All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Germany’

Microsoft Launches Cortana In More Countries

Microsoft announced today that it is launching Cortana (its Siri competitor) in four new countries in Europe: France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. “When we introduced Cortana as a beta as part of Windows Phone 8.1 in the U.S. this past spring, she generated worldwide interest and excitement which was amazing to see,” says Microsoft’s Marcus Ash in a blog post. …

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Adolf Hitler Painting Up For Auction In Germany

Interested in owning a work of art by Adolf Hitler? If you are, and there are actually many interested buyers out there, Hitler’s watercolor painting of a building called “The Old Town Hall,” will be up for auction on November 22 at the Nuremberg auction house. The painting was created around 1914. “The Old Town Hall” depicts a registrar’s office …

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Google Gets Apparent Victory Over German Publishers

Google and publishers in Germany have been going back and forth for years. Well, Google and publishers everywhere have been going back and forth for years, but in Germany, a group of publishers pushed for an ancillary copyright law last year, trying to force Google to pay for using snippets from their content in search results, but ultimately, Google was …

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To Minimize Legal Risk, Google Stops Showing Snippets For Some Publishers

As you may know, Google and publishers in Germany have been going back and forth for quite some time. Google wants to continue providing search results for news stories like it has for years, but publishers think Google is taking advantage of them, and want to get paid. This is actually a storyline that gets played out in different countries …

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Germany Wants Changes To Google’s Privacy Policy

Google’s “new” privacy policy, which went into effect in 2012, continues to draw controversy and government attention, particularly in Europe. This week, the company was ordered by regulators in Germany to limit how it combines user data from its various products, specifically in such a way that finds out users’ sexual orientation and marital status. This is according to Bloomberg, …

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Netflix Launches In Germany Following French Debut

On Monday, Netflix launched in France, and on Tuesday, the company followed that with a launch in Germany. Guten Morgen! Netflix ist in Deutschland. Und ganz bald auch in Österreich und der Schweiz http://t.co/tB2FeUUW6n pic.twitter.com/HMO2WtrdqF — NetflixDE (@NetflixDE) September 16, 2014 Au Revoir, France! See you soon Berlin! @NetflixFR @NetflixDE pic.twitter.com/oP7IXbTRTf — Netflix US (@netflix) September 16, 2014 On the …

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German Regulator Won’t Pursue Complaint Against Google

A regulator in Germany has reportedly decided not to pursue a complaint against Google by publishers who don’t like the way Google surfaces their articles. While a law passed in Germany last year that enables publishers to keep Google and others from using anything more than small excerpts from articles, Germany’s Cartel Office decided, according to Reuters, that the scope …

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Yahoo Complains About ‘Unconstitutional’ Copyright Law

Yahoo has complained to Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court about a copyright law, which it says is unconstitutional. The law in question seeks to protect copyright of publishers, and is said to “amount to a tax on search engines.” Yahoo’s position in this is somewhat unique (compared to Google and Bing) as it is both a publisher and a search engine. …

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Crop Circles In Germany: Who Made Them?

Crop circles have been turning up in fields across the world for centuries. Some of them have been proven as hoaxes but many others are unexplained. Since crop circles are usually arranged in elaborate patterns, designs and strange symbols, many people believe that they are made by UFO’s or beings from another planet. Some people have even suggested that the …

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Should Google Be Regulated Like A Utility?

The idea of tech giants like Google being regulated like utilities isn’t a new one, but the topic is back in the public conversation this week, as Germany is considering treating Google and others this way. Should Google be regulated like a utility? Share your thoughts in the comments. Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has reportedly drafted a “secret” 30-page document …

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Brenda Song Goes Shopping with Mom and Younger Brother

Brenda Song was recently spotted shopping in Los Angeles with her mom Mai and younger brother Nathan. The trio hit a mall in the trendy Woodland Hills neighborhood on Friday. Onlookers said Song and her mother bought beauty products at the MAC store. Song, 26, appears close to her family, with photos of them peppered throughout her Instagram feed. The …

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FIFA World Cup Final: Argentina vs. Germany

After watching their national team crash out of the World Cup following a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany, it seems the worst might be yet to come. Rivals Argentina have just defeated the Netherlands in a thrilling penalty shootout (4-2). This means that it will be Argentina and Germany in the 2014 World Cup final. The Argentina vs. Netherlands match …

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