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Taiwan body fines Samsung for defaming local rival

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has fined the local branch of South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. for defaming the reputation of Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corp.

In a notice published Thursday, the consumer protection body said that Samsung had organized an Internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung cell phones while slamming those of HTC.

The FTC set Samsung's fine at New Taiwan dollars 10 million ($340,000). It also leveled smaller fines on two Taiwanese trading companies it said were responsible for mounting the Internet campaign.

Earlier this year the FTC fined Samsung NT$300,000 for misleading advertising about the camera functions on its Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102 cell phone.

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