Court rules Apple infringed OpenTV video streaming patents in Germany

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Apple has been found guilty of infringing on video streaming patents owned by Swiss company Kudelski’s OpenTV. The case was ruled on by a German court, which stated that any Apple products sold in Germany must not infringe on OpenTV’s patents.

The problem? The Apple products which allegedly infringe on said patents include the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, App Store, and Mac.

Germany investigating Apple’s audiobook deal with Amazon

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Apple has another antitrust investigation underway.
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Apple’s just gotten to the end of its long and convoluted eBooks antitrust case, and now Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is reportedly investigating the company’s agreement with Amazon for purchasing audiobooks.

Apple and Amazon are said to have a long-term agreement in place for purchasing audio books from Amazon’s Audible company to distribute via the iTunes store. The terms of the deal haven’t been made clear.

German neighborhood warns public urinators ‘it’s peeback time’

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Activist have applied a superhydrophobic coating to areas of St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany to create splashback on those who urinate in public. Graphic: St Pauli's Community of Interest/YouTube
Activist have applied a superhydrophobic coating to areas of St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany to create splashback on those who urinate in public. Graphic: St Pauli's Community of Interest/YouTube

The people of St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany are pissed off about being pissed on.

Declaring “Peeback Time,” an anti-public urination group has coated neighborhood walls with a special chemical that will return the stream back to anyone too lazy to find a bathroom.

St. Pauli draws throngs of visitors in the German port city because of bars, music clubs and a well-known red light district. The Beatles briefly called St. Pauli home before fame struck.