Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus & iPad Air 2 lose out to Samsung & Surface in detailed color accuracy analysis | 9to5Mac
Its seems likely that Apple has concentrated on the important Red to Green part of the Color Space, which includes both the Skin Tone and Organic Colors. On the other hand, both the iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 are in last place for the Full Gamut Color Accuracy. This is partly the result of an over saturated Blue primary that distorts almost the entire Blue Region, which accounts for about half of the half of the entire Color Space and increases the Average Color Error, and also partly due to the less accurate bluish White Point.
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2 days ago
Baltimore Police balk when pressed by judge on phone tracking capabilities - Baltimore Sun
City police Det. John L. Haley, a member of a specialized phone tracking unit, said officers did not use the controversial device known as a stingray. But when pressed on how phones are tracked, he cited what he called a "nondisclosure agreement" with the FBI.

"You don't have a nondisclosure agreement with the court," Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams replied. Williams threatened to hold Haley in contempt if he did not respond. Prosecutors decided to withdraw the evidence instead.
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2 days ago
"God View": Uber Investigates Its Top New York Executive For Privacy Violations
Uber said Tuesday that it is investigating its top New York executive for tracking a BuzzFeed News reporter without her permission in violation of what the transit giant says has long been its privacy policy. The company also published its privacy policy for the first time on Tuesday, though it said the policy had always been in effect.
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3 days ago
Apple will soon let third-party products use its Lightning port, opening up new possibilities for accessories | 9to5Mac
Last week at Apple’s yearly briefing for accessory makers in its Made-for-iPhone/iPad (MFi) licensing program, the company unveiled new Lightning connectors and specs for Lightning receptacles that will soon be available for implementation in MFi accessories. The new Lightning receptacle, scheduled to start shipping next year, will allow accessory makers to build new types of accessories that include a port for Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector previously reserved for its own iOS devices (pictured above).
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3 days ago
Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists
A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.
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3 days ago
Open WhisperSystems >> Blog >> Open Whisper Systems partners with WhatsApp to provide end-to-end encryption
The most recent WhatsApp Android client release includes support for the TextSecure encryption protocol, and billions of encrypted messages are being exchanged daily. The WhatsApp Android client does not yet support encrypted messaging for group chat or media messages, but we’ll be rolling out support for those next, in addition to support for more client platforms. We’ll also be surfacing options for key verification in clients as the protocol integrations are completed.
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3 days ago
Why podcasts are suddenly “back” – Marco.org
Podcasts in 2010 were a lot like podcasts in 2007, which were a lot like podcasts in 2004, which are a lot like podcasts in 2014. There’s a lot of tech shows (and a lot of tech listeners), but most of the biggest are professionally produced public-radio shows released as podcasts, with other strong contingents in comedy, business, and religion, followed by a huge long tail of special interests with small but passionate audiences.
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Samsung to launch flexible display, cut smartphone models in 2015 | ZDNet
"In 2015, we will lower the number of smartphone models by one fourth to one third compared to this year," said Robert Yi, senior vice president and head of investor relations at Samsung Electronics, during Samsung Investors Forum 2014.
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3 days ago
Google Keep Lets You Share and Collaborate on Notes
Now, however, not only can you share them with others to view, you can collaborate on them in real-time – so if you and your other-half use shared shopping lists, for example, you can see items being scored off in real-time. The feature will be hitting the Android app today, but is already available on the Web and the Chrome app incarnations.
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3 days ago
Another Court Affirms Google's First Amendment Control Of Search Results
The basic factual allegations asserted that CoastNews ranked at the top of search results on Bing and Yahoo for San Francisco neighborhood keywords but didn’t rank in a comparable position (or remotely near that) on Google. Plaintiff Martin asserted that Google was a search monopoly and that he was harmed (and so were consumers) accordingly. He asked for a jury trial and sought roughly $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
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4 days ago
Apple Pay grabs 50% of McDonald’s tap-to-pay transactions, gives retailers hope for future of mobile payments | 9to5Mac
Walgreens, for example, says that since the release of Apple Pay, the number of mobile transactions conducted in its stores has doubled. Whole Foods says it has seen over 150,000 Apple Pay transactions since the iOS 8.1 update was released.




McDonald’s has also seen a rush by customers to give the new tech a try, noting that an impressive 50% of its tap-to-pay transactions since the release of iOS 8.1 came from Apple Pay.
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Google says Play Music subscribers automatically get access to YouTube Music Key starting next week | 9to5Google
Starting next week, as a Google Play Music subscriber, you’ll get free and complete access to the YouTube Music Key beta, a new service from YouTube where you can watch ad-free music videos, and keep the music playing in the background or when you’re offline. The Google Play Music app will also include ad-free music videos alongside select tracks. Stay tuned for more information.
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7 days ago
FCC Asks AT&T for Info About Delayed Fiber Build-Out Because of Net Neutrality | Re/code
Two days after AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company would delay building out its fiber network because of uncertainty about net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission has some questions.

Stephenson said the company would build fiber to homes as promised as part of its deal to acquire DirecTV but other investments would be delayed. The agency emailed AT&T Friday asking for more information about that announcement, including “all documents” related to that decision.
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Mobile Pwn2Own 2014: Windows Phone's sandbox resists attack
What we know is that the Apple iPhone 5S was owned via the Safari browser by exploiting two bugs, the Amazon Fire Phone was breached via three bugs in its browser, Samsung Galaxy S5 was successfully targeted via NFC by two different teams (one by triggering a deserialization issue in certain code, and the other by targeting a logical error), and the Nexus 5 was forced to pair with another phone via Bluetooth.
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AT&T Stops Using Undeletable Phone Tracking IDs - ProPublica
The move comes after AT&T and Verizon received a slew of critical news coverage for inserting tracking numbers into their subscribers' Internet activity, even after users opted out. Last month, ProPublica reported that Twitter's mobile advertising unit was enabling its clients to use the Verizon identifier. The tracking numbers can be used by sites to build a dossier about a person's behavior on mobile devices – including which apps they use, what sites they visit and for how long.
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7 days ago
News from The Associated Press
Under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has worked to overcome its reputation as a clumsy behemoth struggling to keep up with new tech trends and consumer habits. Nadella has cut expenses - and jobs - while pledging to refocus the company on mobile technology and cloud computing. His efforts have fueled a stock surge that drove Microsoft's total market value above $410 billion on Friday. That leapfrogged Exxon's value of $404 billion, which has been dinged by the drop in oil prices.
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Log In - The New York Times
RT : Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute ( / New York Times)
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8 days ago
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RT : Harry Reid Moves For Senate Vote on NSA Reform ( / National Journal)
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Keyssa 'Kiss Connectivity' Promises Faster Wireless Data Transfer - Businessweek
RT : Keyssa 'Kiss Connectivity' tech can wirelessly transfer up to 6GB/sec via EHF between devices
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8 days ago
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RT : Keyssa 'Kiss Connectivity' tech can wirelessly transfer up to 6GB/sec via EHF between devices
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8 days ago
Obama net neutrality plan reactions: ISP Sonic supports | BGR
“Sonic continues to adhere to the net neutrality practices implemented since its founding in 1994,” the company explains. “We don’t disadvantage any source or type of traffic. There are no speed tiers and no usage caps. We host content delivery equipment as close to our customers as possible. By partnering with large content sources, we save money on Internet transit while delivering the best performance to our members.”
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8 days ago
Do not clear data for Google Service Framework
Doing this changes the primary ID by which Google knows your device. As far as the servers are concerned, the device was basically factory reset. There are many downstream effects of this, but a big one is that this invalidates the tokens used by any app that uses GCM (which is nearly all the Google apps, and a ton of third-party apps.)
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8 days ago
Comcast loves Obama’s net neutrality plan, except for that Title II part | Ars Technica
"In 2013, the top four ISPs invested a combined $46 billion in the U.S. economy—with Comcast investing $6.6 billion in infrastructure in America, up from $5.7 billion in 2012," Cohen wrote. "This investment has been made possible through the sound application of light touch regulation and it is simply indisputable that Title II would put these significant investments in jeopardy and diminish innovation and job creation as a direct result."

Things were going Comcast's way earlier this year when the FCC unveiled a tentative net neutrality plan that relied upon Section 706, requiring minimum levels of service but allowing Internet service providers to charge websites for faster access to consumers. Comcast supported that plan, but it was heavily criticized by consumer advocates. A final decision isn't expected until next year, but Obama's public support of reclassification will put increased pressure on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to scrap Section 706 and use Title II instead.
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Exclusive: Apple's enterprise assault gets into higher gear | Reuters
Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth - highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters - by expanding its footprint in the workplace.
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10 days ago
Microsoft's first Lumia defines Windows Phone's future | The Verge
With no new flagship Lumia devices planned this year, Microsoft is betting on low-end handsets to push Lumia sales and Windows Phone market share, a tactic that Nokia adopted before its phone division joined Microsoft earlier this year. Specifications might be low on the Lumia 535, but Microsoft has made some changes that don’t compromise the experience as much as some other budget Lumia devices. The Lumia 535 comes with a 5-inch qHD display (960 x 540), a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. While the screen is something you’d normally see back in 2011, viewing angles aren’t as bad as you’d expect even if the pixels are clearly visible.
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10 days ago
$2 Billion and Counting | Spotify Blog
At our current size, payouts for a top artist like Taylor Swift (before she pulled her catalog) are on track to exceed $6 million a year, and that’s only growing – we expect that number to double again in a year.
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10 days ago
Halo video game executive swatted at home, police say | Ars Technica
Washington state local police said an executive for video game maker Bungie was the victim Thursday of a hoax by a caller who claimed he had an assault rifle and was holding the family hostage.

"He wanted $20,000 to release the family," Nathan Elledge, chief of the Sammamish Police Department, told local media.
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Did the government hack a CBS journalist? Maybe. [Updated] | Ars Technica
”the cyber-spies changed the internal clock of my work laptop not once, not twice, but 1,358 times, possibly in an attempt to disrupt any temporal analysis.” She quotes Patel as saying that very few parties have the skill to do this—and one of them is the government.
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Breach Fatigue Sets In With Consumers
A new study out today confirms experts' belief that in the wake of mega breaches at retailers like Target and Home Depot, consumers are reaching a point of "breach fatigue." Conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of RSA, the survey report released today shows that consumers really do little to alter their shopping behavior following breaches at their favorite stores. However, their antennae are up and they do have preferences about how online retailers handle security measures such as authentication.
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RT : FTC ends first case against a "patent troll" with a slap on the wrist ()
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RT : Taylor Swift Shuns 'Grand Experiment' of Streaming Music (Kory Grow / Rolling Stone)
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14 days ago
Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains | WIRED
RT : Operation Onymous busted several contraband markets, arrested 17, seized $1M in bitcoin
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14 days ago
New Online Tool Lets Twitter Users Report Harassment - Digits - WSJ
On Twitter, users have the option to block other users as well as report abusive or harassing behavior directly to the company.

WAM’s form includes fields for reporting specific tweets and individual users, whether the gender-based abuse also includes racist or sexual threats and asks if people feel threatened or fear for their safety. WAM said it will try to get a resolution with Twitter within 24 hours.

The announcement comes amid an intense spotlight on the treatment of women online. A recent Pew survey found that 40% of Internet users in the U.S. said they had been harassed online.
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14 days ago
Working With Words
A classified ad that sounds too good to be true has been running in various publications since 2004. Read the comments!!
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16 days ago
FT interview with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page - FT.com
Even Google’s famously far-reaching mission statement, to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, is not big enough for what he now has in mind. The aim: to use the money that is spouting from its search advertising business to stake out positions in boom industries of the future, from biotech to robotics.
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18 days ago
With Magazine, CNET Tech Site Makes Jump From Screen to Page - NYTimes.com
The platform is print periodicals, as CNET brings out on Monday a magazine, also named CNET, that carries a cover price of $5.99 and is being sold on newsstands and at stores like Costco, Target and Walmart. The quarterly magazine’s premiere issue, which runs 128 pages and is dated winter 2014, features the rapper and actor LL Cool J on the cover.
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19 days ago
Microsoft stops selling consumer versions of Windows 7 to computer makers | VentureBeat | Business | by Emil Protalinski
The only exception will be business computers running Windows 7 Professional, which will continue being sold for at least another year. The Windows Lifecycle chart for sales below summarizes the important dates we know.
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19 days ago
Starwood Hotels begins rollout of iPhone/Apple Watch virtual room keys, Hilton to follow (Video) | 9to5Mac
Starwood Hotels has officially launched its SPG Keyless service, allowing guests to use their iPhone (and, in the Spring, Apple Watch) to unlock their hotel doors, bypassing the front desk. The boutique hotel group first announced the project back in January.
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19 days ago
Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts: Apple Watch launching in “Spring,” after Chinese New Year | 9to5Mac
The Apple Watch’s launch is scheduled to occur in the “spring,” according to Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts, later in 2015 than some had originally anticipated. Ahrendts stated the timeframe to retail employees in a video message, a transcript of which was provided by a source. While explaining that employees need to conserve energy for upcoming shopping seasons, Ahrendts stated, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring:”
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19 days ago
How one-time dot-com darling iVillage fell to Earth - Digiday
Born in 1995, at the dawn of the dot-com boom, iVillage was synonymous with the frothiness of the new online economy. Its co-founders Candace Carpenter and Nancy Evans were not Web geeks but veterans of old media. When they took iVillage public in 1999, shares soared to $100, and it seemed as though anyone with a good idea (and a knack for self-promotion) could make a killing on the Web. But NBC Universal shut it down last year and rolled it into the “Today” show, where the remaining employees were shifted.
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19 days ago
Google is working on “copresence,” which might let Chrome, Android and iOS devices communicate directly — Tech News and Analysis
RT : Google is working on “copresence”, which might let Chrome, Android and iOS devices communicate directly
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19 days ago
Michael Bastian Creates a Smartwatch That Looks Like a Watch - WSJ - WSJ
“Honestly, I’m not so much of a tech guy,” said Mr. Bastian. As such, the MB Chronowing will go on sale Nov. 7 at the online fashion retailer Gilt, not your local Best Buy. Two versions will be available: a limited-edition, all-black model with a sapphire-glass crystal and an alligator strap for $649, as well as a model that has just as much heft but is made with somewhat less refined materials (its three included straps are leather, rubber and nylon) for $349. gilt.com
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Windows 8.1 picks up steam as consumers adopt latest update - CNET
The market share of PCs that run Windows 8.1 jumped to 10.9 percent in October, up from 6.7 percent in September and 7.1 percent in August, according to Net Applications, which tracks activity through analyzing the browsers hits of specific websites.
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20 days ago
Amazon exec: We priced the Fire Phone wrong
“We didn’t get the price right,” Limp admitted. “I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we’re also willing to say, ‘we missed.’ And so we corrected.”
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20 days ago
Google's Android VP on why a pricier Nexus 6 may lead to higher sales - CNET
"We are selling the Nexus 6 in a way most people are used to buying it," Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for Android at Google, said in an interview Wednesday.

The decision to create a more expensive, premium device that is more readily available suggests a maturation of the Nexus line. The primary goal of a Nexus device has always been to serve as a vehicle to show off the latest version of Android, largely attracting developers and enthusiasts. But the Nexus 6 phone appears poised for more mainstream attention.
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20 days ago
HP to jolt 3D printer market | ITworld
HP's 3D printers will be targeted at enterprises, much like the company's large-format printers, which are used to make billboards and posters. Unlike the current crop of HP printers, however, the upcoming 3D products are being designed to produce a wide range of functional objects and industrial components.
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20 days ago
Kevin Spacey Stars in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - NYTimes.com
He compared his decision to appear in a video game to accepting a role on the TV show “Wiseguy” in the 1980s. He had done stand-alone episodes of “The Equalizer” and “Crime Story” and “wasn’t very good in either of them,” he said, so he was inclined to turn down the part until Jack Lemmon talked to him about how television felt in its early days.
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20 days ago
F.C.C. Considering Hybrid Regulatory Approach to Net Neutrality - NYTimes.com
The proposal is part of a hybrid solution that has gained favor among the F.C.C. staff over the last two months. Like other possible solutions, it seeks to reestablish the F.C.C.’s authority to enforce net neutrality, the general concept that no Internet traffic should be discriminated against unfairly.

But unlike policies previously considered, which treated the entire Internet ecosystem as a single universe, the hybrid proposal would establish a divide between “wholesale” and “retail” transactions.
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20 days ago
OK, Google: Search Inside My Apps! - ReadWrite
Here’s how it works: Google parses the query, then hands the search directly over to the app named by the user (if it has been updated to support the feature). When the search results appear, they'll include "deep links” that take people to relevant places or pages in the app.
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20 days ago
Despite Android TV push, Google Play Movies & TV app comes to Roku set-top boxes | VentureBeat | Media | by Tom Cheredar
You’d expect that Google wouldn’t want to take attention away from its new Nexus Player by allowing people to gain access to its video services on rival devices. However, this actually makes sense when you consider that most people probably aren’t using Google Play to buy movies and TV shows — and it’s unlikely that this will change if consumers can’t gain access to the Google Play Movies & TV show service on the most popular devices.
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20 days ago
Will He Ever Return? Head Of Google’s Web Spam Team Matt Cutts Extends Leave Into 2015
When I went on leave, I wanted to see how webspam would go without me. I’ve been talking to people on both the algorithmic and manual webspam teams during my leave, and they’ve been doing a top-notch job. So I’m planning on extending my leave into 2015.
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20 days ago
Former Android Leader Andy Rubin Leaving Google - WSJ - WSJ
Andy Rubin , co-founder and former leader of Google Inc. ’s Android mobile business and the current head of its nascent robotics effort, is leaving the Internet giant, the company said Thursday.

Mr. Rubin is starting an incubator for startups interested in building technology hardware products.
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21 days ago
Apple Asks PCalc Developer to Remove iOS 8 Widget – MacStories
RT : Apple forcing PCalc to remove iOS 8 widget, saying widgets on iOS cannot perform calculations
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23 days ago
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RT : Apple forcing PCalc to remove iOS 8 widget, saying widgets on iOS cannot perform calculations
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23 days ago
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RT : Microsoft outs upcoming fitness 'Band' with premature Mac App Store release ()
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23 days ago
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RT : Samsung's Q3 profit drops 60% YoY to $3.9 billion, mobile division profit down 74% YoY
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23 days ago
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RT : Samsung's Q3 profit drops 60% YoY to $3.9 billion, mobile division profit down 74% YoY
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