China accuses US of hypocrisy over Huawei, highlighting claims it spied on German leader Merkel

In this photo illustration, the Huawei logo and Chinese flag is seen displayed on an Android mobile phone. Remember, Snowden said US spied on Chancellor Merkel’s phone!,” she tweeted. In October 2013, Der Spiegel published a piece in which it claimed that the U.S. tapped Merkel’s phone. At the time, the White House insisted in a statement that it “is not monitoring and will not monitor” Merkel’s phone. The decision over Huawei could spark a row between Germany, China and the U.S.


In this photo illustration, the Huawei logo and Chinese flag is seen displayed on an Android mobile phone.
Remember, Snowden said US spied on Chancellor Merkel’s phone!,” she tweeted.
In October 2013, Der Spiegel published a piece in which it claimed that the U.S. tapped Merkel’s phone.
At the time, the White House insisted in a statement that it “is not monitoring and will not monitor” Merkel’s phone.
The decision over Huawei could spark a row between Germany, China and the U.S.
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China accuses US of hypocrisy over Huawei, highlighting claims it spied on German leader Merkel

In this photo illustration, the Huawei logo and Chinese flag is seen displayed on an Android mobile phone.

5G refers to next-generation mobile networks that promise super-fast data speeds and the ability to underpin critical infrastructure, which is why it is viewed as so high stakes. The U.S. is concerned that Huawei has close links to the Chinese Communist Party and point to laws that appear to compel companies to comply with any requests for data from Beijing. Huawei has said it would never give customer data to the government .

The threat of cutting off intelligence sharing is an argument that the U.S. has used several times , including against the U.K. which recently allowed Huawei to play a limited role in its 5G networks .

On Sunday, Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, tweeted that President Donald Trump had called him and instructed him to “make clear that any nation who chooses to use an untrustworthy 5G vendor will jeopardize our ability to share intelligence and information at the highest level.”

The U.S. has maintained that China’s Huawei is a national security risk and that its networking equipment could be used by Beijing for espionage on American citizens. Huawei has repeatedly denied those claims.

China has accused the U.S. of double standards in its criticisms of telecommunications giant Huawei, bringing up a past allegation that Washington tapped the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel .

In response to Grenell’s tweet, Hua Chunying, the spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused the U.S. of hypocrisy.

“Who he (Grenell) is threatening? Who’s the real threat? Remember, Snowden said US spied on Chancellor Merkel’s phone!,” she tweeted.

In 2013, former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden released numerous documents relating to the organization’s activities. German publication Der Spiegel reported at the time that the documents revealed the NSA had bugged European Union offices in Washington and infiltrated the EU’s computer networks.

In October 2013, Der Spiegel published a piece in which it claimed that the U.S. tapped Merkel’s phone. The allegations led to an investigation by German federal prosecutors which was eventually dropped because of a lack of evidence that would stand up in court.

At the time, the White House insisted in a statement that it “is not monitoring and will not monitor” Merkel’s phone.

The latest salvo between the U.S. and China comes after more than a year of pressure on Huawei. The Chinese giant was put on a U.S. blacklist last year, restricting its access to American technology. Last week, the Department of Justice expanded its indictment against Huawei, accusing the company of racketeering and plotting to steal trade secrets from American companies. Huawei denies the allegations.

Germany is the next battleground between the U.S. and Huawei after the U.K. decided to allow the Chinese firm a partial role in its 5G networks. Germany has yet to decide whether to exclude Huawei.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party backed a strategy paper that stops short of a full ban on Huawei’s involvement in Germany’s next-generation mobile infrastructure. Bloomberg reported that a vote will take place this week on this paper in a motion that dubs 5G as “critical infrastructure” that must have the highest security standards. The draft motion does not single out China or Huawei, Bloomberg said.

The decision over Huawei could spark a row between Germany, China and the U.S. If there is not an outright ban on Huawei, the U.S. will feel slighted. But if Huawei is banned, China is no doubt going to be angered. Germany will have to carefully balance its relationship with the U.S. and China, two of the country’s top trading partners.

Over the weekend, U.S. lawmakers continued to ramp up pressure on Huawei. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Chinese domination of 5G would be akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy on the information highway.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described Huawei and Chinese state-backed tech companies as “Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence.”


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Samsung’s new $1,400 flip phone shows that foldable devices aren’t just a gimmick

Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a big improvement on the South Korean electronics giant’s predecessor, the Galaxy Fold. Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip.


Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a big improvement on the South Korean electronics giant’s predecessor, the Galaxy Fold.
Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip.
Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip.
Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip.
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Samsung's new $1,400 flip phone shows that foldable devices aren't just a gimmick

Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Ryan Browne | CNBC

Samsung made a splash Tuesday with the unveiling of its latest experiment in the foldable phones category. And it appears to be the clearest demonstration yet of how the trend isn’t just a gimmick. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a big improvement on the South Korean electronics giant’s predecessor, the Galaxy Fold. That phone started life crashing for floods of gadget reviewers before it even had the chance to hit the shelves. But with the Z Flip, which CNBC got a hands-on with, we got an early sign that history is not likely to repeat itself. The device, which folds in half like a clamshell flip phone, feels sturdier and the hinge is a noticable improvement on the Fold. The gap in both halves of the phone is barely noticable, and it’s built to resist exposure to dust and sand. Whereas the Fold showed how you can cram as much as possible into a phone that folds out into a huge tablet, the Z Flip demonstrates a much more compact version of that design which could open up the “niche” of foldables to a bigger audience.

Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Ryan Browne | CNBC

It also obviously harks back to a time when such “flip” phones were far more commonplace, injecting both a sense of nostalgia and freshness at the same time – as the Motorola Razr did in its own way. And, given the Z Flip comes equipped with a glass display rather than a plastic one, it feels much smoother to use. One little drawback for me was that it’s a little slower to be able to shut and open the device. A more secure hinge comes with the condition that it takes a little more force to close and open up the Z Flip. “I believe we’re in the very beginning of a ten-year transition where nearly every mid-range and premium smartphone will be able to fold one way or another,” Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy, told CNBC. “I do not believe this is a passing fad, but a long term trend we will see in phones but also PCs.” He added: “We will even see devices that can fold twice and I believe Samsung is looking to that future as it named the line ‘Z’ which has two folds.”

Interacting with apps

As with the Fold, there’s the ability to interact with apps in different ways. With the YouTube app, for instance, you can view it on the fully-opened phone normally as you would with any smartphone. But start folding it at a 90-degree angle, and the experience changes.

Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Ryan Browne | CNBC

The video you’re viewing then collapses into the top half of the display — meaning it doesn’t cross into the second half — while recommendations for other clips and the comments section can be interacted with on the bottom portion of the device. Meanwhile, the way this folding experience — which Samsung calls “Flex Mode” — works with the camera is also a neat feature. When bending it at an angle, like with YouTube, the photo app shows only what the camera sees at the top, while at the bottom you can flick through options like whether to take a picture or video and different effects. It’s only a sneak peak at how practical folding phones could be for apps, but given that’s such a key thing these phones will have to get right, it’s a promising sign. Samsung could easily exploit this dual-screen function to enable more creative use cases, like it’s done with its “phablet” Note range of phones. “Foldable phones is an iPhone moment for the smartphone industry similar to the transition from a keypad, non-touch form-factor to capacitive slate touch form-factor when the iPhone was launched ten years ago,” Neil Shah, partner and vice president of research at Counterpoijnt Research, told CNBC. “4G was the catalyst for the slate mobile phone form-factor then; 5G will play the same role for the foldable smartphones.”

Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Ryan Browne | CNBC

But, Shah added: “The mobile ecosystem from supply chain to manufacturers to app developers will have to work hard on standardizing, optimizing the software, applications on these varieties of potential foldable form-factors to keep the experience intuitive and less fragmented.”

More foldables in the works

The Z flip isn’t just a copycat of the Motorola Razr, which was revealed to much fanfare late last year. That device is another clear example in its own right of how foldables could take off at lower entry points, especially for people hesitant to pay a high price for these gadgets. Plus, despite Huawei’s political problems and a huge $2,600 price tag for its foldable phone, the Mate X released last year was another sign of the amount of investment that’s going into creating these things. The Galaxy Z Flip sells for a cool $1,380 price, which is expensive. But it’s worth noting that’s significantly lower than the $1,980 you’d pay for a Galaxy Fold. However, the Z Flip won’t come with 5G — the super-fast next generation of mobile internet — whereas the Fold has a slightly more expensive variant with 5G.

Samsung’s new foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Ryan Browne | CNBC

Paolo Pescatore, tech, media and telecom analyst at PP Foresight, told CNBC he believes the foldable category is still a “novelty,” but that Samsung had done a “phenomenal job” with the Z Flip. “Samsung has raised the benchmark compared to other foldable devices in every single way,” he said. “It is far more refined and feels more finished and fashionable compared to rivals.” Still, the Z Flip will need to stand the test of time — and of willingness from consumers to buy it. If we’ve learned anything from the last two years’ dismal smartphone market performance, it’s that not everyone is ready to part with $1,000 or more for a new handset.


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Here’s a first look at Samsung’s new $1,400 folding phone

It’s Samsung’s second phone with a bendy display, following the $2,000 Galaxy Fold. Todd Haselton | CNBCThe Galaxy Z Flip is way different. Then you just pull it out, open it, and you’ve got a big phone screen for movies or games or whatever. Todd Haselton | CNBCNormal folks probably won’t shell out $1,400 for a phone just because it folds. I like that the Galaxy Z Flip opens up into a normal-looking phone.


It’s Samsung’s second phone with a bendy display, following the $2,000 Galaxy Fold.
Todd Haselton | CNBCThe Galaxy Z Flip is way different.
Then you just pull it out, open it, and you’ve got a big phone screen for movies or games or whatever.
Todd Haselton | CNBCNormal folks probably won’t shell out $1,400 for a phone just because it folds.
I like that the Galaxy Z Flip opens up into a normal-looking phone.
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Here's a first look at Samsung's new $1,400 folding phone

The hinge is strong and stays open even when the phone is propped up. Todd Haselton | CNBC

Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Flip on Tuesday. It’s Samsung’s second phone with a bendy display, following the $2,000 Galaxy Fold. I didn’t expect much from it, since I wasn’t really impressed by the Fold when it launched last year. It was expensive and the bending display felt cheap to me.

There’s a small screen on the outside for notifications. Todd Haselton | CNBC

The Galaxy Z Flip is way different. at least based on the half hour I spent with it after Samsung’s keynote. Keep in mind this was a first look, and the first iteration of the Galaxy Fold broke after just a few days, so we won’t know how long this will last until we can test it for a longer period of time. That said, the new glass coating on top of the screen feels way more sturdy. It doesn’t feel soft and like it might be damaged by a fingernail (that was actually a concern with the Galaxy Fold).

It looks like a normal phone from the side. Todd Haselton | CNBC

The design also makes a lot more sense. It’s a regular-sized phone that just folds in half into a more pocketable little square you stuff in your pocket. Then you just pull it out, open it, and you’ve got a big phone screen for movies or games or whatever. The Fold, conversely, was a weird fat phone that opened into a square-shaped tablet with an oddly-shaped screen I never really liked.

The back of the Galaxy Z Flip. Todd Haselton | CNBC

The hinge on the Flip feels really sturdy, too. It stays exactly where you leave it, which means you can prop the phone up on a desk for a video chat and it won’t slam closed. It also feels more protected from dust getting inside, though long-term use will prove whether or not that’s really the case.

The Galaxy Z Flip folds up nice and small. Todd Haselton | CNBC

The Flip is a lot more affordable, too. I know that $1,380 is still expensive, but it’s down from the $2,000 price of the Fold. That price is right in-line with the new Galaxy S20 Ultra, though it lacks the fancy cameras and 5G support of that phone.

You can see the crease here (and some fingerprint smudges.) Todd Haselton | CNBC

Normal folks probably won’t shell out $1,400 for a phone just because it folds. But early adopters will, and I think this one will be really popular among folks who want the fanciest flip phone on the block.

I like that the Galaxy Z Flip opens up into a normal-looking phone. Todd Haselton | CNBC


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Samsung reveals its newest folding phone

Samsung reveals its newest folding phoneSamsung just revealed its Galaxy Z Flip phone at an event in San Francisco. Samsung ran ads for the Z Flip during the Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, but viewers gathered more details about the phone during the event, including the price tag of $1380. The Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first folding phone, had numerous issues with its display and hinge mechanism. Samsung says the Galaxy Z Flip screen is folding glass, not plastic, and added a barrier that will


Samsung reveals its newest folding phoneSamsung just revealed its Galaxy Z Flip phone at an event in San Francisco.
Samsung ran ads for the Z Flip during the Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, but viewers gathered more details about the phone during the event, including the price tag of $1380.
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Samsung reveals its newest folding phone

Samsung reveals its newest folding phone

Samsung just revealed its Galaxy Z Flip phone at an event in San Francisco. Samsung ran ads for the Z Flip during the Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, but viewers gathered more details about the phone during the event, including the price tag of $1380. The Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first folding phone, had numerous issues with its display and hinge mechanism. Samsung says the Galaxy Z Flip screen is folding glass, not plastic, and added a barrier that will, according to Samsung, keep dust and debris out of the hinge. Watch CNBC’s Todd Haselton give his first impressions on the phone.


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Samsung’s new folding phone has a screen that bends in half — it launches Feb. 14 for $1,380

Samsung announced the $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip during a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday. It’s the company’s second phone with a bendy screen, following the Galaxy Fold that launched last year. The Galaxy Z Flip has a different design than the Galaxy Fold. Instead of opening like a book to reveal a larger tablet-sized screen inside, the Galaxy Z Flip looks like a traditional phone but can fold in half into a smaller square. It’s sort of like the old flip phones we used to carry, only larger a


Samsung announced the $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip during a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday.
It’s the company’s second phone with a bendy screen, following the Galaxy Fold that launched last year.
The Galaxy Z Flip has a different design than the Galaxy Fold.
Instead of opening like a book to reveal a larger tablet-sized screen inside, the Galaxy Z Flip looks like a traditional phone but can fold in half into a smaller square.
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Samsung's new folding phone has a screen that bends in half — it launches Feb. 14 for $1,380

Samsung announced the $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip during a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday. It’s the company’s second phone with a bendy screen, following the Galaxy Fold that launched last year. The Galaxy Fold broke when it was first given to reviewers, including CNBC, so Samsung took it back in and refined it before it was released to the public. It launches on Feb. 14 and will be available from AT&T, Sprint, Best Buy and through Samsung.

The Galaxy Z Flip has a different design than the Galaxy Fold. Instead of opening like a book to reveal a larger tablet-sized screen inside, the Galaxy Z Flip looks like a traditional phone but can fold in half into a smaller square. It’s sort of like the old flip phones we used to carry, only larger and with a full touch screen inside. It can also stay propped at 90 degrees for things like video chat.


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Samsung unveils new foldable phone during Oscars commercial

Samsung showed off a new concept for a foldable phone at its developer conference on October 29, 2019. More details on the company’s second foldable phone, which does not have an official name yet, is likely to be released then. Samsung revealed its new foldable phone in a television commercial during the Academy Awards. The Galaxy Fold was due to launch in April 2019 but kept breaking for some users. From the ad, the new folding phone appears to open upwards rather than outwards like the Galaxy


Samsung showed off a new concept for a foldable phone at its developer conference on October 29, 2019.
More details on the company’s second foldable phone, which does not have an official name yet, is likely to be released then.
Samsung revealed its new foldable phone in a television commercial during the Academy Awards.
The Galaxy Fold was due to launch in April 2019 but kept breaking for some users.
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Samsung unveils new foldable phone during Oscars commercial

Samsung showed off a new concept for a foldable phone at its developer conference on October 29, 2019.

Samsung was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

Various leaks have suggested the device will be called the Galaxy Z Flip.

The South Korean electronics giant is holding its annual “Unpacked” event on February 11 where it usually debuts new flagship smartphones. More details on the company’s second foldable phone, which does not have an official name yet, is likely to be released then.

Samsung revealed its new foldable phone in a television commercial during the Academy Awards.

Last month, Samsung confirmed during its fourth quarter earnings report that a new foldable was on the way and said it would have a different design to its previous model, the Galaxy Fold, which launched last year.

The Galaxy Fold was due to launch in April 2019 but kept breaking for some users. Samsung fixed the problems with the handset and ended up launching it later in the year with a hefty price tag of $1,980.

From the ad, the new folding phone appears to open upwards rather than outwards like the Galaxy Fold.

It also looks like it has a display on the outside of the device which can tell users who is calling and potentially allow them to answer while the phone is closed.

The ad also shows two colors of the device — purple and black.

All eyes will be on Samsung’s Feb. 11 event where it is also expected to take the wrap of the latest devices in its flagship Galaxy S range.


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The iconic Motorola Razr phone is back, this time with a screen that folds in half

Motorola Razr with folding display MotorolaVerizon on Thursday officially launched the Moto Razr. It’s a new twist on the popular Motorola Razr V3 that first launched in 2004 and quickly became one of the most popular flip phones of the early 2000s. Motorola Razr with folding display MotorolaThe phone is expensive compared with other devices without folding displays. The first phone with a folding display, the Galaxy Fold, broke when it first launched. Motorola Razr with folding display Motorola


Motorola Razr with folding display MotorolaVerizon on Thursday officially launched the Moto Razr.
It’s a new twist on the popular Motorola Razr V3 that first launched in 2004 and quickly became one of the most popular flip phones of the early 2000s.
Motorola Razr with folding display MotorolaThe phone is expensive compared with other devices without folding displays.
The first phone with a folding display, the Galaxy Fold, broke when it first launched.
Motorola Razr with folding display Motorola
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The iconic Motorola Razr phone is back, this time with a screen that folds in half

Motorola Razr with folding display Motorola

Verizon on Thursday officially launched the Moto Razr. It’s a new twist on the popular Motorola Razr V3 that first launched in 2004 and quickly became one of the most popular flip phones of the early 2000s. The latest version has a foldable screen, similar to the one introduced in Samsung’s Galaxy Fold last year, but maintains the popular clam-shell design of the original.

Motorola Razr with folding display Motorola

The phone is expensive compared with other devices without folding displays. It has a midrange Qualcomm processor instead of a more powerful one, runs a year-old version of Android and has a smaller battery than most phones. Despite the underwhelming hardware, it costs $1,499.99. And it’s still unclear how well it will hold up. The first phone with a folding display, the Galaxy Fold, broke when it first launched. It has since been fixed.

Motorola Razr with folding display Motorola


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All Google phones will now screen robocalls, here’s how to turn it on

If you’re tired of robocalls you might want to consider one of Google’s Pixel phones. On Thursday, Google announced that its Call Screen feature, which automatically blocks known robocallers in Google’s database, is rolling out to all Pixel phones this week. (The original Pixel phone, which launched in 2016, stopped receiving software updates last year, but Google says it’ll still get Call Screen.) Google’s Pixel phones aren’t as popular as Apple’s iPhones or even other Android phones made by co


If you’re tired of robocalls you might want to consider one of Google’s Pixel phones.
On Thursday, Google announced that its Call Screen feature, which automatically blocks known robocallers in Google’s database, is rolling out to all Pixel phones this week.
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All Google phones will now screen robocalls, here's how to turn it on

If you’re tired of robocalls you might want to consider one of Google’s Pixel phones. On Thursday, Google announced that its Call Screen feature, which automatically blocks known robocallers in Google’s database, is rolling out to all Pixel phones this week. It was previously only available on the newest Pixel 4 and Pixel 3 devices. (The original Pixel phone, which launched in 2016, stopped receiving software updates last year, but Google says it’ll still get Call Screen.)

Robocalls may be driving you nuts. According to the YouMail robocall index, which is compiled from the YouMail app that’s built to also block robocalls, there were 4.7 billion robocalls placed in the U.S. in January 2020, or 1,800 a second and 14.4 calls per person. Some U.S. carriers, like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are working in the background to prevent robocalls too. Sometimes they still sneak through or only work on certain phones though.

And other companies, like Apple, let you automatically send calls that are received from people who aren’t in your address book right to voicemail. But sometimes you miss an important call from someone, like a doctor whose number you might not have saved.

Google’s Pixel phones aren’t as popular as Apple’s iPhones or even other Android phones made by companies like Samsung. But unique features that rely on Google’s data, like Call Screen, might make them more appealing to customers in the coming years.

Call Screen works in a couple different ways. There’s one where the Google Assistant can answer the call for you — and see who’s calling, after which you can deny the call or tell someone you’ll call back later. But, in the fall, Google also added a filter that just blocks the call before your phone even rings.

If you have a Pixel, first make sure you have the latest Phone app from Google. The update is rolling out this week, so you might not see it yet. Once you get it, you’re ready to turn Call Screen on.


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‘Clog the lines’: Internet trolls deliberately disrupted the Iowa caucuses hotline for reporting results

The Iowa Democratic Party caucus app is displayed on an iPhone outside Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. An Iowa Democratic Party official said the influx of calls to the reporting hotline included “supporters of President Trump who called to express their displeasure with the Democratic Party.” Iowa Democratic Party officials said that party staff members and volunteers flagged and subsequently blocked repeat callers who appeared to be reaching ou


The Iowa Democratic Party caucus app is displayed on an iPhone outside Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
An Iowa Democratic Party official said the influx of calls to the reporting hotline included “supporters of President Trump who called to express their displeasure with the Democratic Party.”
Iowa Democratic Party officials said that party staff members and volunteers flagged and subsequently blocked repeat callers who appeared to be reaching ou
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'Clog the lines': Internet trolls deliberately disrupted the Iowa caucuses hotline for reporting results

The Iowa Democratic Party caucus app is displayed on an iPhone outside Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

The phone number to report Iowa caucus results was posted on a fringe internet message board on Monday night along with encouragement to “clog the lines,” an indication that jammed phone lines that left some caucus managers on hold for hours may have in part been due to prank calls.

An Iowa Democratic Party official said the influx of calls to the reporting hotline included “supporters of President Trump who called to express their displeasure with the Democratic Party.” The party official’s comments were first reported late Wednesday by Bloomberg News.

Users on a politics-focused section of the fringe 4chan message board repeatedly posted the phone number for the Iowa Democratic Party, which was found by a simple Google search, both as screenshots and in plain text, alongside instructions.

“They have to call in the results now. Very long hold times being reported. Phone line being clogged,” one user posted at about 11 p.m. ET on Monday, two hours after the caucuses began.

“Uh oh how unfortunate it would be for a bunch of mischief makers to start clogging the lines,” responded another anonymous user, sarcastically.

Some users chimed in, posting alleged wait times on hold, imploring others to “clog the lines [and] make the call lads.”

The telephone reporting problems exacerbated other issues, notably a smartphone app that did not work for some people and also had a coding problem that prevented results from being reported properly, pushing more caucus volunteers to the phone lines.

Iowa Democratic Party officials said that party staff members and volunteers flagged and subsequently blocked repeat callers who appeared to be reaching out in an attempt to interfere with their reporting duties. These included callers who would hang up immediately after being connected and callers who expressed support for President Donald Trump and displeasure with the Democratic Party.

It’s unclear how many prank calls the party received or how much they contributed to wait times. Some calls came from Iowans looking to confirm details for their evening’s caucus, party officials said.

The party has not responded to requests for information on how many individuals were manning the phone lines on Monday night.

The Trump campaign denied any affiliation with people clogging phone lines on Monday night.

“We don’t know anything about this, but perhaps Democrats should consider using an app that works. It’s laughable that they would try to blame Trump for their own incompetence,” communications director Tim Murtaugh said.

Several officials at caucuses attended by NBC News reporters struggled with lengthy hold times that made it impossible for them to report results.

4chan, which hosts an anonymous and often extremist politics board called /pol/ whose users have largely supported Trump since 2015, is known for extensive online political trolling and targeted harassment campaigns.

On debate nights, 4chan users often direct one another to swarm and manipulate specific online polls on other websites with repeat votes, a practice known as “brigading” in online communities. The polls would then be used by politicians and partisan websites to claim shocking upsets.

Users on 4chan are anonymous, and usernames are randomly generated with each new thread.

Some users on 4chan pushed back against users claiming to spam phone lines on Monday night. One user said he didn’t want other trolls “making us the scapegoat for the DNC.””I can’t wait for the news headlines saying nefarious trolls ruined the caucus,” another added.


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Samsung will launch a foldable phone with new design this year despite rocky start for the last model

The South Korean technology giant unveiled the Galaxy Fold, its first foldable phone last year. Samsung Electronics confirmed Thursday that it’s releasing another foldable smartphone this year with a different design from its previous model, despite the rocky start the company had with this new style of handset. Despite the problems with the Galaxy Fold, Samsung still feels that foldables are an important product. It is similar to the way a user opens the Motorola Razr foldable device which was


The South Korean technology giant unveiled the Galaxy Fold, its first foldable phone last year.
Samsung Electronics confirmed Thursday that it’s releasing another foldable smartphone this year with a different design from its previous model, despite the rocky start the company had with this new style of handset.
Despite the problems with the Galaxy Fold, Samsung still feels that foldables are an important product.
It is similar to the way a user opens the Motorola Razr foldable device which was
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Samsung will launch a foldable phone with new design this year despite rocky start for the last model

The South Korean technology giant unveiled the Galaxy Fold, its first foldable phone last year. It was initially supposed to launch in April but kept breaking for some users . Samsung fixed the problems with the device and ended up launching it later in the year with a hefty price tag of $1,980.

“Currently we are focusing on launching the new foldable model of a new form factor and also focusing on further enhancing the level of completeness of the product in terms of the display, the design and the UX (user experience),” an executive said on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Thursday.

Samsung Electronics confirmed Thursday that it’s releasing another foldable smartphone this year with a different design from its previous model, despite the rocky start the company had with this new style of handset.

Despite the problems with the Galaxy Fold, Samsung still feels that foldables are an important product.

“The foldable phone has actually opened a new category of a super premium product that’s differentiated from the existing smartphone offerings and we believe that going forward the foldable phone will become a main category in the overall mobile market,” the executive said.

Samsung did not elaborate on the price or the design of the new phone. But in October, at its developers conference, it released a video showing a couple of different concepts. One is a phone that opens outwards like its existing Galaxy Fold. The second is a sort-of “clamshell” design that opens upwards. It is similar to the way a user opens the Motorola Razr foldable device which was revived last year.

When contacted by CNBC, a Samsung spokesperson said it could not comment further beyond the earnings report.

A number of leaks over the past few months have suggested that Samsung is going forward with this design. A recent report from technology website WinFuture suggested the device could be called the Galaxy Z Flip and feature the clamshell-like design. None of these leaks have been verified by CNBC.

Samsung’s mobile division posted an 8% year-on-year rise in sales for the fourth quarter but it is facing tougher competition. Apple overtook Samsung in terms of smartphone shipment volumes in the fourth quarter. The South Korean firm is looking at foldables as a way to boost growth and is increasing production capacity for such devices.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, the company’s big unveiling event, is scheduled for February 11. At this event, Samsung usually unveils the next device in its flagship S Series. It’s unclear if it will also take the wraps off the new foldable handset.

“It’s difficult at this point of the year to share with you more specific sales volume exceptions, but we are also at the same time as preparing the new product … increasing our capacity for production of foldable products and we hope to supply foldable products to more customers this year,” a Samsung executive said.


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