Germany

Ads, not internet, to blame for newspaper woes: study

It’s common wisdom that the long, painful decline of newspaper business models began as the internet blossomed.

The internet is blamed for just about everything, from declining print subscription revenue to freefalling classified ad revenue. But is the common wisdom about the internet and newspapers wrong?

Germany, France to citizens: ditch Internet Explorer

In the wake of the highly-publicized hack attack on Google and other large companies, which some are blaming on Internet Explorer, Germany and France have decided enough is enough. Both countries have warned their citizens that Internet Explorer is not safe and advised them to download alternative browsers.

Somewhat surprisingly, it appears that a good number of citizens are heeding the message. According to the Wall Street Journal, all indications are that the message is getting through. Mozilla, which is behind the Firefox browser, is reporting a “significant surge in downloads” in Germany since the German announcement. Numbers for France are not yet available.

More foolishness: German government officials claim Google Analytics is illegal

Are government bureaucrats in Europe trying to kill the commercial internet? If
you’ve been following all of the laws, directives and general
bureaucratic gobbledygook lately, you just might start to think the
answer is ‘yes’.

And now comes a new gem: some government officials in Germany apparently believe that Google Analytics is illegal. That’s right, the free analytics service provided by Google is a threat to the citizens of Germany and they must be protected!