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Networks scramble to patch mobile security
Chancellor Angela Merkel has herself been the victim of phone hacking. Photo: DPA

Networks scramble to patch mobile security

IT experts led by Berlin-based Karsten Nohl said on Thursday they had discovered security flaws in the mobile phone networks that would allow attackers to read users' messages. READ  

Amazon workers kick off three-day strike
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Amazon workers kick off three-day strike

Industrial action between labour union Verdi and Amazon has escalated as workers walked off the job on Monday for the first of a three-day strike option in the final rush before Christmas. READ  

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'Relentlessly networking with cool people'
Simon Schneider

'Relentlessly networking with cool people'

In our weekly feature series, The Local chats with a successful entrepreneur. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Simon Schneider, CEO and co-founder of networking tool Zyncd. READ  

German consumers still hot for nuclear power
Blue skies for nuclear power again? Photo: DPA

German consumers still hot for nuclear power

The country is due to shut down its nuclear power plants by 2022 in favour of fossil fuels and renewable energy, but customers are flocking to a new provider's offer of "100 percent nuclear power". READ  

Gerontologist braces for his big freeze
Klaus Sames will be frozen in a vault after his death until science catches up. Photo: DPA

Gerontologist braces for his big freeze

Cryonics, the frozen suspension of bodies for their eventual reanimation, has inspired movies for decades. While still scorned by many scientists, a Bavarian gerontologist has prepared his own frozen preservation after a lifetime of studying aging in humans. READ  

Merkel speaks out against net neutrality
Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Digitising Europe conference in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Merkel speaks out against net neutrality

Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for preferential services for certain providers on the web at her keynote speech at a conference in Berlin on Thursday. READ  

Snowden journalist gets whistleblowing prize
Greenwald receiving the Scholl prize from Munich mayor Dieter Reiter. Photo: DPA

Snowden journalist gets whistleblowing prize

American journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was the first to report Edward Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance by US intelligence services, received a prize in memory of the anti-Nazi resistance on Monday. READ  

BlackBerry to buy Merkel mobile encyption
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BlackBerry to buy Merkel mobile encyption

Germany said Friday it had approved Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry's purchase of data encryption firm Secusmart, whose customers include Chancellor Angela Merkel, after agreeing what media dubbed a "no-spy clause". READ  

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  

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