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U.N. communications body adopts eavesdropping standards

Despite concerns voiced by Germany, a number of Internet eavesdropping techniques were approved for use by the International Telecommunication Union. The ITU is the specialized U.N. body charged with the facilitation and regulation of information and communication technologies. Cdt.org provides…

Google launches 'Defend your Net' campaign in Germany

There’s a tricky situation unfolding in Germany right now with regards to how search engines handle news excerpts of content from publishers. In short, the government wants to make changes that would force search engines to have to pay a…

Microsoft wins injunction against Motorola in Germany

Microsoft has won an injunction against certain Motorola Android devices after a regional court in Munich ruled that the phone maker is infringing on a software keyboard patent. Microsoft won two separate cases: one against Motorola Mobility Inc. and another against its German...

Google gains legal right to use Gmail brand in Germany

Google happily announced on its blog today that @googlemail.com will now become @gmail.com in Germany. This marks the first time in several years that @gmail.com will be the default option for German users. Google had switched to @googlemail.com following a…

Germany increases tax on flash storage by roughly 2,000%

Germans can expect to pay a hefty premium on USB drives and memory cares as the nation raises taxes on flash storage by roughly 2,000%, according to Heise Online (translated). ZPÜ, the office tasked with setting levies against blank media, has reportedly increased the taxes...

Apple axes push email for iCloud, MobileMe in Germany

Following a recent ruling against the company in Germany's Mannheim Regional Court, Apple has been forced to turn off its iCloud and MobileMe push email services for users in the European country to comply with an injunction won by Motorola…

Hackers reverse engineer Trojan used by German Police

European hacking group Chaos Computer Club claims to have  successfully reverse engineered samples of German Police's lawful intercept malware, known as Quellen-TKÜ, finding that besides eavesdropping on Skype conversations it is also capturing screenshots and logging keystrokes.