#ICYMI: Popular Stories in Tech This Week (Week Ending Sept 05)

Jessica Elsey / September 6, 2016

A model poses for photographs with a Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone during its launching ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

A model poses for photographs with a Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone during its launching ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

Samsung was forced to recall its Galaxy Note 7 devices this week after issuing a statement confirming a fault. Sixty-eight million users were impacted by a Dropbox hack and the European Commission ruled that Apple should repay Ireland $14. billion.

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1. Galaxy Note 7 recall: what you need to know—Android Authority, Bogdan Petrovan

Top line: “Samsung is recalling all Galaxy Note 7 units it has shipped so far due to the risk of malfunction and fire.”

Topic to follow: Phones

2. Dropbox hack ‘affected 68 million users’—BBC

Top line: “A Dropbox security breach in 2012 has affected more than 68 million account holders, according to security experts.”

Topic to follow: Dropbox

3. iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and new Macbooks: what to expect from Apple’s event on Wednesday—Wired UK, Matt Burgess

Top line: “The event’s official details won’t be unveiled until the Apple bosses take to the stage, but a number of rumours and leaks give a hint at what is likely to be made available.”

Topic to follow: Apple

4. SpaceX’s Explosion Reverberates Across Space, Satellite and Telecom Industries—The New York Times, Steve Lohr

Top line: “An Israeli satellite operator’s deal to sell itself to a Chinese company is imperiled. Planned launches of communications satellites that support international mobile phone service and digital television are delayed and put in doubt. NASA’s cargo deliveries to the International Space Station will probably be disrupted.”

Topic to follow: SpaceX

5. Irish government caught in a trap between Apple, the EU, and its own citizens—VentureBeat, Chris O’Brien

Top line: “Following a European Commission ruling that Ireland must recover $14.5 billion in taxes from Apple, the country’s government finds itself confronting a politically agonizing decision about whether to appeal.”

Topic to follow: Corporate Tax

6. How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence—The New York Times, John Markoff

Top line: “While science fiction has focused on the existential threat of A.I. to humans, researchers at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and those fromAmazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have been meeting to discuss more tangible issues, such as the impact of A.I. on jobs, transportation and even warfare.”

Topic to follow: Artificial Intelligence

7. Musical.ly, the craze turning pop fans into stars—The Guardian, Peter Robinson

Top line: “It’s one of the last two years’ biggest success stories, but Musical.ly’s triumph was rooted in the failure of a struggling startup called Cicada, an educational app featuring short explainer videos, that simply didn’t take off.”

Topic to follow: Apps

8. Instagram will FINALLY let you zoom in on photos—The Next Web, Napier Lopez

Top line: “It uses a simple pinch gesture, as you would expect (although you have to hold the gesture or it snaps back). It works with video as well, and covers content on your feed, profiles and in Explore.”

Topic to follow: Instagram

9. At IFA 2016, smart appliances, virtual reality and OLED 4K TVs were everywhere—Mashable, Stan Schroeder

Top line: “Smart iron? Check. Smart toothbrush? Check. Smart fridge that takes photos of its contents with three cameras and then sends it to your phone every hour so you always know what’s inside? Check.”

Topic to follow: Gear & Gadgets

10. Intel/Microsoft deal will finally push VR out to the masses—VentureBeat, Jack Gold

Top line: “Intel Project Alloy and Microsoft’s Windows Holographic extensions may finally generate enough momentum to create a VR market that can scale large enough to sustain itself.”

Topic to follow: Virtual Reality

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