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Samsung blames rogue ad agency for abandoned astroturfing scheme

Samsung blames rogue ad agency for abandoned astroturfing scheme

Samsung has been forced to squash suggestions it employed an advertising agency to astroturf the StackOverflow forums with links to its "Smart App Challenge", after one coder blew the whistle on the ill-fated cash-for-links scheme. Active users had been quietly offered $500 apiece by Ad agency Fllu to promote the Samsung Smart App Challenge on the Android discussion boards; when developer Deylan Kratunov revealed he had been approached to take part, Fluu and Samsung were forced to wade in and pull the plug on the scheme.

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Instagram deletes photos from 3rd party apps in Windows Phone

Instagram deletes photos from 3rd party apps in Windows Phone

Windows Phone users working with Instagram through any of a number of 3rd party apps may want to have a peek at their photo collections this week, as reports are filtering in of mass deletes. Instagram has issued a statement on the matter, suggesting that they've recently "made an update to the systems that we use to fight spam to help prevent future attacks and increase security", but appear to offer no specific details on 3rd party apps specifically.

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SlashGear 101: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, what’s new?

SlashGear 101: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, what’s new?

There are two major paths you might go down when you're attempting to see what's different in the change-over from Android 4.2 or 4.2.x over to 4.3 Jelly Bean: one is behind the scenes, the other - right up front. What we're going to be doing is taking a mostly up-front approach, sourced straight from Google's guides, tuned here for the common user while we keep the developer back end in mind: those bits and pieces are put in place for your machine to work well - here's what you'll be well off knowing.

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Xbox One white dev console shown off: white is the new black

Xbox One white dev console shown off: white is the new black

We've already seen the black version of the Xbox One, obviously, and that's all we've been treated with recently. However, seeing as how the Xbox 360 has been available in both white and black, it would make sense for the Xbox One to go the same route, right? Well, it seems that may actually happen, thanks to a photo posted by a developer that reveals a white Xbox One developer console.

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Samsung Developers Conference aims to join big guns as cross-platform yearly event

Samsung Developers Conference aims to join big guns as cross-platform yearly event

In what's fairly clear to be the spirit of such developer events as Apple's WWDC and Google I/O, Samsung has this week announced the creation of their own Developers Conference. Starting October 27th and lasting two days, ending on the 29th, this event takes place right in the heart of San Francisco, aiming to bring in both developers and industry leaders to a software-centric series of events living in the Samsung universe.

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