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Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns
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 Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) issued a blanket ban on smartwatches aimed at children this week — and asked parents who’d already purchased such a device to destroy them, for good measure. The aggressive move is a response to growing privacy concerns surrounding devices aimed at minors. Read More

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Germany bans children’s smartwatches over privacy concerns
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Germany's telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency, announced a ban today on the sale of kids' smartwatches, the BBC reports, and encouraged parents to destroy the ones they already own. The agency appears to be taking particular issu…

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Germany Is Burning Too Much Coal
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Several readers share a report: Germany is widely seen as a world leader in the fight against climate change. Thanks to its investments in renewable power, wind and solar energy provide a third of its electricity, more than double the U.S. share. Germany’s goal to lower carbon-dioxide emissions 40 percent by 2020 is significantly more […]

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Germany Sets New National Record With 85 Percent of Its Electricity Sourced From Renewables
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Germany was able to set a new national record for the last weekend of April with 85 percent of all electricity consumed in the country being produced from renewables — wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. Digital Trends reports: Aided by a seasonal combination of windy but sunny weather, during that weekend the majority of […]

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Another flying car just had a test flight in Germany     – CNET
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I know, you’ve heard it all before, and so have I. But this latest flying car prototype at least looks cool.

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Germany wants to regulate a 24-hour livestream as a broadcaster
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You might want to think twice about running a non-stop livestream just because you can — at least in Germany, regulators will want to have a word with you. They've told the 24-hour let's play channel PietSmietTV that it has to apply for a broadcasti…

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Germany plans to squeeze hydroelectric power out of a coal mine
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As coal energy falls out of favor in much of the world, one defunct mine in the heart of Germany's coal country is preparing for a new life as a sustainable power plant. As Bloomberg reports, the Prosper-Haniel mine in the state of North-Rhine Westph…

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Germany Could Ding Facebook for Fake News
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The frenzied 2016 election cycle mercifully is over, but Facebook’s fake news problem isn’t going away. The company may face steep fines in Germany if it fails to address it satisfactorily. A bill slated for consideration next year would establish fines of up to $500,000 euros per day for each day that a fake news […]

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Security News This Week: Russian Hackers Are Targeting Germany Now, Too
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Each weekend we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth but that still deserve your attention. The post Security News This Week: Russian Hackers Are Targeting Germany Now, Too appeared first on WIRED.

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