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Cameron pitches UK-Germany 5G collaboration to Cebit

UK prime minister David Cameron has used a speech at the CeBit trade show to announce a UK-Germany collaboration to try and win the race to develop so-called 5G wireless technology. Presumably stung by the way Asian giants like Samsung are stealing the 5G pixie-dust-and-unicorn-wind headline race, Cameron told Cebit that 5G is a …
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Germany: We're willing to use 'instruments of TORTURE' on Amazon

Germany's antitrust regulator has accused Amazon of thrusting anticompetitive policies upon sellers using its Marketplace. The Bundeskartellamt has been investigating Amazon since February for potentially impeding competition by not allowing sellers to offer their goods at cheaper prices elsewhere, the Süddeutsche Zeitung …

Snowden: Oh, PLEASE let me come to Germany and help Merkel with her phone

NSA squealer Edward Snowden has offered to pop over to Germany to help investigate allegations that Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was tapped by US spies. German Green Party MP Hans-Christian Stroebele met Snowden in Moscow, Russia for three hours on Thursday - the lawmaker said on his website [in German]. The two men …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2013

Vodafone Germany looks to provide end-to-end encryption with SIM signatures

German SIM card manufacturer G&D has announced that it will be supplying Vodafone Germany with an end-to-end security system based on the phone SIM. Emails, documents and VPN connections are signed and encrypted by the SIM so that the user doesn’t have to enter a password or use a security token. The service will not be offered …
Simon Rockman, 11 Mar 2014
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Hacker cracks Vodafone Germany, steals data of 2 million customers

A hack on a Vodafone Germany server has exposed the personal details – including banking information – of two million of its customers. Hackers accessed names, addresses, bank account numbers and dates of birth. Phone numbers, credit card details and passwords are thought to be safe, but the leaked information is still pretty …
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2013
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Amazon faces its third strike in Germany

Amazon is facing its third one-day strike in Germany over pay and benefits, as trade union Verdi gets workers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld to knock off work from 5am BST. The two sites, which house around 5,000 workers altogether, already held partial strikes when 600 Bad Hersfeld staff stopped work on 14 May along with 300 …

Justice minister tries to further delay snoop silo laws in Germany

Germany might further delay its implementation of the Data Retention Directive despite facing potential financial penalties of more than €300,000 for each day it fails to transpose it into national law, according to media reports. The Cabinet plans to revisit the topic at a 22 January meeting in an attempt to avoid fines, and is …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Jan 2014
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Meet the cluster teams: Team Quokka and Team Germany

We had a couple more first time teams competing in the Student Cluster Competition at SC13 in Denver last week. These two teams traveled overseas in an attempt to grab cluster glory and haul it back home. ('Cluster glory' will comfortably fit in the overhead bin on most airplanes.) Team Quokka: This is the nickname for Australia …
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Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

Germany's largest commercial broadcaster is getting out of broadcasting, on Earth at least, citing spiralling costs and an uncertain future as mobile phone operators grab all the good spectrum. Broadcasting on Germany's terrestrial platform apparently costs "many times" what satellite transmissions do, and with satellite and …
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2013
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Germany: SAP's software licensee conditions are INVALID

A court in Germany has ruled that terms that software giant SAP stipulated in its software licensing contracts were invalid after finding that they ran contrary to EU copyright principles. The regional court of Hamburg upheld complaints made about SAP's licensing terms by German software reseller Susensoftware GmbH. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Dec 2013
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Sky support dubs Germany 'Hitler's country'

It seems that it's not just the Greeks who are comparing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Nazi-leader Hitler: Sky support seems to share the view that Germany is still in thrall to the long-dead dictator. An El Reg reader preparing to move to the country of lederhosen and oompah bands was explaining his decision to Sky's …
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2012
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Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

Microsoft's new touchy Windows 8 operating system is so vulnerable to prying hackers that Germany's businesses and government should not use it, the country's authorities have warned in a series of leaked documents. According to files published in German weekly Die Zeit, the Euro nation's officials fear Germans' data is not …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Aug 2013
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Google parks panzers on Germany's lawn over 'link tax' plan

Google is attacking Germany's politicos in an effort to prevent the country's Parliament from passing a copyright law in the country that would force search engines to pay publishers for running links to newspaper stories. The world's largest ad broker is lobbying hard against the so-called ancillary copyright law by moaning …
Team Register, 27 Nov 2012
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Telefonica Germany starts bonking with friends

Telefonica customers in Germany who have a Samsung NFC phone will be able to pay by bonk from next month as the operator starts "friendly user" testing as a prelude to national rollout. Any customer with a Galaxy SIII or Ace 2 will be able to sign up, receiving a replacement SIM which can host an instance of the operator-owned …
Bill Ray, 22 Jan 2013
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Motorola's Germany Xbox sales ban castrated by US judges

Motorola is not allowed to stop Microsoft Xboxes from being sold in Germany after a US appeals court agreed that the sales ban was too narrow. A court in Seattle prevented Google-owned Motorola from enforcing an injunction against the games console, and a three-judge panel at the appeals court has agreed with that decision. …
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Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

The European Solar Orbiter project has taken another step towards launch-readiness, with Australia's CSIRO delivering the last of the optical filters that the orbiter needs to image the sun. The spacecraft is due to launch in 2017, and will adopt an orbital distance similar to that of Mercury, which is closer than other …
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Germany reveals secret techie soldier unit, new cyberweapons

Germany has confirmed that its military maintains an operational cyberwarfare unit with offensive capabilities. The admission, which appeared in parliamentary documents published on Tuesday, gave no details of the size of the unit much less any operations that it might have run. However documents delivered to the German federal …
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2012

HP pulls its Kock out of Germany, slides him into European PCs

Eric Cador - the boss of HP's PC and printer biz in Europe, the Middle East and Africa - is hanging up his boots after 28 years service. The senior veep will be replaced by fellow Hewlett-Packard exec Herbert Kock, insiders told The Channel. Cador joined the US tech monster in 1985 as a product manager for the Personal Systems …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013
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Computacenter profit hit by start-up costs in Germany

Computacenter's shift towards IT services instead of products has started to pay off, giving revenues a boost, but first half results were still hit by the costs of catering to its new contracts. "We are not pleased that we did not properly anticipate the operational impact of winning so many contracts at the same time," …
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Microsoft withdraws software silos from Germany in patent war

Microsoft is moving its European distribution centre out of Germany and into The Netherlands to protect itself from patent machinations in the German courts. The software giant is shifting its software logistics out of harm's way as it awaits decisions in disputes with Motorola Mobility in the ongoing patent wars. Microsoft had …
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'Bundle' signals from SPACE seize control of small car in Germany

An internet hookup intended for interplanetary use has been used by an astronaut on the International Space Station to drive a small lego car located in a laboratory in Germany. Station commander Sunita Williams was able to drive the car around the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt last month by sending out commands …
Anna Leach, 09 Nov 2012
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WE CAN still be BETTER than Germany on broadband, says Ofcom

Britain's communication watchdog has published a pathetic "scorecard" that compares this country's broadband prowess with that of only four other nations in Europe. The move comes after the British government finally caught up with the idea that it was never going to achieve the unreachable goal of having the "best" superfast …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2013
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HTC slays Nokia's two-headed Android patent dragon in Germany

Nokia has lost a patent-infringement lawsuit it brought against rival phone-maker HTC. Nokia was upset about the way HTC's Android phones talked to Google app stores, claiming the communication ripped off its protected technologies. A German court ruled HTC did not infringe the Nokia-owned patent EP0812120 – called the ’120 …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2013
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England and Germany square off for FIFA goal line tech prize

Little known football teams Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City made history on Thursday after their Club World Cup match was the first ever official fixture to feature goal line technology. The game saw the use of GoalRef, a radio-based system developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits which works by …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Dec 2012
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Lovefilm Germany goes titsup for a FORTNIGHT

Lovefilm Germany's backend has been down for 14 days, leaving subscribers unable to access their accounts to rent films or use the video streaming service. Although lovefilm.de is alive, systems handling customer accounts are kaput. The Amazon-owned company admitted on 28 August that its servers had gone titsup in a corporate …
Anna Leach, 10 Sep 2012

Germany's KIT drives hot-shot boffins to Klusterkampf

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany is the lone European entry in the ISC'12 Student Cluster Competition. As such, they’re carrying a huge weight on their solid Teutonic shoulders. KIT, as Team Germany, is charged with defending home-country student clustering honour against powerhouse teams from China …
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Germany sets date for Google vs newspapers smackdown

Google and the German newspaper industry will fight it out in a public hearing on 30 January, Angela Merkel's government announced today. The two sides will battle over whether Google should pay copyright fees to newspapers for linking to their content and publishing excerpts on Google news in a open session in the Bundestag on …
Anna Leach, 17 Dec 2012
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Germany stalls over ACTA treaty ratification

Germany has become the latest, and more economically important, nation to place a hold on ratification of the controversial ACTA treaty. The government said that it had decided to hold off on signing ACTA after concerns were raised by the Minister of Justice over the need for the treaty. The government has said it will now wait …
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2012
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Apple faces Germany ban after court no-show

Sales of iPhones and iPads are on the brink of being banned in Germany as a result of a court battle over Apple's alleged infringement of Motorola patents - but the fruity fondleslab maker reckons it can get the injunction suspended even though it failed to turn up. The German hearing on Friday was brought about by Motorola …
Bill Ray, 07 Nov 2011
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Galaxy Tab remains illegal in Germany

Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 remain illegal in Germany, a Dusseldorf court decided this morning. Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann believes that Samsung’s "smooth, simple surfaces" on the 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet copied the minimalist design of Apple's iPad. The court said that Apple's design isn't the only way to make …
Jan Libbenga, 09 Sep 2011

Nazi Star Trek episode finally broadcast in Germany

German television has finally aired an episode of Star Trek, which was previously held from broadcast due to a Nazi theme that ran throughout. Filmed in 1968 for the second season of the original series, Patterns of Force features Kirk and Spock dressed in Nazi uniforms, trying to blend into a planet overrun by aliens that look …
Caleb Cox, 10 Nov 2011
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Germany lifts Computacenter out of UK slump

Computacenter saw UK revenues plunge 13 per cent last year, but says growth in Germany and France more than offset its home-turf woes. The mega-reseller's continental performance prompted it to say in a pre-close trading statement that it was entering 2012 in a "positive mood" despite the "challenging customer capital …
Team Register, 12 Jan 2012

Apple beats off troll in German patent fracas

A court in Mannheim, Germany, has ruled in Apple's favor in a patent-infringement lawsuit brought by patent troll non-practicing entity IPCom of Munich. The patents in question were European patent EP1841268 and German patent DE19910239, both acquired by IPCom from Bosch in 2007 along with hundreds of others, and both related to …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Feb 2014
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Bad for Bezos: Amazon's German workers threaten pre-Christmas strike

Mega etailer Amazon may run into problems over Christmas in Germany, as services union Verdi threatens to strike when it will hurt the company most. "I would not rely on Amazon's site to be able to meet all customer promises before Christmas," Verdi's secretary Heiner Reimann told Der Spiegel. (Google Translate version here). …
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Microsoft: Keep Moto vid codec patent fight in US, not Germany

Microsoft has filed a motion in the US to stop Motorola Mobility from enforcing an injunction it may win in a German court next month. The software behemoth asked a stateside judge to "preserve the status quo" in the market pending the outcome of a separate Microsoft-Motorola patent face-off in a Washington court. Microsoft …

Equistone borgs Easynet, MDNX in double-slurp

Lloyds Development Capital is getting out of Easynet, with Equistone to be announced as the buyer for most of the company later today (excepting its operations in Germany). Easynet will at the same time acquire UK integrator MDNX, according to a tip-off from a Reg reader. LDC bought into Easynet in 2010, acquiring it from Sky …
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HTC faces Xmas sales ban misery in Germany

HTC has withdrawn its appeal against a decision in favour of patent-hoarder IPCom, which is now pitching to get HTC handsets off the shelves in Germany by Christmas. HTC claims it has withdrawn the appeal because of last December's ruling that one of the contested patents was invalid. Both sides are appealing that ruling (HTC …
Bill Ray, 28 Nov 2011

Deutsche Telekom launches 'NSA-busting' encrypted email service

Deutsche Telekom and United Internet have launched a super-secure German email service that they claim defeats the data-sniffing shenanigans of the likes of the NSA. The partners announced that they were starting an initiative for "secure email communication across Germany". "Germans are deeply unsettled by the latest reports …
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Facebook tightens privacy after friendly warning from Germany

Facebook will tighten up privacy in its "Friend Finder" feature, following demands from German data protection watchdogs. A deal was struck with German data protection officials in Hamburg yesterday, after Facebook was hit with a privacy storm over unsolicited emailed invites it sent to individuals who hadn't signed up to the …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2011
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Botnet PC armies gulp down 16 MILLION logins from around the web: Find out if you're a victim

Officials in Germany have warned that large networks of hijacked, hacker-controlled PCs – aka botnets – have harvested 16 million email address and password combinations for websites and other online services. The (German Office of Information Security) BSI said cops and security researchers have been closely following armies of …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2014
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SIM-free unlocked iPhones coming to a channel near you...

The faint hopes of some Apple resellers were smashed AGAIN this weekend when Ingram Micro became the second tech distributor in a month to confirm it will sell SIM-lock-free Jesus mobes ... in Europe but not the UK. Following in the shadows of nemesis Tech Data, vast wholesaler Ingram Micro confirmed it is shipping the iPhone 4S …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2013
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NetApp to fling out new FAS array BUSINESS BEAST – source

A person close to the situation has told El Reg that NetApp has a FAS8000 enterprise array coming soon. A well-placed source said that a coming FAS8000 would effectively replace the FAS3000 and V-Series products. Also NetApp would start selling its (ONTAP) software separately from the FAS array hardware soon. Oh, and the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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File sharing arrests move to Germany

German-language news sites and blogs are reporting that file locker site Skyload.net has been shut down and its operators arrested. According to Germany’s Netzwelt (‘Networld’), the Dresden Attorney General’s office conducted the shutdown in response to a complaint led by that country’s copyright agency, GVU. Skyload.net is …

Mega-distie Ingram Micro cops to plans to axe jobs, padlock offices

Ingram Micro has confirmed that the "delayering" exercise that it was cagey about a fortnight ago will indeed involve redundancies across European ops as it centralises back-office functions. The beefy tech wholesaler revealed earlier this month that it is trying to figure out ways to slash annual overheads by $100m, speed up …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2014

Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

The NSA and GCHQ hacked into the systems of three German satellite communication providers, according to the latest leaks from the files of Edward Snowden, fugitive ex-NSA sysadmin. Der Spiegel reports that GCHQ and the NSA tried to infiltrate internal networks run by satellite comms firms Stellar, Cetel and IABG. Stellar …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2014
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LOOK UP! Comet ISON could EXPLODE in our skies – astronomers

Comet ISON could break up into itty-bitty pieces long before it gets closer to the Sun, selfishly denying us all the opportunity to see it shine brightly in the night sky. The comet is currently visible in the predawn sky, but it may not be there for long if astroboffins from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research …

Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

Germany's relationship with the US turned decidedly frosty today after Angela Merkel's government said that the Chancellor's mobile phone may have been tapped by American spies. Washington attempted to prevent a row over alleged surveillance escalating with Berlin by confirming that President Barack Obama had told Merkel that …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2013
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Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban

Samsung has tweaked the Galaxy Tab's casing and added an 'N' to the name to slip it past a sales ban in Germany, though it remains to be seen if the courts approve. Samsung isn't allowed to sell the Tab 10.1 as a German court decided it infringes Apple's Community Design patent, and thus the products could be confused. So now …
Bill Ray, 17 Nov 2011
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Germany leads global enterprise social push

German firms were hailed as the surprise global leaders in social business, according to a panel of industry experts who emphasised the importance of process, measurement and cultural fit in enterprise social programs. IBM’s VP of social business evangelism, Sandy Carter, told attendees at the Social Media Matters conference in …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Sep 2012
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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

Amazon workers in Germany are preparing to go on strike once again, in the middle of the busy holiday period, backed by a delegation demonstrating outside Amazon HQ in Seattle. The Verdi trade union has said that workers would be striking in Amazon's warehouses in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig and for the first time in Graben, while a …