politics
Experts Worry As Germany Tests Voice Recognition Software to Screen Refugees

Germany announced this week that it will begin testing voice recognition software in its screening of refugees seeking asylum. The approach may help speed up the processing of hundreds of thousands of migrants, but some experts fear that the imperfect technology could cause more harm than good. Read More >>

history
School Assignment Leads to Discovery of WWII Plane With Pilot’s Body Still Inside

When 14-year-old Daniel Kristiansen was assigned a World War II project for history class, his father jokingly suggested he look for a German plane that had allegedly crashed at the family farm. Well wouldn’t you know it, he actually found the damned thing—along with the dead airman’s remains. It’s being called one of the most sensational discoveries in recent times. Read More >>

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Facebook Makes Bullshit Claim It Would Take ‘Wonder Machine’ to Track Hate Speech

Facebook’s problems of late are legion: fake news, hate speech, trolls, and the hideous and unpredictable violent outbursts on its Live platform. Now, apparently, the German court system is in the mix. Read More >>

facebook
After Government Threatens Fines, Facebook Will Test Out Fake News Filtering in Germany

In December, German lawmakers announced plans to introduce a bill that would fine Facebook 500,000 euros (or just over£440,000) for not removing fake news posts within 24 hours. On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that the company will be testing its fake news filtering system in—you guessed it—Germany! Read More >>

crime
Thieves Detonate Wrong Cash Machine and Steal Bank Statements

A group of German thieves thought they'd hit a winner when they detonated a local ATM, only to end up quite dismayed that they'd wasted their improvised explosive device on blowing up nothing more than a statement printer. Read More >>

cars
German Lawmakers Vote to Ban the Internal Combustion Engine 

The modern internal combustion engine first came from Germany and now Germany wants to put a nail in its coffin. The Bundesrat has passed a resolution to ban the ICE beginning in 2030. Read More >>

privacy
German Regulators Ban Facebook From Collecting WhatsApp Data

Earlier this year, WhatsApp betrayed its long-standing commitment to privacy when it announced that it would share user data with its parent company Facebook for the purpose of selling ads. Today, a German regulator announced it is putting the brakes on Facebook’s plan. Read More >>

history
How Did Hitler Rise to Power?

When you combine an unhappy group of people with a leader who is more than willing to feed and exploit their fear with wild speeches and rhetoric, things can go bad. When people in business and intellectuals want to be on the favourable side of public opinion, so they start doing things they don’t believe are right, matters can get worse. But how can it ever be so bad that someone like Hitler can rise to power and do worse? Ted-Ed explains in this haunting video. Read More >>

internet
German Churches Offer Free Wi-Fi to Lure People Back

It’s been over a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but God has not returned to east Germany. Protestant churches, getting worried about the declining popularity of Christianity, have come up with a plan. Spiritual advising couldn’t bring people back, but surely free Wi-Fi will. Read More >>

drugs
German Techno Enthusiasts Now Snort Chocolate to Get High

According to some people who frequent the darker corners of the Berlin club scene in the hope of bumping into Steve Davis showing Ronnie O'Sullivan what it's all about, there's a hot new chemsex-techno drug on the streets -- chocolate. Read More >>

internet
A Rule Change In Germany May Allow For Widespread Free WiFi

After years of being a “hotspot desert,” Germans could finally have widespread free WiFi by autumn, thanks to a proposal that relaxes some online piracy guidelines. Read More >>

transport
Germany Will Add Self-Driving Cars to Its Railway Network

Deutsche Bahn, the German government-owned rail system that manages efficient travel throughout the country, is planning to add autonomous vehicles to its transportation options. All to help passengers experience seamless door-to-door travel. Read More >>

safety
Germany Encourages Bastard Walk-Texters With Ground Traffic Lights

Man I hate walk-texters. Well, all of them except for me. I’m obviously always completely aware of my surroundings. Seriously though, at some point we’ve all collided with someone who’s had their eyes glued to their smartphone. It’s annoying, not least because they usually fucking fail to apologise. Dicks. Read More >>

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Google Used Tiny Cameras to Street View the World’s Largest Model Railway

Brace yourself for perhaps the cutest views ever to appear on Street View. Google has scaled down its hardware to capture Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland — the world’s largest model railway. Read More >>

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‘Hier Nicht Pinkeln!’ Germans Target Public Pissers With Walls That Wee Right Back at You

Cute as the word ‘wildpinkler’ may sound, it describes something that’s anything but. It means ‘public urinator’, and a railway station in Germany has decided to crack down on these scourges of the street. Read More >>