Power down your phones. Now! This is not a drill.

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Power down your phones. Now! This is not a drill.
October 11th, 2016
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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.

• An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Trump trailing Clinton by double digits among likely voters.

• 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 VoxLana 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.”

• Soon when you need to buy milk, you can just go to Amazon. And we don’t mean the website. We’ll let Greg Bensinger and Laura Stevens of The Wall Street Journal explain.

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.)

Question of the Day

Here's Monday's question: CNN reports that Nestle was forced to recall some of its Drumstick Ice Cream cone products this week after they tested positive for Listeria. So let's remember happier times for this feat of engineering and ingenuity: Legend has it that the first ice cream cone was invented by a Syrian man in the early 20th century. What was his name and at what world event did he introduce his invention?

Answer: Ernest Hamwi, 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. 

Congrats to David Daniel, entertainment journalist at CNN -- he had the competition licked. In general, anyone who answers our question that quickly makes us melt. 

Today's question of the day is...

President Obama discussed traveling to Mars in an op-ed this morning on cnn.com, so we've got space on the brain. Mars has two moons. So we want to know the names of the moons AND what they’re named after. The first person to answer is out of this world in our book.

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! We’ll announce the winners on Sundae, we mean Wednesday, in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Fusion has a new editor in chief

Dodai Stewart has been named the new editor in chief at Fusion as Alexis Madrigal is returning to writing about technology, reports Todd Spangler of Variety. Stewart joined Fusion in October 2014, after spending seven years at Gawker Media’s Jezebel. Madrigal, in a note to Fusion staff, said that as editor-at-large he will “get back to writing a ton more, focusing on technology, housing, and trade.”

Cassandra Vinograd recently left NBC News to freelance full-time -- specializing in conflict, human rights and migration. She is available for and seeking commissions in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to NBC, she worked at the AP and at the WSJ. Her work can be found at www.cvinograd.com.

Ed Joyce is now working as a news writer/producer/editor at KNX 1070 in Los Angeles. Ed has won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press and other organizations for his TV and radio reporting, writing, producing, anchoring, editing and breaking news reporting.

We wish you all the very best in your moves.

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