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Dec 9, 2014

Auditor says Kabel Deutschland worth more than Vodafone offer

FRANKFURT, Dec 9 (Reuters) – An auditor’s report concluded
Kabel Deutschland was worth almost a quarter more
than what Britain’s Vodafone offered for the rump of the
company, potentially helping hedge fund Elliott argue its case
for a higher price for its stake.

Having secured a stake of more than three quarters in Kabel
Deutschland, Vodafone about a year ago offered 84.53 euros per
share ($104) in cash to remaining shareholders as part of a
so-called domination agreement.

Dec 4, 2014

Cyber attacks, drones increase threats to plane safety: insurer

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – Cyber attacks and commercial drones pose a growing risk of commercial aeroplane crashes, a major insurer said, running counter to a long-term decline in fatal accidents and insurance premiums.

Technical advances in aircraft design and navigation systems have reduced the chance of dying in a plane crash, but the reliance on computers poses new types of risks.

Dec 3, 2014

Lufthansa braces for next strike as board approves low-cost expansion

BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Lufthansa’s board
approved plans on Wednesday to expand its budget flight
operations against the backdrop of deteriorating relations with
its pilots who are set for their tenth strike this year.

With the dust barely settled after this week’s two-day
walkout that forced Lufthansa to cancel half its flights,
affecting 150,000 passengers, pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit
called another strike for Thursday.

Dec 3, 2014

Lufthansa braces for next strike as board debates budget carrier plan

BERLIN (Reuters) – Lufthansa’s (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) board meets on Wednesday to approve expansion of its budget flights against the backdrop of deteriorating relations with pilots who are now planning their tenth strike this year.

With the dust barely settled after this week’s two-day walkout that forced Lufthansa to cancel half its flights, affecting 150,000 passengers, pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit called another strike for Thursday.

Nov 30, 2014

Europe targets Ariane deal to stay in commercial space race

BERLIN/PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Weeks after its dramatic
coup in landing a probe on a speeding comet, Europe is hoping a
last-minute deal to provide funding for the workhorse Ariane
rocket will prevent its space ambitions falling back to earth
this week.

Anxious to preserve its own access to space, the 20-nation
European Space Agency will seek to put aside differences over
how to respond to U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX and safeguard
thousands of high-tech jobs at ministerial talks on Tuesday.

Nov 21, 2014

Airlines eye tech partners to tap customer data

ANTWERP Belgium (Reuters) – Airlines are seeking to work more closely with travel technology companies to mine customer data for ways to generate more revenue beyond ticket sales, emulating other industries already using such methods.

While retailers have implemented ever more ingenious ways to make better use of customer data, both online and offline, many airlines have been slower off the mark, only recently looking to harvest more profitably the wealth of information provided by their frequent-flyer loyalty schemes.

Nov 21, 2014

European skies reform remains years away despite decade of effort

ANTWERP, Belgium, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Implementation of a
much-delayed single air traffic zone for Europe remains years
off because of resistance from unions and individual European
Union states, industry representatives said on Friday.

The Association of European Airlines (AEA) says that
streamlining Europe’s jigsaw of national air corridors would
save airlines 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) a year and
consumers a further 6 billion euros.

Nov 18, 2014

Comet team detects organic molecules, basis of life on Earth

BERLIN (Reuters) – European comet lander Philae ‘sniffed’ organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, German scientists said.

They said it was not yet clear whether they included the complex compounds that make up proteins. One of the key aims of the mission is to discover whether carbon-based compounds, and through them, ultimately, life, were brought to early Earth by comets.

Nov 15, 2014

Defying odds, comet lander phones home

BERLIN (Reuters) – The mission of the first robotic probe to land on a comet reached a high point on Friday when the spacecraft radioed back to Earth that it had successfully drilled into the comet’s body.

Scientists with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission did not know if the small lander that touched down on the comet on Wednesday would have enough battery power to phone its findings back to Earth 500 million km (300 million miles) away.

Nov 14, 2014

Dwindling battery makes comet probe drill results uncertain

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Space Agency scientists faced an anxious wait on Friday to see if a probe landed on a comet has enough power left to send results of a drill down into its surface back to Earth 500 million km (300 million miles) away.

Time was getting tight after the probe, released by the Rosetta spacecraft on Wednesday after a 10-year odyssey from Earth, floated away from its planned landing site.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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