Weak foreign demand sinks German industry orders

BERLIN (Reuters) – Weaker demand from abroad unexpectedly dragged down German industrial orders in December, data showed on Wednesday, in a further sign that factories in Europe’s largest economy are shifting into lower gear due to a slowing world economy. Contracts for ‘Made in Germany’ goods were down by 1.6 percent – compared with a 0.3 percent rise forecast by economists – after an upwardly revised drop of 0.2 percent in the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office said. “The decline in orders in December indicates that the industry’s phase…

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German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears

An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data. The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications. Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it. But the UK Toy Retailers Association said Cayla “offers no special risk”. In a statement sent to the BBC, the TRA also said “there is no reason for alarm”. The Vivid…

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