TechNews Daily 2016.10.14

14 Oct

Samsung Finally Kowtows to China’s Quality Control Forces
At last, Samsung has agreed to a mass recall of Chinese-made Note7 phones. On Tuesday, the company filed a recall plan for all 190 thousand devices distributed across China, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, succumbing to pressure after briefings and investigations from the government body.

Well, this is awkward: after Amblin deal, Taobao still has pirated Spielberg stuff
Earlier this week in what my colleague Terence called a deal of Jurassic proportions, Alibaba’s film arm Alibaba Pictures linked up with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners in a deal that gives Alibaba the right to market, distribute, and merchandise Amblin’s films in China, as well as participate in their financing. It also gets Alibaba Pictures a minority stake in Amblin and a seat on its board.

Facebook’s bots are still highlighting fake news in its Trending section
The Next Web
Facebook recently put bots in charge of picking articles for its Trending section – a decision that was met with backlash after it was found that the algorithms had surfaced a fake report about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, within days of being implemented.

Mossberg: Why does Siri seem so dumb?
The Verge
I’ve been familiar with Siri longer than most people. Way back in 2009, two years before Apple incorporated the intelligent digital assistant into the iPhone, I stood onstage with the inventors of the service while they debuted it at a tech conference I co-produced. At the time, it was just a third-party app on the iPhone App Store. Not long thereafter, Apple bought the company and the assistant reemerged in 2011 with a splashy introduction as a core feature of the iPhone 4S.

Amazon’s full on-demand streaming music service launches today
The Verge
Amazon’s long-rumored on-demand music streaming service is now available. The company is launching its new service as Amazon Music Unlimited, a on-demand competitor to the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music. Amazon has done a number of things to differentiate Music Unlimited from its competitors, but the most notable one is its price: the service will be available to Amazon Prime members for $7.99 per month or $79 per year, which is cheaper than the premium options from Spotify or Apple Music. In addition, owners of one of Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo devices will be able to get the service for just $3.99 per month.

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