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January 16, 2013

Technology News Briefs — Jan. 16, 2013

Samsung Surpasses 100M Galaxy S Sales

Samsung has smashed through a new barrier.

The company announced via its Tomorrow Flikr page that it has sold more than 100 million Galaxy S Smartphones since its launch in May 2010, two years and seven months ago.

“Galaxy S III is selling at much faster rate of 30 million in five months and 40 million in seven months, after becoming a million seller in only 50 days after its release last May,” the company said in the post. “Currently, its average daily sales are 190,000 units.”

The company claims the driving force behind Samsung’s “rise to the top” of the Smartphone market worldwide is the Galaxy S II. More than 40 million of the devices have been sold in 20 months.

Smosh Now YouTube’s Most Popular Channel has the youth vote.

And that has been enough to crown the sketch-comedy brand as the No. 1 channel on YouTube.

Since launching on YouTube in 2005, Smosh has nabbed more than 2 billion views, and 6.8 million subscribers, more than any other channel on YouTube, data from channel tracker VidStatsX shows.

Smosh was acquired by Alloy, a youth-focused media company and video network, in 2011 for an undisclosed sum.

Barry Blumberg, Alloy Digital EVP and Smosh president told MediaPost producing and releasing content on a regular schedule is the key to success combined with  “continuing to push the envelope creatively.”

The Smosh franchise includes five channels with more than 10 million subscribers, and 2.6 billion lifetime views.

Dell Privacy Talks Advancing

Dell is well on its way toward going private with at least four major banks tapped to provide financing, sources have told Reuters.

Silver Lake Partners, a buyout firm that is heading the move, hit up Credit Suisse, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays and RBC in the latter part of 2012 to bankroll the prospective deal, the sources told Reuters.

If Dell, a $19 billion company, does go private, it will allow it to make changes to address the shrinking PC market out of the public’s eye.

The sources told Reuters a deal could come soon but the situation remains fluid.