Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia could be factory site for Tesla’s Gigafactory

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, is a leading destination for Tesla’s Gigafactory in the EU. According to a report from German news daily Rheinische Post citing sources familiar with the matter at hand, U.S. electric carmaker Tesla is scouting for a location for a factory in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). According…

Vodafone launches limited 5G services in 20 German cities and towns

Vodafone is following a dual vendor strategy for its 5G networks; given its security concerns consumer data could probably be at stake especially if it is routed through Chinese servers. On Tuesday, Vodafone stated it was launching 5G services in Germany. The development sees Vodafone offering cheaper deals than industry leader Deutsche Telekom; its services…

Germany’s Federal Office of Justice fines Facebook for $2.26 million

Facebook was fined since it had presented incorrect data on its transporency report on illegal content on its social media platform. In a significant development, German authorities have fined levied a fine of $2.26 million (2 million euros) on Facebook for providing a “distorted picture of the amount of illegal content on the social media…

Next-gen fighter jet and drone will have to competitively priced: French defense minister Florence Parly

France and Germany are spearheading the development of the 5th generation fighter jets, as well as a range of associated weapons, which will include weaponized drones. French defense minister Florence Parly highlighted the need to make the next-generation drone being developed by several European nations price competitive. France and Germany are spearheading the development of…

Google faces privacy woes stemming from data handling for its online ad business

Google online ad business faces strong risks of non-compliance to EU’s GDPR. In a development that marks a heightening of Google’s privacy woes, privacy campaigners have filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way Google handles data in its online advertising business. Last month, complaints filed…

German prosecutors impose fine of $35M on Porsche for cheating diesel emission tests

Porsche clearly aims to move past the dieselgate scandal and has chosen not to appeal the fine. German prosecutors have imposed a fine of $598 million (535 million euro) on luxury carmaker Porsche AG, a unit of Volkswagen, for lapses in supervisory duties which allowed the company to cheat diesel emissions tests. According to the…