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Ruf Reaktor is back. Photo: Berlinow

Time For Some Ruf

Ruf Reaktor is back! Since the “evil” property developers kicked them out of LA54 in Friedrichshain, they have found a new place for their great parties; The Loop Hole in Neukölln. This Friday with music by Vincent de Quiram, Robert John and Julian L. Avril, performance by Clair, and Dj Krach. – Berlinow

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Berlin Gets Its Own Startup Factory


A Stone’s Throw Away from the Berlin Wall

The remains of the Berlin wall at Bernauer Straße. Photo: Berlinow

SoundCloud has long ago outgrown its headquarters at Rosenthaler Straße. Now it seems like they have finally found the perfect place, not too far from Rosenthaler Platz.

A new 8,500 square-meter office building, one hundred meters away from the Bernauer Straße subway station and the former Berlin wall, will become the new startup hub in Berlin, according to its developers.

On the site of the former Oswald brewery, Berlin-based angel and seed investor JMES Investments has partnered with some private investors to develop the new building which will house SoundCloud and several other existing and new Berlin startups.

“We are creating a campus where startups can learn from each other and use collective knowledge to overcome early stage hurdles,” says Simon Schaefer, partner at JMES to TechCrunch.

Via TechCrunch

250 new jobs will be created in the police force. Photo: Maarten van Maanen/flickr[source]CC BY-SA 2.0

Crime rises in Berlin. Nevertheless, the German capital is still one of the safest cities by European standards.

According to the statistics of 2011, crime increased 4.1 percent in the past year to 494 185 offenses. The clearance rate fell 2.3 percent to 46.1 percent during the same period.

According to Margarete Koppers, Deputy President of the Berliner police force, the rise in crime is essentially due to a hefty surge in thefts and housebreakings. Homicides also escalated (+9.5 percent), arson (+28.5) and attacks in public transport system (+9.3). Internet crime declined with 9.0, and youth group violence by 20.3.

To fight crime more effectively, 250 new jobs will be created in the police force. Video surveillance recordings from subway stations will be kept for 48 hours, instead of 24 hours as now.

Via Berlin Online

Illustrative image (this person and the particular computer has nothing to do with the article). Photo: Elvert Barnes/flickr[source]CC BY 2.0

Looking for a job? Look out for scammers! A Berlin duo has robbed two women who replied to their fake job ad.

The two men placed a fake job advertisement on a website. At the interview, the applicants were told that they needed to buy a computer to be able to get the job. The first woman payed for the computer, then the men told her that they had to keep it for while to install a necessary application. She never saw her money, nor the computer again.

The second woman refused to buy the computer and left the interview. The men then followed her to a underground parking garage and robbed her. Police has not yet been able to catch the fraudulent duo.



Social Media Week 2012



Amber Roussel speaking at an event during last year’s Social Media Week Berlin. Photo: Berlinow

Social Media Week is a worldwide event, taking place in over 20 cities twice a year. Their mission is to connect people and organizations and explore the social, cultural and economic impact of social media through panels, workshops and, of course, parties.

Last year Social Media Week in Berlin welcomed over 6000 visitors to 66 different panels at 10 locations. The next SMW Berlin opens in late September.

Anyone can propose an event for SMW Berlin. To get inspiration, take a look at some of last years panels. Event submission for 2012 begins June 1.