Samsung’s heir faces new arrest warrant on bribery charges

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Samsung's de facto boss is (potentially) in trouble.
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South Korean prosecutors are taking a second go at gaining an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent to the Samsung Group.

Lee Kun-hee, the only son of Samsung’s incapacitated chairman, has been accused of using Samsung subsidiaries to make possible bribery-related payments of millions of dollars as part of a scandal involving South Korea’s impeached president Park Geun-hye and a confidante.

Flipboard’s Smart Magazines make your favorite topics easier to digest

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Smart Magazines are available on Android and iOS now.
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Flipboard is rolling out a big update to its mobile apps today to introduce Smart Magazines, a new feature that puts the best stories from your favorite sources in one place.

Smart Magazines are tailored to your personal interests and completely customizable, so you get the content you’re most interested in more easily.

Apple beat Samsung to world’s top smartphone vendor last quarter

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Samsung was screwed by the Galaxy Note 7 recall.
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Apple’s stellar quarter for iPhone sales didn’t just put more money in the bank; it also helped the Cupertino company overtake Samsung to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 78.3 million handsets in Q4 2016 — around 800,000 more than Samsung. However, the iPhone wouldn’t have stood a chance if it wasn’t for the Galaxy Note 7 recall.

WhatsApp will soon let you locate your friends

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WhatsApp is getting its own Find My Friends feature.
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The latest versions of the WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS reveal an upcoming feature that will allow users to locate their friends.

Just like the Find My Friends app offered by Apple, WhatsApp will ask for your permission before making your location data available to your contacts.

Xiaomi the exit: Hugo Barra leaves struggling company

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Barra led Xiaomi's international expansion.
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Hugo Barra, probably the most famous Xiaomi executive to stateside audiences, has left the Chinese smartphone maker — apparently prompted by an incredibly disappointing quarter for Xiaomi.

Having once used its strategy of producing low-end iPhone clones to become the world’s most valuable startup, Xiaomi has had something of a fall from grace lately. Having dropped out of the top five smartphone makers in China last year, Barra’s departure is the latest piece of bad news for the company.

Samsung will make fans wait longer for its iPhone 7 rival

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The Galaxy S8 won't appear at MWC.
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Galaxy fans who are clinging onto their wallets in anticipation of Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 7 will have to wait a little longer.

The South Korean company was expected to announce the Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. It’s thought the launch was delayed so that Samsung can carry out additional battery checks to avoid another Galaxy Note 7 disaster.