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German vote counting machines 'are hackable'
Security issues with the devices set to be used on 24 September could mean that "public trust in the correct tabulation of votes is at stake", according to the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) hacker association...
Germany Threatens Social Media Companies with Massive ‘Hate Speech’ Fines
Germany has threatened to slap social media companies with huge fines if they do not act quickly enough to remove “hate speech” from their websites. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved...
Facebook defends hate-post rule in German court case
Facebook told a German court that it can’t monitor all of its customers’ posts for racist language in a dispute over whether the company has to block a photo showing Chancellor Angela Merkel and a refugee...
Intel seeking indirect stake in mapping firm HERE: German cartel office
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Chip maker Intel has sought approval to buy a stake in HERE, a digital mapping firm controlled by Germany's carmakers Daimler , BMW and Volkswagen , a filing to the German cartel...
Fancy Bear ramping up infowar against Germany—and rest of West
Enlarge / The bear is back. It never went away. reader comments 31 Share this story US intelligence agencies have been forthright in their insistence that the Russian government was behind not only the...
Police make arrests in "unprecedented" cybercrime takedown
PARIS -- U.S. and European officials say they’ve knocked out a cybercrime group accused of inflicting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses worldwide, putting five key suspects in custody.The European...
BMW to offer new version of i3 electric car in 2017: Welt am Sonntag
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German luxury carmaker BMW plans to launch a new version of its i3 electric car next year with a longer range and revamped design, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing company...
Snowden can be asked to testify in person in German NSA probe
EnlargeGage Skidmore reader comments 22 Share this story Whistleblower Edward Snowden can be asked to give evidence in person by a German committee probing the NSA's spying activities, the country's Federal...
Tesla must not use the term “autopilot,” Germany says
EnlargeSebastian Anthony reader comments 17 Share this story Tesla has been told by the German transport ministry to stop using the term "autopilot" because it is a "misleading term." As reported by the...
Germany’s Bundesrat votes to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030
Toni Almodóvar Escuder @ Flickr reader comments 7 Share this story Is the tide turning for the internal combustion engine? In Germany, things are starting to look that way. This is the country that invented...
Germany taps tech to help refugees fit in
This is part of CNET’s Road Trip 2016 summer series “Life, Disrupted,” about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all.Germans and Syrians have more in common than they realize,...
German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German prosecutors are again considering whether to press charges against Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives for failing to staunch a tide of racist and threatening posts...
German regulator orders Facebook to delete WhatsApp user data
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German privacy regulator ordered Facebook on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp and to delete all data that has already been...
Media: Suspected Russian Cyberattack Targets German Parties
German security officials say a cyberattack believed to be directed by Russia targeted journalists and lawmakers in recent weeks. The domestic intelligence agency BfV says the German Parliament, at least...
Volkswagen shareholders seek $9.2 billion over diesel scandal
A German court has been flooded with new lawsuits against Volkswagen from investors who say they lost billions as the value of the carmaker’s shares plunged after its diesel emissions scandal. Of those...
German spies violated law, must delete XKeyscore database—watchdog
EnlargeDr. Johannes W. Dietrich reader comments 4 Share this story Germany's spies seriously violated the country's laws multiple times, according to a secret report from its federal data protection commissioner...
Germany wants Facebook to take initiative in fight against online hate
By Thorsten Severin | BERLIN BERLIN The German government wants Facebook to be more proactive in monitoring and, if necessary, removing forbidden as well as offensive content from its social network platform.Interior...
German authority would not have approved beta-phase Tesla autopilot: newspaper
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Federal Office for Motor Vehicles (KBA) would not have approved the autopilot system installed on Tesla cars if the technology was still in a beta-phase version, it told...
Lax emissions standards in EU have regulators scrambling
OxfordianPoliticians and regulators in the European Union are finding many instances of automakers using loopholes to circumvent emissions standards. Although so far only Volkswagen has been found using...
NATO likely to designate cyber as operational domain of war: German official
BERLIN (Reuters) - NATO members will likely agree during a summit meeting in Warsaw next month to designate cyber as an official operational domain of warfare, along with air, sea, land and space, a senior...
Apple's Electric Car Project Won't Involve BMW, Daimler: Report
The potential partners in Apple's rumored electric car project failed to reach a workable agreement with the technology company. Apple has been searching for months for a partner in its quest to build...
Volkswagen 'Dieselgate' software developed at Audi in 1999 - report
BERLIN (Reuters) - German carmaker Audi created so-called defeat devices which cut emissions in 1999, years before parent company Volkswagen (VW) used them to cheat diesel emissions tests, German newspaper...
German court ruling threatens Apple's video services
FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A German district court has ruled that Apple Inc violated patents acquired by Swiss security company Kudelski's OpenTV business, which could force Apple to remove some...
Court rules against Facebook 'like' button in German shopping case
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Facebook's "Like" button violates German and European privacy laws in a case brought by a consumer group against an online shopping site which relied on the user recommendation feature,...
Facebook faces German antitrust privacy probe
Facebook’s data harvesting practices are facing yet another probe in Europe. This time the German federal competition authority is initiating proceedings — rather than it being a European...
German police can now use spyware to monitor suspects
ColorPencilFunGerman police are now permitted to infect a suspect's computers, and mobile devices with special trojan software to monitor communications made with the systems, the country's interior ministry...
Report: VW told it must make electric cars in US
IFCARVolkswagen is reportedly being called to make restitution for the recent diesel emissions cheat scandal, which has severely clouded the car giant's reputation. The US Environmental Protection Agency...
German competition watchdog wants 'big data' hoards considered in merger probes: paper
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The vast troves of consumer data held by big Internet companies should be scrutinized in merger probes because they have a big impact on competition, the president of the German antitrust...
YouTube wins German appeal over artists' fees
MUNICH (Reuters) - A German court has handed Google another legal victory over German performing rights organization Gema, which had sought to make the company's video-sharing service YouTube pay each...
German court rules against Daimler's taxi-hailing app
FRANKFURT A Frankfurt court on Tuesday ruled that discounts offered by taxi-hailing app Mytaxi are illegal, saying they were an "unfair commercial practice".Mytaxi, owned by German carmaker Daimler, offered...
Facebook Friend Finder ruled unlawful in Germany
Germany's Federal Court of Justice has upheld a 2014 judgement that Facebook's Friend Finder feature is illegal under laws concerning both unwanted commercial promotions and data protection, following...
German spies revive internet snooping work with US: reports
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's BND intelligence agency has resumed joint internet surveillance with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) after halting collaboration with Washington last year following...
VW blasted for shielding emissions documents from U.S. probe
(Reuters) - Three U.S. state attorneys general criticized Volkswagen AG on Friday for citing German law to withhold documents from a group of states investigating the German automaker's use of illegal...
Daily Briefing, Jan. 6
Actress Anne Hathaway has taken a pre-emptive strike against paparazzi — with the help of her Instagram account. While she was on a beach, in a bikini, the pregnant actress noticed a stranger taking pictures,...
German publishers have filed complaint against Google: VG Media
BERLIN (Reuters) - German publishers have filed a complaint against Google in a row over whether or not the search engine should pay the publishers to show their articles online, a spokesman for VG Media...
Germany is putting an end to hate speech on the Internet - CNET
The German government is putting an end to online hate speech. James Martin/CNET It's said there's always someone doing something bad on the Internet. Now, Germany is doing something about it. The European...
German robots to make first Adidas running shoes in 2016
HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (Reuters) - A German factory operated largely by robots will make its first 500 pairs of running shoes for Adidas early next year as the sportswear company seeks to cut labor costs...
Microsoft details more on its German datacenter data-access lockdown plan
In mid-November, Microsoft announced a plan which company officials said would offer customers in Germany an extra layer of cloud protection. This week, a new Microsoft blog post provided some more specifics...
Nokia to close HERE mapping deal with German automakers
HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia says it has received all regulatory approvals for the 2.8 billion euro ($3.1 billion) sale of its mapping unit to a consortium of German carmakers, Audi AG, BMW Group and Daimler...
German investigation of VW expands to include tax evasion
German prosecutors said Tuesday they have widened their investigation of Volkswagen to include suspicion of tax evasion after revelations that some of its cars were emitting more carbon dioxide than officially...
Top German official infected by highly advanced spy trojan with NSA ties
A diagram of the Regin platform.Kaspersky LabGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be the only high-ranking leader from that country to be spied on by the National Security Agency. According to a report...
While US and UK governments oppose encryption, Germany promotes it. Why?
The German government advocates that all citizens use encryption. Image: Getty In the UK, David Cameron's administration has all but declared war on encryption. In the US, 63 percent of Americans approve...
US and German transportation heads to meet over Volkswagen woes
Volkswagen's diesel recall makes it all the way to Brazil this week. Antuan Goodwin/CNET The fallout from Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal isn't over yet. Germany's minister of transportation will...
Proposed German law: telecoms must store customer data on airgapped servers
Julian HerzogThe German Bundestag (parliament) has passed a controversial law requiring telecoms and Internet companies to store customers' metadata and to make it available to law enforcement agencies...
Adidas Plans To Open Automated Shoe Factory In Germany Next Year
German sporting goods maker Adidas aims to open its first fully automated shoe factory in Germany next year, part of an effort to bring manufacturing back closer to its consumers in more affluent countries....
Volkswagen recalls 8.5M European diesels amid global probes
Italian police raided Volkswagen's Verona headquarters this week. Antuan Goodwin/CNET What started off as a bad morning for Volkswagen has now blossomed into an all-around awful day. After recalling 2.4...
German prosecutors conduct searches in VW emissions probe
German prosecutors carried out searches Thursday in connection with their investigation of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, seeking material that would help clarify who was responsible for the cheati...
EU's Schulz says Volkswagen scandal a "heavy blow" for German economy
BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of the European Parliament told a group of German regional newspapers that the emissions scandal at Volkswagen (VW) would hit the German economy hard but Europe's biggest carmaker...
Facebook joins German anti-racism drive
Facebook has promised new measures to help Germany counter racism and anti-migrant abuse on the internet. Facebook says it will promote "counter speech" in Germany to combat such prejudices and will deploy...
Germans chide Facebook over race hate
A new German Green Party video urges citizens and Facebook managers to act against a spate of anti-immigrant hate messages on social media. In the four-minute video, the Greens' parliamentary leader, Katrin...
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