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November, 2015

Samsung’s Struggling Mobile Business Has A New Leader

Samsung store Shutterstock As its smartphone sales continue to lag behind competitors, Samsung Electronics announced today that it will reshuffle the leadership of its mobile division. J.K. Shin will no longer be in control of its day-to-day operations and instead hand that responsibility over to Dongjin Koh. Read More

Australian politician mistakenly quotes neo-Nazi, deletes all his tweets

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He’s one of Australia’s most outspoken politicians, but conservative South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has decided to go radio silent on social media.

On Tuesday, Bernardi mysteriously deleted all his tweets but left his profile intact

It’s unclear why Bernardi bid adieu to tweets of times gone by, but on Nov. 22, he made an epic Twitter fail. Bernardi mistakenly quoted a neo-Nazi on the social media platform: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise.”

The quote — often attributed to Voltaire — is actually by American Holocaust-denier Kevin Strom, adapted from his essay titled “All America must know the terror that is upon us.” Read more…

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The VTech data breach shows kids are just as vulnerable to hacking

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Toy maker VTech on Friday admitted that 5 million of its customer accounts — including at least 200,000 accounts related to children — had been breached.

The admission came the massive hack was first reported by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai of Motherboard. Microsoft developer and security evangelist Troy Hunt wrote more about the breach and what information was taken.

VTech’s initial response to the incident has been to emphasize that no financial data was taken in the breach. But as Franceschi-Bicchierai shared in a follow-up story on Monday, that hardly means the data taken was of no value. Read more…

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