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German social networks hacker commits suicide while in jail

<img src="http://eu.beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/vz-netzwerke.jpg" alt="Logo VZ Netzwerke" c class="shot2"/>[Germany] You could say <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/company/studivz">StudiV

Germany's Mr Startup launches his own HuffPo

<img src="http://eu.beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/the_european-logo1.gif" alt="the_european-logo" title="the_european-logo" width="200" height="89" class="shot2" />[Germany] Serial founder an

Smava is Germany's most successful social lending platform

[Germany] Every financial crisis has its losers, but it also has its winners. In Germany, one of these winners is the social lending online platform Smava. The ‘peer-to-peer credit marketplace&

Hacker arrested for blackmailing StudiVZ and other social networks

[Germany] Berlin police have arrested a man who apparently tried to blackmail VZ-Netzwerke, the holding company for the successful Facebook clone StudiVZ and other German social networks. The man had

German iPhone startup Mobilinga gets its first investment

[Germany] Now that was fast. Only two days after their first article on TechCrunch Europe, mobile startup Mobilinga gets its first VC investment. German entrepreneur Hans Rudolf Wöhrl, a famous fashi

Back from the ashes, a smaller Mobilinga looks better

[Germany] The iPhone’s App Store Bonanza is over. Not only have most sellers failed to turn a profit, many come nowhere near recouping their investment at all. And for non US companies it’

PaperC secures its first VC round

[Berlin] Seedcamp Berlin winner PaperC has secured its first round of funding. Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS), a state run venture fund by the German state of Saxony, has invested a six digit

Facebook appoints bizdev in Germany, as Twitter goes Deutsch

Facebook finally gets its own ‘face’ for Germany: The sleuths of media newswire Kress Report got wind that Facebook could hire the advertising expert Scott Woods, who previously headed the

While other German VCs wilt, the Samwer brothers invest and clone like mad

[Germany] The Samwer brothers, Germany’s most prolific startup investors, are on an e-commerce investment spree. While TechCrunch mourns the end of the funding party and 340,000 layoffs in Silic

Germany's streaming video startup make.tv switches off

German streaming video startup make.tv has filed for insolvency. The platform for live video streaming and hosting of transmitted programs will be available until mid October and then switched off. Ma

German Last.FM clone Simfy gets financing to become a Spotify, er, clone

German Last.FM clone Simfy has won a new round of financing – to re-launch itself as a clone of Spotify. Music Networx, a German online distributor of live music and a portfolio company of VC fi

Swedish VoIP startup Rebtel blocked again in Germany by a mobile carrier

Swedish VoIP company Rebtel, funded by Index Ventures and Benchmark Capital, is getting screwed once again. This time it’s the German mobile operator E-Plus which blocks calls to Rebtel’s

German bloggers' Internet Manifesto on journalism's future makes waves

After stirring up their own country, the German blogger elite has launched an international version of their Internet Manifesto in English. Fifteen authors of Germany’s most popular blogs have s

Germany's Facebook cloner made €10m – but isn't happy

StudiVZ founder Ehssan Dariani, who got booted from his own company shortly after acquisition, has finally unleashed what appears to be a tsunami of pent-up anger at the event, in an interview with Ge

Germany's version of LastFM files for insolvency

<img src="http://uk.beta.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/roccatune.jpg" class="shot2" />German free music streaming service <a href="http://www.roccatune.com/">Roccatune</a> has officially <a href="

Facebook accelerates past StudiVZ in Germany

Facebook is now officially Germany’s biggest social network, quality newspaper FAZ reports. Latest numbers from Nielsen show that the world market leader increased it’s reach by more than 50 per c

Qype expands to Italy in attempt to outpace Yelp's expansion

The German Yelp counterpart Qype continues its expansion. This time they go south and have launched an Italian version of their review website. Registered Qype members evaluate businesses, places or s

O2 Germany opens mobile network for VoIP and Skype

O2 Germany will not block VoIP services like Skype any more and has no plans to charge extra for their usage. Until now, all four German mobile network operators had banned the use of mobile VoIP in t

Nokia ditching Symbian for Maemo, German FT reports

Nokia doesn’t trust its Symbian mobile operating system any more and plans to equip many of its smartphones with the mostly open source Maemo operating system it uses in its Internet tablets, ac