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Blizzard Facing Investigations In France, Germany Over Diablo III

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 snags, however, as the always-online game hit major connection problems in its first few days that left many players unable …

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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 their Facebook info automatically filled in (if they’re logged into Facebook) or they will see a message that states, “You …

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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 advance for ruining your entire week. In a recent German translation of the 1972 Disney comic book “Junior Woodchucks”, the …

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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 faces is common fare with ground-level photographs in Streetside and Google Maps rival service, Street View. However, that doesn’t appear …

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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 exploded this year with over 1,000 students representing countries from all around the world. In its eighth year running, Summer …

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German Court Rules Phishing Victim at Fault

It would appear that German courts have little rational tolerance for various sorts of internet idiocy as of late, recently ruling that Youtube is responsible for its users when they upload copyrighted songs – and now a German Federal court in the town of Karlsruhe has just ruled that a victim of a phishing scam is responsible – for being …

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YouTube Loses German Royalties Case

YouTube, the most popular video platform on the web, has been taking some heat over music clip royalties as of late. It was recently reported that parody singer Weird Al Yankovic is suing Sony for $2.5 million, over videos of his the company had licensed to YouTube – and now the Google-owned streaming video site has lost a court battle …

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Google Finally Registers Gmail Name in Germany

Up until very recently, Google has been unable to register its ‘@gmail’ extension in Germany, and users were forced to type @googlemail.com when sending a message, all because the ‘G-mail’ name had been copyrighted in that country, long before Google likely even conceived of its webmail service. Though, it’s been reported that Google was able to finally settle with the …

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German Tree is Adorned with 10,000 Decorative Eggs

Decorating trees with eggs is a German tradition and Volker Kraft has taken this observance to a whole new level by adorning a tree with 10,000 ornamental eggs with the help of his family. Kraft lives in Saafeld, Germany and his sturdy apple tree has attracted many tourists over the years. Many of the eggs are very elaborate; they are …

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German Lawmakers May Be Jeopardizing Search

News aggregation as we know it, and possibly even search as we know it, may be in danger – at least in Germany. German lawmakers are reportedly kicking around new legislation, which if turned into law, would require a news aggregation site (like Google News) to pay royalties to content publishers. Out-Law.com, in a piece posted at The Register, links …

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Artist Makes Facebook ID Cards

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 800 million users. Facebook did not like this, and its trademark lawyers promptly shut the website down. Leingruber told Co.Design …

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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 permeated throughout the collective social conscious. According to various reports, Germany will not be signing the controversial treaty, at least …

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