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October 24, 2016, 3:15 PM

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
The New York Times is buying online consumer guide The Wirecutter, founded by former Gizmodo editor-in-chief Brian Lam; sources say NYT will pay more than $30M  —  Brian Lam sells his online consumer guide to the paper of record.  —  Amelia Krales for Recode
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung's rushed replacement of Galaxy Note7 before finding the root cause of fires doomed the smartphone  —  On the verge of challenging Apple's mobile phone dominance, the South Korean company made a rushed decision, based on incomplete evidence, that later forced it to kill the model.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
IDC: Q3 smartwatch shipments down 51.6% YoY to 2.7M with Apple Watch down 72% YoY to 1.1M units, but the impact of new Apple Watch models remains to be seen  —  Maybe not everyone is convinced they need a smartwatch?  According to a new industry report from IDC out this morning …
Reuters:
In wake of botnet DDoS attack on DynDNS, Hangzhou Xiongmai issues US recall of webcam models that had easy-to-guess default passwords  —  Chinese firm Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co Ltd said it will recall some of its products sold in the United States after it was identified by security researchers …
Michael Kan / PCWorld:
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple releases iOS 10.1 with the iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode, which is still in beta  —  Apple has just released the first significant update for iOS 10.  As expected, the main focus of iOS 10.1 is that insane Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus.  The update is rolling out and is available …
Matt Burgess / WIRED UK:
Microsoft will raise cloud computing prices in UK by up to 22% in January, in wake of Brexit  —  Microsoft cloud computing prices will rise by up to 22% due to the EU referendum  —  Starting next year, Microsoft will raise the prices of its enterprise software and cloud services because of the drop in the value of the currency.
Brendan I. Koerner / Wired:
Inside the discovery, investigation, and attempted mitigation of the devastating OPM breach last year  —  The US OFFICE of Personnel Management doesn't radiate much glamour.  As the human resources department for the federal government, the agency oversees the legal minutiae of how federal employees …

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