Peter Kafka

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Samsung Wants to Be a Media Giant. Meet the Guy in Charge of Getting Them There.

Apple used media — first music, then lots of other stuff — to help build its giant hardware business. Samsung already has a giant hardware business, and now David Eun is trying to help it with the other stuff.

Eun, who is EVP of Samsung’s Open Innovation Center, gave us a sense of what he’s up to at our D: Dive Into Media conference last week, and you can watch the full interview below. He’s reluctant to talk about specifics, but there’s plenty to chew on. And if Samsung ended up launching, say, its own video portal, or advertising business, or both, you’ll be less surprised after watching this one.

Oh, and what about Apple and its ongoing fight/partnership with Samsung? Of course Kara Swisher asked him about that, too. And he answered!


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald