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3D Printer That Makes Microscale Models Is Now Commercially Available

3D printer hobbyists are often impressed with machines that are able to print large objects. What’s even more amazing, however, is when a 3D printer is able to create micro and nano-scale objects. Nanoscribe, a newly founded Germany 3D printing company, has recently shown what its latest 3D printer – the Photonic Professional GT – can do. The machine was …

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Samsung Pulls Its Windows RT Tablet Out Of Europe Due To Weak Demand [Report]

By all accounts, the Windows 8 Pro Surface is selling like hotcakes. The Windows RT Surface, and other Windows RT tablets, not so much. That’s why Samsung decided against selling its Windows RT tablet in the U.S., and now the company may be pulling out of Europe. According to reports out of MobileGeeks, Samsung will stop selling the Windows RT …

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Hindenburg Mystery Solved After 76 Years

Over the years, many hypotheses about how the fire aboard the Hindenburg started have been proposed. One of the more popular theories in conspiracy theory circles is that the airship was sabotaged, by anyone from communists to Adolf Hitler. This week, a new documentary on the disaster will endorse one of the more mainstream explanations for the explosion. According to …

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German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size

Google will not have to pay to use snippets of news content in Germany, according to a copyright law (pdf) that was passed in the country. We discussed the proposed law last year, which Google had spoken out about. At the time, it looked like, if passed, it would have required search engines and aggregators to pay to license content …

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Zoophiles March On Berlin To Demand Equal Rights

Since 1969, zoophiles have enjoyed protection under German law as the practice of bestiality was completely legal. Fast forward to last year, Germany was looking into getting rid of the law and replacing it with a ban on bestiality. The zoophile community didn’t like it one bit, and filed a suit against the government saying the law violated their rights. …

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Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy

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 that it infringed upon citizen’s rights to free speech and anonymity online. Facebook said that they would fight the ruling, …

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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 fund called the DIgital Publishing Innovation Fund to “help support transformative digital publishing initiatives for French readers.” Google says it …

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The Internet Is Essential to Life and a Civil Right, According to German Court

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 decision with implications for the future of internet law: the internet is an “essential” part of life. German press is …

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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 Commandments online. Now, the company is talking about the work it has been doing with the German-Franco Institute, German-Franco University …

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New Research Once Again Confirms That Pirates Are The Best Customers

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 content with just throttling the bandwidth of accused pirates. A new study suggests they may want to rethink their tactics. …

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Google Resists As German Lawmakers Talk Law That Would Require It To Pay Publishers

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 debating such legislation today, and Google has put out a video and a petition, calling on German web users to …

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German Zoophiles Sue Government Over Potential Bestiality Ban

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 are fighting the proposed change. The Guardian reports that the Zoophile Engagement for Tolerance and Information group is leading the …

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