Samsung Ordered To Pay $340,000 Fine For Paying People To Write Negative Online Reviews About Rivals


The fake reviews related to an advert about the camera functions on Samsung’s Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102, one of its flagship products

Samsung ordered to pay $340,000 after it paid people to write negative online reviews about HTC phones (Daily Mail, Oct 25, 2013):

  • Found to have hired people to attack HTC while praising own products
  • ‘Reviewers’ didn’t reveal who they were, meaning that the public were being fooled into thinking that they were reading honest appraisements
  • Taiwan Federal Trade Commission branded Samsung ‘deceitful’

Samsung has been ordered to pay a $340,000 fine by a regulator in Taiwan for paying people to write negative online reviews about a competitor’s mobile phones.

The tech giant was found to have hired people to attack HTC whilst praising its own products in a cut-throat attempt to corner the market.

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‘Test Project’: NSA Admits To Collection Of Bulk Data Of Cellphone Locations

In Test Project, N.S.A. Tracked Cellphone Locations (New York Times, Oct 2, 2013):

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency conducted a secret pilot project in 2010 and 2011 to test the collection of bulk data about the location of Americans’ cellphones, but the agency never moved ahead with such a program, according to intelligence officials.

The existence of the pilot project was reported on Wednesday morning by The New York Times and later confirmed by James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The project used data from cellphone towers to locate people’s cellphones.

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SPIEGEL: NSA Has Full ‘Back Door’ Access To iPhone, BlackBerry And Android Smartphones

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a BlackBerry Z10 smart phone: Will the company face a setback following claims the NSA can spy on its phones? (REUTERS)

Privacy Scandal: NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data (Spiegel, Sep 7, 2013):

SPIEGEL has learned from internal NSA documents that the US intelligence agency has the capability of tapping user data from the iPhone, devices using Android as well as BlackBerry, a system previously believed to be highly secure.

The United States’ National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation is capable of accessing user data from smart phones from all leading manufacturers. Top secret NSA documents that SPIEGEL has seen explicitly note that the NSA can tap into such information on Apple iPhones, BlackBerry devices and Google’s Android mobile operating system.

The documents state that it is possible for the NSA to tap most sensitive data held on these smart phones, including contact lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information about where a user has been.

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Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court To Allow Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches (Washington Post, Aug 19, 2013):

If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.

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Panel Of Top International Scientists Claims EMF Exposures Destroy Health And Well-Being

EMF exposures destroy health and well-being, claims panel of top international scientists (Natural News, Aug 10, 2013):

Nearly 8 million people worldwide die from cancer on an annual basis. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death, killing almost 17 million people in 2011; both of these statistics are spiraling out of control. Now three top scientists, Dr. Panagopoulos of the University of Athens , Associate Prof. Johansson of the Karolinska Institute, and Dr. Carlo of the Science and Public Policy Institute, are sounding the alarm bell.

Leaders in their respective fields, Panagopoulos, Johansson, and Carlo, claim electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures significantly below international safety levels exposures are destroying the public’s health and well-being.

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‘Facebook Is A Monstrous Surveillance Engine’ – ‘Mobile Phones Are Surveillance, Tracking And Listening Devices’ (RT Interview With Dr. Richard Stallman)

Richard Stallman: “Facebook is a Monstrous Surveillance Engine” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 17, 2013):

“If you want to have the possibility of some privacy someday, you’d better join the fight now, because now a bunch of other people are joining the fight. Now is the moment when you can make a difference. If you wait until the day you wish you had some privacy and only then try to do something…well, that day you will be one of a few people doing it and that won’t be enough. You’ve got to help make a critical mass when other people are doing it – and that’s now.”“We call Windows 8.1 ‘Windows PRISM Edition’ because it’s designed to require people to send data to Microsoft servers, and of course, Microsoft will hand over any of that data to the US government on request. It puts the users in PRISM.”

– Richard Stallman in the interview embedded below

If you don’t know who Richard Stallman, aka RMS is, it’s time to to get up to speed. I can’t think of a better way to do that than by watching the video interview below. He starts off explaining why he doesn’t own a mobile phone (it can continue to listen to you even when it’s turned off), and then goes on to answer almost every technology question imaginable to a layperson. Definitely worth the time.

Doctors Warn Smartphones Cause ‘Digital Dementia’

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South Korean doctors warn smartphones cause ‘digital dementia’ (Digital Journal, June 24, 2013):

South Korean doctors have found that increasing use of smartphones among young Koreans has led to a surge in incidence of “digital dementia” characterized by deterioration of cognitive abilities and symptoms found in people who have suffered head injury.

According to Dr. Byun Gi-won, a South Korean expert in cognitive problems related to computer and smartphone usage at the Balance Brain Center in Seoul, the high incidence of digital dementia in Korea is a side effect of the fact that the country has one of the world’s best developed and fastest networks with a very high rate of usage of digital devices by its citizens.

The South Korean Joongang Daily reports that Internet addiction had emerged among both adult and young Koreans as early as the late 1990s. Recent trends show that Internet addiction is giving way to iPhone or smartphone addiction.

Cases of “digital dementia” associated with smartphone addiction are characterized by memory deficits, attention disorders and emotional flattening among young people who spend too much time using a gaming device, web searching, texting, and multimedia on smartphones.

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Study Links Over 7,000 Cancer Deaths To Cell Phone Tower Radiation Exposures

New study links over 7,000 cancer deaths to cell phone tower radiation exposures (Natural News, June 22, 2013):

Could exposure to radiation from cell phone towers really responsible for over 7,000 cancer deaths? According to research findings from Brazil, the facts speak for themselves. The study established a direct link between cancer deaths in Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s third largest city, with the cell phone network.

What does this direct link stem from?

Over 80 percent of those who succumbed to certain types of cancer resided approximately a third of a mile away from one of the hundreds of cell phone antennae that populate the city.

These cancers, primarily found in the prostate, breasts, lungs, kidneys, liver, are the ones associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

This is a real concern for cell phone users and even non- cell phone users. Those who shun mobile phone technology still suffer the consequences of cell phone tower radiation.

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Police Want ‘Kill Switch’ To Disable Smartphones

Police want ‘kill switch’ to disable stolen mobiles as phone crime soars (Daily Mail, June 8, 2013):

  • Smartphone manufacturers under pressure to create a ‘kill switch’
  • Stolen mobiles would be rendered worthless
  • Thefts of phones stolen rockets to rate of 300 a day
Smartphone manufacturers are under pressure from police to create  a ‘kill switch’ to render stolen handsets worthless.

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Student Science Experiment Finds Plants Won’t Grow Near Wi-Fi Routers, Cellphone Radiation

Ninth-graders design science experiment to test the effect of cellphone radiation on plants. The results may surprise you.


Photo courtesy of Kim Horsevad, teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark.

Student science experiment finds plants won’t grow near Wi-Fi router (Mother Nature Network, May 23, 2013):

Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community.

It started with an observation and a question. The girls noticed that if they slept with their mobile phones near their heads at night, they often had difficulty concentrating at school the next day. They wanted to test the effect of a cellphone’s radiation on humans, but their school, Hjallerup School in Denmark, did not have the equipment to handle such an experiment. So the girls designed an experiment that would test the effect of cellphone radiation on a plant instead.

The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of garden cress into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds into another room next to two routers that according to the girls calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary cellphone.

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