this morning in Berlin. Oliver Bienkowski, a self-proclaimed “guerilla marketing expert”, has used a powerful projector mounted in…

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Germany v Brazil World Cup Thrashing Broke Twitter Records

The Germany Vs Brazil Semi-final match in this year’s World Cup has certainly caught the attention of any football fan or anyone involved in football after their 7-1 thrashing against the home team a couple of…

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Receives Pre-Order Lottery

Ubisoft apparently tends to take pre-release sales to a new level of marketing. The first sign was when pre-orders started for Watch Dogs, having the company releasing the title in numerous versions, all with their own…

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German Residents Got Sick Of Their Cruddy ISP, So Made Their Own!

We’ve all probably heard a few stories about people building their own internet networks in response to the failings of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as the example of farmers in Lancaster who built a 1 gigabit…

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Germany and France Looking To Create NSA-Free European Communications Networks

According to the German Chancellor’s weekly podcast she will be working with France to develop a European Communications Network that bypasses any American-based nodes that are vulnerable to NSA surveillance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet French…

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Worldwide Bitcoin Regulations Still Unclear, Law Library of Congress Survey Reports

There were many questions on how can the Bitcoin be taxed, having more and more countries coming up with different ways on how the cryptocurrency could be treated. While countries such as Germany do not consider…