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Samsung Employees Conspired To Sell AMOLED Tech; 11 Arrested 93

Posted by timothy
from the theft-is-intellectual-property dept.
zacharye writes with this snippet from BGR: "Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft and sale of AMOLED display technology under development at Samsung. Yonhap News Agency on Thursday reported that 11 suspects either currently or formerly employed by Samsung Mobile Display have been arrested. One 46-year-old researcher at Samsung is believed to have accepted a payment of nearly $170,000 from an unnamed 'local rival firm' in exchange for trade secrets pertaining to proprietary Samsung technology used in the company's AMOLED panels..."
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Samsung Employees Conspired To Sell AMOLED Tech; 11 Arrested

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  • by fotoguzzi (230256) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @04:29PM (#39590523)
    Sure of it.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Any chance the first letter of the rival's name is L and the second letter is G? I didn't know they were that desperate for organic LED tech.

  • When you let bloggers masquerade as real journalists. For those like me who weren't aware, AMOLED:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMOLED#Comparison_to_other_technologies [wikipedia.org]

    AMOLED displays provide higher refresh rates than their passive-matrix OLED counterparts, improving response time often to under a millisecond, and they consume significantly less power. This advantage makes active-matrix OLEDs well suited for portable electronics, where power consumption is critical to battery life.

    • by AikonMGB (1013995) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @04:46PM (#39590825) Homepage

      Consider the readership demographic: either you already know what AMOLED is (it is fairly well known in mobile tech circles), or you are sufficiently cognizant to look it up yourself.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet. I strongly suspect very few people do. As a basic standard any news reporter should clarify at a minimum the more eldritch terms. And this isn't being particularly picky, it is a literal journalistic standard.

        • I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet. I strongly suspect very few people do.

          Then I would recommend the same thing I do to people in meatspace who blather on about topics they know nothing about: tell them to shut their pie-holes and learn something.

          As a basic standard any news reporter should clarify at a minimum the more eldritch terms. And this isn't being particularly picky, it is a literal journalistic standard.

          This is 1000% correct; I myself get rather pissed when I'm reading an article and they refer to a person by their surname without spelling out the whole thing first...

          Lowther? What the fuck is a Lowther????

          • Then I would recommend the same thing I do to people in meatspace who blather on about topics they know nothing about: tell them to shut their pie-holes and learn something.

            If you were simultaneously representing yourself as a news outlet, I'd say you were therefore a piss poor news outlet. :D Honestly, you have people whining about verbatim copy pasta newsfeeds on here all the time, someone points out the same thing and its bad cos blog.

            • If you were simultaneously representing yourself as a news outlet, I'd say you were therefore a piss poor news outlet. :D

              So.. Fox? Or perhaps MSNBC? I won't bother mentioning CNN, as they're more of a playground than a news organization these days (whose day is it to play with the "Magic Wall?")

              Honestly, you have people whining about verbatim copy pasta newsfeeds on here all the time, someone points out the same thing and its bad cos blog.

              I bitch, but I have to admit the summaries here are still far more grammatically and factually correct than, say, every article on Yahoo. I hate Yahoo News for their piss-poor reporting and total lack of proofreading... yet I keep going back...

              it's positively masochistic...

              • So.. Fox? Or perhaps MSNBC? I won't bother mentioning CNN, as they're more of a playground than a news organization these days (whose day is it to play with the "Magic Wall?")

                Oh yeah I'll definetely be going back to that website for all my news needs. After all, its better than Fox. Seriously, you aren't striking a blow for the popularity of anyone here.

        • You would have a point of AMOLED was an eldritch term. It's not.

        • by tlhIngan (30335)

          I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet. I strongly suspect very few people do. As a basic standard any news reporter should clarify at a minimum the more eldritch terms. And this isn't being particularly picky, it is a literal journalistic standard.

          True. However, if you're the /. crowd, you'd know it was something related to display technology already. Hell, the public knows it's something about display technology because the term AMOLED has been plastered all over

          • Hell, the public knows it's something about display technology because the term AMOLED has been plastered all over the place.

            Bullshit.

            That is all.

            • by tlhIngan (30335)

              Hell, the public knows it's something about display technology because the term AMOLED has been plastered all over the place.

              Bullshit.

              That is all.

              I went to a cellphone provider's webiste and looked at their phones. Like this one [rogers.com]. Of which "AMOLED" is plastered on at least 6 phones.

              It's a technology, and it's a marketing spec plastered all over the place. I just saw an ad for some Samsung Android phone, and it claimed a Super AMOLED screen. A radio ad for the Galaxy Nexus (heard of that phone? It came with I

        • by phorm (591458)

          The time taken to post the complaint exceeds the time spent to do this [lmgtfy.com]

          • While you're there could you google "basic journalistic standards if you are purporting to be reporting news, and presumably trying to make money in said endeavour".

            I'll never visit that site again, and I'd be surprised if many others did either. The bloglords flexing their sarcasm on /. isn't really much of a persuader either.

            • by phorm (591458)

              Well, one thing is for sure, I'm impressed with the speed at which google [lmgtfy.com] crawls slashdot.

              As for the exact function/definition of AMOLED, do you really need it to know the basic gist of the story (employees of Samsung were nabbed trying to sell trade secrets for display technology). If the article were about a new AMOLED screen, it might be more useful, but the story in this case was more about the bust than the actual tech.

              • AMOLED SECRETS STOLEN! wtf is an amoled, probably some sort of oled, lets look that up and see whats what. Oh right, well I'll just post that on slash with a tut tut for the poor journalism that wasted my time searching for it. Cue bloggers up in arms over disparagement of blogs, cue comments saying it would have been easier to just look it up than to complain about it missing the behaviour modification benefits of complaints in terms of those offering a service, and we are done.

                Any questions.

            • by Khyber (864651)

              See you're really new here.

              The original purpose of this site was some guy's personal BLOG.

              Ain't *SHIT* for journalistic standards in a blog format, and that same format EXISTS TO THIS DAY.

              7-digit UIDs, so brainless and late to the party, as always.

              If you're this far behind in technology, you'll never get anywhere any time soon,

              • Slashdot was around before "blogs" gained any currency in the mainstream, and its a news feed with discussion forum attached, boyo. I guess you could call that a "Newsog" or something.

        • by FunkDup (995643)

          I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet.

          According to this quick search [google.com.au] "AMOLED" has been mentioned 4910 times on this site. I'd say this term has moved into the realm of assumed knowledge, and that you've moved into the realm of assumed stupidity.

        • by skine (1524819)

          While I'll agree with you that it's ridiculous to be expected to know every acronym that is currently in use, you aren't being required to look up every single one. The article mentions ONE specific acronym.

          I'm assuming that since you are posting to /., you probably have internet access. Even on a slow connection, it should take less time to pull up a new tab, type in "www.google.com," type in "AMOLED," and click search, than to make multiple comments here on /.. Or, if you have Firefox, you can simply high

          • And after doing that I might decide to you know post it on slashdot. Which I did. I know RTFA is somewhat frowned upon in these parts, but at least try to RTFC like a good lad.

        • It is, after all, news media's job to include an elementary education in each news broadcast so that you can understand it.
        • by couchslug (175151)

          "As a basic standard any news reporter should clarify at a minimum the more eldritch terms."

          Nowadays, "eldritch" IS eldritch.

        • by Khyber (864651)

          "I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet"

          Judging by your comment history, you're lying.

      • QED
      • by cpu6502 (1960974)

        I figured it was some kind of Organic LED but didn't really care what the AM part meant. It shows pictures == I'm happy.

        Aside - Why do DVDs look like crap on LED flat panels, but greats on my CRT? I've never been able to figure that out. Maybe it's poor scaling in the LED.

        • OLED doesn't have anything in common with "LED" TVs. The latter refer to the use of LED for backlight, but screen itself is still the usual TFT LCD, and picture quality is by and large the same.

          In OLED, individual pixels are organic LEDs, and there's no backlight (which is why its black is really black).

        • by Khyber (864651)

          DVDs look like crap on LCD vs CRT because most are recorded in an interlaced format. LCD isn't an interlaced display device, CRTs are.

          You need to deinterlace the image.

    • by eclectro (227083)

      Thanks for posting. Sorry you got modded down.

  • Too bad that they fail. Another AMOLED manufacturer is a must !
    • by ScentCone (795499)

      Too bad that they fail. Another AMOLED manufacturer is a must !

      Really? Your preferred way to get more of the stuff you want made is to encourage theft from the people who are risking giant piles of money to develop it in the first place? What are you, 8 years old?

      • by rtb61 (674572)

        Governments have already done that with first to patent laws. Seriously what did you think would be the outcome of laws like that.

  • "Business" as usual (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dutchmaan (442553) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @04:51PM (#39590879) Homepage

    "According to authorities, the man unsuccessfully attempted to sell the information to a Chinese display manufacturer at that time."

    Call me biased or whatever, but I already knew the word Chinese was gonna be in there before I even read the story.

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