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Fast Company staff writer Chris Gayomali and technology editor Harry McCracken will live blog Samsung’s latest launch today in New York at 9 a.m. ET. The company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and other products.
Samsung organizes its media events into seasons and episodes, as if they were TV shows. Today it will hold Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2, which is taking place in three places at once: Berlin (where the IFA consumer electronics show will be going on), Beijing, and New York.
Fast Company's Chris Gayomali and Harry McCracken will be reporting from that last version, and will share the news here as it happens. It’s a given that it will include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4—Samsung’s invitations coyly asked attendees to “note the date”—but rumor has it that the company might unveil a virtual reality system as well.
 
Our coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT.

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Fast Company staff writer Chris Gayomali and technology editor Harry McCracken will live blog Samsung’s latest launch today in New York at 9 a.m. ET. The company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and other products.

Samsung organizes its media events into seasons and episodes, as if they were TV shows. Today it will hold Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2, which is taking place in three places at once: Berlin (where the IFA consumer electronics show will be going on), Beijing, and New York.

Fast Company's Chris Gayomali and Harry McCracken will be reporting from that last version, and will share the news here as it happens. It’s a given that it will include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4—Samsung’s invitations coyly asked attendees to “note the date”—but rumor has it that the company might unveil a virtual reality system as well.
 
Our coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT.
A Dutch designer imagines a better way to brand the Korean giant.
For 21 years, the Samsung name as served as the company logo, occasionally superimposed over a wobbly blue oval. It’s the kind of logo that’s fine on washing machines and televisions, but incredibly boring on something personal, like a smartphone. Never is this more apparent than when compared to the branding of Samsung’s arch-enemy in Cupertino, which is simply the silhouette of an apple.
Regardless, Samsung sells more smartphones and tablets than even Apple does. Doesn’t it deserve branding just as good?
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A Dutch designer imagines a better way to brand the Korean giant.

For 21 years, the Samsung name as served as the company logo, occasionally superimposed over a wobbly blue oval. It’s the kind of logo that’s fine on washing machines and televisions, but incredibly boring on something personal, like a smartphone. Never is this more apparent than when compared to the branding of Samsung’s arch-enemy in Cupertino, which is simply the silhouette of an apple.

Regardless, Samsung sells more smartphones and tablets than even Apple does. Doesn’t it deserve branding just as good?

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Zynga has filed a trademark infringement claim against the creators of Bang With Friends for using “With Friends" in its name. 
The FAA has approved commercial drone flights in U.S. airspace.
Pro-Assad Syrian hackers compromised the social media and email accounts of a number White House employees.
Researchers in Texas successfully hacked into the navigation system of a yacht that was cruising in the Mediterranean. 
A Hong Kong man claims that his Galaxy S4 burnt down his apartment.
A court has ruled that authorities no longer need a warrant to track cellphone location data.
Swiss scientists have created the perfect tech storm, a 3-D-printed, self-assembling drone swarm. 
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From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: The U.S. Army has banned access to The Guardian's NSA Prism scandal coverage. 
The Justice Department is investigating former Pentagon general James ‘Hoss’ Cartwright for allegedly leaking info about a massive cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. 
Facebook is testing out a new chat room feature that would compete directly with Google Hangouts.  
The day after Instagram’s video feature launched, mentions of Vine on Twitter dropped by half a million. 
The New York Times just profiled Wikipedia’s ‘benevolent dictator,’ Jimmy Wales, ‘the world-famous Internet entrepreneur who didn’t become a billionaire.’
The U.K. government is the first to support three-person IVF, a practice in which babies are ‘made’ using three sets of DNA.
Lance Armstrong says he wouldn’t have won the Tour De France with out doping.”I didn’t invent doping, and it didn’t stop when I stopped. I simply participated in a system…”
The San Francisco-based accelerator Angelpad is going bi-coastal with a second head-quarters in NYC.
Samsung now sells $13,000 organic light emitting diode (OLED) TVs. Its rounded design supposedly allows users to view the screen from all angles without the viewing experience being affected.
Soon Time Warner Cable customers will be able use a new app to watch TV via their XBox 360.
The yet-to-be-seen Netflix show ‘Orange is the New Black’ has already been given the green light for a second season. Nobody’s even seen the first season yet.
Watch out Apple, Google is entering the gaming arena with a gaming console, a smart watch, and a new version of its Nexus Q streaming console. 
Have a great weekend! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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It’s Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

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A million Samsung phone users are about to get Jay-Z’s new album three days early and for free! Those lucky ducks.  
Google is combatting child porn with a number of measures including a new image identification system.
Police in 26 states are using facial recognition technology to fight crime.
Netflix is happy right now. The video streaming service is hooking up with DreamWorks for its biggest partnership to date.
Local radio stations can now place targeted ads in their desktop and mobile streams.
This week, a group of homing pigeons will tweet their way across Europe using tiny digital backpacks. 
Word on the street is that Facebook is going to reveal a video functionality for Instagram. But that may not be a great idea…
Today the Supreme Court made some big decisions pertaining to an Arizona voter registration law and a drug patent case.
More from our NSA secret surveillance tracker: Edward Snowden says, “I did not reveal any U.S. operations against legitimate military targets.”


Now you can use Skype’s video messaging app on your computer, iPhone, or Android device.
Have a great week! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
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2013’s Most Creative People: 
#2 Samsung’s Dong-hoon Chang
To gather ideas, Chang led his design team on a city-hopping observation tour around the globe, from hot-air-balloon rides in Africa to Singapore’s Skypark on the Marina Bay. “We were able to come up with a new design paradigm,” he says. And with it, a cool factor to rival Apple’s.

2013’s Most Creative People:

#2 Samsung’s Dong-hoon Chang

To gather ideas, Chang led his design team on a city-hopping observation tour around the globe, from hot-air-balloon rides in Africa to Singapore’s Skypark on the Marina Bay. “We were able to come up with a new design paradigm,” he says. And with it, a cool factor to rival Apple’s.

Here’s why Samsung, #17 on our 2013 Most Innovative Companies list, should be lauded not loathed. 

Samsung built a user interface similar to that of the iPhone but gained its real edge by improving one of Samsung’s core strengths: producing big, beautiful screens. In fact, beginning with the company’s entry into the semiconductor business, Samsung has cultivated an ability to quickly study, imitate, and, where appropriate, improve upon competitors’ products. In an age when information flows freely and contract manufacturers can pump out millions of new devices in a matter of weeks, that skill may be the most underrated in business.

[Image: Stephen Doyle]

Here’s why Samsung, #17 on our 2013 Most Innovative Companies list, should be lauded not loathed. 

Samsung built a user interface similar to that of the iPhone but gained its real edge by improving one of Samsung’s core strengths: producing big, beautiful screens. In fact, beginning with the company’s entry into the semiconductor business, Samsung has cultivated an ability to quickly study, imitate, and, where appropriate, improve upon competitors’ products. In an age when information flows freely and contract manufacturers can pump out millions of new devices in a matter of weeks, that skill may be the most underrated in business.

[Image: Stephen Doyle]