Samsung Spends Some of Its Cash on a 10-Percent Stake in Pantech



Samsung has bought a 10-percent stake in Pantech, a South Korean mobile phone maker known primarily for its huge, feature-packed handsets, Yonhap News reports

The deal is valued at around 53 billion won ($47.6 million). With this move, Samsung will become Pantech’s third-largest stake holder, following chip maker Qualcomm, which owns 11.96% of Pantech, and Korea’s Development Bank, which owns a 11.81% of the company

Domestically, Pantech is the third-largest mobile phone maker, behind Samsung and LG. In the U.S., it’s producing branded mobile phones for Verizon and AT&T. Still, the company is struggling with debt, which is exactly how Qualcomm became the company’s largest stakeholder — by converting $75 million of royalty debt into equity Read more…

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Echelon 2013 Will Bring Together Asia-Pacific’s Top Startups In June

Echelon 2013 logoNow in its fourth year, tech conference Echelon will gather 52 of the Asia Pacific’s most promising startups from June 4 to 5 in Singapore. The event will also feature more than 50 speakers and judges, including 500 Startups’ Dave McClure and Sahil Lavingia, who raised $8.1 million for his startup Gumroad when he was just 20 years old, and was an early employee at Pinterest.
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Everything done to WikiLeaks is now being done to US

Data requests without a warrant. Government refusing to notify journalists they?re being spied on. Equating journalists and reporting to spies and espionage. Potential ?conspiracy to commit espionage? charges. “Virtually every move made by the Justice Department against WikiLeaks has now also been deployed on mainstream US journalists,” writes Trevor Timm at Freedom of the Press […]

Cops Bust Woman for Hitting Cyclist After She Brags on Twitter



Here’s a lesson in what not to do online, straight from the Twitter for Dummies handbook.

Our story begins on Sunday in Norwich, England, where an organized cycling event called the Boudicca Sportive ride was taking place. Tensions between cyclists and automobile drivers are well documented the world over, but this Sunday tweet from a local driver using the Twitter handle @EmmaWay20 took things to a new level:


Way probably thought her friends would get a good laugh out of how she put that road-hogging cyclist in his place — but she couldn’t possibly have expected this Twitter response from the Norwich police: Read more…

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