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German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook’s Whole Ad Business

“Facebook will no longer be allowed to force its users to agree to the practically unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data to their Facebook user accounts,” FCO president Andreas Mundt said in a statement announcing the decision.

https://www.wired.com/story/germany-facebook-antitrust-ruling/?CNDID=49046367&CNDID=49046367&bxid=MjM5NjgxNjQ4MjY5S0&hasha=051456e5dd3dcc7e9dc3f0af5c58ce38&hashb=f25d57ca4e78eed3fd06146c3baa1f06f00d9d42&mbid=nl_020819_daily_list1_p4&source=DAILY_NEWSLETTER&utm_brand=wired&utm_mailing=WIRED%20NL%20020819%20(1)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nlThe country’s antitrust regulator told Facebook it couldn’t demand so much data from users simply to have an account. Experts say it’s a big deal.

The Sideways Elevator of the Future Is Here, and It’s Wild

https://www.wired.com/story/the-sideways-elevator-of-the-future-is-here?mbid=nl_7917_p1&CNDID=49046367The Multi elevator goes up and down, left and right, even diagonally—and it could change the way buildings are designed. Put aside your doubts. After three years of work, the company is testing the Multi in a German tower and finalizing the safety certification. This crazy contraption zooms up, down, left, right, and diagonally. ThyssenKrupp just sold the first Multi to a residential building under construction in Berlin, and expects to sell them to other developers soon.

Swiss cops use anti-drone guns at the World Economic Forum

by Mariella Moon @ engadget.com

Swiss authorities have added another security measure for this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos: anti-drone guns. Bloomberg has spotted local police preparing HP 47 Counter UAV Jammers to make sure no unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) gets too close to the venue, whether it’s sent by a spy organization or just a nosy onlooker. That’s the same jammer the German police used in Berlin when President Obama visited the country. The publication says authorities decided to bring in an anti-drone technology, because people with malicious intent could use UAVs to monitor security positions or even to launch attacks.

Mitsumi Bluetooth USB Adaptor

MACityNet reports that Mitsumi is delivering in good quantities its Bluetooth USB Adaptor WIF-0402C as an alternative to the unavailable D-Link DWB-120M Bluetooth USB Adapter from Apple, with the same form factor. Also check out their Complete Guide to Cellular Phone Connection for the Mac matrix. [Update: Koen Wastyn was able to order from this German site: http://www.ccs-shop.de – click “Suche” and search for Mitsumi USB. He also confirms that it works with Mac OS X.]

Net-connected Volkswagen

Frankfurt, Germany (AP) Volkswagen AG will launch a new Golf model that is its first mass-produced car with an Internet connection, the German auto giant said Friday. Fittingly, the high-tech multimedia auto will only be sold online. From ABC News’ “Volkswagen to sell mass-produced Internet-capable Golf.”