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Artist Makes Facebook ID Cards Artist Makes Facebook ID Cards
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German artist Tobia Leingruber recently published a website called fbbureau, which offered Facebook ID cards to one day replace driver’s licenses and passports, in mocking protest of the high level of personal data the social networking site has on its …

Germany Delays Signing ACTA

Have all the anti-ACTA protests started to sway European politicians? Maybe this weekend’s plans for mass protest is what did it, but there does appear to be some headway being made against the overreaching attempts at Internet regulation that have …

Google Chrome Gets Endorsement From German Government Google Chrome Gets Endorsement From German Government

Google’s adoration from governments is no longer limited to the United States because now they’ve earned some love from Germany. In a statement released this week, the Federal Office for Information Security made several recommendations for PC users running Windows …

Voss Rejects Samsung’s Second 3G Patent Lawsuit Voss Rejects Samsung’s Second 3G Patent Lawsuit

Mannheim’s Regional Court’s Judge Andreas Voss dismissed the second 3G patent lawsuit against Apple by Samsung. Samsung has been seeking settlements from Apple on infringement claims regarding various 3G/ UMTS patents in various jurisdictions. These lawsuits merely add to a …

Apple Sues Samsung (Again) To Halt Sales In Germany

Whew. 2012 arrived and there was a brief concern that Apple and Samsung might drop their 2011 pastime of suing each other in as many countries as possibly. Lucky for, uh, I guess people who could win lawsuits, they have …

BillSafe Acquired By eBay BillSafe Acquired By eBay
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eBay announced that it has acquired BillSafe, a purchase-on-invoice technology provider. eBay will combine the technology with PayPal in Germany. eBay has owned a minority stake in BillSafe since October 2010. Now it owns the whole thing. eBay says BillSafe …

Google Gets Around Analytics Issues in Germany Google Gets Around Analytics Issues in Germany

Early this year, reports surfaced that the German government would possibly fine businesses for using Google Analytics, saying that the tool violates people’s privacy, but Google said at the time: “Google Analytics complies with European data protection laws and is …

Germany Dislikes Facebook’s Like Button Germany Dislikes Facebook’s Like Button
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Apparently, it will soon be illegal to like anything in Germany anymore, at least through Facebook. Thanks to a determination given by “the data protection centre of the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein” (ULD), the Facebook “Like” button violates Germany’s …

Google Invests $5 Million In German Solar Plant Google Invests $5 Million In German Solar Plant
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So long as German competition authorities prove agreeable, it seems that Google will soon be in part responsible for powering the lights (and computers) at a number of German homes.  Google announced this morning that it intends to invest about …

Google Street View Okayed By German Court
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German citizens may soon have the opportunity to wave at (or dodge) many more cars sporting 15 camera lenses.  In a big win for Google, a Berlin court has ruled that the Street View program doesn’t break any of Germany’s …

Eric Schmidt Speaks at Humboldt University: Full Video

Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke at Humboldt University in Berlin last week. Google has now made video of the entire speech available.

He talks about Google increasing its presence in Europe and Germany, and the funding of a center for discussing/debating the evolution of the web. He also announces a small business initiative.

He then talks about OnePass, the new subscription service the company announced recently.  

There are some microphone issues at the beginning that are somewhat comical. 

Google Plans 1,000-Person Hiring Spree In Europe

Anyone concerned that Google’s growth will slow under Larry Page can probably at least put aside those fears with respect to the company’s headcount.  Outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt announced today that Google intends to hire 1,000 people in Europe alone.

eBay Pays $200 Million to Acquire Brands4friends [Update]
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Update: eBay just announced that it has completed the acquisition. 

German Government May Fine Businesses for Using Google Analytics
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How much do you rely on web analytics? Probably a great deal, and with good reason. It’s incredibly hard to get ahead online without looking at analytics and using that information to your advantage. Many of you probably use Google Analytics for this, but what if the government threatened to fine you for doing so? 

Google Street View Debuts In Germany
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Google’s had a difficult time launching Street View in Germany; over the past two years, there have been random outcries, more formal protests, and a first-of-its-kind opt-out program.  Finally, though, Google’s made it possible to drag Pegman over the country and view at least a few spots from the perspective of a pedestrian.

This move doesn’t constitute a full launch; the first batch of photographs just covers the town of Oberstaufen, a handful of traditional landmarks (including Berlin’s Victory Column and a public square in Dresden), and ten sports stadiums.

244,000 Germans Opt Out Of Street View
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Street View has at times seemed doomed in Germany, with politicians, privacy advocates, and lots of private citizens protesting the program.  Fewer than 250,000 people opted out when given the chance, however, which from Google’s perspective, is something of a victory.

Granted, 250,000 is a very large number, and Google’s only counted opt-outs from 20 cities in which it’ll soon launch Street View.  The trick is that opinion polls had indicated half (or more) of Germans didn’t like the idea of the program.

Germans Reject Street View In Large Numbers
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Anyone who’s been looking forward to browsing Google Street View images of Germany should prepare to encounter lots of blank or ultra-blurry spots.  A report’s indicated that hundreds of thousands of Germans may have taken advantage of an opt-out process that Google made available.

Google To Move Ahead With Street View In Germany
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Various complaints and privacy laws have in one sense failed to deter Google.  Today, the company made known that it will still roll out Street View in Germany, but it will also make an extra blurring option available to citizens who don’t want their homes or businesses to be visible.

German Official Cites Privacy Problems At Facebook
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Facebook might soon suffer a hit to its bank account – and more importantly, to its reputation – in Germany.  A data protection commissioner has begun formal proceedings, accusing the company of illegally obtaining and storing non-users’ email addresses.

Google Defies Regulators In Germany, Hong Kong
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Since Google first admitted that its Street View cars had collected private WiFi data, the company’s been quick to delete the data when asked.  But authorities in Germany and Hong Kong have asked Google to turn over the data, instead, and so far, Google has declined to cooperate.

YouTube Music Video Talks Break Down In Germany
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After more than a year of negotiations, talks between YouTube and a German group that represents musicians have broken down.  The group, GEMA, has demanded that YouTube block access to around 600 videos as a result, and hinted that other agencies could soon echo its call, too.