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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.

Google abandons Street View in Germany

Google has stopped sending out its Street View cars in Germany. Although a German court recently ruled that photography in streets is perfectly legal, and thus Google is allowed to continue updating its Street View service, the company has decided…