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Samsung employee reportedly swallowed incriminating docs during a price-fixing raid

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Samsung employee reportedly swallowed incriminating docs during a price-fixing raid
In light of the epic Apple-Samsung trial for patent infringement, a new tidbit sheds light on just how things at Samsung might have worked when it comes to new technologies introduced by other companies. It's not the first time Samsung has been accused in using someone's patents without licensing them for gaining market share in a new field, then settling with the affected company before any harm was done to its already established business there. Samsung also engaged in price-fixing regarding its existing lines of production, like TVs or DRAM modules, for which it has been fined numerous times prior to the debacle with Apple.

Some explain this with the secretive, loyalty-based structure and origins of the South Korean conglomerates, which elbow their way through the cutthroat business world with any legal or semi-legal method at their disposal, until they sit at or near the top. You can read our dedicated article for more information what is a chaebol, and the history of Samsung in general. We all know how the events unfolded in the Apple-Samsung trial, as Samsung used its usual tactic to countersue, minimize the damages asked, and then settle before any actual product ban has been imposed. In the meantime it became a leader in smartphone market share, so the effort definitely paid off, and this has been done by Samsung already a few times in other industries. 

From what they heard, one of the Samsung employees there had even swallowed documents before the investigators were allowed in.

The loyalty and secrecy are so ingrained in Samsung's culture, it seems, that when investigators tried to raid one of its offices for phone price fixing allegations with local carriers, the employees inside blocked their access until the police arrived. In the meantime, they started destroying evidence -facility cameras showed later on that Samsung staff was swapping their work computers with benign ones, and shredding docs. The icing on the cake? One employee was caught actually tearing apart and eating documents, so as the investigators couldn't get a hold of them when they enter the premises. Fascinating stuff, happening not that long ago, in March of 2011. Apple's lawyers were even joking at the time that they can't expect results in a court of law from a company whose employees are willing to go to such lengths to protect any wrongdoing. The rest is history, but it will be interesting to see if there will be any repercussions from Apple about the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home key that came with the Galaxy S5 about six months after Apple introduced its Touch ID finger scanner located precisely there on the iPhone 5s.

source: Vanity Fair

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posted on 06 May 2014, 03:43 9

1. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


burn it with your s5 :D

posted on 06 May 2014, 05:28 1

20. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Seriously PA? What kind of news is this?

posted on 06 May 2014, 05:48 12

21. CellularNinja (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


I thought it was a pretty funny article. Anyways if you don't like the subject there are always different articles to read, just pass this one.

posted on 06 May 2014, 06:07

24. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


MYOB I'm just asking. What's wrong with that?

posted on 06 May 2014, 06:51 9

26. troutsy (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Meh, replying to the first post just to get yourself at the top of the comments... attention seeking behavior.

posted on 06 May 2014, 07:05

30. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Replying to the reply of the first post just to get yourself attention too. What an attention seeking behavior too. :/

posted on 06 May 2014, 06:51 5

27. Ahmadovich (Posts: 43; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


Your name explains it all. Haha!

posted on 06 May 2014, 07:05

31. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Yeah and I love my name..

posted on 06 May 2014, 14:29

47. Ashoaib (Posts: 1213; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


A very Loyal employee

posted on 06 May 2014, 03:43 20

2. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Samsung is a copy cat/ scoundrel company. period.
http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/06/apple-samsung-smartphone-patent-war.print
Without other companies' intellectual property, it wouldn't survive.

posted on 06 May 2014, 03:54 18

3. mayur007 (Posts: 360; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


apple is the same

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:13 10

9. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1115; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


So is Google.

posted on 06 May 2014, 06:52 4

28. Ahmadovich (Posts: 43; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


Sony is the prettiest of them all IMO.

posted on 06 May 2014, 07:32 1

34. huhblub (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)


They are..lol you're an idiots

posted on 06 May 2014, 11:04 1

42. downbeat4 (Posts: 66; Member since: 03 Dec 2010)


Just search "Apple copies Sony phone" or "Apple steals Xerox's UX". EVERYONE...including Apple does it.

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:14 12

10. tech2 (Posts: 1777; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


All companies are the same. They practice everything illegal until they can get away with.

Even Nokia deceived the Indian government by disguising their sales in domestic market as international (international sales are tax exempt because of tax agreement with india and finland) so that they can get away with without paying tax. When the government came to knew about their tax evasion tactic they transferred all their money to finland.

posted on 06 May 2014, 07:26 1

32. alterecho (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Not like Samsung, they haven't.

posted on 06 May 2014, 08:48 3

37. ihavenoname (Posts: 1254; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Samsung is the worst copycat. I have Samsung, so I'm not biased.

posted on 06 May 2014, 12:56 3

46. SamDroid (Posts: 114; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Just because you troll about Samsung and claim you have a Samsung phone doesn't make you an angel. Justify your comment :)

posted on 06 May 2014, 16:54

50. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 510; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


iBS
ROTFL

posted on 06 May 2014, 07:29

33. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Cry Baby.

posted on 06 May 2014, 08:17

36. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Was that written by you? Lol

posted on 06 May 2014, 12:41

45. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Samsung doesn't even have R&D

posted on 07 May 2014, 15:17

53. Ashoaib (Posts: 1213; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


http://www.dailytech.com/Samsung+Apples+iPhone+Started+as+Sony+Ripoff/article25277.htm

Apple, a success from copies

posted on 06 May 2014, 03:56 14

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Looks like samsung hires goats and hamsters now

posted on 06 May 2014, 03:58 10

5. techperson211 (Posts: 428; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Apple is just the same. They copy and says its their innovation and call it a different name.

posted on 06 May 2014, 05:17

18. androtaku (Posts: 156; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


you can do the same, try go copy something and pattern it, then its yours.
its fair game,you don't pattern your stuff,don't blame somebody else claim it

posted on 06 May 2014, 05:50 1

22. hamster_99 (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 May 2014)


you mean Patent right??

posted on 06 May 2014, 07:00

29. androtaku (Posts: 156; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


thx for correcting

posted on 06 May 2014, 03:59 3

6. Killua (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


LOL. Classic.

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:07 2

7. tech2 (Posts: 1777; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Just get a f**king SHREDDER !

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:10 4

8. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 75; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


he was hungry

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:58

16. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


If he's thirsty, he might drink the water from the toilet as well.

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:16

11. ThePython (Posts: 208; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Boy, that escalated quickly.

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:38 6

12. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Business ethics. Part of the reason I wont buy a Samsung.

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:56 6

15. willard12 (Posts: 702; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


If you buy an iphone, look inside, and then you'll see you're buying Samsung.

posted on 06 May 2014, 05:14 1

17. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I wouldn't buy an iPhone either :) I don't support buying from a company that has allowed suicide to happen in their chain of production. Some companies are so concentrated on efficiency and squeezing as much money as they can out of outsourced labour that it seems they have forgotten everything about business ethics and morals.

posted on 06 May 2014, 05:23 3

19. Killua (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


So ... you're buying what? It says you want HTC One as your new phone, but you do know HTC did have a case about someone died of overworking right?

posted on 06 May 2014, 06:04 1

23. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Although there have been deaths in HTCs company, the report below highlights that "victims generally had congenital conditions, especially heart problems. They also had high-risk factors, such as being overweight and being a smoker, which had been aggravated by too much work." I find unpaid overtime stupid. Unfortunately its very common in Asia. Perhaps HTC should have plans in place so that these things never happen again, but regardless whether or not HTC forces them to do overtime or not, its just a common trend in Asia to do so.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-16834258

I have a HTC Butterfly myself, and would gladly invest my money into the likes of a OnePlus One or a Nexus(6). HTC are not treading on my ethical views so yes im fine with them.

posted on 06 May 2014, 10:49

41. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Ok then, enjoy paying 10x more just to feel good about yourself. Unless you live on a farm and grow and make everything yourself, you are still contributing to companies who outsource so might as well embrace it.

posted on 06 May 2014, 16:17

49. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Last time I checked, I didn't have to pay 10x more for my phone than any other flagship I know. Please inform me once a flagship is $100 off contract, I will certainly put that phone in my prospects.

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:50 1

13. tmcr7 (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


It's so easy to make up a controversial story without proof.

posted on 06 May 2014, 04:53 2

14. 36thDisciple (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


I reckon that in a couple of years we'll have a hit HBO series about the Apple-Samsung feud. One which takes us through the companies' beginnings and growth, with scenes jumping back and forth between the near present and past - eventually leading up to the recent court battles. 5 seasons - no more, no less. Korean dialogue with English subtitles where relevant.

You heard it here first.

posted on 06 May 2014, 06:33 1

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 2554; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I would love that saga. Make it a 7 seasons series. Starting from both founders. When they were young. They murdered babies and feed competition to sharks.

posted on 06 May 2014, 07:40

35. DONUT (Posts: 271; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


talk about a company man lol

posted on 06 May 2014, 08:58 2

38. bestmvno (Posts: 108; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


" The rest is history, but it will be interesting to see if there will be any repercussions from Apple about the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home key that came with the Galaxy S5 about six months after Apple introduced its Touch ID finger scanner located precisely there on the iPhone 5s."

Am I missing something Daniel? The technology is older than the iPhone and first appeared on the Motorola Atrix. Perhaps Apple should face repercussions from Motorola/Lenovo or would it even be google now?

posted on 06 May 2014, 10:34 1

40. willard12 (Posts: 702; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Daniel's inner fanboy came out rather blatantly and intentionally. In the interest of balance, I'm sure his nex article will mention how the iphone pulls notifications from precisely where Samsung has been pulling notifications for 3 years.

The fact that he ran a story of unfounded allegations in which there is supposedly a 4 year old video that somehow hasn't made it to youtube shows he is using his platform to report his bias rather than report facts.

posted on 06 May 2014, 12:15

44. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Meh, we all know you're saying this because Samsung is on the ground. Is this writing biased? I think not (anyone who is not biased can agree with me).

posted on 06 May 2014, 17:55

51. willard12 (Posts: 702; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


We all know that I'm not a writer and have no obligation for journalistic integrity. I'm not sure how the world's number 1 phone maker is on the ground, but I'm sure you do. I'm also not sure how an article is published saying there is a 4 year old video....but no sign of a video. I'm also not sure what fingerprint scanners have to do with any of it and why it was mentioned in a price fixing article. But, in the spirit of balance, since Daniel mentions fingerprint unlock, I'm sure you can find one of his articles where he questions Apple's attempted copying of facial unlock. If you can't, point made.

posted on 06 May 2014, 10:27

39. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 65; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


lol hope he doesnt excrete out some dimpled cheap stuff

posted on 06 May 2014, 11:27 2

43. newbey123 (Posts: 379; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Just another reason I would never buy a sammy product. HTC and LG all the way.

posted on 06 May 2014, 16:10

48. Altair (Posts: 317; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Dirty Shamesung on the road again. We all know, what kind of thief you are.

posted on 06 May 2014, 19:58

52. Super3310 (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 May 2014)


You guys r having an argument of wats d best smartphone im contended and wonderfully hapi wid my 3310 nuclear warhead edition

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