With purchase, Telefonica will expand its O2 business and take aim at big German mobile players Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone.
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.
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.
Vodafone Germany may expand the reach of its fixed line network with Kabel under its belt.
German publishers wanting to keep their content in Google News will now have to let Google know.
Proposed data limits from Deutsche Telekom won't apply to company's own internet services, setting the stage for potential net neutrality disputes.
Amazon has suffered another strike in Germany, with workers at the logistics centres in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld walking out over pay and conditions.
Nokia's hopes of taking HTC to task over SMS patents look to be fading after a preliminary hearing verdict was handed down this week.
Staff at Amazon's site in Leipzig went on a one day strike on Monday, demanding better working conditions and industry-standard wages.