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Samsung sparked sexism storm at Galaxy S4 show
"Tone-deaf and shockingly sexist," former CNET executive editor Molly Wood described Samsung's launch of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone in March. It was by all accounts an hour-long parade of stereotypes and awkward references that felt like the Korean giant was surreptitiously slapping us all gently on the backside while telling us not to "worry our pretty little heads" about the whole thing.
Somewhere in there, a phone was announced. It was hard to spot, truthfully. Critics and supporters alike panned the event, and Samsung was forced to issue an apology. Twice, in fact. Because only days later, the phone maker's South African subsidiary paraded scantly-clad women on stage under the notion that's what half the world's population (and Samsung's demographic audience) are interested in seeing.
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MySpace relaunch aimed to start afresh... by deleting everything
Once the darling child of the modern Internet, Myspace began tumbling down from the popularity pedestal under the News Corp. days. Things looked up in late 2012 when the site relaunched for what seemed to be the bajillionth time in an effort to catch up with the better-established social networks that overtook the social pioneer during its heyday.
Once the "beta" phase began to wane, the company saw most of its troubles as the site relaunched once again in June with a splashy new design that put musicians and artists at the forefront of the new service. Except, the decisions to shut down the games platform, and to delete almost every shred of existing content from 'classic' Myspace without consultation led to thousands of furious users. It even led to threats of legal action to get, in some cases, years worth of posts back.
Facebook Home had promise, but nobody wanted to move in
Countless rumors over the course of more than two years pointed to Facebook eventually building its own phone. Despite the social networking giant's insistence that it won't, the lid was lifted on what it had been working on: Facebook on a phone, a dedicated phone. So it was a Facebook phone (sort of).
Launching with the HTC First, Facebook Home was a part-loader, part-skin that was the company's big push into the mobile world. But it flopped, badly. Home barely took off, and HTC's flagship social phone barely resonated with buyers. Following AT&T's decision to drop the price from $99 to 99 cents, it was written off as an unmitigated disaster. One of the core reasons to the lack of interest was that users could already get Facebook on their phone, and didn't have to fork out close-to one hundred big-ones for it.