Power down your phones. Now! This is not a drill.
Welp. Samsung is hanging up on its flagship smartphone. If you were previously undecided between a Galaxy Note 7 and an iPhone, your decision just became easier. Samsung is ending production and sales of its Galaxy Note 7 after battery issues led to fires.
As CNN’s Charles Riley and K. J. Kwon report, the episode is a major embarrassment for Samsung, which was forced to recall 2.5 million Note 7s shortly after the phone was launched in August. The South Korean firm then started to issue replacement phones but a number of customers have reported that those devices also caught fire, including one aboard a passenger jet. That led Samsung to pull the plug. "Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device and take advantage of the remedies available," the company wrote on its website.
CNN correspondent Cristina Alesci tweeted “#Samsung's product fail couldn't have come at a worse time.” It’ll be interesting to learn what caused such a massive problem that couldn’t be remedied. “Time for the autopsy,” tweeted the Wall Street Journal’s deputy technology editor Brian Fitzgerald. But David Watkins, also of the WSJ, wins all the Reese’s Pieces for his tweet: “Anyone with a working Note 7 owns a piece of tech Notoriety. It joins Atari's E.T. in the landfill.” As E.T. himself might have said, Ouuuuuuuuuchhhhh!
So speaking of putting out fires, we’re still talking about the Donald Trump tape and the debate on Sunday. As of this moment, 16 of the top 20 stories being shared by journalists right now have something to do with the election. We’ll highlight a few of those and other top interesting stories right now.
• With ‘tweet me your first assaults,’ a protest movement is born. "I won't give details, but I was 12, and he went to jail," Emily Willingham, a writer, posted on Twitter. A social media movement was born as multitudes of women came forward to share their stories. The result has been a kind of collective, nationwide purge of painful, often long-buried memories, writes Jonathan Mahler at the New York Times.
• There are transcripts of Trump’s unaired moments on the Apprentice. We got one. And by we, we mean Sam Stein and Dana Liebelson at the Huffington Post. We won’t give it away, but Kyle Blaine, editor at CNN’s K-File, tweeted this in response: “barf.” Hey, that could mean anything.
• Donald Trump lives a sad, lonely life, writes David Brooks of the New York Times. “Imagine if you had to endure a single week in a hate-filled world, crowded with enemies of your own making, the object of disgust and derision. You would be a twisted, tortured shrivel, too.” Edward Davies, director of policy at @csjthinktank, tweeted “None of us would want to live in the howling wilderness of his own solitude, no matter how thick the gilding.”
• Trump: Warren Buffett avoids taxes like me. Buffett: Nope, and here’s my taxes to prove it. More from Dylan Matthews in this piece for Vox. Lana Bortolot, senior editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine, tweeted, “When Warren Buffet is your fact-checker.” We know, right?
• Hillary Clinton’s campaign strained to hone her message, leaked emails show. In this story by Amy Chozick and Nicholas Confessore at the New York Times, we learn that the new emails seem to underscore Clinton’s public struggles in defining her politics and her reasons for wanting to become president. Uptin Saiidi of CNBC International tweeted “the exchanges among her aides are sometimes less “House of Cards” than “Veep.”
• Barack Obama: America will take the giant leap to Mars. The president writes for CNN: “I still have the same sense of wonder about our space program that I did as a child. It represents an essential part of our character -- curiosity and exploration, innovation and ingenuity, pushing the boundaries of what's possible and doing it before anybody else.” Great piece, but the best part? The line at the top: “Editor's Note: Barack Obama is President of the United States." To which J duLac of The Washington Post, responded: “Thanks, @cnn.” To which we reply “Thanks for the laugh, J.”
• Louisiana isn’t letting immigrants get married. For an illustration of how cruel the country's latest wave of nativism has grown, look to Louisiana, writes Catherine Rampell at The Washington Post. Here, a little-noticed new state law has effectively made it illegal for thousands of refugees to get married. It all started last year. Freelance writer Mary Beth Schneider tweeted “This is cruel & insane.”
• Jeffrey Goldberg is named The Atlantic's editor in chief, writes Krishnadev Calamur of The Atlantic. Goldberg began his career as a police reporter for The Washington Post. He was the Middle East correspondent and former Washington correspondent of The New Yorker, and also wrote for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. (Note: We have more career status updates here.)