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Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy
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Facebook has won a court challenge in Germany that will see its real names policy upheld in the country. Back in December, Germany’s data protection office Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) issued a ruling against Facebook’s real names policy, claiming …

German Publishers Reportedly Won’t Go For A Google Deal Like Those In France German Publishers Reportedly Won’t Go For A Google Deal Like Those In France

Google and France President Francois Hollande, on Friday, announced a deal that the search giant has made with French publishers to who want to be paid for the content that Google links to. Google agreed to create a €60 million …

The Internet Is Essential to Life and a Civil Right, According to German Court The Internet Is Essential to Life and a Civil Right, According to German Court
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In Germany, people can request compensation when they’ve been deprived of things deemed essential to life. And now, thanks to a court ruling, the internet is part of that class. A Federal court in Karlsruhe has made a pretty important …

Google Adds German-Franco Partnership Exhibitions To Cultural Institute Google Adds German-Franco Partnership Exhibitions To Cultural Institute

Last summer, Google launched the World Wonders Project as part of the Google Cultural Institute. In October, the company announced the addition of 42 new historical online exhibitions to the Institute. Last month, Google helped bring Genesis and the Ten …

New Research Once Again Confirms That Pirates Are The Best Customers New Research Once Again Confirms That Pirates Are The Best Customers
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The media industry really hates pirates. The companies that produce music, movies and everything else constantly berate pirates and tell the world that these people are destroying their business. These companies used to sue alleged file sharers, but now they’re …

Google Resists As German Lawmakers Talk Law That Would Require It To Pay Publishers Google Resists As German Lawmakers Talk Law That Would Require It To Pay Publishers
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You may recall talk of a proposed law in Germany that would require search engines like Google to pay to license content from publishers in order to display headlines (with links) and snippets of text. Lawmakers in Germany are reportedly …

German Zoophiles Sue Government Over Potential Bestiality Ban
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Since 1969, zoophilia has been legal in Germany. Animal rights groups and mostly everybody else don’t particularly like that it’s legal, but it’s legal nonetheless. Now the German courts are looking to reverse that decision and ban zoophilia, but practitioners …

Should Parents Be Held Responsible For Their Child’s Online Behavior? Should Parents Be Held Responsible For Their Child’s Online Behavior?
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The Internet is a big, dangerous place where kids can get in all kinds of trouble. That’s at least the line fed to us by various groups that advocate parents take a stricter approach in monitoring their children’s Internet usage. …

Apple Bans “Memory” from App Store, Cites German Trademark [REPORT] Apple Bans “Memory” from App Store, Cites German Trademark [REPORT]
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If you’re currently developing an app for Apple’s App Store, you may want to refrain from including the word “memory” in the title. It may save you a major headache down the road. According to a report from Gamasutra, Apple …

Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Account in Germany, Marking First Use of Local Censorship Policy Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Account in Germany, Marking First Use of Local Censorship Policy
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As of right now, there are tweets floating around that everyone in the world can access except the residents of a single country – and it was Twitter’s doing. In a move of local censorship, Twitter has apparently blocked German …

Criminal Investigation Into Google’s Street View To Be Dropped [Report] Criminal Investigation Into Google’s Street View To Be Dropped [Report]

Google has had trouble with its popular Street View product in Germany since the beginning. There were privacy concerns about it in the country before it finally received the go ahead from German courts, and ultimately launched in that country …

Google in Trouble (Again) over Autocomplete Google in Trouble (Again) over Autocomplete

Google finds itself embroiled in another legal case stemming from their autocomplete feature in search. This time, it’s former German First Lady Bettina Wulff, who claims that Google has defamed her and “destroyed her reputation” with its instant search. Wullf, …

Germany’s Pizza Delivery Service Takes To The Sky Germany’s Pizza Delivery Service Takes To The Sky

I love pizza delivery services. I can get the greatest food on the planet without having to leave my house. I thought that there was no way to improve upon such a perfect model, but Germany has proven me wrong. …

Google Is Not Happy With This Proposed Law Google Is Not Happy With This Proposed Law
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Google has been speaking out about a proposed law in Germany, which would require search engines and aggregators to pay to license content from publishers via ancillary copyright, in order to display headlines (with links) and snippets of text. You …

America’s Jobless More Likely to Die if They Have Fewer Skills

According to a new study published in the American Journal for Public Health and conducted at the University of British Columbia, unemployed Americans with minimal and medium skill sets are seven times more likely to die than highly skilled workers. …

Germany Finally Gets Actual Gmail Germany Finally Gets Actual Gmail
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Update: A Google spokesperson gave us the following statement regarding the resolution of the company’s issues with the Gmail name in Germany: We confirm that the legal conflicts around the use of the trademark GMAIL and respective domains in Germany …

Blizzard Facing Investigations In France, Germany Over Diablo III
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Diablo III was a huge success for Blizzard. It sold over one million units at retail in its first month in the U.S. alone. The last PC title to do that was, well, StarCraft II. The launch wasn’t free of …

Germans Can Now Sign-Up For Spotify Sans Facebook Account Germans Can Now Sign-Up For Spotify Sans Facebook Account

Since Facebook and Spotify partnered up to bring Open Graph music sharing to the masses, Spotify has required that users register for their service using their Facebook accounts. Anyone that attempts to sign up for Spotify today will either have …

Donald Duck Holocaust: Printing Snafu Causes Outrage

Donald Duck Holocaust: Those of you who were hoping for an Internet-born mash-up of Disney’s “Ducktales” and director Ruggero Deodato infamous horror outing “Cannibal Holocaust” are going to walk away from this article experiencing some extreme disappointment. I apologize in …

Bing Maps Nixes Streetside Feature in Germany Bing Maps Nixes Streetside Feature in Germany

Due to some concerns regarding how Bing Maps deals with requests to blur images on its Streetside feature in Germany, the company has decided to disable the street-level image feature in order to assess some of the complaints. Blurring out …

Google Summer Of Code Gets Over 1,000 Student Participants Google Summer Of Code Gets Over 1,000 Student Participants

Now that summer has begun for all those kids still in college, it’s high time to find a summer job. If you’re a programmer or developer in college, chances are you already have that summer job. Google Summer of Code …