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TC Roundup: Rocket Internet CEO: We build real companies; work for Google if you like sushi and comfy chairs

Rocket Internet CEO: We build real companies; work for Google if you like sushi and comfy chairs: Silicon Valley may not find much to love about Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based company that is often derided for simply copying everyone else's ideas. Turns out, the disdain is mutual.

In a rare interview, press-shy Oliver Samwer, chief executive and co-founder of Rocket, appeared on stage today at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Germany. While he didn't say much new about Rocket's business, and seemed appeared clearly uncomfortable with having to field questions, he did manage to get in a few shots at the folks in Silicon Valley. (Venture Beat)

After Gmail blocked in China, Microsoft's Outlook hacked, says GreatFire: Chinese users of Microsoft Corp's Outlook email service were subject to a hacking attack at the weekend, just weeks after Google Inc's Gmail system was blocked in China, an online censorship watchdog said on Monday.

People using email clients like Outlook, Mozilla's Thunderbird and apps on their phone with the SMTP and IMAP email protocols, which are used to send and receive messages, around Saturday were subject to a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, said China-based GreatFire.org. (Reuters) EU says part of Amazon's Luxembourg tax deal "Cosmetic": Luxembourg took just two weeks to sign off a partly cosmetic deal that allowed Amazon to shift a large part of its European profits to an untaxed entity, according to EU antitrust regulators.

The European Commission, which rules on competition and subsidies in the European Union, announced in October that it had opened an investigation into a tax ruling struck in 2003 and published details of its case on Friday. (Recode)

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