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  1. AlphaAtlas

    German Court Upholds Paid Amazon Review Case

    Representing another win in the fight against paid reviews, a recent report claims that a German court upheld an Amazon case against undisclosed, paid reviews on their site. The provider supposedly offered 3rd party Amazon sellers positive reviews in exchange for some sort of compensation, such...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Qualcomm Posts $1.5 billion Bond to Stop Some German iPhone Sales

    VentureBeat reports that Qualcomm posted about $1.5 billion in security bonds to enforce a ban on certain iPhones in Germany. Qulacomm won the case late last month, but had to pay this bond to actually enforce the ban. Apple recently ran into similar legal trouble in China, but that order only...
  3. DooKey

    Swastikas Will No Longer Automatically be Banned in German Video Games

    Since the end of WW II displays of Nazi symbols have been banned. This ban also included use of these symbols in video games and as a result developers had to release censored video games. However, it looks like the practice may be ending because the German national ratings agency announced...
  4. R

    Airbus Introduces CIMON, An AI Companion For The ISS

    Airbus has announced that they are developing the CIMON astronaut assistance system for the DLR Space Administration. CIMON, short for Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN, will be a medicine ball sized flying companion, complete with a face and voice that uses IBM's Watson AI to help astronauts...
  5. DooKey

    Germany Bans Children's Smartwatches

    A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who had such watches to...
  6. M

    Embattled German Industrials Pursue the Factory of the Future

    In a Bloomberg article, Germany is helping to lead the charge in building factories of the future. Efforts to modernize manufacturing are heading forward in this new century. The country is known for its innovations in technology. Maybe in the future some companies will deploy Strap Ons for use...
  7. cageymaru

    German Heavy Metal Music Festival Builds Beer Pipeline to Preserve the Environment

    German heavy metal music festival organizers for the upcoming Wacken event have come up with a novel idea on how to preserve the environment and quench the thirst of attendees. They have created an underground beer pipeline buried 2.6 feet that will pump 105,000 gallons of naturally chilled...
  8. Zarathustra[H]

    Germany Approves Draft Law to Protect WiFi Operators From Piracy Liability

    We saw one example earlier today of Germany's ability to craft boneheaded legislation. To prove that we are not filled with hate of the Germans, here is one that is quite the opposite. Germany has approved a draft law which explicitly protects open Wi-Fi network operators from liability in...
  9. Zarathustra[H]

    Germany Gives Social Networks 24 Hours to Delete Criminal Content

    As we have reported on before, the EU has been stepping up its attempt to force social media networks to take down criminal content more quickly. The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has announced that a bill to strengthen these protections has been approved in...
  10. Zarathustra[H]

    Parents Must Identify Pirate Kids or Pay Their Fines, Court Rules

    Germany's Federal Court of Justice this week ruled that if parents are aware that their children have committed copyright infringement they must identify them to the court, or pay their fines. This was a ruling in a case stemming from a 2011 distribution of an album by Rihanna by a minor. This...
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