Germany

BMW to open a new autonomous driving development center near Munich

BMW has already staked its claim in the self-driving production timeline, with plans to release an autonomous electric car by 2021. To help meet that goal, the carmaker is opening a dedicated facility

Trivago closes up 8% in public debut

Hotel search site Trivago went public on Friday, after separating from Expedia. The company priced its shares at $11 and closed the day at $11.85, up 7.73 percent. But this was after pricing at $11 pe

Trivago files to raise up to $428 million in IPO

German hotel booking site Trivago updated its plans for a U.S. IPO in a filing that came out on Monday. The company expects to price its shares between $13 to $15, a $428 million offering at the top e

Tesla told to stop using “misleading term Autopilot” in Germany

Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has asked Tesla to stop using the term 'Autopilot' to refer to its driver assistance technology because of the risk of misleading consumers about the

Rakuten to exit the UK, Austria and Spain as global retrenchment continues

Rakuten is downsizing its international presence once again after Japan's top e-commerce firm announced plans to shutter its e-commerce businesses in the UK, Spain and Austria.

Refinery29 launches in Germany

Refinery29, the fast-growing media company focused on women, has today announced its expansion into Germany. Refinery29 .de will be the first non-English property owned by Refinery29, and the second-l

Microsoft launches Azure preview in Germany and Canada, announces DoD-specific regions in U.S.

Late last year, Microsoft announced it would start hosting its Azure cloud computing platform and some of its other cloud-based services out of local data centers in both Germany and Canada. Both of t

Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches Its ‘Paid Dating’ Service In NYC

New Yorkers sick of the uncertainties of the urban dating scene can now turn to a new app designed to reduce the complexities of dating to dollars and cents. Ohlala, a controversial dating app popular

Microsoft Seeks To Dispel Cloud Mistrust In Europe With German Trustee Model

Microsoft has moved to dispel European mistrust of U.S.-operated cloud services by announcing a plan to offer cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, from data centers in

Uber Pulls Out Of Three German Cities After Court Ban Shrinks Driver Pool

Despite raising a warchest of some $8 billion thus far, on-demand ride sharing platform Uber is retrenching its operations in Germany -- pulling out of three cities (Frankfurt, Hamburg and Düsseldorf

Facebook Agrees To Do More To Help Combat Hate Speech In Germany

Europe's refugee crisis has spilled over to Facebook. In Germany, where thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing conflict in their own country are being offered asylum, Facebook has found itself being pre

Fintech’s Five Dark-Horse Cities

With global investment in fintech having tripled in the last five years, the financial sector is without a doubt in the midst of a revolution. The leading cities in the global fintech race are relativ

Xiaomi To Sell Products In US And Europe Starting June 1st

Mi.com will soon sell Xiaomi products and accessories in the US and, UK, France and Germany. This comes after last week’s short soft launch of the online store. However, like before, the firm is

Internet Privacy Is The Wrong Conversation

On April 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is in hot water with government regulators in six European countries over its practice of tracking users’ movements across the web to sell

Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

While Amazon is expanding its logistics and delivery business to complement its e-commerce portal, Google is working on ways to make its search experience online more like Amazon’s to grow the n

German Startup Campaigns For Personal Data API Law

German startup Protonet, which last year raised just over $4 million via Seedmatch for its secure server product for SMEs -- 8x more crowdfunding than it had originally sought -- has cooked up a new i

Google Quietly Rolls Out An iPad Version Of Inbox

Inbox by Gmail (Google's still-invite-only email client) seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it sort of thing, but in case you happen to fall in the "love it" camp <em>and</em> use an iPad: good news! Inbox

Deutsche Telekom Launches A $620M Fund For German Startups And PE Deals

Deutsche Telekom is stepping up its game in the world of startup investing and tapping into the growing tech ecosystem coming out of its home country. Today the carrier, owner of T-Mobile, announced a

Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany

Yelp has boosted its presence in Europe after announcing the acquisition of Restaurant-Kritik, a restaurant review service in Germany. Restaurant-Kritik claims to have over 330,000 reviews of more tha

German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight

A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers -- who have grudgingly agreed the sear
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