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Q&A: Samsung chief is jailed. Here's what you need to know.

Q&A: Samsung chief is jailed. Here's what you need to know.

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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of South Korea's most successful business group, was sentenced Friday to five years prison for offering bribes and other crimes. Lee, 49, was groomed to lead the conglomerate that was founded by his grandfather and became such a dominating force in South Korea that it's mockingly called "Republic of Samsung" by the public. He took a higher profile role at the world's largest maker of smartphones, television sets and microchips that power consumer electronics after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014 and was poised to cement control. Instead, at the end of last year Lee was implicated in a massive political scandal that culminated in President Park Geun-hye's ouster. The court said he was guilty of offering bribes to the former president...
YouTube football team Hashtag United 'living the dream'

YouTube football team Hashtag United 'living the dream'

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"We're average footballers living the professional footballer dream," says Seb Carmichael-Brown, vice-captain of amateur side Hashtag United.The squad is a group of mates, most of whom have day jobs off the pitch which have nothing to do with sport.And yet they have toured the US, Serbia, Ireland and Jersey, had their own kit custom-made by sportswear giant Umbro and average 700,000 views per match. They've also played at the UK's top stadiums including Wembley and the Etihad, as well as the O2 Arena and Everton's training ground. And it's all thanks to a carefully crafted presence on YouTube.Crucially, the team didn't start life as total unknowns. Captain Spencer Owen was already a successful football and gaming YouTuber in his own right, and now has nearly two million followers. "He has...
Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for corruption

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong jailed for corruption

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA court in South Korea has sentenced Samsung's billionaire heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison for corruption.Lee was convicted of bribery in a scandal that also saw the impeachment of South Korea's former president.The case has gripped the public amid growing anger against South Korea's biggest companies, known as chaebols.Lee, who denied all charges, had faced a jail sentence of up to 12 years.Also known as Jay Y Lee, the de facto head of the world's largest smartphone maker had been detained since February on a string of corruption charges. These included bribery, embezzlement and hiding assets overseas. What did he do?The 49-year-old is accused of giving donations worth 41bn won ($ 36m; £29m) to non-profit foundations operated
'Self-driving' lorry convoys set for UK motorways

'Self-driving' lorry convoys set for UK motorways

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The Government has committed £8.1m to finance trials of semi-autonomous "platooning" lorries.Under the scheme, a "platoon leader" driving a heavy goods vehicle will head of a small convoy, with the following trucks, or "drones", being piloted by computers.The trucks drive closely behind one another and are linked electronically, communicating via radar, GPS and wifi.Speed, position and the route are determined by the driver of the lead truck, who also controls acceleration, braking and steering for the entire convoy.The distance between the trucks is optimised to reduce air drag, cutting fuel consumption and emissions - potentially by up to 20%.Roads minister Paul Maynard announced the funding for a pilot scheme during a visit to DAF Trucks' Leyland truck plant in Lancashire."We believe th
Samsung working on home smart speaker

Samsung working on home smart speaker

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Samsung has confirmed it is developing its own voice-controlled "smart speaker" for the home, to rival devices by Amazon and Google.DJ Koh, head of Samsung's mobile division, told CNBC News: "I am already working on it."The company already has a voice-controlled assistant called Bixby on some of its devices, which can send messages and set reminders.One analyst said Samsung would have to differentiate itself from competitors.Voice-controlled smart speakers are typically used to play music, set a timer, add items to a shopping list and control other internet-connected gadgets around the home. Amazon's Echo speaker can be used to buy products from the online retailer, while Google's Home speaker can retrieve search results in a conversational way, and play YouTube videos on a compatible tele...