The O2 and E-Plus tie-up is set to create Germany's largest mobile customer base, but still faces regulatory hurdles.
The German View
From SAP and Software AG to startups, a look at the new developments in the largest economy of Western Europe from an insider's perspective.
From the day he brought home a modem and dialed in to a local BBS in 1991, Michael has been obsessed with technology and how it enables collaboration. He has a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and has worked in and around the technology start-up scenes in San Francisco and Berlin.
Sara Zaske is a journalist based in Berlin. She has written on technology, development, and the environment for a variety of publications including ZDNet, the San Francisco Examiner, Sierra magazine and RCR Wireless News.
With the purchase, the enterprise software company continues its push into big-data analytics.
In Europe, venture capital is getting increasingly spread out, with countries like Germany and France challenging the dominance of the UK.
E-Plus is upgrading its infrastructure with dual cells, doubling its theoretical maximum speed to 42Mpbs.
A clarification of a previous stance affirms that the cryptocurrency can be used for both private and commercial sales, and can be taxed.
In a largely symbolic gesture, the companies will provide SSL encryption for customers' emails.
Samsung snaps up OLED maker to help expand production capability.
Every year, law firms in Germany are shaking down hundreds of thousands of people for file-sharing, despite some legal grey areas.
Faster LTE speeds are now available in four cities, to be rolled out elsewhere in the next few weeks.
Publishers say that the move is temporary, and that they're 'making preparations' for alternative dealings with the news aggregator.
The software behemoth is set to join a growing fray of tech accelerators in the city.
With purchase, Telefonica will expand its O2 business and take aim at big German mobile players Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone.
The German market earned Amazon around €6.8bn in 2012 – however because of European tax rules, the company only paid €3m in taxes in the country. German politicians are now calling for a change in tax law.
Co-working options have been growing rapidly in the city, meeting the needs of thousands of freelancers and entrepreneurs
ResearchGate, with a recent $35m cash infusion from Bill Gates, wants to change the way scientists collaborate.
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