Angela Merkel to startups and entrepreneurs:

Angela Merkel to startups and entrepreneurs: "Can we be friends?"

It's quite a love fest in startup world. There was Neelie Kroes recently in Brussels calling them "rebels without a cause" and saying she had decidedly motherly feelings about entr...


EU and French data protection agencies will order Google to 'unravel' its privacy policy

Google is already under EU scrutiny for breaches of antitrust regulation. Now the search giant's privacy settings are also drawing negative attention. According to The Guardian, CNIL (France's data protection agency), and other EU data protection commissioners will announce that Google breaches EU privacy regulations, by not offering users a chance to opt out of the "consolidation" of all their data. Google in... Read more

Awesome: relive Felix Baumgartners Stratos jump in LEGO! #geekout

Oh, my, this is too awesome: someone recreated the Stratos jump in Lego (via @invisible_puppy, GREAT find!) Know any other Stratos jump parodies? Let us know! Mail us at Photo: Flickr, JarleR... Read more

Watch Felix Baumgartner's jump from the edge of space LIVE!

Felix Baumgartner will attempt to skydive from "the edge of space" - in about an hour. Baumgartner will jump out of a helium balloon at 36,580 m in an attempt to become the first parachutist to break the sound barrier. The launch was initially scheduled for 9 October 2012 but was aborted due to adverse weather conditions. You can access the YouTube livefeed by clicking on the YouTube frame at the top. Baumga... Read more

BMW is talking to Lit Motors, who are trying to invent the post-car car

Lit motors is probably one of the most fascinating things in the automotive industry at this moment: it's not a scooter, and it's not a car, but it does combine the advantages of both. Lit motors is an electrical vehicle on two wheels (like a scooter) but with a fully closed body (like a car). It's kept upright thanks to two gyroscopes at the bottom. No worries about this thing tipping over, says Lit Motors: they ... Read more

Bill shock (2): a 11,721,000,000,000,000 euro phone bill

We wrote earlier this week that the telecoms are quite optimistic about their future earnings, even going as far as predicting that the fat nineties might return, revenue wise. When they keep sending out bills like this, we have no doubt they will succeed: a French user holds the dubious honor of receiving the most expensive phone bill ever recorded. Specifically, BT sent him a bill for 11,721,000,000,000,000 €  ... Read more