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Netflix to launch in Germany this week
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Netflix to launch in Germany this week

TV streaming service Netflix is set to launch in Germany this week in the face of stiff competition from existing players. 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  

Opinion
In defence of Uber: Three reasons it beats taxis
Frederik Roeder (centre) demonstrating in favour of Uber in Berlin. Photo: DPA

In defence of Uber: Three reasons it beats taxis

As Uber and its chauffeur app continue to operate in Germany despite a national ban, one faithful user tells The Local why he became a fan of the company and the app from day one. READ  

Europe's biggest tech show debuts in Berlin
Using the Samsung S-pen to write in the The Local Germany"s web address. Photo: Thomas Urbina

Europe's biggest tech show debuts in Berlin

Bendable televisions, a smartphone with an edge and the smart home that takes care of you -- the IFA consumer electronics show burst onto Berlin's exhibition grounds on Friday. READ  

Dyson picks fight with German industry
James Dyson at a 2013 product launch in Hamburg. Photo: DPA

Dyson picks fight with German industry

British engineer James Dyson has said that Britain should leave the EU over a dispute about vacuum cleaner efficiency regulations - just when German industry wants to hold the UK close. READ  

Google commemorates 1989 Leipzig demos
Participants in the "Monday demonstration" of October 9 1989

Google commemorates 1989 Leipzig demos

Visitors to google.de were greeted with a sombre image of candles on a cobbled street on Thursday in place of the usual colourful logo, as the US search giant commemorated the 'Monday demonstration' in Leipzig 25 years ago. READ  

Investors scream for joy at Zalando IPO plans
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Investors scream for joy at Zalando IPO plans

Online retail giant Zalando plans to go public on the Frankfurt stock exchange, hoping to do so before 2014 is out. The exact date has not yet been set, nor has an initial share price been announced. READ  

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis
Taxis are a powerful trade lobby in Germany. Photo: DPA

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis

The Frankfurt regional court has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on chauffeur car service Uber, saying that it must pay a €250,000 fine if passengers continue to book rides through its app. READ  

Energy-sucking vacuums no longer welcome
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Energy-sucking vacuums no longer welcome

Starting on Monday, vacuum cleaners drawing more than 1600 watts can no longer be brought into Germany. The ban is part of a an EU-wide environmental protection measure. READ  

Uber pushes expansion despite legal pitfalls
Uber is going head-to-head with taxi services across Germany. Photo: DPA

Uber pushes expansion despite legal pitfalls

Chauffeur car service Uber plans to expand into more German cities and double its activity in the country by the end of the year in the face of bitter opposition and a court case. READ  

Warning system planned against 'ghost drivers'
A sign tells drivers they are entering the Autobahn the wrong way. Photo: DPA

Warning system planned against 'ghost drivers'

Forewarned is forearmed in a country with no speed limits on motorways where errant drivers often race in the wrong direction. The government says it will finally fit an electronic alert system on danger stretches of the Autobahn. READ  

Turkey demands 'stop spying on us'
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Turkey demands 'stop spying on us'

Turkey said it summoned the German ambassador on Monday to demand an explanation for reports that Berlin has been spying on the country for years. READ  

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