“The growth was fueled primarily by the memory-¬≠chip division, but Samsung Electronics is now also the world’s top smartphone maker, thanks in part to the new Galaxy S8. And the company is close to surpassing Apple Inc. as the most profitable business in the world, and Intel Corp. as the largest maker of semiconductors.” Government scandals, exploding phones, family strife … it all sounds like the perfect recipe for corporate failure. But so far, Samsung is not only surviving, but thriving. From BusinessWeek: A Corruption Scandal, a Political Firestorm — and a Record Profit. (That title could easily work for half the stories coming out of DC.)

+ Apple, Amazon, and Google have been marketing competing products for a while. But Roku is still the cord-cutter’s favorite.