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September 2, 2016, 3:55 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.
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.
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 …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
HDMI Licensing announces Alt Mode, a new standard that will allow USB-C devices to send video to any HDMI display via a single cable  —  HDMI Licensing, the company that defines hardware rules for HDMI cables, announced today that it's releasing an HDMI Alt Mode for USB-C products.
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.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
TomTom unveils three new fitness trackers: $129 Touch which can analyze body composition, $249 Spark 3 with GPS tracking, and $349 Adventurer with barometer  —  Don't worry — it does all the other fitness tracker stuff, too  —  TomTom has announced three new fitness tracking wearables today at IFA.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
OpenOffice leaders discussing shutdown due to lack of developers; many switched to LibreOffice  —  As LibreOffice soars, OpenOffice management considers retiring the project.  —  OpenOffice, once the premier open source alternative to Microsoft Office, could be shut down because there …
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