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September 4, 2016, 11:00 AM

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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 …
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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
What to expect from Apple's Sept. 7 event: new iPhones with pressure-sensitive home buttons, 5.5-inch model with dual-camera system, new Watch with GPS, more  —  Apple seeks to set foundation for holiday quarter with iPhone camera upgrades, improved Apple Watch fitness tracking, and refreshed software
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
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?
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.
Ruslan Stoyanov / Securelist:
Kaspersky Lab details how they helped catch the Lurk cybercriminal gang, suspected of stealing nearly 3B rubles  —  In early June, 2016, the Russian police arrested the alleged members of the criminal group known as Lurk.  The police suspected Lurk of stealing nearly three billion rubles …
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 …
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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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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