Hackers blackmailed major pop stars

Hackers blackmailed major pop stars

Two young German hackers have reportedly managed to access personal data belonging to huge pop stars including Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga, blackmailing them with threats to release new music and intimate photos.

Germany plans increased web privacy protection

Germany plans increased web privacy protection

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday announced plans to introduce sweeping new measures to protect the personal data of internet users.

EON unloads Gazprom stake for €3.4 billion

EON unloads Gazprom stake for €3.4 billion

German energy concern EON said Wednesday it had sold its 3.5-percent stake in Russian gas giant Gazprom for a total of €3.4 billion ($4.4 billion).

Penis boxing video game to promote safe sex

Penis boxing video game to promote safe sex

To mark World AIDS Day on Wednesday, a German organisation has created a risqué online game allowing men to use their penises to “cock out” the deadly disease in a boxing match using a high-tech condom and a webcam.

Bavarian pupils told to chew their way to good grades

Bavarian pupils told to chew their way to good grades

Few things annoy most teachers more than pupils chewing gum in class, but a primary school in Bavaria is now actively encouraging them to do so — in order to improve their grades.

Investors eschew bonds amid eurozone crisis

Investors eschew bonds amid eurozone crisis

A German five-year bond issue on Wednesday was undersubscribed, figures released by the Bundesbank showed, a sign that even Germany's benchmark debt has not been spared by the latest eurozone crisis.

Family covers house with impressive holiday light display

Family covers house with impressive holiday light display

Decking the halls this year? It might be tough to beat a house in Calle, Lower Saxony for festive cheer after its owners decorated it with a record-breaking 420,000 Christmas lights.

Most Germans unruffled by terrorism alerts

Most Germans unruffled by terrorism alerts

Despite dire warnings by authorities and the heavy police presence at train stations, airports and tourist sites, the overwhelming majority of Germans have greeted the latest terrorism alert with a shrug, a poll published on Wednesday found.

Scientist hits on recycling plan for vital ‘rare earth’ metals

Scientist hits on recycling plan for vital ‘rare earth’ metals

Surrounded by smoking vats in his tumble-down factory in former communist East Germany, Wolfram Palitzsch sees a golden future in recycling "rare earths," the metals crucial to gadgets such as mobile phones and TVs.

Berlin faces record cold start to December

Berlin faces record cold start to December

Berlin is set for the coldest start to December on record, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Wednesday, as freezing temperatures and snow continued to cause transport chaos across the country.

Taxpayers face rising cost for Stuttgart 21

Taxpayers face rising cost for Stuttgart 21

Taxpayers face higher costs on the controversial Stuttgart 21 project, with Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer vowing the government would “assess” any new expenses arising from changes demanded by an independent mediator.