Amid challenges, Samsung changes mobile chief for first time in 6 years

Aiming to turn its smartphone business around, Samsung is changing its mobile chief for the first time in six years. Dongjin Koh, the firm’s former head of mobile R&D, replaces JK Shin, who’s seen the unit through good times and, more recently, not so good.

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World’s first computer-generated musical to debut in London

Beyond the Fence, the story of a family at Greenham Common, will incorporate machine-generated plot and music

They have become brilliant at chess, had music performed by one of the world’s leading orchestras and seen their art enter major collections. But could a computer also generate a hit west end musical?

The answer may be provided next year with the announcement of the world’s first computer musical, getting a run at the Arts Theatre accompanied by a TV series on Sky Arts.

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What would Tanzania’s cost-cutting president do? Twitter responds

Users tweeting #WhatWouldMagufuliDo are offering wry ways to emulate John Magufuli’s clampdown on wasteful spending. Global Voices reports

Tanzania’s newly elected president, nicknamed “the bulldozer”, has become a Twitter sensation across Africa after introducing radical government cost-cutting measures.

Immediately after his inauguration, John Magufuli scrapped independence celebrations, choosing instead to spend money on sanitation, fighting cholera and new beds and equipment for hospitals.

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Warning that Christmas fairy lights can slow your Wi-Fi

Watchdog finds festive angle as it launches app to test home broadband speed and releases findings that millions of British homes still lack high-speed access

Fairy lights on Christmas trees could cause slower Wi-Fi speeds, the UK regulator Ofcom has warned, as it launched a new app to test coverage in homes.

The watchdog estimated up to six million homes and offices could improve their broadband connection, saying wireless networks were often not set up correctly or suffered “interference” from electronics including baby monitors, microwave ovens and Christmas lights.

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SBS employee sentenced over drunken Facebook threat to ‘kill police for Allah’

Nicholas Rabone Hogan’s lawyer says post was ‘ill-advised’ satire but magistrate says it was ‘reckless and irresponsible’ and gives two-year good behaviour bond

An SBS employee who drunkenly posted a threat to murder police in the name of Allah has been given a two-year good behaviour bond in a Sydney court.

Nicholas Rabone Hogan, 32, posted the threat to Facebook just hours after the funeral of the murdered NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng on 16 October, Newtown local court heard during sentencing on Tuesday.

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Hacker sent ‘death to the Jews’ text messages after breach in phone network

Exclusive: Data stolen from a global telecommunications company in 2013 led to messages being sent to mobile numbers across Middle East two years later

A hacker attempted to send more than 4m text messages saying “death to the Jews” by exploiting the network of a global telecommunications company.

A Guardian investigation has revealed that data was stolen in 2013 as a result of unauthorised access to the systems of SMSGlobal, which provides messaging services for “some of the world’s best known brands” and has more than one million customers worldwide.

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