Daily news bulletin on German startups

Facebook has activated its geo-location feature Places in Germany and Switzerland; a well-known German journalist Hajo Schumacher has launched Spredder.de offering journalism-on-demand for publishers; and the chief editor of news portal Focus Online is leaving to set up another own journalism focused startup.

Facebook Places comes to Germany

facebook places, germany, geo-locationThe social networking giant Facebook has activated its geo-location feature Places in Germany and Switzerland. One of the largest product innovations on the Facebook platform for some time – and potentially the most lucrative as it enables targeted, context-based advertising – Places is also likely to meet some stiff opposition in Germany, where the issue of Internet companies encroaching on privacy is hotly debated.

Content shop Spredder.de gets launch

online journalismFreelance journalists in Germany have just been given another way to make a buck, with the launch of Spredder.de, which is billed as an „online shop for quality journalism“. It’s the brain child of Hajo Schumacher, an award-winning print and TV journalist. Writers can register for free and offer contributions on any topic, the editorial staff then decides whether it meets the grade and then adds it the content range if it does. Publishers pay a unit price of 2 cents per letter, with Spredder taking 30 percent commission and 70 percent going to the author.

Jochen Wegner leaves Focus Online

jochen wegner, focus onlineThe head of German news portal Focus Online is to depart at the end of October to set up a new company in Berlin. Jochen Wegner leaves behind a vacancy for both chief editor at Focus.de and managing director of Tomorrow Focus Media. As reported by Meedia, Wegner is planning to establish a start-up with the successful software entrepreneur Marco Borries, with a focus on publishing journalistic content on new digital devices such as the iPad.