Today In Germany: StartupBus Europe, Google vs. German Publishers, Coffee Circle, Pockets United

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StartupBus Europe gets moving towards Pioneers Festival, Google wins news snippets battle over German publishers, and more.

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StartupBus Europe makes its way to Pioneers Festival tomorrow

Calling itself the “most intense and crazy startup competition in the world”, StartupBus Europe will start driving tomorrow from Berlin making its way to the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. Along the way, individuals will form teams and begin working on startup ideas. The top final teams will have a chance to pitch at the Pioneers Festival upon arriving in Vienna. [Website]

Google wins fight on news snippets battle for now

Over 200 German digital publishers lobbied for an extension of copyright law to cover so-called news snippets that appear in Google search results. Publishers were ultimately forced to back down due to the “overwhelming market power of Google.” [TechCrunch]

A peek into Coffee Circle’s new office in Wedding

Around 20 employees work at Coffee Circle’s new office in Wedding. The startup sources coffee from Ethiopia and gives back to the people living there. The startup claims to have donated €60,000 to projects in Ethiopia from revenue generated last year. New pictures of the office are up, and the team extends a warm invitation to visitors for those interested in learning more and tasting some coffee. [Gründerszene]

Interview on FinTech, Munich’s Pockets United and failing

Markus Stiefel is the founder of Pockets United, a startup that wanted to make money transfer on mobile between friends easier. In an interview, Stiefel explains why after four years Pockets United failed. [Die Welt]

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Image Credit: StartupBus Europe screenshot