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BND spied on Germans living abroad
The hearing room of the NSA inquiry committee at the Bundestag. Photo: DPA

BND spied on Germans living abroad

The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence service, spied on some citizens living abroad, a former lawyer for the spies told MPs on Thursday. READ  

Bavaria plans free wifi for 'whole state'
Soon you'll be able to tweet from the top of Neuschwanstein. Photo: DPA

Bavaria plans free wifi for 'whole state'

Finance minister Christian Söder wants to drag Bavaria online with an ambitious plan for far-ranging public internet access by 2020. READ  

Germany, EU charged with Google-bashing
Digital Economy Commissioner Günther Oettinger tried to calm American fears for tech darling Google. Photo: DPA

Germany, EU charged with Google-bashing

Germany is at the heart of moves to limit the power of US web companies and their involvement in surveillance as American voices cry foul. READ  

Spy scandal
NSA leaker Snowden feted in Stuttgart
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NSA leaker Snowden feted in Stuttgart

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accepted the Stuttgart Peace Prize and called on the public to keep fighting for peace in a speech via video uplink on Sunday. READ  

'Street Pong' peps up traffic light wait
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'Street Pong' peps up traffic light wait

Gamification has literally hit the streets in Hildesheim, where pedestrians at a busy crossing on Tuesday passed the time playing a classic arcade game with opponents across the road. READ  

Government doubles nuclear waste count
A prop nuclear waste barrel left by demonstrators outside the "Konrad Shaft" site in Lower Saxony. Photo: DPA

Government doubles nuclear waste count

Germany will have to dispose of twice as much radioactive waste as previously expected as it continues to shut down its nuclear power plants, according to parts of the government's disposal plan that were leaked on Tuesday. READ  

JobTalk Germany: Entrepreneur series
'You need to learn to manage emotions'
Photo courtesy Holger Weiss.

'You need to learn to manage emotions'

In a new feature, The Local will look into a successful entrepreneur's life each week - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed their life forever. Kicking things off from Berlin this week AUPEO! co-founder and CEO Holger Weiss. READ  

SAP to pay Oracle €288 million in settlement
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SAP to pay Oracle €288 million in settlement

German software giant SAP has agreed to pay US rival Oracle more than €288 million to settle a long-running copyright battle, it said on Friday. READ  

Robot probe Philae lands safely on comet
An image of the Philae probe descending towards the comet. Photo: ESA/DPA

Robot probe Philae lands safely on comet

Update: robot probe Philae, controlled from Cologne, landed on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 5:03 pm on Wednesday, the European Space Agency said. READ  

Gerst is in 'tip top shape' as he waits to go home
Back on solid ground. Photo: DPA

Gerst is in 'tip top shape' as he waits to go home

While astronaut Alexander Gerst dazzled the world with his photos from space, German doctors tending to the returned geophysicist are astounded by his phenomenal health on Tuesday. READ  

BND to hire hackers to check shopping carts
Anti-spying demonstrators outside the Bundestag in September. Photo: DPA

BND to hire hackers to check shopping carts

Update: Germany's foreign intelligence agency plans to spend millions to penetrate the secure connection technologies used by social networks, banks and online shops. READ  

German astronaut Gerst back down to Earth
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German astronaut Gerst back down to Earth

After 165 days in zero gravity, Alexander Gerst, who wowed the world with his photos from space, flashed a broad grin as he landed on Earth safely with two of his crew members. READ  

Snowden gives up Germany asylum hopes
Stickers produced by Germans campaigning for Snowden's asylum application to be granted. Photo: DPA

Snowden gives up Germany asylum hopes

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has given up seeking asylum in Germany, a parliamentary question has revealed. READ  

Village banks on wind, sun and pig manure
The village of Feldheim. Photo: DPA

Village banks on wind, sun and pig manure

If Germany has taken a pioneering though risky role in shifting to renewable energy, then the tiny village of Feldheim - population 150 - is at its vanguard. READ  

UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn
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UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn

Concern was high at a perceived lack of urgency as UN climate negotiations shuffled towards a close in Bonn on Saturday with just 14 months left to finalize a new global pact. READ  

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