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Samsung names new smartphone chief as part of executive reshuffle – Financial Times

January 19th, 2020

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Both Got SAG Awards, But You, You Got This Photo Of Brad and Jen – Vulture

January 19th, 2020
Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston each took home their very own Screen Actors Guild statuette at this year’s 26th SAG Awards, but the internet got something much more precious on Sunday night (No offense to the Guild and all it does.) Following the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actor’s win for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, including his acceptance speech about director Quentin Tarantino’s foot fetish, and after The Morning Show star’s win for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series, the former celebrity supercouple were photographed together backstage in a lingering grasp. So much better than a SAG Award.

Just kidding! Their moment of thrilling public intimacy does not provide health insurance or union support to working actors and actresses or pretty much anything SAG-AFTRA brings to the table. Still, brought you right back to 2003, didn’t it? But, as Brad Pitt himself joked about his Once Upon a Time role Sunday night: “It was a difficult part. The guy who gets high, takes his shirt off, and doesn’t get on with his wife? It’s a big stretch.”

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Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner

Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner

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Jennifer Aniston Reacts To Brad Pitt’s SAG Awards Speech – ET Canada

January 19th, 2020

After winning the SAG Award for his role in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”, Brad Pitt jokes during his speech about his character’s marital problems.

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January 19th, 2020

Samsung appoints new mobile chief as Huawei chips away at market share – The Journal Pioneer

January 19th, 2020

By Hyunjoo Jin

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Monday named its youngest president as its new smartphone chief as the firm seeks to defend its lead in the handset market from rising challenges from rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

The South Korean firm also promoted the head of its network equipment business, which analysts said got a lift from a U.S. campaign to convince allies to bar Huawei from their networks.

Samsung took an early lead in smartphones running on quicker fifth-generation (5G) telecommunication networks, but Huawei is widely expected to boost sales of 5G-capable smartphones and equipment this year, leveraging its huge home market.

“Samsung’s reshuffle seems aimed at coping with a potential major market change with the new technology,” said analyst Tom Kang at Counterpoint. “The young executive is known to be decisive and so is likely to respond swiftly to that change to defend Samsung’s lead from Huawei.”

Long-time smartphone leader Samsung held a 21% market share in the third quarter, but Huawei closed in with 18%, showed the latest data from Counterpoint. That came even as Huawei in May was banned from doing business with most U.S. firms, preventing its access to technology like Alphabet Inc’s Android.

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Samsung appointed Roh Tae-moon, currently its youngest-ever president at 51, as mobile chief as part of a reshuffle that came later than usual amid a series of court cases involving some of its top executives including leader Jay. Y Lee.

Roh championed Samsung’s shift to outsource more handset production to cut costs and better compete with lower-priced Chinese smartphone makers such as Huawei, people familiar with the matter previously told Reuters.

As former mobile development head, Roh led development of Samsung’s Galaxy mobile devices, and is tasked with re-invigorating the organization at a time of heated smartphone competition, the South Korean company said in a statement.

Samsung’s network business chief Cheun Kyung-whoon, who was involved in the world’s first commercialization of 5G services in South Korea, was promoted to president to help turn networking into a major business for the firm, Samsung said.

Samsung, a laggard in the telecom network equipment market, has been pouring resources into the business, aiming to capitalize on the security fears hobbling market leader Huawei.

Huawei has been bogged down denying allegations by the United States that the Chinese state could use its equipment for spying and so should not be used in 5G networks.

STABILITY

Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker and memory chip maker, also kept its three co-chief executives in the annual review, a move highlighting stability ahead of a ruling on a bribery case involving its leader Lee.

In August, the Supreme Court overturned an appeal ruling that had given Lee, 51, a suspended prison term, raising the possibility of a tougher sentence and potential return to jail.

Former mobile chief and co-chief executive DJ Koh will continue to lead Samsung’s IT & mobile communications (IM) division, which oversees both mobile devices and network equipment.

Samsung stock was up 2.5% versus 0.9% for the benchmark index.

(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Kim Coghill and Christopher Cushing)

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Samsung appoints new mobile chief as Huawei chips away at market share – Cape Breton Post

January 19th, 2020

By Hyunjoo Jin

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Monday named its youngest president as its new smartphone chief as the firm seeks to defend its lead in the handset market from rising challenges from rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

The South Korean firm also promoted the head of its network equipment business, which analysts said got a lift from a U.S. campaign to convince allies to bar Huawei from their networks.

Samsung took an early lead in smartphones running on quicker fifth-generation (5G) telecommunication networks, but Huawei is widely expected to boost sales of 5G-capable smartphones and equipment this year, leveraging its huge home market.

“Samsung’s reshuffle seems aimed at coping with a potential major market change with the new technology,” said analyst Tom Kang at Counterpoint. “The young executive is known to be decisive and so is likely to respond swiftly to that change to defend Samsung’s lead from Huawei.”

Long-time smartphone leader Samsung held a 21% market share in the third quarter, but Huawei closed in with 18%, showed the latest data from Counterpoint. That came even as Huawei in May was banned from doing business with most U.S. firms, preventing its access to technology like Alphabet Inc’s Android.

NETWORK CHIEF

Samsung appointed Roh Tae-moon, currently its youngest-ever president at 51, as mobile chief as part of a reshuffle that came later than usual amid a series of court cases involving some of its top executives including leader Jay. Y Lee.

Roh championed Samsung’s shift to outsource more handset production to cut costs and better compete with lower-priced Chinese smartphone makers such as Huawei, people familiar with the matter previously told Reuters.

As former mobile development head, Roh led development of Samsung’s Galaxy mobile devices, and is tasked with re-invigorating the organization at a time of heated smartphone competition, the South Korean company said in a statement.

Samsung’s network business chief Cheun Kyung-whoon, who was involved in the world’s first commercialization of 5G services in South Korea, was promoted to president to help turn networking into a major business for the firm, Samsung said.

Samsung, a laggard in the telecom network equipment market, has been pouring resources into the business, aiming to capitalize on the security fears hobbling market leader Huawei.

Huawei has been bogged down denying allegations by the United States that the Chinese state could use its equipment for spying and so should not be used in 5G networks.

STABILITY

Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker and memory chip maker, also kept its three co-chief executives in the annual review, a move highlighting stability ahead of a ruling on a bribery case involving its leader Lee.

In August, the Supreme Court overturned an appeal ruling that had given Lee, 51, a suspended prison term, raising the possibility of a tougher sentence and potential return to jail.

Former mobile chief and co-chief executive DJ Koh will continue to lead Samsung’s IT & mobile communications (IM) division, which oversees both mobile devices and network equipment.

Samsung stock was up 2.5% versus 0.9% for the benchmark index.

(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Kim Coghill and Christopher Cushing)

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8 Biggest Jaw-Droppers at the 2020 SAG Awards – E! NEWS

January 19th, 2020

Actors never look as comfortable as they do on nights such as this—because who else, other than their fellow actors, truly know what it’s all about?

From the 14-hour days on set to the six-packs drawn on by makeup artists meant to last for one night only, these are the people who get… it.

So while the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, which took place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, was short on Ricky Gervais-style deprecation, it was long on accolades and appreciation and, thanks to those quirky thespians who vote for each other, there were a few surprises as the season for celebrating television wound down and the last adulatory sprint leading up to the Oscars gets underway.

Here are the moments that surprised, delighted and baffled at the SAG Awards:

1. A Willing Host: In a fitting twist, considering how wild of a loop the mesmerizing film by Bong Joon Ho throws you for, the stars of Parasite won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picturethe SAG equivalent of the best movie prize and another development to give you pause while you fill out your Oscar ballot for the office pool.

Parasite Cast, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards

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“Although Parasite is the title, I think the story is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” Kang-ho Song, who plays the beleaguered patriarch of a struggling family that ingratiates itself into the lives of a well-meaning but also tragically oblivious wealthy family, said via a translator as Bong, sitting in the audience, captured the moment on his phone. “But to be honored with the best ensemble award, it occurred to me that maybe we haven’t created such a bad movie.”

The not-bad movie is also nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director as well as Best International Film—the first-ever movie from South Korea to be nominated in any of those categories.

1917 just won the top prize from the Producers Guild of America and the World War I action drama was the Golden Globes’ pick for drama feature while Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood was best comedy, but there are no safe bets in those categories now. (Except that The Irishman may be largely remembered as an ultra-expensive reunion hosted by Netflix for Marty, Bob, Joe, Harvey and Al.)

Jennifer Aniston, SAG Awards

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2. Rise and Shine: The best Morning Show hosts really do become your Friends along the way. Jennifer Aniston won her first SAG Award since 1996, when she was a part of a triumphant Friends ensemble, this time accepting for her breaking-out-again role as a host of a network morning show who’s as blindsided as anyone when her longtime male co-anchor is fired for sexual misconduct.

Her win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Series, Drama, also marked a momentous first for Apple TV+, the just months-old streaming service where you can find and duly binge The Morning Show.

Brad Pitt, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards

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3. Once Upon a Time… : No, you haven’t been smoking an acid-laced cigarette. This was another fairy-tale outcome for Brad Pitt, who won a SAG Award as part of the Inglourious Basterds ensemble 10 years ago but had never been honored on his own until tonight—and who is now the odds-on favorite to win his first Academy Award.

For acting, that is—but just because it’s won’t be his first-ever Oscar doesn’t make it any less momentous, dang it…

All we know, is that this awards season has provided us with one perfect Brad Pitt moment after another, and 2020 couldn’t be turning out better for him than if Quentin Tarantino had scripted it himself. (Or Nora Ephron, considering the hug he and ex-wife Aniston shared after he stopped, moments after his own win, to watch her speech on a monitor set up backstage.)

Helena Bonham Carter, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards, Show

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4. Queen Victorious: The Crown topped Game of Thrones to win its first-ever SAG Award for Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series—meaning GoT came and went without ever winning that prize, though its stunt ensemble has won eight times for its derring-do, including tonight.

Peter Dinklage was honored for the first time, however, with a win for Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, and since he’s the glue that held Westeros together for all those years, especially in GoT‘s uneven final season, it was only fitting that he was the last person standing in honor of the history-making HBO series.

Tony Shalhoub, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards, Winners Gallery Portraits

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5. A Real Actors’ Actor: SAG members do have their favorites, such as Tony Shalhoub, who enjoyed his second straight—and fourth overall—win for Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy, these last two coming for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Sam Rockwell, also a two-time winner before tonight, was more of a surprise in the Performance by a Male Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie category, his turn as Bob Fosse in Fosse/Verdon having ironically played second fiddle to Michelle Williams‘ consistently winning (including tonight) performance as Gwen Verdon, Fosse’s creative other half whose emotional support lasted till death did they part, unlike their tumultuous marriage. 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards, Winners Gallery Portraits

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6. A Borscht Belt Comedian Walks Into a Bar With a Hot Priest…: Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her dominance of all obstacles in her path with a win for Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series on what was her first-ever trip to the SAG Awards, but Fleabag ultimately couldn’t topple repeat winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in the Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category.

Both wins, however, along with Shalhoub’s, made Amazon Prime the most decorated platform of the night.

Robert De Niro, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards

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7. He’s Talkin’ to Us: It was nice to hear Robert De Niro make a speech that he had prepared, not least because he’s more known for looking as if he’d rather be anywhere else whenever he’s called upon to chat off the cuff. But he knew the Lifetime Achievement Award was coming tonight, so he wrote a few things down and did his research—which included looking up his own quote from a recent Variety interview because he appreciated his previous sentiment.

“There’s right and there’s wrong, and there’s common sense and there’s abuse of power,” the veteran actor and vocal critic of the current presidential administration said, getting political for a moment, “and as a citizen I have as much right as anybody—an actor, an athlete, a musician, or anybody else—to voice my opinion. And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power. And that’s all I’m going to say about that tonight.”

8. Winning Duo: Since they brought it up, noting that they were not hosting the SAG Awards, but were merely opening and then closing the show with their impeccable comedic timing… Do father-son Schitt’s Creek stars Eugene Levy and Dan Levy want to host something? Anything? A dinner party? The Emmys? Because if so, we will be there.

Well, we’re going to be there no matter what, but they would certainly add some extra oomph to the proceedings.

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‘The Meghan effect is real’: How the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could find success as influencers – CBC.ca

January 19th, 2020

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle embark on a post-royal life, the Duchess’ star power could prove lucrative for the couple.

“The Meghan effect is real,” said Mae Karwowski, the CEO of New York City-based influencer marketing agency Obviously.

“Whenever she does go out in public and is seen wearing a specific pocketbook or a pair of jeans or a blazer, it could sell out immediately.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced earlier this month on their Sussex Royal Instagram account that they would step back from their roles as “senior members” of the Royal Family, and work toward becoming “financially independent” through “professional income” — a move prohibited under royal protocol.

At the same time, the pair pushed readers to a website bearing the couple’s trademarked brand name. 

But the moniker was thrown into question over the weekend when it was announced that both Harry and Megan will no longer be working members of the Royal Family, will stop using their His/Her Royal Highness titles and receive no taxpayer money for royal duties.

Prince Harry addressed the myriad emotions he and his wife, Meghan, are feeling after agreeing with Queen Elizabeth that the couple would step down from official roles. 1:33

On Sunday, with the status of the couple’s royal branding up in the air, marketing experts weighed in on what the future holds for Harry and Meghan’s public persona on Cross Country Checkup.

“What they’ve kind of chucked, as they are making this exodus, is ties to the royal family brand and the heritage,” said Cele Otnes, the author of Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture.

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How they move forward may depend on Meghan’s expertise as a brand influencer.

Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was known for both her turn in the TV series Suits and a lifestyle website called The Tig. Shuttered in 2018, the blog was a space for Meghan to feature favourite brands. 

“She definitely knows what she’s doing,” Karwowski said.

Now, with nearly 11 million followers, the Sussex Royal Instagram account could be Harry and Meghan’s key to future financial success, she suggests.

“If they did want to become influencers, and really utilize this Instagram account and utilize that media presence that they have, they could monetize this in a very significant way.”

Every day influencers — those without royal genes — who have a similar follower count, can make more than $100,000 for a single Instagram post, according to Karwowski.

With official brand ambassador status — deals that would have Harry and Meghan appear in ad campaigns and at public events — the payout would be “much wider,” Karwowski said.

High brow influencers

While it remains to be seen how the loss of their royal designation will shape the Duke and Duchess’ brand, Otnes says Harry and Meghan need to consider the image they want the world to see.

“They have to think very clearly about what are the components of Harry and Meghan — and of Harry and Meghan as a couple — that they need to retain in order for this not to go down in flames,” the University of Illinois professor said.

She suggests that the couple hire a brand consultant to help determine exactly what products, services and experiences they might offer.

“If I may offer the couple a little bit of unsolicited advice, they seem to be most powerful when they leverage their humane side,” Otnes said.

Both Otnes and Karwowski expect that Harry and Meghan would only promote high-end products and experiences. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

Influencer marketing expert Karwowski says that a “number” of brands have already reached out to her agency asking about whether or not the royal couple was looking to partner with new companies.

She believes that Harry and Meghan will only be working with high-brow clients — ones focused on sustainability, quality and “heritage brands”.

“I don’t think they’re ever going to do something so overly commercial like a detox tummy tea.”


Written by Jason Vermes with files from Emily Senger.

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January 19th, 2020

China coronavirus: Number of cases jumps as virus spreads to new cities – BBC News

January 19th, 2020
Medical staff carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan on 18 January 2020.Image copyright EPA
Image caption The majority of cases have been detected in the city of Wuhan

Chinese authorities have reported 139 new cases of a mysterious virus in two days, marking the first time that the infection has been confirmed in the country outside of Wuhan city.

The new cases were identified in the cities of Wuhan, Beijing and Shenzhen.

The total number of confirmed cases now exceeds 200, and three have died from the respiratory illness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of cases rose because of “increased searching and testing”.

The new coronavirus strain first appeared in Wuhan in December and has already spread abroad, with two cases in Thailand and one in Japan.

Experts in the UK told the BBC the number of people infected could still be far greater than official figures suggest.

What’s the latest?

Authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan said 136 new cases had been confirmed over the weekend, and a third person there died from the virus.

As of late Sunday, officials said 170 people in Wuhan were still being treated in hospital, including nine in critical condition.

Health officials in Beijing’s Daxing district said two people who had travelled to Wuhan were treated for pneumonia linked to the virus.

In Shenzhen, officials said a 66-year-old man showed symptoms of the virus following a trip to visit relatives in Wuhan.

The WHO said “increased searching and testing for [the virus] among people sick with respiratory illness” had led to the jump in confirmed cases.

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Media captionCoronavirus feared to have infected more than initially thought according to scientists

It said an “animal source seems the most likely source” of the virus, while there was “some limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts.”

It added that people could reduce the risk of catching the coronavirus by taking measures such as avoiding “unprotected” contact with live animals, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs, and avoiding close contact with anyone with colds or flu-like symptoms.

China’s National Health Commission earlier said the virus was “still preventable and controllable”, while warning that close monitoring was needed given that the source, transmission and mutation methods were unknown.

The health body has promised to step up monitoring during this week’s Lunar New Year celebrations, when millions of people will travel to be with their families.

What is this virus?

Viral samples have been taken from patients and analysed in the laboratory and officials in China and the WHO have concluded the infection is a coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a broad family of viruses, but only six (the new one would make it seven) are known to infect people.

At the mild end they cause the common cold, but severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) is a coronavirus that killed 774 of the 8,098 people infected in an outbreak that started in China in 2002.

Analysis of the genetic code of the new virus shows it is more closely related to Sars than any other human coronavirus.

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