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Samsung is about to reveal world’s first stretchable display

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SEOUL: South Korean electronics giant Samsung has decided to unveil the world’s first stretchable display at the Society for Information Display Conference, scheduled to take place tomorrow (23rd May) in USA. 

The manufacturer will showcase its 9.1-inch stretchable OLED panel at the Society for Information Display Conference, Samsung Display spokesperson said.

“While current flexible OLED is able to be transformed in only one side, this stretchable OLED can be transformed – whether curved, bended or rolled – in both sides, above and below,” he said.

According to reports, the new stretchable screen technology represents the latest and most advanced flexible display currently available, and has an array of application.

“When pressed, the stretchable display is dented up to 12 millimetres, like a balloon, and then reverts back to its original shape,” the company said in a statement.

The display technology, however, is still in its nascent stage and may go through more research and development before it is commercialized.

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China Mobile plans to offer 5G commercial services in over 50 cities

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SHANGHAI: Chinese telecom giant China Mobile plans to offer 5G commercial services in over 50 cities this year, the company announced Tuesday.

Over 50,000 5G base stations will be built across the country this year, the company’s chairman Yang Jie told a press conference.

The company aims to expand the 5G commercial services to all Chinese cities above the prefecture level by 2020.

China Mobile will coordinate the development of 4G and 5G technologies, further integrate 5G technology with state-of-the-art technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, nurture an industrial ecology and expand applications across different sectors, Yang said.

The plan came after China Mobile was granted a commercial-use license for the superfast wireless technology with three other counterparts in early June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aussie court rules media companies liable for Facebook comments

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SYDNEY: Media companies are responsible for defamatory comments made on their Facebook pages, an Australian court said in a landmark ruling Monday.

The New South Wales Supreme Court ruled that three media companies were responsible for user comments on a story about an indigenous youth detainee, Dylan Voller, in 2016 and 2017.

Voller claimed that publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Sky News were responsible for comments on their public Facebook pages — alleging he was a rapist and that he attacked a Salvation Army officer leaving the man blind in one eye.

His lawyers said the comments were defamatory.

Voller had been held in a youth detention in the Northern Territories, and videos of him being mistreated by staff prompted a Royal Commission inquiry in 2016.

Lawyers for the media companies argued they could not be expected to filter the hundreds and thousands of comments posted on their Facebook pages day and night.

But, acknowledging the ruling related to an “emerging area” of law, the court found that the media companies could have screened or blocked defamatory comments.

The court considered cases from New Zealand to Hong Kong, and ultimately determined companies should pay costs and potential damages, but left the door open for appeal.

It did not rule on whether the comments themselves were defamatory.

The case raises questions about laws governing Facebook and other social media sites, notably, whether Australia’s already stringent defamation laws — which strongly favour those claiming defamation — have become even tougher.

“It could have far-reaching implications for media organisations using Facebook as a platform,” said lawyers at Addisons in a legal briefing paper.

If the final ruling goes against media companies, they “will need to monitor and remove any defamatory comments on their posts”.

The chief political correspondent at Nine — a television channel which now owns the Sydney Morning Herald — expressed unease at the “appalling trajectory of defamation law in Australia”, which he said represented a “real and present danger to journalism”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Governments must regulate social networks: Facebook’s Clegg

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LONDON: Governments must regulate social networks and not the companies themselves, Facebook’s head of global affairs and a former deputy prime minister of the UK said in an interview Monday.

“It’s not for private companies, however big or small, to come up with those rules. It is for democratic politicians in the democratic world to do so,” Clegg said.

Clegg, the former leader of UK political party the Liberal Democrats, said there was a “pressing need” for new “rules of the road” on issues including data privacy and election rules.

At the same time, companies such as Facebook should play a “mature role” in advocating regulation, he said.

Britain has said it will make social media bosses personally liable for harmful content and shut down offending platforms under a “world-leading” government plan.

Coming in for heavy criticism over the past year, Facebook has instituted changes, particularly on privacy and the transparency of political campaign ads.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has called for “globally harmonised” online regulation.

Sceptics say Facebook is seeking to buy time amid calls for tougher regulation in the United States and elsewhere — with some calls to break up major tech firms and other activists questioning whether they should maintain immunity from liability for content posted by users.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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