German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Obama to protest after she received information that U.S. intelligence was perhaps spying on her mobile phone.Obama assured Merkel that the U.S. “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications, but the White House reportedly stopped short of denying that it had done so in the past.Earlier this week, France was making noise about reports that the U.S. spied on French communications, so it might not be long before all of Western Europe is irked with the States.Merkel and Co. were tipped off about the spying by Der Spiegel, Germany’s top magazine and news website, which told the government that it had unearthed info about potential surveillance. Der Spiegel was going off of documents from Edward Snowden.[Sources:AFP via The Age;USA Today]Samsung apologized to Chinese consumers after a 30-minute television spot on Chinese state-run media accused the company of peddling shoddy phones and bunk repair policies.Samsung announced that it would offer free repairs for all seven of the models mentioned in the report. About 14 percent of Samsung revenue comes from China, so it is important for the South Korean tech giant to appease its western neighbor.Samsung added that it welcomed media scrutiny.This sequence… Read full this story
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