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Google game slammed over use of death camps
Dachau concentration camp. Photo: DPA

Google game slammed over use of death camps

News that Google is using the sites of Nazi concentration camps as elements in an "augmented reality" project - an online game linked to the real world - has caused extreme upset to Holocaust survivors' organizations. READ  

How Germany will deal with the leap second
A scientist works with an atomic clock at the Federal Physics-Technology Institute (PTB) in Braunschweig. Photo: DPA

How Germany will deal with the leap second

Germany's top time scientists are ready to spring into action in the dead of night on Tuesday, inserting an extra second into the clock while everyone else is asleep. READ  

Microsoft pockets Berlin startup for $100 million
A poster reading "Wunderland" on the wall at the startup's Berlin office. Photo: DPA

Microsoft pockets Berlin startup for $100 million

Microsoft on Tuesday said that it has bought 6Wunderkinder GmbH, a Berlin-based startup behind the Wunderlist to-do list app. READ  

Cool caps reduce hair loss during chemo
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Cool caps reduce hair loss during chemo

German scientists are trialling a special scalp-cooling cap which helps reduce hair loss for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. READ  

Cabinet revives plan to grab internet records
Anti-surveillance demonstrators in Berlin's Alexanderplatz in 2013. Photo: DPa

Cabinet revives plan to grab internet records

Germany's coalition government agreed on a draft law on Wednesday requiring telecoms companies to keep customers' data for up to ten weeks in case they are needed by security services, riling digital rights activists. READ  

Autobahn driver suffers drone windscreen smash
Photo: Polizei Bochum

Autobahn driver suffers drone windscreen smash

After a low flying drone crashed into the windscreen of a car on the Autobahn outside Bochum, police announced on Thursday they are looking for witnesses. READ  

NSA asked Germany ‘to spy’ on Siemens
The NSA feared Siemens was supplying Russia's secret service with technology. Photo: Maja Hitij/DPA/AFP

NSA asked Germany ‘to spy’ on Siemens

The US intelligence agency NSA asked its German partner service BND to spy on the European country's engineering and technology giant Siemens, a German newspaper reported Sunday. READ  

Chancellor's office 'knew' of US economic spying
An 18-meter-across satellite dish at the BND's Bad Aibling listening post. Photo: DPA

Chancellor's office 'knew' of US economic spying

Chancellor Angela Merkel's office has known since 2008 of US economic espionage targeting European companies such as Airbus but did not react, Bild said Monday, citing intelligence agency documents. READ  

NSA scandal
NSA had German spies target Euro allies
The headquarters of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (foreign intelligence service) in Berlin. Photo: DPA

NSA had German spies target Euro allies

German spies targeted politicians in friendly European nations and inside Germany for surveillance on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA), a media report revealed on Thursday. READ  

Internet surveillance
Net company drags German spies to court
Internet routing hardware at DE-CIX HQ in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA

Net company drags German spies to court

DE-CIX, the German company that operates the world's biggest internet exchange, is taking the country's spy agency to court with allegations that its mass surveillance is illegal. READ  

Scientist speaks out against Euro war drones
An American Reaper drone. Photo: DPA

Scientist speaks out against Euro war drones

An expert on unmanned weapon systems has told The Local that Germany should not be pushing forward with its own armed unmanned drones as the robot arms race heats up. READ  

Uber complains to EU over national bans
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Uber complains to EU over national bans

Uber has filed complaints with the EU against France, Germany and Spain as the popular taxi app hits back against efforts to ban it from Europe's streets, officials said Wednesday. READ  

Trabi project aims to electrify 'Ostalgia'
A Trabant being converted into an E-car. Photo: DPA

Trabi project aims to electrify 'Ostalgia'

Its chuntering motor and belching exhaust once heralded the coming of the communist utopia. Now the east German 'Trabi' is leading a new revolution, and this time you won't hear it coming. READ  

Google honours German maths pioneer
Google/Sophie Diao

Google honours German maths pioneer

In its doodle for Monday March 23rd, Google chose to highlight the 133rd birthday of Emmy Noether – one of Germany's most renowned mathematicians. READ  

Snowden appears at Hanover IT fair
Edward Snowden gives a talk via video at the CeBIT IT fair in Hanover on March 18th. Photo: DPA

Snowden appears at Hanover IT fair

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took part in a debate on data security on Wednesday at the CeBIT IT trade conference, via video link from Moscow. READ  

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