Tag: Germany

Swedes! Poles! Germans! Luxembourgers! The world is depending on you to save the internet from the EU!

The European Parliament is meeting this week, and the committee that will decide the future of the controversial new Copyright Directive will meet next, and depending on what they do, it might be the end of the road for the internet as we know it. The new Copyright Directive contains two deal-breaking clauses: […]

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German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

(Reuters) — Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures including Chancellor Angela Merkel have been published online in what appears to be one of Germany’s most far-reaching data breaches. A preliminary analysis showed the data had been obtained through “wrongful use of log-in information for […]

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“Security researcher” dumps files of German chancellor, legislators, bloggers

Enlarge / A screenshot of the Twitter account of “_0rbit” before its suspension. Over the last week of December, files with personal data of hundreds of German politicians, bloggers, and celebrities was posted via links from the account. reader comments 8 with 8 posters participating Share this story Over the past week, someone using the […]

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Sabrina Setlur, One of Germany’s Biggest Ever Hip-Hop Stars, Was One of My Babysitters Growing Up 

Photo: Alexander Heimann (Getty Images) The internet can take you down very strange rabbit holes, but sometimes those rabbit holes remind you of good times past. Such was the case recently as I perused Facebook looking to see what shenanigans the people I follow were up to. Somebody posted the […]

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Donald Trump Defies ‘Fake News’ CNN: ‘I Will Sign’ MAGA Hats for the Troops

President Donald Trump responded to media complaints on Thursday because he signed Make America Great Again hats for the troops overseas. “If these brave young people ask me to sign their hat, I will sign,” Trump wrote on Twitter, defying CNN and other media reports complaining about his token of appreciation for soldiers overseas. Trump […]

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Germany’s Far-Right Rebrands: Friendlier Face, Same Doctrine

HALLE, Germany — Christmas carols were playing and the scent of ginger hung in the crisp December air. Students sold organic plum compote and served mulled wine in biodegradable cups made from sugar cane. But then there were the postcards. “Islamization? Not with us,” read one. “Defend yourself! This is […]

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Germany Considers Recruiting Foreign Nationals for Military

BERLIN — Concerned about filling its ranks seven years after abolishing mandatory military service, Germany is looking into recruiting foreigners for service, according to reports released on Thursday, though there were conflicting accounts of the extent of those plans. General Eberhard Zorn, the chief of defense, said the military, or […]

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German Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Child Marriage Law as Unconstitutional

The German Federal Supreme Court has made a new ruling on a child marriage case which could have implications on the way child marriages conducted legally overseas are treated in the country. The ruling comes from a case involving a Syrian man who was separated from his underage “wife” when the pair arrived in Germany […]

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U.S. Ambassador Accuses Fake News Scandal German Magazine of ‘Anti-American’ Bias

Germany’s leading news magazine, which was forced to apologise to readers on Wednesday after revelations of “invented stories”, has been accused of having a major anti-American bias by President Trump’s Ambassador to the United States Richard Grenell. Der Spiegel magazine — which has published several cartoon covers in recent years attacking President Trump — enjoyed […]

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Rapper Talib Kweli: ‘Nazi Germany Had a Wall Called the Berlin Wall’

Rapper Talib Kweli gave his fans an incredibly wrong history lesson Friday, saying that the Berlin Wall was created by Nazi Germany and was proof of how “walls didn’t work for Nazis.” “So, you’re unaware of the fact that nazi Germany had a wall called the Berlin Wall that was torn down in 1991 in […]

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Qualcomm Refused to Hold Key Apple Evidence Confidential in German Court

Earlier today, a German court ruled that iPhones with Intel modem infringed on a Qualcomm patent and banned the sales of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 from Apple’s retail store in the country. Josh Landau from Patent Progress has now provided some key details about the hearing and how unfair it was. He […]

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After German Journalism Scandal, Critics Are ‘Popping the Corks’

BERLIN — He told the story of a Syrian boy who believed he had helped start the country’s civil war with a prank. He profiled an American woman who traveled around the United States to watch executions. He brought to life, in astoundingly granular detail, the anguish of a would-be […]

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RydeMyPony founder delivers last startup pitch you‘ll ever need: ‘Why 2018 was a product fail’

Berlin-based Christoph Sollich is known as “The Pitch Doctor” for his work helping entrepreneurs tell their company’s story. But part of his method involves delivering his own pitches that satirize the format of the startup pitch. I got a chance to see him this year at the Bits & Pretzels Conference […]

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Germany Approves Third Gender, ‘Diverse’, for Official Documents

Germany’s parliament has voted to recognise a third gender for government documents, meaning that citizens can now be recognised in the European country as male, female, or diverse. The change in law came late Thursday night and follows a 2017 court ruling which required the German government to either allow a third gender or to […]

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What Comes After the Merkel Era?

BERLIN — On Friday Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, meeting in Hamburg, elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the center-right party’s leader. Given the party’s dominant — if recently weakened — position in German politics, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer will also succeed Ms. Merkel as chancellor by 2021 at the latest. […]

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