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September 3, 2016, 6:05 PM

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CNNMoney:
Samsung is recalling the Galaxy Note7 worldwide and halting sales due to a faulty battery, will replace all devices regardless of when they were purchased  —  Samsung says it's recalling its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone worldwide after reports of the device catching fire while charging.
Ina Fried / Recode:
Samsung will begin exchanging Galaxy Note7 devices in US as early as next week and provide $25 credit to those who stick with Samsung smartphones  —  Hoping to hang on to customers, the company will offer a $25 credit as well.  —  Aiming to stem defections resulting from its Galaxy Note 7 recall …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
KGI: iPhone 7 to feature 2.4GHz A10 chip, IPX7 water resistance, new 12 megapixel cameras, 2 black color options, Lightning EarPods, 3GB RAM in Plus model, more  —  A weekend report from KGI is shining some last minute details on the iPhone 7.  As well as reaffirming everything we've already heard …
Julia Love / Reuters:
Sources: Google scraps Project Ara phone but may still bring the technology to market via partners, potentially through licensing  —  Alphabet Inc's Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components …
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Why LPs might gladly invest in Andreessen Horowitz despite unfavorable comparisons to Sequoia and Benchmark  —  Rolfe Winkler wrote a piece in the WSJ about A16Z's returns in which he says they “lag behind Sequoia, Benchmark and Founders Fund.”  —  Scott Kupor of A16Z responded …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Source: Google will reveal its new Pixel-branded smartphones Pixel and Pixel XL, 4K Chromecast, Daydream VR viewer, and fully detail Google Home on October 4  —  According to a reliable source, Google plans to hold a major event focusing on hardware October 4th.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Google Analytics App now offers Google Now-like automated insights  —  Insight cards automatically spotlight positive and negative performance trends for faster analysis.  —  The latest update to the Google Analytics apps (iOS and Android) offers a sleek new machine learning-powered set of insights a la Google Now.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Leaked NSO Group documents reveal capabilities of its Pegasus spying software, with prices like $500K setup fee plus $650K to track 10 iPhone or Android users  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge?  Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location?
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Plex adds a DVR feature for over-the-air and DRM-free channels on CableCARD HDHomeRun tuners  —  Ask any media hound about the best way to stream your your video files, and they'll probably direct you to Plex.  Now, the streaming software is getting even more useful with a long-awaited feature: DVR support.

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