October 11, 2016 Last Updated 7:29 am

Samsung says it will permanently stop production of weaponized telephone model

Morning Brief: NYT says Salesforce is still talking to Twitter about a possible acquisition, despite strong opposition from investors who, for some reason, don’t like to lose money

They have one of the more unique cellphones on the market, an exploding, flaming phone called the Galaxy Note 7. But despite this, Samsung has decided to stop its production. Go figure. One would have thought there would be a market for such a phone – it could be sold to the military, for instance. I could it being promoted by a certain candidate for president as the secret weapon that would wipe out Isis when dropped from drones.

samsung-gal7Samsung has missed its opportunity to break into the arms business. Oh well.

Meanwhile, after Madison Bumgarner gave up a three-run home run to the opposing pitcher last night I decided it was a good idea to go to bed. I assumed I would hear the fireworks after the game when the Cubs won. It’s tough being a Giants fan in Chicago right now.

But I never heard any fireworks, which I thought was strange. And I didn’t hear the push notification come through at 1:45am from the Chicago Tribune saying the Cubbies had lost to the Giants after five hours and 13 innings of baseball. The season continues.


Nicholasville man injured by replacement Samsung phone

“I was scared to death for a minute,” Klering said.

Klering says when he opened his eyes, he saw his bedroom was filled with smoke.

“The whole room just covered in smoke, smells awful. I look over and my phone is on fire,” Klering said.

Klering said he had only had his replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for a little more than a week before it caught fire.

“The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe. It wasn’t plugged in. It wasn’t anything, it was just sitting there,” Klering said.


Samsung Officially Scraps The Galaxy Note 7

It’s a wrap for the Galaxy Note 7.

In the space of one day, Samsung has gone from saying it was “temporarily adjusting” the phone’s production schedule, to permanently ending it. The company has taken the unprecedented step of scrapping its latest, flagship line of phones after a spate of battery fires sparked a botched recall of 2.5 million units, deeply damaging the company’s reputation and the Galaxy brand name.

Samsung’s decision to kill off the new phone caps a dramatic few months for the company, who had briefly enjoyed rave reviews for the $880 phone before reports emerged that the batteries inside the devices were spontaneously overheating and catching fire.


Dear Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, I Am Not Sidney Blumenthal

The email was amazing—it linked Boogie Man Blumenthal, Podesta and the topic of conservative political fevered dreams, Benghazi. This, it seemed, was the smoking gun finally proving Clinton bore total responsibility for the terrorist attack on the American outpost in Libya in 2012. Sputnik even declared that the email might be the “October surprise” that could undermine Clinton’s campaign…

…Those words sounded really, really familiar. Really familiar. Like, so familiar they struck me as something I wrote. Because they were something I wrote…

…Of course, this might be seen as just an opportunity to laugh at the incompetence of the Russian hackers and government press—once they realized their error, Sputnik took the article down. But then things got even more bizarre.

This false story was only reported by the Russian controlled agency (a reference appeared in a Turkish publication, but it was nothing but a link to the Sputnik article). So how did Donald Trump end up advancing the same falsehood put out by Putin’s mouthpiece?

The New York Times:

Twitter Is Said to Be in Continued Talks With Salesforce

Over the last week, Twitter’s fate has appeared to be murkier than ever. The troubled social media company, which has been engaged in talks to sell itself, seemed to be running out of potential buyers.

But inside Twitter, executives are continuing deal talks with at least one suitor, the online software company Salesforce.com, according to two people involved in the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because the strategizing is private. The talks are continuing even though Salesforce has faced pushback from some of its biggest investors over a potential acquisition.

The Guardian:

I’m with you on the digital revolution, it’s the lack of journalism I can’t face

Eleven days ago a newspaper serving a small community in the US state of New Hampshire ceased publication after 90 years.

The Citizen, a paid-for title based in Laconia, had been hit by rising production costs. Its publisher tried to sell it, but there were no takers…

…”The Citizen closing down is not the sound of an old method giving way to a new one. It is a warning about fewer people watching, fewer citizens helping keep us free.”

I agree with Arlinghaus, as I’ve written several times on this blog. Social media reacts to news, it doesn’t find it. And the fall in the numbers of news-gatherers is a genuine concern for our democracies.

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