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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  

Broadband-for-all quest to get cash injection
Germany picks up the pace in providing high-speed internet. Photo: DPA

Broadband-for-all quest to get cash injection

The German government is about to plough "hundreds of millions" more euros into creating across-the-board broadband for all internet users, it was reported on Friday. READ  

Authors take up fight against Amazon
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Authors take up fight against Amazon

Writers have taken pen to paper in protest against Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and his company's methods and are calling for consumers, publishers and their fellow authors to boycott the online retail giant. READ  

Largest German lake spills its deepest secrets
Ships form a star flotilla at Meersburg on Lake Constance. Photo: DPA

Largest German lake spills its deepest secrets

From giant glacial sink holes and caverns to hidden wrecks, Germany's largest lake is gradually revealing its secrets under an unprecedented underwater cartography project. READ  

Berlin bans Uber app, taxis rejoice
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Berlin bans Uber app, taxis rejoice

Berlin has ordered the alternative taxi service Uber to halt its taxi app in the city or face steep fines. READ  

Record wind power growth before curbs start
A crane erects a wind turbine in Brandenburg. Photo: DPA

Record wind power growth before curbs start

Wind generation of electricity rose by 66 percent in the first six months of the year before producer incentives were scaled back, energy officials said Thursday. READ  

Auto-mad Germans stuck in electric car slow lane
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Auto-mad Germans stuck in electric car slow lane

Germans are mad about cars and Germany is ranked the most fuel-efficient country on the planet, but when it comes to electric vehicles, Europe's top economy is in the slow lane. READ  

Survey: Germans obsessed with games
Got to that 2048 tile yet Angie? Photo: DPA

Survey: Germans obsessed with games

Germany has become a nation of obsessive gamers, new figures show. Two in five adult Germans now admits to being a regular gamer - half of them play every day. READ  

Vandals cut internet to 160,000 Berlin homes
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Vandals cut internet to 160,000 Berlin homes

Vandals cut internet, television and telephone connections to 160,000 homes in Berlin on Sunday when they sliced through 400 fibre optic cables. READ  

1 in 4 plagiarized tech goods made in Germany
A woman shows a German-made mop head and a near-identical copy. Photo: DPA

1 in 4 plagiarized tech goods made in Germany

German companies are ranked second in the world for industrial plagiarism, a global study released on Friday found. READ  

'Not funny' porn photos shock shoppers
A woman watching a porn video. Photo: DPA

'Not funny' porn photos shock shoppers

Shoppers in a northern German city were stunned to see pornographic images on display in a shop window under the slogan: “Your home can do more. We'll show you how it's done.” READ  

Justice minister plans new data fencing law
Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas. Photo: DPA

Justice minister plans new data fencing law

Federal justice minister Heiko Maas will seek to criminalize the buying and selling of stolen data following Tuesday's news of the mass theft of login details by a Russian hacker group. READ  

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