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German Government To Give Wikipedia A Boost
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This is a stereotype, but at least it’s a positive one: the Germans are an efficient and precise people.  Now, for less of a stereotype and more of a fact: Wikipedia can be far from precise.  You may be surprised to learn, then, that the German government is going to give resources to the German version of the site.

Gmail Suffers German Travails

An all-but-final loss of the Gmail trademark case in Germany and a newly-passed law on retaining personal information on its users has Google’s email service reeling.

Flickr Relaxes Filters In Germany

In recent weeks and months, I’ve noticed that the Internet seems to have its own c-word: censorship.  I’ve also noticed that, like most companies, Yahoo wants nothing to do with this word.  So it wasn’t a huge surprise when Yahoo’s photo-sharing service, Flickr, relaxed its filters in Germany.

Flickr Installs Filters In Germany
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Earlier this week, we learned that Flickr had started supporting seven new languages.  Unfortunately, news has now come that Flickr is “filtering” – not censoring, mind you – content in several of those tongues.

Flickr Says No To German Photos
Flickr Says No To German Photos
Google Book Search Goes to Germany

The Bavarian State Library has decided to partake in Googles project to scan books from the world’s great collections.  As one of the largest libraries in the German-speaking world, the library has around nine million volumes and will make around one million books available to Google search. 

Google Germany Loses Rights To “Gmail”

In the U.S., “Gmail” is synonymous with “Google.” It looks like things are going to play out differently in Germany, however. The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) ruled today that Google can’t use the term.

Germany, France Join Crusade Against iTunes

Consumer groups from France and Germany have joined a European coalition aimed at forcing Apple to make files downloaded from its iTunes music store compatible with digital music players manufactured by competing companies.

An Objective Vendor Comparison? Not!

The first Website to provide a vendor-independent assessment of online meeting tools has now gone live at Webconferencing-test.com (www.webconferencing-test.com). The portal provides comparisons of all leading solutions – including Microsoft Live Meeting, Macromedia Breeze (now called Acrobat Connect Professional) Webex, and GoToMeeting from Citrix.

Google Germany Reunification Doodle

Google Germany is running a Doodle in honor of the 16th anniversary of the day East and West Germany became one.

Google Fighting G-Mail In Germany

Google is locked in a trademark battle in Germany for the right to use the name Gmail for its mail service.

Perl Bootcamp Saddles Up For Germany

The next Big Nerd Ranch session of Perl Bootcamp occurs in Germany in September, and will cover Intermediate Perl.

Google, Ask Make Moves In Europe

The UK and Germany now have releases of Google Base for their Internet users; meanwhile, Ask.com has expanded its mapping imagery throughout Europe.

Spreading the word in Germany and Sweden

Adding to the calendar of events I’ll be speaking at during 2006 are two more I’ve agreed to take part in:

Oppression For Blogs In China, Germany

Microsoft takes down a Chinese language blog on MSN Spaces, while a German blogger’s appearance in Google rankings for a court’s name earns him a cease-and-desist letter from the court.

Siemens Cuts Jobs In Germany

It’s bad news for 2,400 German employees as Berlin-based electronics company Siemens AG downsizes its staff as part of a “major restructuring” of Siemens Business Services (SBS). Siemens shares were up after the news.

MSN Search Toolbar Has International Appeal

Last Friday evening, MSN took their search toolbar to the International community by releasing an updated version, which increases the amount of language support given to foreign countries.

Yahoo Debuts Its Search Translation Technology For Germany

With more than half the web’s content being produced in the English language, web searchers who do not speak the English language may be at a loss when it comes to finding sites of interest.

Valuable Blog Survey Results From Germany
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In Germany the CRM agency Proximity has asked 2,700 internet users about weblogs. And the results are both interesting and valuable …

Gmail Becomes Google Mail In Germany
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A naming rights issue has forced Google to change the name of their German email service. Because another party owns the rights to “G-Mail,” Google will now call the German service “Google Mail”.

Foote, Cone and Belding Blogs in Germany

One of the largest advertising agencies in the world is now blogging, at least in Germany.

Germany: Blogs On Their Way To Media

Things are happening in and around the German blogosphere according to BlogInitiativeGermany.