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Oettinger blames celebs for nude photo hack
Oettinger (l) appeared to misunderstand how the internet works in his comments about the photo hack which has reportedly affected celebrities including Amber Heard (r). Photo: DPA/EPA

Oettinger blames celebs for nude photo hack

German newspapers on Tuesday ridiculed incoming EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger after he blamed "stupid" celebrities for having their private nude pictures hacked and spread online. READ  

Bavarian independence becomes reality online
Christian Söder at the Los Angeles headquarters of ICANN in April. Photo: DPA

Bavarian independence becomes reality online

Starting on Tuesday, people and businesses in Bavaria will be able to use web addresses with the domain .bayern, ending the Free State's online subjection to the Federal Republic of Germany. READ  

Rocket Internet shoots for €1.5 billion IPO
Rocket Internet co-founder Oliver Samwer. Photo: DPA

Rocket Internet shoots for €1.5 billion IPO

The German start-up incubator Rocket Internet, which is to go public next month, said on Wednesday it may list some of the companies it is nurturing in the future. READ  

Deutsche Post launches drone deliveries
The drone in action. Photo: DHL

Deutsche Post launches drone deliveries

Medicine deliveries to a pharmacy on a North Sea island will be made by a drone, Deutsche Post announced on Wednesday, in the first project of its kind. READ  

Gerst and crew get 3D printer and some mice
Gerst is waiting the arrival of the SpaceX Dragon which launched on Sunday. Photo: NASA TV/DPA

Gerst and crew get 3D printer and some mice

UPDATE: Alexander Gerst, Germany's man aboard the International Space Station (ISS), captured SpaceX's unmanned Dragon craft with a cargo of supplies on Tuesday. READ  

Thousands queue for Apple's iPhone 6
Queues outside the Apple Store in Dresden. Photo: DPA

Thousands queue for Apple's iPhone 6

UPDATE: Apple’s new iPhone 6 went on sale on Friday morning, leading to long queues outside stores across Germany. Berlin's Apple Store sold out of the iPhone 6 Plus in an hour. READ  

Europeans descended from three tribes
The skull of a farmer from Stuttgart examined for the study. Photo: Joanna Drath, University of Tübingen

Europeans descended from three tribes

German researchers have traced the origins of modern Europeans to a migratory melting pot of three ancient tribes dating back 8,000 years. READ  

Frankfurt court lifts national Uber ban
Uber manager for Germany Fabien Nestmann leaves the Frankfurt court on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Frankfurt court lifts national Uber ban

App-based chauffeur car service Uber is no longer illegal in Germany, a Frankfurt court ruled on Tuesday afternoon. READ  

'Why I'm camping for six days outside Apple store'
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'Why I'm camping for six days outside Apple store'

Most holidaymakers on a week-long camping trip pitch up by lakes or next to the beach. But two Berliners are hoping to break a record by settling in for six days outside the city's Apple Store to be the first to get their hands on new iPhone 6. READ  

Netflix launches in Germany (in English too)
Some of the cast of Orange is the New Black at a photocall in Mexico. Photo: DPA

Netflix launches in Germany (in English too)

UPDATE: TV streaming service Netflix opened its virtual doors in Germany on Tuesday in the face of stiff competition from existing players. Users will be able to watch hit shows and movies in English on the German service. READ  

Germany can't crack 'CIA double agent' laptop
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Germany can't crack 'CIA double agent' laptop

An alleged CIA double agent secured his laptop so well that German secret services have failed to crack it since he was arrested in July, according to reports. READ  

UK, US spies can access telecom records: report
Deutsche Telekom's network can reportedly be accessed by the NSA and GCHQ. Photo: DPA

UK, US spies can access telecom records: report

The US National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel magazine. READ  

German of the Week
Oettinger: From laughing stock to digital boss
Günther Oettinger (right) blows out the candles on a huge EU cake for his 60th birthday last October. Photo: DPA

Oettinger: From laughing stock to digital boss

His poor command of English made him the butt of jokes on national television and YouTube, but Germany's EU commissioner Günther Oettinger now finds himself in charge of the continent's digital future. READ  

Village expands its self-built broadband network
Ute-Gabriel Boucsein (centre) with her Bürgerbreitbandnetz colleagues in Sollwitt. Photo: Tomas Urbina

Village expands its self-built broadband network

Shunned by government and big telecom companies, a group of villagers in rural northwest Germany is set to expand the super-fast internet network they built to a second village. The Local's Tomas Urbina went to meet the villagers as they prepare to put shovels in the ground. READ  

VIDEO: How one German astronaut sees Earth
The Northern Lights seen from the ISS. Photo: Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA/dpa

VIDEO: How one German astronaut sees Earth

The European Space Agency released an ultra-high-resolution video of the Earth on Wednesday shot from orbit on the International Space Station by German astronaut Alexander Gerst. READ  

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