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September 4, 2016, 4:55 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 …
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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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 …
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 …
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?
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.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Apple issues patch for desktop Safari browser and OS X to fix zero-day vulnerabilities, which are similar to those used in NSO's iOS attack discovered last week  —  Apple has issued an urgent security update to fix critical vulnerabilities in the laptop and desktop version of the Safari browser …
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 …

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